We are working on the future of mobile payments in Europe.

2017

Mission Europe!

Offering mobile payment combined with value-added services from and for Europe - that is Christian Pirkner's Mission, which he has been pursuing since its foundation.

The first European payment scheme

Before starting Bluecode, Christian lived in Silicon Valley, where he led his two previous startups to highly successful exits. His companies were responsible for path breaking innovations such as digital media recognition, music playlisting and video distribution serving clients such as Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Shazam and Netflix. When he came back to Austria he founded Bluecode, the first European payment scheme.

Bluecode App

The bluecode family grows

The banking soon recognizes the need to promoto European solutions and the first German and Austrian banks join the Bluecode payment scheme.

Leading in offering value-added mobile payments

The company is growing and app users are happy about the nationwide Bluecode acceptance at 85 % of all food stores in Austria (among others at Billa, Bipa, Merkur and the Spar Austria Group as well as the Globus Group and at Konsum in Germany)

2018

Over 700 Mio. Alipay users benefit from Bluecode

Since 2018, Alipay users have also been benefiting from the cooperation between Bluecode and the Asian payment giant. An expansion into the German market took place in the same year. This development was not only noticeable in Germany, but also throughout Europe.

Bluecode Alipay

2019

Bluecode makes new friends in Europe

Bluecode joins forces with six leading European payment systems. The European Mobile Payment System Association (EMPSA) was born and has been working together on the European vision ever since.

The vision one step closer

What the ECB and the Deutsche Bundesbank had vehemently called for in recent months is becoming reality: an independent payment scheme according to European standards.

Bluecode Team

Our values

Simplicity

Simplicity

We make complex things simple and easy to understand.

Growth

Growth

We focus on continuous innovation and grow by working hand in hand with our users and partners.

Transparency

Transparency

We are fair and transparent in all our actions and avoid small print.

Fun

Fun

We all believe that it is important to have fun at work while being the best.

Management

Dr. Christian Pirkner CEO

Dr. Christian Pirkner

Chief Executive Officer

Christian Pirkner is a serial startup entrepreneur and CEO of Blue Code International AG. Bluecode is a highly disruptive, award winning mobile payment solution connecting European banks, merchants and customers. Before starting Bluecode, Christian lived in Silicon Valley where he led his two previous startups to highly successful exits. His companies were responsible for path breaking innovations such as digital media recognition, music playlisting and video distribution serving clients such as Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Shazam and Netflix. Christian also holds a Doctorate in Finance from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and from New York University.

Dr. Jens Lütcke

Dr. Jens Lütcke

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

As Deputy CEO of Bluecode, Jens Lütcke is responsible for partner management on the banking side. He holds a doctorate in law and has around 15 years of experience in the payment and e-commerce industry. As a co-initiator and former managing director of Sofort GmbH, he developed “Sofort Überweisung” into the leading direct transfer procedure in Europe within 12 years. After a successful sale to the Swedish European Klarna Group, he also managed the DACH region for Klarna from 2014 to 2017.

Georg Schardt CCO

Georg Schardt

Chief Commercial Officer

Georg Schardt is responsible for the areas of merchant and bank cooperations at Bluecode. The payment expert has more than 30 years of experience from various management positions in the financial and retail sector. As co-initiator and managing director of Sofort GmbH, he was responsible for international sales and strategic cooperations in payment transactions for eight years. At the same time, he played a leading role in the development of the second EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2), which came into force in January 2018. Prior to that, he headed the Internet business of Conrad Electronic for nine years.

Mirko Thomas Oberholzer CCO

Mirko Thomas Oberholzer

Chief Operating Officer

Mirko Thomas Oberholzer has many years of experience in the payment service and card business. As Head of Legal at SIX Group, he was responsible for building up the European acquiring business (PSD license in Luxembourg). After the takeover of Paylife Bank in Vienna by SIX, he was responsible as Managing Director for the “back office” division. For the Swiss Cornèr Bank (Lugano) he built up the international card issuing business (E-money Institute in Vaduz). For many years, Mirko Oberholzer was a member of the “Rules & Regulations” committee at Master Card.

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