Meet Shane Happach: Amsterdam-based fintech unicorn Mollie’s new CEO


Amsterdam-based payment services provider, Mollie, has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Shane Happach. Prior to joining Mollie, Happach worked for Worldpay, where he was EVP and Head of Global eCommerce.

Happach succeeds Gaston Aussems, who was Mollie’s CEO between 2013 and mid-2020. He will start on April 1st, 2021, and has been formally appointed by Mollie’s Supervisory Board. His appointment has been confirmed by the Dutch Central Bank.

Speaking about his previous experience, Happach says, “I’ve spent the last 15 years processing payments for some of the largest and most recognisable brands on the planet. I’ve come to a very simple conclusion: merchants are significantly under-served by traditional payment service providers. PSP business models are fundamentally about price and volume and, in Europe especially, merchants need more support from their partners.”

A brief about Mollie’s new CEO

Shane Happach has prior experience of more than 10 years with Worldpay – a payment processing company, first as Chief Commercial Officer of its e-commerce division and more recently as EVP and Head of Global eCommerce. Besides, he was also a member of the executive team at Worldpay for its London IPO and its acquisition by both Vantiv and FIS. 

Before Worldpay, he worked with GlobalCollect – acquired by Ingenico in 2014 – in business development roles across the Americas and EMEA.

Speaking about Mollie, Happach believes, “The people here at Mollie, deeply care about merchants that don’t have whole departments dedicated to payments infrastructure, addressing abandonment and securing customer data. These businesses need that support from their PSP, a PSP whose principal job is to help its customers grow. That’s why I’m so excited to be leading Mollie as we continue to drive product innovation and expansion across Europe.”

In 2020, Mollie had a 120 per cent year-on-year growth and had raised a €90M in Series B funding, led by TCV, valuing the company as a unicorn.

Adriaan Mol, founder of Mollie on Happach, “It’s been an exciting seven months for Mollie, with our strong growth, expansion into the UK, and now the arrival of Shane. Shane ‘gets it’. He understands the problems with the current PSP model. And he understands what Mollie can do to address those problems and simplify complex financial services to help businesses grow. Shane has helped drive impressive – 500 per cent – growth at Worldpay. We know he’s the right person to help drive Mollie’s international expansion and ensure our product innovation meets the emerging needs of our more than 110,000 customers across Europe.”

Earlier in February 2021, the fintech company had appointed Josh Guthrie to head its recently announced UK operations. He is responsible for helping SMEs to navigate their international expansion post-Brexit.

Everything about Mollie

Founded in 2004 by Adriaan Mol, Mollie is a payments platform that offers a process for integrating payments into a site or app.

It is a technology-based company processing payments for more than 50,000 clients with local payment methods such as Mastercard, VISA, Amex, PayPal, iDEAL, Bancontact, Bitcoin, SEPA Direct Debit, Cartes Bancaires, ESP, Giropay, SOFORT Banking, and more. 

Mollie aims to make online payment simple for merchants by taking away the complexity from payment methods and offering a simple, but powerful API.

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When the sky is not the limit: meet Europe’s top drone startups (Sponsored)

Did you know that a key enabler for drones is Galileo? Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system (or GNSS); it ensures safety of navigation and provides increased reliability for both consumer and commercial applications. Whether used for guiding drones automatically back to the operator, building inspection or just maintaining geo-awareness to avoid obstacles,…

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Meet the Female Founders Alliance startups from TC Include at TC Sessions: Justice 2021

We’re less than two weeks away from TC Sessions: Justice 2021, a day-long deep dive into the state of diversity, inclusion and equity in tech. March 3 is your opportunity to hear from and engage with the people who, through entrepreneurship, venture capital, labor organizing and advocacy, are both using and challenging tech to disrupt the status quo for the betterment of all.

This programming-packed day features presentations, breakout sessions and interactive Q&As with the leading movers, shakers and makers who are laser focused on, well, justice. Peruse the agenda, and plan your day accordingly.

