Trouva brings former Uber and Betfair exec onboard
Trouva has announced the appointment of Niall Wass as non-executive Chair.
The startup was founded in London in 2015, as Streethub. It acts as a marketplace for small businesses selling clothing, homeware and lifestyle items. Alongside his part-time position at Trouva, Wass remains a Partner at venture capital firm Atomico, where he has invested in, or sits on the board of the likes of startup Lime, digital mortgage broker Habito, trucking marketplace OnTruck, property finance marketplace Lendinvest, and digital staffing service Jobandtalent.
He is also non-exec chairman of Glovo, the app that delivers anything in your city in a few minutes, and that recently raised €115 million in its Series C funding round. Prior to this, Wass was on the core executive team at Uber as SVP for the international business across 52 countries, and was Chief Commercial Officer at Betfair from early on through to IPO.
“Trouva allows users to find really unique products from amazingly curated independent boutiques. This is quite unlike the normal High Street experience in that customers can own or gift items that are otherwise hard to find," he says.
"This also helps independent shops to thrive by reaching discerning customers and growing their business online. I have been impressed not only with the rapid growth of the business, but the quality of its service and tech platform which as well as providing a great user experience, will also help boutiques to manage their business and enable international expansion. I look forward to working with the team on a strategy that will enable Trouva to fulfil its ambition to become a major player in the retail and online shopping landscape.”
The appointment comes as Trouva adds more European cities to the platform, including Amsterdam, Madrid and Copenhagen, following its first international expansion in Berlin earlier this year, and taking its European boutique count to almost 100 bricks and mortar shops.