017: The Accidental Ecommerce Store

Bernard Schembri launched his ping-pong website back in the early days of the internet, when everyone still had a “homepage” named after them, and pixelated gifs were the height of cool.

But what started as a passion, almost by accident, led to some pretty interesting business opportunities for the then 15 year-old.

Pretty soon, Bernard found himself taking on sponsors, programming his own shopping cart and launching an ecommerce store – long before ecommerce was default business model it is today. By the age of 23 he was financially free, and today his site is one of the top ping-pong ecommerce stores on the net, generating well over 7-figure revenues.

In this episode, Bernard shares how he launched his venture from his home country of Malta, and grew it to what it is today.

Listen to Learn:

  • How Bernard started an ecommerce shop before it was even a “thing”
  • How the site evolved from a passion to a serious business
  • How he got his first advertising partners
  • How he’s automated enough of his business to serve thousands of customers/month single-handedly


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