Shop Circle

The First Operator of

We buy, operate and scale the most incredible e-commerce apps. 

Need help growing your SaaS business? Want a clean and safe exit? We are here to help!

About Shop Circle

Shop Circle is a tech-driven company that acquires and grows the best e-commerce apps. We empower thousands of brands to build experiences that customers will love.

We know how painful and stressful it can be to sell your business. Just relax!

We have built the most founder-centric and cooperative selling process ever. We make your dream exit happen. After the acquisition, we’ll take care of your business and boost it to the next stage of growth.

We are backed by global tier-1 institutional investors helping us shape the future of e-commerce.

Does Your Business Fit Shop Circle?

Here is what a great product looks like

01

Business & Financial Performance

Profitable and growing businesses with healthy and transparent financial metrics.

02

Software
Performance

Fast and responsive software with a great development team.

03

Happy
Customers

Sticky customers with positive feedback.

04

Sustainable
Growth

Organic growth with extensive market share yet to cover.

The Speed of Light Process

We close our deals smoothly and in less than 40 days

Virtual meeting with our core team

Get to know each other
better and discuss the
opportunities.

Submission of Letter Of Intent

LOI covers sale price, support period terms, and proposed closing date.

Tech-enabled Due Diligence

With our tech-enabled due diligence, the selling process is quick and painless.

Submission of Final Agreement

If due diligence is smooth, we close the deal immediately.

Virtual meeting with our core team

Get to know each other better and discuss the opportunities.

Submission of Letter Of Intent

LOI covers sale price, support period terms, and proposed closing date.

Tech-enabled Due Diligence

With our tech-enabled due diligence, the selling process is quick and painless.

Submission of Final Agreement

If due diligence is smooth,
we close the deal immediately.

Why choose us?

We're Fast, Reliable And Founder Centric

You can choose to stay, leave or become our partner.
Yes, you heard it. Partner.

Founder-Centric

We care about the founders and the teams behind the business. From upfront payment to partnership, we offer solutions which best suit your needs.

Speed-of-light M&A
process

We are quick in decision making. With our tech-powered due-diligence, your selling process is fast, safe, smooth and painless.

Shopify and e-commerce experts

We are experienced e-commerce founders and acquirers, with a proven track record of successfully scaling businesses up.

Tech-driven

We are tech lovers. Our property technologies support and speed up every step of our acquisition process. ​

Full support to founders

We have been founders and know what you need. We provide full support to you, no matter you are staying as a partner or exiting to pursue your goals.

Network of experts

We are a multifunctional team with experts from Shopify, Amazon, VCs and leading banks. Our extensive network paves the way of our success and you can be part of it.

Think your business could be a fit?
Get in touch.

Our Team

Luca
Luca Cartechini
Co-Founder

Prior to founding Shop Circle, Luca was an early-stage tech investor at the London-based VC fund Pretiosum Ventures. Earlier in his career, Luca worked at Jefferies as an Equity Research Associate covering Internet retail listed companies with a total market cap in excess of $100B. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, VC and PE at ESCP Business School across London, Paris and Turin.

Gian
Gian Maria Gramondi
Co-Founder

Before launching Shop Circle, Gian Maria was a Brand Specialist and a Category Manager at Amazon UK, successfully achieving exponential growth within his retail category. Prior to that, he was a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Strategy in Luxembourg, primarily focusing on tech and digital projects. Gian Maria also enjoys mentoring startups and young entrepreneurs. So far, he has coached 5 pre-MVP start-ups in their early stage.

Stefano
Stefano Nada
CTO

Stefano is a passionate Full Stack Software Developer, with strong web development knowledge (Ruby on Rails, Node) and non-web apps (Java, .NET, C). He has worked as a senior role in software development teams in several well-known companies, including Shopify, Ticketmaster and TripAdvisor.

Robin
Robin Hardt
CFO

Robin worked at Germany based debt advisory firm Herter & Co. for nearly 10 years. He advised numerous corporate clients and financial sponsors on complex refinancing and leveraged buy-out situations involving various public and private debt instruments as well as hybrid capital. He started his career in the M&A of Lehman Brothers and later Nomura. He is a CFA Charterholder and holds a masters degree in business and economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke.

Francis
Francis Karam
Acquisitions Associate

Francis leads the acquisitions process at Shop Circle, scouting and assessing the best e-commerce SaaS businesses in the space. He aims at building a strong portfolio of tools while guaranteeing the smoothest transition for the founders. Before joining Shop Circle, Francis worked as a Project Manager at Schneider Electric executing turnkey projects. Francis also holds a master’s degree in Digital Transformation from ESCP Business School.

Ho Fai
Ho-Fai Sze
Business Development Associate

As a former Financial Journalist, Ho-Fai built an extensive network and conducted exclusive interviews with business leaders and high-ranking government officials, including the former Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Ho-Fai is also experienced in managing commercial disputes and has closed 10+ of business negotiation cases in the APAC region. He is also experienced in investor relations, project management and business development

Carlos
Carlos Villanueva
Growth Associate

Carlos leads the Growth and Marketing team, with the responsibility of successfully scaling up our amazing portfolio of apps. He comes from a business consulting background with more than 5 years of experience and 15+ successfully deployed projects on strategy and e-business. Carlos is passionate about making a real impact with new technology applications.

Ale
Alessandro Macagno
Engineer Manager

Alessandro is an enthusiastic software developer with strong Ruby On Rails experience and co-founder of the first digital legacy SaaS in the world. His biggest satisfaction is seeing people save time thanks to his code. In his free time, he is a blockchain student and a climber.

