About us

It is our mission to become the world's leading platform, connecting sailors and boat owners from all over the world and making sailing more accessible.

About Us

We are Barqo, a crew of passionate sailors set sail to share the adventure of sailing away, together. We believe that ‘sharing’ is what makes this world go round, and the best way to go around the world is by sailing, together!

Unfortunately, few captains own a boat, and even fewer can use their boats as often as they would like. This means many boats remain docked for a major part of the year, yet, boat owners are still forced to pay hefty fees for insurance, taxes and more. The result? Packed harbors and too many sailors without their beloved sea.

This is where we come in, against the stream! Barqo is an open platform where both sailors and boat owners can come together to join a community and sail this world together. Through our Q-munity, we connect people from all over the world by giving them the opportunity to discover new places and to get to know people from different cultures and backgrounds. We have a wide variety of boats available, so there’s a vessel for every captain out there – but be warned! There are many captains on the horizon, so be quick, before another pirate comes and takes your desired boat for a trip!

This is what makes Barqo a place where people who share the same interests and goals are brought together: at Barqo, everybody is a captain, because it’s our dream to make sailing accessible to anyone, anywhere, any time! With our ‘all hands on deck’-mentality, we can realize this dream and sail away, together!

Team

Thijs Janssen

Product & Finance

Floris van Hoogenhuyze

Business Development & Strategy

Dennis van Kappen

CTO / Lead full-stack developer

Joris van Kappen

Data & Growth

Toon van Acker

Full Stack Developer

Michael Straubinger

Data analyst

Isabela Assiria

UX/UI Designer

Advisors

Bas Hazewinkel

Technical Advisor

Experienced CTO, Business Development & Agile professional of Scalable software companies. Previous CTO of biggest Dutch social media website Hyves.

Jelle Hoffenaar

General advisor

Experienced growth and scale up entrepreneur. Successfully led 3 companies to series A investment. Currently also active as an advisor for Snappcar | The European leading car sharing platform.

Lisette Hendrikse

Legal advisor

Experienced General Counsel, switched from corporate to the start-up and scale-up world. Together with a team from Liance.Legal they work together with Barqo. Previously General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Company Secretary Philips TV. 20 years of experience in all legal aspects of international business, with a great passion for starting and growing businesses.