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.
Currently he is Managing Partner of Active Venture Partners, Non Executive co-founder and Advisor of Foundum and Linqia, member of the Venture Committee of ASCRI, Advisor to Gild International and Chairman of the Venturepreneurs' Organisation & of the Barcelona Entrepreneurship City Commission.
Milo Yiannopoulos Breitbart
Milo Yiannopoulos is one of the best-known technology and media commentators in Europe. He is Associate Editor for the London office of Breitbart.com.
His writing has appeared in the Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, the Times, WIRED, the Observer, the Spectator, Business Insider, Attitude, the Catholic Herald and many other places. He appears regularly on television and radio discussing society, media, politics and of course technology.
In 2011, he founded online tabloid magazine The Kernel, which covered internet and pop culture, and sold it to Daily Dot Media in January 2014. He is a regular speaker on the technology conference circuit and was twice named one of the 100 most influential people in Britain’s digital economy by WIRED.
Milo has been called a “rising star of the Right” by the Spectator, the “pit bull of tech media” in a profile by the Observer, “digital media’s Citizen Kane” by Forbes magazine and a “cynical, ignorant fucker” by Stephen Fry.
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. As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances. He was ranked 52 on the list of the 100 most influential Harvard Alumni, and seven on the Forbes Midas List. He was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker. He was awarded the Commonwealth Club's Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy. To further encourage entrepreneurship, Tim started BizWorld.org, a non-profit for children to learn entrepreneurship, Draper University of Heroes, a school for entrepreneurs 18-28, and he leads SixCalifornias, an initiative to improve the governance of California.
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."
Specialties: News on Spanish companies / Off-diary reporting / Investigative reporting / In-depth news reporting / Breaking news / Analytical news reporting / Financial news / M&A reporting / Business intelligence
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.
"My philosophy is to always do something that scares you, which includes investing sometimes. But that's when I feel most alive."
With 17 IPOs in 20 years and 10 M&A deals, Neal and his team have generated significant results by working with companies that altered the way the technology industry works, such as Red Brick Software, a first in data warehousing, Exodus, which delivered the first web hosting services, Brocade, which defined the storage market, and Informatica on of the first data mart technologies.
Neal created the Dempsey Foundation to focus on his three areas of interest: higher education, children and the environment.
Gerd Leonhard The Futures Agency
Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated futurist with over 1500 engagements in the past 15 years and a combined audience of over 1 million people. Gerd focusses on near-future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business, media, technology and communications. Gerd is also an influential author, a sought-after executive ‘future trainer’ and a trusted strategic advisor. He is the co-author of the best-selling book The Future of Music and the author of 4 other books. Gerd is also the host of the web-TV series TheFutureShow and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency - a global network of over 30 leading futurists.
Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including digital transformation and the discovery of digitally-native business models, the opportunities and challenges of an exponential society, a sustainable business and cultural ecology, social media and communications, TV / film, radio and broadcasting futures, mobile content and commerce, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, ‘hard-future’ consumer trends, human-machine futures and AI, the IoT, big data and automation, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, as well as sustainability and related ‘green future’ topics . In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’.
Dave Carroll is an award winning singer-songwriter, professional speaker, author and social media innovator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He began his music career with his brother Don in the band Sons of Maxwell and has been enjoying success as a solo artist since 2008. He released his debut solo album Perfect Blue in 2008 and a second solo album in 2012 called Raincoat in Vegas. For over two decades, Dave has charmed fans with his approach to music. His ability to extract the essence of a message and craft it into song is a rare gift that is attracting fans of all ages, while his sense of humour and disarmingly warm stage presence makes each live experience a memorable one for audiences around the world.
Known as a master storyteller, Dave’s incredible talent was introduced to millions when his 2009 anthem ‘United Breaks Guitars’ became a worldwide sensation. The song chronicled his experience in the customer service process with United Airlines. His creative use of social media to share that message as an Independent Musician, has reached over 150 million people. As the #1 most watched YouTube Music Video in the world in July 2009, United Breaks Guitars has been called ‘one of the most important [videos] in Google’s history,’ and became a metaphor for change and innovation. Dave Carroll and United Breaks Guitars are now recognized as ‘household names.’ United Breaks Guitars won the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Video of the Year Award and Dave Carroll was award the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Digital Artist of the Year. Dave was also nominated for the 2010 ECMA for Entertainer of the Year.
