Stephan Schambach

Stephan Schambach (* 1 August 1970 in Erfurt) is a German entrepreneur and pioneer of E-Commerce. He was an early pioneer in eCommerce with the first standard software for online shopping in 1995 (Intershop). In addition to being the founder of Intershop Communications, Schambach also founded Demandware and NewStore.

Stephan Schambach
Born (1970-08-01) 1 August 1970
Erfurt, Germany
ResidenceBoston, MA, US

Early life

Schambach grew up in East Germany, where he graduated from Polytechnic High School. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the following monetary union, Schambach left his apprenticeship as a laboratory technician for physics and became a partner in the Hard & Soft Stanja KG in Jena. In 1992, he founded the NetConsult Computer Systeme GmbH. After the first in-house development "Archive 2000", the company presented the ecommerce software "Intershop Online".

NetConsult secured venture capital funding to guarantee further development and active international marketing measures. Further financial rounds enabled robust growth for more than a few hundred employees worldwide.

In 1996, Schambach established the first U.S. location for the company in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco. Prior to its IPO, Intershop software naming rights were acquired from the Swiss Intershop AG.Meanwhile, the company was renamed to Intershop Communications. The IPO took place on the Neuer Markt in 1998 and on the U.S. NASDAQ technology stock exchange in 2000. Schambach ceded his position as chairmanship of the board in 2003.

In 2004, he founded the U.S. company, Demandware Inc., and offered the first ecommerce solution as a cloud service. Demandware was listed at the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) in 2012. In 2016, Demandware was acquired by Salesforce for $2.8 billion dollars.


In 2015 Stephan Schambach founded NewStore, Inc., which delivers an Omnichannel-as-a-Service platform that allows brands to run their retail stores on iPhones.

Commitment to education

In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, Schambach has committed himself to improving the environment for start-ups and high-growth companies in Germany. This includes improving the practices of funding and exit opportunities. Furthermore, he and the Intershop Foundation are major sponsors of the E-Commerce Chair[1] at the University of Applied Sciences in Jena.

For his contribution for developing the software industry in Thuringia, Germany, he received the National Order of Merit in 2000.


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