I was born on July 3rd 1980 in Drachten (Friesland), where I grew up. Later in my life, I moved to Groningen to complete my education in “Commercial Economics”. Since 2010, I live in Amsterdam with my lovely wife and kids.
From a young age, I was passionate about 2 things: Music and Entrepreneurship. It’s no coincidence that I earned my first money on the internet by selling my LPs through a Dutch auction site in 2000.
My first company was “RecordBuddy”, founded in 2001. This was Holland’s first online Hip-Hop LP store with customers from all over the world. I sold this company in 2007.
In the starting years of my “Internet Marketing career” I bought and sold tens of thousands of products through sites like eBay.
Around 2005 I thought there was a need for a suitable, Dutch e-mail marketing system. As an entrepreneur you have to “scratch the itch” and very quickly I became co-owner of Enormail, an e-mail marketing company. Its office is located in my own birthplace, Drachten.
In that same year I felt the need to share my lessons as an “eBay PowerSeller” by writing my first e-book. The problem was that e-books weren’t yet sold in the Netherlands and there weren’t any suitable payment systems in place.
Therefor, I decided to start another new company, called PayPro. That gave me the opportunity to sell all kinds of digital products with ease, employ affiliates and help other entrepreneurs with the same problem.
PayPro is founded in 2006 and is located in my former hometown, Groningen.
In those years, I launched lots of successful internet concepts – and even more unsuccessful ones. For years, I sold digital products in niche markets like e-books and online training programs.
Because of my experience, I’m an often-asked speaker and I’ve shared the stage with speakers such as Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad), Les Brown, Jan Peter Balkenende and Wibi Sourijadi.
Later I started founding more companies, including Luondo.nl, an e-commerce platform where you can easily start your own online shop (already more than 25.000 registered accounts). Luondo is also located in Drachten, my place of birth.
Some of the other companies I own
Webchamp.nl, a domain name and hosting company located in Purmerend.
BetaalSociaal, a “Social Sharing” app, also located in Drachten.
All companies are being run by valuable partners who built these companies on their own strength through the years.
In 2012 I wrote my first physical bestseller, called “Winst.nl – Succesvol Dankzij Internet”, a self-published Dutch bestseller which is still selling well.
Next to my role as an investor and advisor, I spend most of my work time on supporting entrepreneurs to earn more money, reserve more time for the things that are most important to them and experience more joy as an entrepreneur.
I completed multiple marathons, love strength training and travel multiple months per year all across the globe.
I would define myself as a “serial entrepreneur”. I’m ambitious but it will never be at the expense of my “lifestyle”.
The most important thing for me is to live a “Life filled with Life”, where I enjoy to surround myself with beautiful, special people.
Special people like my wife Danielle, my kids Dani & Otis, my friends in the Netherlands and the rest of the world, my great family and inspiring entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Dean Jackson or Elliott Hulse.
Some interesting facts about Eelco
While on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Eelco won a price worth $65.000, which granted him a one-week stay with Branson in his resort “Ulusaba”. He won this prize because my presentation was voted best presentation of the week. This “10 minute talk” was about the concept of “Internet Fasting”.
Eelco has been together with his wife Danielle for over 20 years. They met each other on a camping in France. Danielle was 14 and Eelco was 16 at that time.
- He has a personal rule that when his mother calls, he takes the call no matter the situation he’s in.
Eelco has never built a website. He has 2 left hands and can’t drill a hole in a wall. Eelco was born without a sense of direction and would rather be lazy than tired.
Eelco once published a hand-written e-book. He can still feel the cramps in his fingers.
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