Teresa Rhyne’s life changed forever with one sound: AAAARRRROOOOO! Emitted by a Beagle she later named Seamus, it signaled the beginning of a journey she could never have imagined.
Within a year, Seamus was diagnosed with and beat an aggressive cancer. Soon after, Rhyne herself was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. Throughout her treatment, Seamus was a four-legged touchstone, his successful battle paving the way for hers. Happily, Rhyne has had no evidence of the disease since that time.
Her memoir, The Dog Lived (and So Will I), is at once inspiring, uplifting and surprisingly hilarious. Embraced by both critics and fans, it became a #1 New York Times and international bestseller, and has been translated into six languages. In her new memoir, The Dogs Were Rescued (and So Was I), Rhyne details how her current Beagles, Daphne and Percival, inspired her to adopt a healthier, more compassionate lifestyle. AAAARRRROOOOO!
Michael is a charismatic leader, an entrepreneur skilled at taking ideas and turning them into reality. He has successfully built companies, raising finance growing teams, and developing products. He is the founder and CEO of 7th Pier, a boutique consultancy firm that mentors business leaders and provides strategic advice. Michael sits on boards in the private and not for profit sector.
An expert in digital media and mobile technologies, Michael was CEO of Rapid Mobile Media, building the company and selling it to the Rank Group. Michael’s skills and knowledge cross boundaries as shown by his role as founder and CEO of a UK based not for profit company, Citizens Advice Direct.
In his most recent role Michael was the CEO and Leader of the CEO Collaborative forum, he has worked with CEOs and investors from across Europe, brining them together to solve real business issues and create sustainable change.
Michael is a passionate about exploring what matters in life and has been studying mindfulness for 5 years. He firmly believes that the approach of mindfulness and associated approaches can enrich our professional and personal lives.
Since 1996 experience in business, financial and assets management and in M&A processes.
Also has extensive experience in supporting entrepreneurs, business development for start-ups and spin-offs and in acceleration and incubation programs and in business cooperation.
He has lead several companies in the investment and professional services sectors, including GuinotPrunera, Future Companies, strategic consulting firm associated to Crea Inversión, or Imacity, consultancy for cities and international institutions.
He was General Director of Economic Development in the Generalitat de Catalunya in the Department of Economy and Finances where he participated in the creation of financial and fiscal vehicles, as well as in investment operations from public funds, in public-private partnerships and in the attraction of foreign multinationals investments.
He serves on several boards of directors and advisors including the Institut Català de Finances.
He is a regular speaker and trainer in entrepreneurship, investment and competitiveness both in Spain and internationally, and he is mentor in various programs to support entrepreneurs.
Marcel holds a degree in Economics from UB (Barcelona), and master’s formation in real estate business from UB and URL.
Markus Polke Acton Captial Partners
Marcus Polke witnessed the Internet in its infancy. Online since the days of Unix and modems, he numbered among Amazon's first employees in Germany. Since the mid-1990s he has been exploring the boundaries of e-commerce. Today he is an investor looking for level-headed company owners who are defining new business models in the technology segment. In his view, it's the entrepreneurs that count. He earns their trust with his many years of operational know-how, providing untiring advice and support. No destination is too far when it comes to building his network. Typical for a marathon man! .
Steps: Axel Springer, Amazon, AOL Germany, Abebooks, Burda Digital Ventures
Marcel E. Smit AppMobi
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.
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.
Stan Van de Burgt Authentiq / RoundZero
Stan is Founder of Probe LLC. Serial entrepreneur, he sold WatchMouse to CA Inc, and Q-go to Rightnow Inc, both in 2011. He loves to DO and HELP startups in the Netherlands, and now in Silicon Valley as well.
Stan is currently based in San Francisco (USA).
