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Christian Lanng

CEO & Co-Founder, Tradeshift

Christian launched his first start-up at just 19 years of age after reading Douglas Coupland's Microserfs, wanting to be like the main character Michael. This start-up created one of the first mobile browsers and was sold two years later, shortly before the Internet bubble burst.

Not knowing what to do next Christian studied Sociology for three years, but then quit university to go full time at his student job in the Danish Science Ministry. He went on to become the youngest Head of Division in the Danish government. During this time he met the co-founders of Tradeshift and they created the world’s first open-source peer-to-peer e-business infrastructure, which became wildly popular among Danish companies-attracting more than 40 percent of all Danish companies in 10 months.

The team went on to create an open standardized cross-border framework for e-business called PEPPOL, which today is used by more than 14 European governments. Becoming bored with government policy Christian one day responded to a tweet by serial entrepreneur Morten Lund. Spending a weekend in Abu Dhabi they decided to launch Tradeshift as the world’s first cloud business network, mixing business and social networks. Tradeshift has so far been highly successful, with users in more than 190 countries and more than 2,000 users joining the online network every week. It has been covered by Wired, Techcrunch, Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times as one of the most innovative b2b start-ups in the last 10 years. Christian has received the Danish IT-industry’s innovation prize and the Techcrunch award for most innovative business start-up.

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