We’re stoked about showcasing the participating members of our TC Include Program. Do not miss meeting and connecting with these impressive early-stage founders, nominated by our partner founder organizations, Black Female Founders, Latinx Startup Alliance, Startout and the Female Founders Alliance.

TechCrunch, in collaboration with these organizations and VC firms like Kleiner Perkins, Salesforce Ventures and Initialized Capital, provides these young founders with educational resources and mentorship over the course of a year.

What’s more, the TC Include founders will take the virtual stage for a live pitch feedback session with a TechCrunch staffer during the conference. Tune in a get ready to take notes — the advice you hear could help you improve your pitch deck.

We already turned the spotlight on the startups nominated by Black Female Founders, and today we focus on these awesome, early-stage founders in the Female Founders Alliance cohort.

I-Ally: I-Ally is a community-driven app that saves millennial family caregivers time and enables informed decision-making by providing services that fulfill their unique needs. Founded by Lucinda Koza.

Proneer: Proneer is virtual try-on and size-recommendation software that helps reduce returns in apparel retail. Founded by Nicole Faraji.

Tribute: Tribute is the only mentorship platform that creates a continuous learning and development environment by connecting employees together for mentorship using the power of personal stories. Founded by Sarah Haggard.

Cirkled In: LinkedIn for Gen-Z students, Cirkled is a 21st century online profile and portfolio platform connecting gen-z with best-fit colleges, employers and endless win-win opportunities. Founded by Reetu Gupta.

Datacy: Datacy is a consumer to business insights data marketplace. We connect consumers and businesses to enable high-quality, ethical and transparent data exchange. Founded by Paroma Indilo.

We’ll be highlighting the cohorts from the Latinx Startup Alliance and Startout soon, so stay tuned!

TC Sessions: Justice 2021 takes place on March 3. Join this essential discussion, infuse justice into the DNA of your startup and make tech better for everyone. We can’t wait to get started.

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The Series A deal that launched a near unicorn: Meet Accel’s Steve Loughlin and Ironclad’s Jason Boehmig

The only people who truly understand a relationship are the ones who are in it. Luckily for us, we’re going to have a candid conversation with both parties in the relationship between Ironclad CEO and co-founder Jason Boehmig and his investor and board member Accel partner Steve Loughlin.

Loughlin led Ironclad’s Series A deal back in 2017, making it one of his first Series A deals after returning to Accel.

This episode of Extra Crunch Live goes down on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST, just like usual.

We’ll talk to the duo about how they met, what made them “choose” each other, and how they’ve operated as a duo since. How they built trust, maintain honesty and talk strategy are also on the table as part of the discussion.

Loughlin was an entrepreneur before he was an investor, founding RelateIQ (an Accel-backed company) in 2011. The company was acquired by Salesforce in 2014 for $ 390 million and later became Salesforce IQ. Loughlin then “came back home” to Accel in 2016 and has led investments in companies like Airkit,, Clockwise, Ironclad, Monte Carlo, Nines, Productiv, and Vivun.

Not entirely unsurprising for a man who has dominated the legal tech sphere, Jason Boehmig is a California barred attorney who practiced law at Fenwick & West and was also an adjunct professor of law at Notre Dame Law School. Ironclad launched in 2014 and today the company has raised more than $ 180 million and, according to reports, is valued just under $ 1 billion.

Not only will we peel back the curtain on how this investor/founder relationship works, but we’ll also hear from these two tech leaders on their thoughts around bigger enterprise trends in the ecosystem.

Then, it’s time for the pitch deck teardown. On each episode of Extra Crunch Live, we take a look at decks submitted by the audience and our experienced guests give their live feedback. If you want to throw your deck in the ring, submit your deck for a future episode.

As with just about everything we do here at TechCrunch, audience members can also ask their own questions.

Extra Crunch Live has left room for you to network (you gotta network to get work, amirite?). Networking is open starting at 2:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. PST and stays open a half hour after the episode ends. Make a friend!

As a reminder, Extra Crunch Live is a members-only series that aims to give founders and tech operators actionable advice and insights from leaders across the tech industry. If you’re not an Extra Crunch member yet, what are you waiting for?

