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Watchr marketplace to buy and sell watches 100% online

Please introduce yourself and your Startup Watchr to our readers!
I am Claudio de Giovanni, the founder and CEO of Watchr, bringing my years of experience as an Managing Director and CEO to the table alongside of my formal qualifications in the fields of finance and international commerce.
Holder of both a Master of Science and a CEMS in International Management from the London School of Economics, I has also studied at other prestigious international colleges such as Escade and Bocconi.

I have founded Watchr which is the fastest growing marketplace to buy and sell watches 100% online. All our watches have been hand-inspected by our certified Watchr inspectors. Gone are the days of haggling with the used watch salesman. Instead, Watchr makes the process simple, trustworthy and even fun ! We combine a rigorous watch-certification process, an industry-leading pricing algorithm, and the world’s best watch-buying process to delight all our customers.

How did you get the idea to Watchr?
I get the idea to Watchr when one day I wanted to buy a second-hand luxury watch and I encountered difficulties to do it. Indeed I was afraid to get ripped off, not to find the best value for money. And then I thought that it would be great if I could use some help and expertise to find me the best watch for me and at the best price. That is why I set up this marketplace called Watchr.

How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
The most important difficulty that I had to overcome is to reach the confidence of customers. Indeed, as we are a marketplace and work only online, it is then not easy to gain the trust of customers as people can’t see the watches for real for example. Besides, the transaction involves a large sum of money which makes even more difficult to increase the confidence of our customers.

To resolve it Watchr carries out a full and rigorous inspection on every watch that we showcase, in order to ensure that we describe each timepiece honestly and accurately and maintain our excellent reputation. A member of our expert team will fully inspect every watch before we offer it for sale, and we provide a Certificate of Authenticity to the buyer for added peace of mind too.

Who is your target audience?
My target audience is all the person who want to sell or buy a watch.
If you’re selling – just give us the basic details. We’ll send an inspector to check your timepiece right at your home or office, set the price, and – when it’s sold – ship it to a buyer. What could be less painless? Plus, you’re getting a higher price than the dealers’, guaranteed.

If you’re buying – you know you’re getting a watch that’s been inspected and certified, that comes with a 10-day money-back guarantee, and will be delivered right to your door. The price? This time, it’s lower than dealers, guaranteed.

What is the USP of your startup?
Our USP is the convenience. From ascertaining a fair price for your watch to promoting it to potential buyers to the end negotiations, selling a good quality pre-owned timepiece is not always easy! Watchr is your personal concierge service that takes care of the transaction from the beginning to the end. Inspection, valuation, advertising, and the final sale-Watchr will take care of it all.

Can you describe a typical workday of you?
My typical workday is very classic. I wake up early, and then the first thing that I do is to read my emails to keep informed of the latest news concerning my company. Then, at the company I lead team meetings to see at which stages my employees are in their work. Besides I reply to my emails, to calls at the same time that advancing my work. In the middle of the day I do some sports as I think that it is very important to take time to relax. At the end of the day I thinking of next steps for my company and what I have to do for the next day.

Where do you see yourself and your startup Watchr in five years?
In five years, it would be great if my company is known all over the world. I hope that my company will make a place in the world of the watch and that everybody think to use my service as soon as they need to sell or buy a watch. It would be a great pride for me to bring Watchr to the top and to overcome all the hardships

What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
Mistakes are essential
Be confident, don’t give up
Don’t be afraid to dream

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Thank you Claudio de Giovanni for the Interview

Statements of the author and the interviewee do not necessarily represent the editors and the publisher opinion again.

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Sabine Elsässer
Sabine Elsässer
Sabine Elsaesser is an experienced entrepreneur and media/startup expert. Since 2016, she has served as the Chief Editor and CEO of StartupValley Media & Publishing. In this role, she is responsible for managing the company and providing strategic direction for its media and publishing activities. Sabine Elsaesser takes great pleasure in assisting individuals and businesses in reaching their full potential. Her expertise in establishing sales organizations and her passion for innovation make her a valuable advocate for startups and entrepreneurs.
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