Rupert Cocke Mergermarket / Financial Times
Rupert is Spanish bureau chief for Mergermarket / Financial Times
"I have been a full-time news reporter since 1995. I learnt the trade before the internet became commonplace; was trained to make split-second decisions on financial situations by Dow Jones Newswires; and was given the freedom to focus on in-depth reporting by the Mergermarket Group."
Tim Draper DFJ
Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Tim's original suggestion to use viral marketing in web-based email to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, YahooMail, and Gmail and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by thousands of businesses. Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv, and hundreds of others.
Neal Dempsey Serial Investor / Bay Partners
Neal was one of the founding Investor in Starbucks - just one of many great decisions he has made based upon an intuitive sense of which entrepreneurs have the right DNA for success. Recently joining the Forbes Midas List, with 3 IPOs in 2012 alone (Eloqua - acquired in 2012 by Oracle for $871 million; Enphase Energy for $242 million; and Guidewire Software at market cap: $2.09 billion) along with a slew of other coups over his career, Neal's adventurous spirit has also taken him atop six of the seven tallest summits in the world.
Christopher Pommerening Active Venture Partners
Christopher Pommerening started his professional career in Spain in 1998 co-founding AutoScout24 Spain as CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Autoscout24 is part of the Scout24 Group, Europe’s leading operator of virtual market places. Christopher was appointed Managing Director of Scout24 Spain in 2001. While preparing the internationalisation of the Scout24 Group, he also set up B24 Networks, a Europe wide on-line market place for the yachting sector.
Charles Ehredt Goodman Advisors
30+ years experience helping companies align business processes, teams, and technology with clearly defined business strategy.
Private Equity investor in 23 entities including financial services, technology development, ecommerce, and manufacturing.
Specialties: Strategy Definition, Goal Alignment, Team Building, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Management, Procurement, Outsourcing, International Expansion, Sales Channel Development
Benedict Rodenstock ASTUTIA
is founder and CEO of ASTUTIA. He is an expert for the development of start up companies. In his professional carreer, he worked as a consultant for corporations and assisted the development of new businesses on company side and on investor’s side. Amongst others he worked for Hubert Burda Media, WEB.DE and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Benedict Rodenstock got his MBA at the University St. Gallen; he studied internet technologies at New York University, and at the University Bologna he aquired a degree in history.