J.P. Rangaswami Salesforce.com
With a background in economics and journalism, JP Rangaswami has been a technology innovator and chief information officer for many leading financial firms. As an advocate for open source and disruptive technologies, Rangaswami has been a leading force in the success of multiple startups, including School of Everything, Salesforce.com (where he is Chief Scientist) and Ribbit.
James Sperans Morgan Stanley
Jamey is a portfolio manager for the Private Equity Fund of Funds group. He joined Morgan Stanley AIP in 2001 and has over 20 years of relevant industry experience. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was a serial entrepreneur, co-founding four businesses, including two marketing automation service companies (TeamToolz and Nimblefish Technologies), and a New York-based private advisory firm. Prior to that, Jamey was as a senior consultant with Bain & Company. In this capacity, he advised both public and private companies on strategic, financial and operational issues. He received dual BAs with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
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.
Jeff Coe Voyat.com
Since 1996, Jeff Coe has worked with a number of established and emerging technologies from concept to maturity. He was responsible for developing and expanding several technology companies including Mercury Mobility LTD and sevenload GmbH into multiple countries and technology sectors. His core expertise lies within the internet and mobile space primarily that of entertainment, and has brokered several landmark business deals between traditional media and new media including the first major music ringtone deal in Australia. Jeff co-founded Halfahead, a pioneer digital music platform in Europe which was the first legal music platform in Scandinavia featuring record label content. In 2003, Jeff co-founded Mercury Mobility, a mobile entertainment company in Australia which saw a successful stock listing in 2007. Post IPO, Jeff migrated to Europe and began investing in European businesses. His core focus is to alleviate growing pains and shorten the growth cycle as much as possible to improve their early success in the market.
Robin Wauters Tech.eu
Advisor / Speaker
I'm an entrepreneur, blogger, conference organizer, social media consultant, startup advisor and allround web addict, based in Belgium, Europe.
Former European editor at The Next Web, TechCrunch, and managing editor of Virtualization.com I founded tech.eu in 2013. A few years ago, I set up Plugg, a one-day conference in Brussels aimed to raise awareness for European entrepreneurship as well as the most promising Web / Mobile 2.0 startups on the continent. Aside from that, I'm also the organizer of the monthly OpenCoffee Club Brussels meetups.
Robert Ferri Robert Ferri Partners
Robert Ferri, founder of Robert Ferri Partners, LLC, is a shareholder in and advisor to numerous public and private technology companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Robert has helped found, grow and finance a number of companies in the United States and Europe, including online securities and financial services firms, trading and other transaction technology providers, and enterprise solutions companies. With a particular focus on assisting European companies create financial and strategic opportunities in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the United States. His areas of focus include early-stage and public company growth, investor relations, reputation management, corporate development and public policy. Robert has international experience in financial communications, having launched and headed media relations departments for The Nasdaq Stock Market and its parent organization, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., as well as Montgomery Securities, a prominent investment bank focused on growth companies. At two Omnicom firms, Robert launched the San Francisco-based Financial Communications and Investor Relations Practice, which grew quickly to serve publicly traded and IPO-track companies, as well as financial services firms, throughout the United States. In Washington, D.C., Robert was Executive Assistant for Communications to United States Senator John Heinz. He also was a columnist and reporter in the Washington bureau of Thomson Newspapers, Inc., a chain of more than 100 daily newspapers. Robert was Founding Owner and President of The Amherst News, Inc., a weekly newspaper in his native Massachusetts. He also served as Editor of two daily newspapers. A member of the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council of Harvard’s Kennedy School and the San Francisco Area Advisory Committee of the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College, Robert serves on numerous corporate and not-for-profit Boards of Directors.
Joel Dreyfuss CNBC / FORTUNE
A veteran journalist and editor, Joel Dreyfuss is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Dreyfuss was previously the USA Today New York Bureau Chief and has worked for the Washington Post, AP, Red Herring, Fortune Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The New York Post, CNBC, and Bloomberg News. Dreyfuss has been the editor of PC Magazine and the editor-in-chief of Information Week. Dreyfuss has also worked for KPIX and KQED. He has also published articles in The New York Times Magazine, the Book Review, and the Los Angeles Times. He co-authored "The Bakke Case: The Politics of Inequality"(1980) with law professor Charles Lawrence III. Dreyfuss also blogs about Haiti for the Huffington Post. He has been a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Deborah Magid IBM
Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $22B software business in the company’s 10-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries.
Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. Deborah is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet;” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A.
Deborah’s relationships are global, and extend into emerging geographies. Deborah is a frequent spokesperson on topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and investors. She is on the board of SDForum, the Silicon Valley emerging technology network, and on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance.
Previously, Deborah held positions in product management, marketing, and user-centered design at Taligent, GE Information Services and AT&T.
Deborah holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.
Mike Butcher TechCrunch / The Europas
Mike Butcher is TechCrunch's "Editor At Large". As such he has a roving brief to write about Startups, Venture Capital, technology trends and emerging markets. A former grunge rock drummer, he became a long-time journalist, and has since written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. Mike is also a co-founder and shareholder of TechHub, a service company for startups with several locations in Europe. Mike is the founder and on the steering committee of Coadec, the Coalition for a Digital Economy, which works to lobby for legislation that fosters a sustainable and innovative digital economy for the UK. He also serves on the Mayor of London’s "Smart London" Board, advising on Smart Cities and Entrepreneurship. A former editor of New Media Age magazine and he was also an Executive Editor on the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine. Since 1996 he has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites. In 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia’s European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 he was voted ‘One of the 100 Innovators of the UK Internet Decade’ by GfK NOP, the fourth-largest custom research business in the world. In July 2008 he named as one of the Top 100 people in London’s creative industry by The Independent newspaper. In August 2008 his coverage of the European tech scene was honoured in the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” category by Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was named as one of Britain’s Top 100 “digital power-brokers” by Wired UK magazine. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper, and again in 2011.
