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Adriaan Mol

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Adriaan Mol
BornAdriaan Tobias Mol
March 14, 1984
Breda, The Netherlands
NationalityDutch
OccupationStrategy, business development & innovation at Mollie
Known forFounder of Mollie
Partner(s)Beaunée Mineur
ChildrenPrince Mol
Websitehttp://stash.nl/

Adriaan Tobias Mol (born March 14, 1984) is a Dutch entrepreneur, business founder, and investor. Mol is primarily known as the founder of online payment processor Mollie, but he also founded amongst others MessageBird, One More Thing, and Zaypay. Mol actively invests in other ventures, most recognizably Homerun, Framer, Bux, and ETQ.[1]

Mol served as Mollie's CEO from 2006 until 2012, when he appointed a new board of directors. Currently, he is still actively involved with Mollie, working on strategy, business development and innovation.[2]

In 2007, Mol was included in Sprout Magazine’s '25 onder de 25' list of successful Dutch entrepreneurs under 25. [1] [1][3]

Adriaan Mol is related to Pieter Laurens Mol, Michiel Mol en Jan Mol.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Mol was born in Breda, The Netherlands. His parents are Pieter Laurens Mol and Ludmila Danon-Mol, both artists. As a young man, Mol wanted to be an inventor.[4]

Mol never attended college or university, instead choosing to pursue his business ventures. [1]

Carreer[edit | edit source]

MacSnake, NovaHost[edit | edit source]

In 1999, at age 15, Mol released MacSnake. The game was free, but it presented the player with a pop-up asking for donations ‘so he could buy a pizza.‘[5]

Two years later, at age 17, Mol teamed up with serial entrepreneur and The Next Web founder/CEO Boris Veldhuijzen Van Zanten. Together they founded NovaHost, a hosting business, which they sold a year later for an undisclosed amount.[5]

Mollie[edit | edit source]

With the money made from MacSnake and the sale of NoveHost, Mol founded Mollie. Initially, Mollie focused on the wholesale of mobile text messages for businesses.[4] In 2006, Mollie added an iDEAL functionality. This Dutch payment method is integrated with the online banking environment of The Netherlands’ 10 largest consumer banks. Mollie collaborated with Dutch consumer bank ABN AMRO creating a technical implementation for the payment method.[5]

Zaypay[edit | edit source]

In 2008, Mol co-founded Zaypay with Bastiaan Peters. As an off-shoot from Mollie, Zaypay would facilitate microtransactions through text message or phone call in over twenty countries.[6] Three years later, in 2011, Mol sold Zaypay to Mobile interactive Group for an undisclosed amount.[7]

MessageBird[edit | edit source]

In 2012, Mol co-founded MessageBird together with Robert Vis. The SMS functionalities previously offered by Mollie, were sold to MessageBird. Henceforth, Mollie would focus entirely on online payments. Vis continued as CEO at MessageBird, while Mol stayed with Mollie.[1] MessageBird grew to be one of the main players in SMS, voice, and chat solutions. In 2017, they received 60 million US dollars in series A funding.[8]

Mollie present[edit | edit source]

Mollie is currently one of Europe’s largest payment providers. They service in excess of 50.000 businesses monthly. Mol is still actively involved in Mollie. Currently he works on strategy, business development and innovation.[9]

Fintech advocacy[edit | edit source]

In the early years of Mollie, Mol met with Dutch government and Dutch central bank officials to explain and expound on the emerging fintech scene. In later years, these talks were handled by Mollie’s technical director Remco Boer.[10] Mol’s early involvement in these talks helped pave the way for the acceptance of fintech as reliable technology and helped shape regulatory oversight.

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