Loughlin and Boehmig join a stellar cast of speakers on Extra Crunch Live, including Lightspeed’s Gaurav Gupta and Grafana’s Raj Dutt, as well as Felicis’ Aydin Senkut and Guideline’s Kevin Busque. Extra Crunch members can catch every episode of Extra Crunch Live on demand right here.

You can find details for this episode (and upcoming episodes) after the jump below.

See you on Wednesday!

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Meet the Black Female Founders from TC Include at TC Sessions: Justice 2021

On March 3, we’re hosting TC Sessions: Justice 2021, a day-long virtual conference dedicated to examining diversity and inclusion in tech. Tune in to presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and interactive Q&As with key tech leaders. Topics range from accessible product design and fighting algorithmic bias to the justice system, workplace organizing and support for underrepresented founders — and that’s just for starters.

Don’t miss your chance to meet some founders currently participating in TechCrunch’s Include program. We partnered with various founder organizations — who in turn nominated promising early-stage startup founders — and collectively provide educational resources and mentorship to help these young founders develop and succeed over the course of the year. This collaborative program also includes prominent VC organizations like Kleiner Perkins, Salesforce Ventures and Initialized Capital to develop lasting mentorships with the TC Include founder cohort.

We joined forces with Black Female Founders, and they nominated an impressive posse of early-stage startup founders. Register for TC Sessions: Justice to meet some of the visionary female founders who are part of the Black Female Founders organization and watch them take part in a live pitch feedback session with TechCrunch during the event.

We’ll be highlighting many more TC Include startups and founder organizations over the coming weeks, so keep checking back. And now, without further ado, behold the TC Include program startups sponsored by Black Female Founders:

  • Five to Nine: Five to Nine is a Black and women-owned software company that enables organizers to track, manage and evaluate their events and programs for impact. Founded by Denise Umubyeyi.
  • MYAVANA: Myavana is a virtual hair care company that provides product recommendations and personalized guidance using AI technology and professional experts. Founded by Candace Mitchell Harris.
  • Go Together, Inc.: Go Together’s Carpool to School is a B2B SaaS platform that’s equitable, makes organizing school transportation convenient for parents and reduces per-student transportation cost for schools/districts. Founded by Kimberly Moore.
  • kweliTV: KweliTV allows you to discover and celebrate critically acclaimed and award-winning Black stories across the globe through curated indie films, documentaries, web series and live experiences. Founded by DeShuna Spencer.
  • Viledge: Viledge connects Black businesses to new fans by curating gift boxes full of dope finds. Friends, co-workers and families can discover and share together in live unboxing experiences. Founded by Zuley Clarke.
  • Civic Eagle: Civic Eagle is a SaaS company that helps organizations gain a strategic edge in advocacy and lobbying by using AI to unlock legislative data insights. Founded by Shawntera Hardy.
  • Unpacking: Unpacking is the No. 1 online learning platform for social impact. We’re disrupting boring, inefficient and outdated diversity training through real talk and interactive gaming. Founded by Kristina Williams.
  • Official Black Wall Street: Official Black Wall Street is a digital platform and app connecting consumers to Black-owned businesses, while giving Black entrepreneurs the resources and exposure needed to thrive. Founded by Mandy Bowman.
  • Go See The City: We drive foot traffic to local restaurants, brands and events by connecting customers to deep-discounted coupons. We then provide consumer analytics to small businesses and municipalities. Founded by Aneshai Smith.

TC Sessions: Justice 2021 takes place virtually on March 3. Register today and join us as we explore diversity, equity and inclusion in tech.

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“Quite simply, Whereby is the easiest way to meet over video”: Interview with Whereby’s co-founder Ingrid Ødegaard

Norwegian startup Whereby is establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with. Taking on the global video conferencing giants like Zoom, this Oslo-based team has already grown a team of 75+ and offers a competitive solution for easy video meetings – with no login needed for guests, no app or installs required, and the same video…

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