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TradeByte CEO Matthias Schulte talks to platform pioneers, DTC experts and leaders of digital commerce one-to-one!

Because we deeply believe: Platform business is people business.

  • MATTHIAS MEETS: Felix Jahn, Director of E-commerce for s. Oliver Group

    Our first edition of the ECD LIVE format “Matthias Meets..”! Tradebyte-CEO Matthias Schulte talks to platform pioneers, DTC experts and leaders of digital commerce. Our guest is Felix Jahn, Director e-commerce for the s. Oliver Group, a major European fashion retail brand.

  • MATTHIAS MEETS: Marcel Brindöpke!,Co-Founder and Managing Director of heyconnect

    For the 2020 finale Matthias Schulte meets Marcel Brindöpke, Co-Founder & Managing Director of heyconnect!  

  • MATHHIAS MEETS: Jan Kegelberg, E-Commerce & Digital Supply Expert

    Matthias welcomes Jan Kegelberg, former CDO of Sport Scheck & CEO of fitfox, as well as E-Commerce & Digital Supply Expert – and what an expert he is! Having led Sport Scheck through the whole transformation from retailer to multichannel platform business.

  • MATTHIAS MEETS: Robert Schlichter, Business Partner Manager at Otto Market

    Robert Schlichter, Business Partner Manager at Otto Market is an “Urgestein” which means “bedrock”. He has not only been part of the leading German retailer for almost 20 years, but has driven digital transformation by establishing Otto Market as one of its marketplace  leaders.


Regular segments with Alex as he dives deep with special guests, some big players and our expert friends on industry topics.

Join in and watch discuss all things platforms, tech, theory and of course, people business.

  • ECD LIVE Talk with Malte Dous from DocMorris

    For our second in-studio live sit down interview at our very own ECD Studio, we sat down with Malte Dous, Managing Director at DocMorris Marketplace. With his background as the “father” of Zalando’s Partner Program and General Manager for Wayfair Germany, he is a marketplace ultra, knowing the business inside out and vice versa. Watch as Alex and Malte deep dive on the impact of the online pharmacy and e-prescriptions will have on your online & offline life, the booming medical sector which is taking our industry by storm and Malte’s insights on how any diverse market can excel via digital retail solutions.      

  • ECD Live Talk: Dr. Dominick Brenner from The Platform Group

    This week we sat down with Dr. Dominik Benner, CEO of The Platform Group which he started after successful years with his boldly developed online platform – which has more than 2000 successful retail stores. The Platform Group owns several locations throughout Germany, owning 13 B2C platforms, 8 B2B, and collaborates with 3900 partners in digital retail fashion since its start up in 2018. Watch and learn about Dominik’s inspiring story, how to find your power niche in several markets and diversify your strategy to grow a larger diverse customer base.    

  • ECD Live Talk: Armand Farsi from Fanatics Inc.

    Welcome back! Not only is it the premiere of our first very own ECD studio that we are recording in now, but also a long awaited premiere: With Armand Farsi that the ECD welcomes it’s the first-ever in-studio guest!  Armand  is Head of DACH and International Marketplaces at global sports merchandise powerhouse, Fanatics, Inc. Learn how Fanatics has become one of the leading drivers and innovators of sports merchandising and why the European market is still rather new ground for them.     

  • ECD LIVE Talk: Digitec Galaxus & the unique Swiss Market with Stefan Fraude, Digitec Galaxus

    Hello, or in this case: Grüezi ECD Community and welcome to this first ever country specific edition of the ECD LIVE Talk. Our guest is Stefan Fraude, Head of Category Management at Digitec Galaxus. Stefan is not only a wonderful storyteller but also a long term observer and player of the e-commerce circle in general.

  • ECD LIVE Talk – Ryan Mullins, CEO at Aglet

    Ryan Mullins, former Director Future Trends at Adidas, is now founder and CEO of his start-up Aglet. A progressive thinker, game-changer and shaker! Watch us talk optimism for the virtual world, how fashion commerce is evolving, and why gaming is positive, despite its reputation!

  • ECD LIVE Talk. A promising year for digital fashion retail?

    Alexander Otto with special guest Felix Rölkens from McKinsey & Company.  

  • ECD LIVE Talk – “DTC is the key to…?” with Roman von Heesen from denkteich

    This episode is all about DTC, Direct-To-Consumer, as a, if not THE, future business model for digital retail in general and particularly, the digital fashion commerce. Roman von Heesen is not only one of the leading experts, he has also been an extraordinarily experienced maker of the scene for years.


Stay tuned for some really cool and insightful video, audio and written content that we are creating round the clock!

  • Do you sweat online? – ECD Panel Discussion

    In digital sales and distribution, sports brands are the trailblazers. They’re faced with the difficult task of conveying emotions like: elation, frustration, pain and joy. How do we communicate these in a digital environment?

  • Platform Business – What does it mean and which varieties are most promising? – ECD Panel Discussion

    The journey into platform business begins with a marketplace model. What are the different models that exist today and which are the most successful ones? How can brands, vendors and retailers dip their toes into platform business?

  • What is the perfect interplay between B2B wholesale and B2C platform business? – ECD Panel Discussion

    Vendors are establishing platforms and developing their product ranges digitally. How do traditional order scenarios, which have stood the test of time, fit in with this digital system? Do they feed off each other? Do they collide?

  • Bye bye City shopping – reality or just this year’s fake news? ECD Panel Discussion

    The numbers of in-person customers found in shopping malls and small city shops has been steadily declining. Online-consumption however, is on the rise. Is this the end of “traditional” shopping?

  • The living category on its challenging way to digitalization – ECD Panel Discussion

    The furniture industry has managed to produce successful digital business models only in certain isolated cases. Manufacturers and brands are mostly, several miles apart from consumers. Which models can counteract this trend and bring desired change?

  • ECD Virtual Panel: DTC is the KEY!

    The world of digital commerce is omnipresent. But what do future roles of brands, retailers and online-players look like in a platform world and deal with the massive impact of this transformation? And why is DTC, being the field of direct-to-consumer, the key to success – especially  during these times?

  • Happy Birthday ECD – Wheel of Fortune at ECD 2019

    To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the ECD, we invited guests to spin the Wheel of Fortune. We also ask: who sings the most beautiful version of  ‘Happy Birthday’ ?