Christian Claussen Ventech
Christian joined Ventech in 2013 to spearhead Ventech's activities in the DACH region, spending his time between offices in Paris and Munich. Before that he invested close to €100m over 15 years for TVM Capital/Munich-Boston (1998-2008) and OMNES Capital/Paris(2009-2013), including lead investments into Tantau Inc. (NSDQ: 24/7 Systems), T.I.M.E (acquired by Genesys S.A.), Telesnap (acquired by Netwise AB), CoreOptics (acquired by Cisco), Silicon Hive (acquired by Intel), Netviewer (acquired by Citrix), Definiens (Medical Imaging SW), Arteris (network-on-chip), Trusted Shops (certification software), Turtle Entertainment (e-sport network), TennisPoint (vertical e-tailer), Plista (online and mobile ad network), European Games Group (F2P online games publisher) and Trust You (SaaS vendor). Prior to joining the VC Industry, Mr. Claussen was Head of bus dev and product management in Siemens' Networks Group.
Marcel E. Smit Service2Media
Marcel has one of the industry's most impressive track records for taking companies over the threshold of success, with two Exits (and three companies) since 2010. He is now Chief Executive Officer of Service2Media - Multi-platform App Development Platform, Aligning Business & IT.
Marcel was previously CEO of Mirror42, the cloud and mobile business visualization software company that enables businesses to implement performance management.
Prior to joining Mirror42, Smit was CEO at Q-go, a next generation online customer service software company that he reorganized and expanded internationally in both the US and Europe. Q-go was acquired by RightNow Technologies in January 2011 for $34M USD, and Smit led the global integration of Q-go within the RightNow organization. RightNow Technologies was subsequently acquired by Oracle in October 2011 for $1.5 billion.
Prior to Q-go, Smit was Vice President, Northern Europe at MicroStrategy, a leading global supplier of business intelligence, and he held a variety of marketing and sales leadership positions at Oracle and USoft over the course of 15 years prior to that time.
Marcel graduated from Nyenrode Business University in The Netherlands with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.
ASHLEY WARD FOXWARD ZABOURA
Ashley Ward is passionate about inspiring business leaders to make the most of their talents and their people; As a seven times CEO over 26 years with four public offerings behind him, he has experienced extreme learning. He led the IPO of Orchestream in 2000 to its £1b market cap, and as MD of Cray Communications/Anite Networks led the turnaround and executed its sale in two parts to Cable & Wireless and Intel. He has been involved in around 20 M&A transactions as CEO, is a former professional racing driver and instructor and competed at international level for 13 seasons and in over 200 races.
He founded European Leaders’ academy workshops for GMs & CEOs as well as supporting coaching clients at various stages in their career. Ashley combines the science of the best coaching practice along with a pragmatic approach to personal development. The aim is simple; help business leaders raise their game and transform the effectiveness of how they run their companies. Coaching and Mentoring interventions. At the heart of any business transformation or improvement is conscious behaviour and great communication and these two subjects are at the core of the client work undertaken.
François Mazoudier Tech Leaders Capital
Advisor / Speaker
Francois Mazoudier is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Tech Leaders Capital, a tech CEO co-investment club.
With 20 years+ experience in building TMT companies, early stage Venture Capital and M&A, 2 successful IPOs, 1 total failure and over 2,000 startup business plans, Francois brings a rich, balanced view of the good, the bad and the ugly world of building successful exits in Tech.
He spent half of his career in operational roles, building tech businesses from product management to customer services to sales and marketing and senior management functions. Companies include Central Point Software (sold to Symantec - Product Marketing), PictureTel (Videoconferencing, Channel Marketing, Business Development - IPO, now Polycom, The Cloud (largest WiFi operator network in Europe, sold to SKY CORP - Marketing Head) and RealNetworks (startup to IPO – Marketing, EMEA founding team).
He spent the second part of his career in Private Equity. He was the co-founder of Speed Ventures, a $90m seed stage Venture Capital firm backed by Soros Partners and Permira (sold to Ledstiernan AB), then helped VC funds with operational and turnaround work with some underperforming investments before setting up EQUATE, a specialist advisory firm helping TMT firms with operational growth and funding, and their shareholders with strategic advisory and transactions.
Francois is an active advisor, board mentor and early stage investor. Tech Leaders Capital is a CEO co-investment club – not a VC fund – for some of the most prestigious CEOs in TMT today. The investment club provides them with outstanding, proprietary, fully qualified investment opportunities they can co-invest in with other high grades peers. It provides a few lucky tech companies with investment, direct access to one of the world’s finest CEO networks, an active and relevant industry rolodex, and free Executive Search powered by European Leaders to build their early stage company into a first class execution team. More info at www.leaders.vc
Francois speaks French, English, German and some Spanish and has lived in even more countries; he holds a BA in Sales & Marketing from the University of Paris. He loves tennis, travel, epicurean pleasures and constant change. He hates stagnation, London’s weather, his total lack of work-life balance and pomp.