N26 Major Milestones

2013

N26 was founded by Valentin Stalf and Maximilian Tayenthal who reimagined the retail banking experience for today’s mobile lifestyle.

2015

The initial product was launched. Since then N26 has attracted more than 3.5 million customers across 24 European markets.

2016

N26 Bank GmbH received a banking license from the ECB and Bafin.

2017

N26 announced plans to enter the US and UK markets in 2018. It opened its first international office in New York.

2018

The firm raised $160 million in its Series C funding round co-led by Allianz X and Tencent Holdings Ltd. The funding represents the largest equity financing round (non IPO) in the fintech industry in Germany to date and one of the largest in Europe. Total funds raised are $215 million from some of the world’s most well-known investors, including Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Valar Ventures, members of the Zalando Management Team, and Earlybird Venture Capital.


Our Management Team

Valentin Stalf: Founder and CEO

Valentin Stalf is co-founder and CEO of N26. In 2013 he founded N26 with his longtime friend Maximilian Tayenthal. Back then already, both shared a vision of building a bank that the world loves to use.

Since the initial product launch in 2015, N26 has grown to include more than 2.5 million customers across 24 European markets — with plans to enter the US in 2019. The firm has raised more than USD 500 million from some of the world’s most well-known investors, including Insight Venture Partners, GIC - Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Tencent, Allianz X, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Earlybird Venture Capital, Battery Ventures, in addition to members of the Zalando management board, and Redalpine Ventures. N26 has more than 800 employees based in in Berlin, New York and Barcelona, who are concentrated on reinventing the banking experience for the digital generation. With its full banking license, state-of-the-art technology and no branch network, N26 is redesigning banking for the 21st century.
Before N26, Valentin was an Entrepreneur in Residence for Rocket Internet, an incubator and investor in online startups. There he helped to develop several companies in the mobile payments industry, including payleven and Paymill GmbH. Moreover, he worked in strategy consulting and investment banking.

Valentin has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management and a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of St. Gallen. He is currently a member of the advisory board at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Maximilian Tayenthal: Founder and CFO

Maximilian Tayenthal is co-founder and CFO of N26. Together with his business partner and friend Valentin Stalf, he built one of the first and now fastest-growing mobile banks in Europe. Their vision was to create a retail bank that's flexible, transparent and speaks to today's digital lifestyles.

Previously, Max worked in a variety of consulting and financial roles at leading professional services firms, including CMS and Booz & Company. Max holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University of Vienna. He also has a master’s degree in economics from the Community of European Management Schools, as well as a law degree form the University of Vienna. Max is a CFA charterholder.

While Max is based in Berlin, he always makes time for his passion outside of personal finance: skiing in the mountains of Austria and Switzerland.

Will joins N26 from Bain & Company, the global consultancy, where he focused on consumer products, advising companies across Europe on how to navigate a range of commercial and operational challenges. He brings extensive corporate finance and strategic expertise from seven years at Morgan Stanley, where he was Vice President within the group’s investment banking division.

Will joins N26 from Bain & Company, the global consultancy, where he focused on consumer products, advising companies across Europe on how to navigate a range of commercial and operational challenges. He brings extensive corporate finance and strategic expertise from seven years at Morgan Stanley, where he was Vice President within the group’s investment banking division.

Gino Cordt: Chief Data Officer

Gino joined N26 in June 2015 after working on pricing for online and offline retailers, where he discovered his interest in data. Before that he gathered experience in the areas of private equity and capital markets and realized that strategy consulting was not for him. Having always had a passion for anything technical, Gino now works on enabling everyone at N26 to make decisions based on data and adding as much (not so secret) data sauce to our products as possible. He holds a degree in Accounting & Finance (M.A. HSG) from the University of St. Gallen.

Markus Gunter: CEO N26 Bank

Markus studied Business Administration after finishing a banking apprenticeship. He pioneered the first internet platform of the German bank HYPO-BANK AG. As managing director of Activest and Pioneer Investments, he built the company up to be one of the top five asset management companies in Germany. While working as CEO of stock exchange listed DAB Bank AG, Markus realized that mobile banking is a superior solution to financial services, he then joined N26 Bank as its CEO.

Eleonore (Noor) van Boven: Chief People Officer

Noor has over 15 years of experience in international Human Resources, specifically building, scaling and transforming organizations. Before joining N26, Noor was the VP People at SoundCloud; led the Recruiting, Talent and Organizational Development initiatives at TomTom and worked as a HR Business Partner for several international tech companies, including Dell. Noor is a Dutch native with a passion for travel. Work has given her the opportunity to live in New York, India and now Berlin.

Martin Schilling: Chief Operating Officer

Martin was a strategy consultant for over 13 years. Before joining N26, he was the Managing Director of the implementation consultancy Orphoz, a subsidiary of McKinsey & Company. Prior to this, he worked at McKinsey & Company, advising top management clients in Europe and Middle East in the areas of digital transformation, operations and strategy. Martin studied Economics, Psychology and Decision Science in Berlin, London and Buenos Aires. He is convinced that N26 is re-defining banking experience for the benefit of customers.

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Robert Kilian: General Counsel and Chief Representative

Robert joined N26 in 2015. He previously worked as a lawyer, focusing on the areas M&A, corporate and finance law. He studied in Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. Robert holds a PhD in law and is visiting lecturer at Humboldt-University in Berlin.

William Kunter: Director of Finance

William joined N26 in September 2016 after working several years in investment banking for Goldman Sachs in London. William focused mostly on Capital Markets and Merger & Acquisition operations for European financial institutions. Over the years he developed a keen interest in FinTech, which eventually led him to N26. William is a French native and former wrestling champion. He holds a master’s degree in Management from HEC Paris and a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics and Finance from ENSAE ParisTech.

Alexander Weber: Director International Expansion

Alex joined N26 in 2014 and is the longest serving team member after the founders. Initially, he led the efforts in obtaining the European banking license for N26. In his current role as Director of International Expansion, Alex is responsible for N26’ expansion into new markets. He led the efforts to make N26 available in multiple markets across Europe, most recently adding the UK. Alex has a degree in international business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.