Claudia is founder and CEO of DaWanda, the online marketplace for unique and handmade items. She studied Romance Languages and Tourism at LMU Munich, then worked as Head of Operations at This was followed by a Business Development role at Passado, where she met Michael Pütz. In December 2006, they founded DaWanda together in Berlin. Today, the company has employees from 16 different countries. The website is available in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Polish. DaWanda is one of the most popular trading companies in Germany, it was ranked fourth on the "Proposition Index 2012" by strategy consulting company OC&C. The German-language Startup Monitor of ethority GmbH & Co. KG has found DaWanda to be the most popular startup selected by internet users on several different occasions.