Augustin van Rijckevorsel
He is the founder of the company. Augusting has accumulated more than 10 years of experience in the startup world. He is also a business developer, more specifically in the domains of real estate and insurance.
He founded Barefoot in August 2015, a startup studio established in Brussels, that has already 2 companies in its portfolio, Freeedrive, for which funds are currently being raised and Blügle, a company developing the first “crowdvertising” platform which rewards users for creating content and rewards them when they share ads from advertisers. Barefoot has successfully closed its first round of investment in December 2015, and will soon be launching another 2 innovative solutions.
Jan-Pieter studied Commercial Engineering in KU Leuven, with the main interest in Marketing and international business. He continued his studies with a one-year program on European Studies in Maastricht university. His professional path started with the position of Business manager in MCA Benelux, where Jan-Pieter was in charge of consultancy and engineering. Later he assisted the transition of SNCB Logistics from private to public company. With his multiple collaborations with startups, Jan-Pieter got in touch with Barefoot Studio and joined Freeedrive in 2016.
Barefoot Executive Committee
Freeedrive was incorporated by Barefoot, a startup studio based in Brussels, the purpose of which is to repeatedly build companies. By sharing experience, infrastructure and resources across a number of companies, startup studios increase a startup's chance of success and optimize its growth. More specifically, Barefoot transforms B2B2C problems into new proven online business solution by creating companies that aims at relieving a costly pain for their corporate clients.
As part of Barefoot, Freeedrive benefits from its entire infrastructure, and more specifically the coaching and support of its executives and board members. It is composed of:
Tanguy Biart: a former senior executive at Bpost, he was leading a more than 100 persons team of and managing revenue in excess of €1.5bn. He has more than 20 years of experience in FMCG and B2B services (sales, marketing & operations) and was an early adopter and ambassador of the « running lean » methodology.
Hugo Mahieu: A seasoned finance executive with a wide experience across different technology sectors and in a wide range of countries, he has 14 years of experience in venture capital with Mangrove Capital Partner and has been involved with entrepreneurship for more than 20 years.
Christophe Salanon: now a business angel, beside his numerous involvements in a number of companies, he was more specifically the founder and managing director of Meetic, the largest European dating service.
Alexandre Almajeanu: he has been an entrepreneur and investor for a large number of years, and was more specially the founder of VoyagerMoinsCher, now a member of Price Minister in the Rakuten group.