Alejandro Betancourt Lopez, one of the founders, came up with the idea in 2012 while he was on a trip to the United States with three friends. They had $300 and were determined to buy some low-end sunglasses they had seen in an American catalog. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find any anywhere in Spain—their country’s laws restrict importing from other European countries and the United States.
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1) Alejandro Betancourt Lopez
These four Spanish college students turned out to be named Alejandro Betancourt Lopez, Juan Jimenez Martinez, Jose Manuel Cruz Mendez and Jorge Rodriguez Pastor. What’s amazing about these guys are their ages. Betancourt is 21 years old, Jimenez Martinez 22 years old, Mendez 25 years old and Rodriguez Pastor 30 years old. That adds up to only 96 years of age for all of them combined! They couldn’t even buy their own booze in most US states but they were doing $13 million in business over 12 months. I love these guys!
2) Key Data Points
Hawkers was originally started by four Spanish college students buying $300 worth of low-end shades in the United States to sell on a Spanish classified site. The company grew into one of Spain’s largest consumer brands, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. In 2013, after three years of growth and business development, Yebra [the CEO] sold it to Alibaba for $1 billion dollars.
3) Four Spanish Students from University Complutense
This company was originally started by four Spanish college students, Alejandro Betancourt Lopez, Javier Rodriguez Delgado, David Civera, and Javi Ruiz. They originally bought $300 worth of low-end shades in the United States to sell on a Spanish classified site. After selling about 300 pairs at ten dollars apiece (the initial plan was to sell them for $20) they realized they were onto something and dropped out of school. We had never thought about starting our own business, says Fernandez.
4) Selling Sunglasses
Hawkers is a European online eyewear store. The business was born when several of its founders bought $300 worth of sunglasses in the United States and sold them on an EBay-like classified site in Spain. It’s about selling eye wear from around 40 brands directly to consumers, bypassing intermediaries such as opticians and optometrists. To know more click: here.