Gerd Leonhard The Futures Agency
The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd 'one of the leading Media Futurists in the world.' Co-Author of the influential book 'The Future of Music', author of 'Music2.0', 'The End of Control', and 'The Future of Content', Gerd has a musical background. In 1985, he won the Quincy Jones Award, and subsequently graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Rickard Falkvinge The Pirate Party
In 2005, Rick Falkvinge had a notion: to create a political party focused on the issues of file sharing, copyright, and patents - the next-generation civil liberties. A year later, having registered the domain name piratpartiet.se (literally The Pirate Party), he got 3 million hits in the first 3 days. Shortly thereafter, Falkvinge took out a large bank loan, quit his job at Cypak, and started building the Pirate Party full-time.
Ben Rooney The Wall Street Journal
Ben is Technology Editor at The Wall Street Journal Europe. He writes across both print and digital editions of the newspaper, and spearheads a new section providing news, commentary and analysis on technology business activity in Europe, as well as start-ups, digital entrepreneurship, and gadget and service launches relevant to the regional market. Ben has also launched a new technology blog to be featured on europe.WSJ.com in the coming months.
Kerstin Cooley MOOR
Kerstin Cooley is CEO of MOOR, a private investment company founded by Kaj Hed, majority shareholder of Rovio. MOOR occupies a space traditional VC firms fear to tread, namely the delicate early stage of a new company, and invests in market-changing initiatives within digital economy.
Marcos Battisti Intel Capital
Neal Dempsey Serial Investor / Bay Partners
Neal was 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.
Jason Ball Qualcomm Ventures
Jason Ball is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures Europe and is based in London. Jason has 8 years experience working with internet and mobile software start-ups. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was the Investment Director at London Seed Capital, a seed and early stage venture capital fund, where he focused on material science and internet technology investments.
Jason holds an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, where he was given the “Innovation and Strategy Award” from the Boston Consulting Group, and a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College.
Andreas Börjesson Bird & Bird
Speaker / Sponsor
Andreas specialises in private equity, M&A and corporate & securities law in the IT and communications sectors. He has advised both national and international clients in a large number of complex transactions, IPOs and security issues, involving both private and public companies.
Andreas’ services also include advice on technology/IPR related and complex cross border investment, joint ventures and due diligence investigations.
Tom Hall Pearson International
Speaker / Sponsor
Tom graduated from Durham University and Beijing’s People’s University in Modern Chinese, and then spent time working in Beijing in advertising sales and marketing. Moving back to the UK, he worked on publishing sales into mainland China and South East Asia for the publisher Dorling Kindersley (Penguin Group).