Building the foundation for a sustainable world.

The world is running on finite resources. Mankind consumes too much of them, without thinking of the long-term consequences. The majority of our economy is focused on transactional relationships. We buy and sell, ownership changes hand. This has to change. We are building the platform that allows companies to implement this.

From ownership to 'usership'

The biggest shift needs to happen in our perception of ownership. Especially as consumers, we are hesitant to not own the most important products in our lives. Owning means control. You decide what happens with the product. But owning comes with risk and responsibility too. For example the responsibility to recycling or reselling a product when you don't need it anymore. It's this stage of the lifecycle that is most crucial to change.

Direct consumer relationships

Supply chain & retail channels add a lot of overhead in the process of getting goods in the hands of customers. It also makes it hard for companies to be in direct contact with their customers.

We believe companies can only provide great experiences, through direct customer relationships.

Make companies responsible

Moving from a transactional to a recurring business model will force companies to act responsibly. The biggest shifts that will happen:

  • Products get multiple owners, companies that make products that last long will benefit the most
  • In a recurring business model the customers vote with their wallet. They can walk at any given time, requiring companies to do the right things

Meet the team

We are a skilled team of makers.

Bob Jansen

Founder & CEO

Bob is founder and CEO of Firmhouse. He is responsible for Marketing, Customer Success and Culture. His goal with Firmhouse is to build a company that ends ownership as we know it today, and make companies responsible for their actions through recurring relationships with their customers.

Paul Bakker

Partner & advisor

Paul is one of our advisors and investors. He helps us make better decisions, expand our horizon, and provides us with valuable insights. Previously a successful in-house entrepreneur within high-tech security company Fox-IT, Paul then founded Offspark, which got acquired by ARM in 2015.

Michiel Sikkes

Founder & CTO

Michiel is the the co-founder and CTO of Firmhouse. He is a jack of all trades and helps everyone in the team coördinate work for client projects and the development of our own products.

Mariel Venhuizen

Operation Manager

Mariel is our chief getting shit done officer. Using her background in psychology, leadership development, and nonprofit management she spends her time focused on fostering social capital.

Robbert van Geldrop

Partner & CFO

Robbert runs all efforts for finances & legal matters. Before joining Firmhouse, Robbert was running (since 2004) his own software company BackupAgent, which was acquired by Acronis in 2014. In the course of growing his company, Robbert also founded the first Lean Startup Circle meetup group in continental Europe.

Bram Bokdam

Developer

Bram is our developer. He is passionate about development and hacking on an occasional side project. At Firmhouse, he likes to support clients with their projects and help develop the Firmhouse platform.

Yann Schaub

Designer

Yann helps us create well thought-out interfaces that put the user in control. Yann is all about personal growth: He likes to put himself in situations where he’s forced to learn and believes that the best parts of life happen outside one’s comfort zone.

Joshua Jansen

Developer

Joshua is one of our developers. He is passionate about kickstarting and shipping new products, and he’s been doing that for over a decade. In early 2015, he joined Firmhouse to help get products in the hand of customers with a pragmatic mindset and an optimistic attitude.

Mitchel Jager

Front-end developer

Mitchel is our Front-end Developer. He transforms designs in to a functional interface that works well across different internet browsers and devices. He likes to stay on top of new features to make the most out of your internet browsing experience.