Faruk
Faruk Eskicioğlu
Software Architect

Faruk is a Software Engineer with deep back-end experience and has a strong background developing high transactional systems with Java. He has been part of different software development teams across the world, such as Vodafone. He is an enthusiastic learner and owns great passion for achieving the results of the projects where he contributes.

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Our Team

Luca & Gian
Luca Cartechini
Co-Founder

Prior to founding Shop Circle, Luca was an early-stage tech investor at the London-based VC fund Pretiosum Ventures. Earlier in his career, Luca worked at Jefferies as an Equity Research Associate covering Internet retail listed companies with a total market cap in excess of $100B. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, VC and PE at ESCP Business School across London, Paris and Turin.

Gian Maria Gramondi
Co-Founder

Before launching Shop Circle, Gian Maria was a Brand Specialist and a Category Manager at Amazon UK, successfully achieving exponential growth within his retail category. Prior to that, he was a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Strategy in Luxembourg, primarily focusing on tech and digital projects. Gian Maria also enjoys mentoring startups and young entrepreneurs. So far, he has coached 5 pre-MVP start-ups in their early stage.

Stefano and Robin
Stefano Nada
CTO

Stefano is a passionate Full Stack Software Developer, with strong web development knowledge (Ruby on Rails, Node) and non-web apps (Java, .NET, C). He has worked as a senior role in software development teams in several well-known companies, including Shopify, Ticketmaster and TripAdvisor.

Robin Hardt
CFO

Robin worked at Germany based debt advisory firm Herter & Co. for nearly 10 years. He advised numerous corporate clients and financial sponsors on complex refinancing and leveraged buy-out situations involving various public and private debt instruments as well as hybrid capital. He started his career in the M&A of Lehman Brothers and later Nomura. He is a CFA Charterholder and holds a masters degree in business and economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke.

Francis and Daniel
Francis Karam
Acquisitions Associate

Francis leads the acquisitions process at Shop Circle, scouting and assessing the best e-commerce SaaS businesses in the space. He aims at building a strong portfolio of tools while guaranteeing the smoothest transition for the founders. Before joining Shop Circle, Francis worked as a Project Manager at Schneider Electric, executing turnkey projects. Francis also holds a master’s degree in Digital Transformation from ESCP Business School.

Ho Fai Sze
Business Development Associate

As a former Financial Journalist, Ho-Fai built an extensive network and conducted exclusive interviews with business leaders and high-ranking government officials, including the former Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Ho-Fai is also experienced in managing commercial disputes and has closed 10+ of business negotiation cases in the APAC region. He is also experienced in investor relations, project management and business development.

Carlos & Ale
Carlos Villanueva
Growth Associate

Carlos leads the Growth and Marketing team, with the responsibility of successfully scaling up our amazing portfolio of apps. He comes from a business consulting background with more than 5 years of experience and 15+ successfully deployed projects on strategy and e-business. Carlos is passionate about making a real impact with new technology applications.

Alessandro Macagno
Engineer Manager

Alessandro is an enthusiastic software developer with strong Ruby On Rails experience and co-founder of the first digital legacy SaaS in the world. His biggest satisfaction is seeing people save time thanks to his code. In his free time, he is a blockchain student and a climber.

Ale & Faruk
Faruk Eskicioğlu
Software Architect

Faruk is a Software Engineer with deep back-end experience and has a strong background developing high transactional systems with Java. He has been part of different software development teams across the world, such as Vodafone. He is an enthusiastic learner and owns great passion for achieving the results of the projects where he contributes.

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Our Trusted Advisors

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Daniel Sim

Advisor

• General Manager at Shopify Rewind
• Founder at Shopify App Store Analytics
• Former Founder and CEO of two Shopify Apps, Plug in Speed and Plug in SEO, successfully acquired by SureSwift Capital in 2020

Jason Stokes

Advisor

• CEO & Founder at Eastside Co. Shopify Plus Agency
• Former Founder and Director at
Carbuyertom.com
• Former Digital Marketing Strategist and Consultant at Infin8 SolutionsVentures

Zachary Elias

Advisor

• Director of Partnerships at PlobalApps, Shopify Plus Partner
• Former Shopify, App Store and Payment Partnerships
• Co-Founder of Clement Labs, Shopify Expert and App Partner

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Mario Branciforti

Advisor

• Venture Partner at Lunar Ventures​
• Senior Advisor at Fondo Italiano​ d'Investimento SGR​
• Former Managing Director at​ Samsung NEXT Ventures​

Gianfranco Giannella

Advisor

• CEO at Renaissance Ventures
• Executive Chairman at Hyris LTD
• Former COO and GM at Octo Telematics
• Executive Partner at IBM Global Business Service

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Our Trusted Advisors

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Daniel Sim

Advisor

• General Manager at Shopify Rewind
• Founder at Shopify App Store Analytics
• Former Founder and CEO of two Shopify Apps, Plug in Speed and Plug in SEO, successfully acquired by SureSwift Capital in 2020

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Jason Stokes

Advisor

• CEO & Founder at Eastside Co. Shopify Plus Agency
• Former Founder and Director at Carbuyertom.com
• Former Digital Marketing Strategist and Consultant at Infin8 Solutions

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Zachary Elias

Advisor

• Director of Partnerships at PlobalApps, Shopify Plus Partner
• Former Shopify, App Store and Payment Partnerships
• Co-Founder of Clement Labs, Shopify Expert and App Partner

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Mario Branciforti

Advisor

• Venture Partner at Lunar Ventures
• Senior Advisor at FondoItaliano d'Investimento SGR
• Former Managing Director at Samsung NEXT Ventures
• Former Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures

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Gianfranco Giannella

Advisor

• CEO at Renaissance Ventures
• Executive Chairman at Hyris LTD
• Former COO and GM at Octo Telematics
• Executive Partner at IBM Global Business Service

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