Valentin Stalf

Co Founder and CEO at Number26

Valentin Stalf founded N26 with his long-time friend Maximilian Tayenthal. Both shared a vision of building a bank that the world loves to use. N26 employs more than 1.500 employees across five office locations and has redesigned banking for the 21st century.

"Europe's first mobile banking pioneer"

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  • Fintech and Online Startups
  • Strategy Consulting and Investment Banking


He presents in English and German.

How he presents

An inspirational speaker, Valentin talks about the ups and downs of building one of Europe's most successful fintech companies.

In Detail

Valentin started his career in the start-up/tech space as Entrepreneur in Residence at Rocket Internet, where he was involved in building different internationally successful companies. Valentin quit his job in order to set up his own bank. His feel for financial matters is something that he had already developed during his time at the University of St.Gallen, where he studied Business Administration and obtained a Master's degree in Accounting and Finance. In 2013, he and his partner finally set up Europe's first mobile bank, N26, which reached a million customers. N26 has optimised banking for smartphones: simple, fast and in tune with the times. An account can be opened completely on the smartphone in less than eight minutes. Customers can send money to friends and contacts by e-mail or SMS in the same second.


Valentin reimagined how a bank should work as he has tried to build something that is like using Uber or Spotify or any of these apps that we love to use. Valentin has invented the banking experience for the digital generation.


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