Harry Marshall Bay Partners
Harry started his career in finance in London before moving to Barcelona to pursue a strong desire to become an entrepreneur and build successful companies. He is a founder and director at Pegatin, a profitable sports company that has supplied over 50,000 pro and amateur athletes with custom name decals, and the COO of Shrtct, a pre-launch enterprise communication platform.
In early 2013, Harry spent 3 months completing a fellowship at Bay Partners, a top Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm, working directly with General Partner Neal Dempsey. During this time, he developed a deep understanding of what it takes to evaluate, fund and grow successful companies. Since then, Harry has attended several top startup conferences with Bay, in both Europe and the US, to meet startups and identify investment opportunities. In 2015, he launched www.pitchdecks.org, through which he offers free advice to startups looking to raise money.
Marcos Aubeso Parellada Caixa Capital Risc
Marcos is investment Analyst for the early stage fund of Caixa Capital Risc, the Venture Capital of CaixaBank and one of the biggest VCs in Spain.
Responsibilities include dealflow, analysis of new investment opportunities, due diligence process, portfolio management and new investment rounds.
The investment range amount is between €50K to €3M.
Falk Müller-Veerse Cartagena Capital
Advisor / Speaker
Falk is the founder and Managing Partner of Cartagena Capital. He is an experienced M&A and fundraising professional with over 15 years experience in the technology industry. He is the former leader of Durlacher’s mobile industry research and investment practice (Bonn/London) and Managing Director of its German office. At Durlacher, which is today merged into Panmure Gordon, a division of Lazard, Falk was involved in making several wireless related investments and M&A transactions.
He is one of the industry’s foremost experts on mobile internet and is very well connected throughout the European wireless and venture capital industries at executive level. Falk has earlier been a board member of a leading mobile internet company, Wapit Ltd. of Finland, and a co-founder and board member of UK-based Wanova, a mobile games technology provider. He has also been an advisory board member of Frontiers Capital, the wireless-focussed VC backed by Carphone Warehouse. He is a frequent speaker and chairman of conferences globally regarding the mobile industry.
Falk has earlier held various positions in management, consulting, marketing, business development and research for companies including Nokia, GartnerGroup and Logica Consulting. Over the years, he has advised, amongst others, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Belgacom, BT, Orange, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, MobilCom, Nokia, Ericsson and a large number of smaller players. He has also been an Area Sales Manager for mobile M2M-solutions in Europe, including Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and UK.
Falk has received a bachelor’s degree in technology management (mechanical engineering) from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and an MBA from CSUSB in the US. He has also studied International Business Management at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish.
Carmen Rios CEO Collaborative Forum
Carmen is the CEO of the CEO Collaborative Forum and This Way Up. This Way Up is the forum for leadership growth and collaboration. It is where CEOs come to tackle relevant, pressing and difficult business issues. Combining the structured collaboration methodology of the CEO Collaborative Forum with engaging and inspiring content, This Way Up is a unique event.
Fluent in six languages, with Spanish and English parents, Carmen traverses the diverse cultures in Europe with ease. She is truly international in her outlook. Her drive to help grow the start up community in Europe and her international outlook naturally brought her to working with Business Leaders. She is passionate about helping businesses contribute to a better world. Believing that companies should balance their economic contribution with a clear social impact. Arguing that the digital revolution offers us the opportunity to change the world in ways that we had never though possible. An opportunity we should grasp with both hands.
Carmen is an expert in digital transformation, having worked in high pressure roles in digital marketing, setting up international operations. She fully understands the reach and power that digital offers to deliver services and messages.
Carmen is also an evangelist about Spanish food and never misses the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge about it.
Francesc Miron City of Barcelona
Senior Economic Advisor Officer for the International Economic Relations of the city of Barcelona. International City Promotion provides “taylor made” economic supports to businesses that are eager to benefit from Barcelona’s value proposition.
Mr. Mirón’s experience covers several industries and services in both the public and private sectors. Among other duties, Mr. Mirón currently works to dinamize different business and networking events at the international arena and is responsible for implementing Barcelona’s marketing activities abroad, which are aimed to introduce unique business opportunities to large corporations as well as to start ups.
Francesc Mirón works also in strategic fields, industries such as Shared Services, where he provides inbound assistance to global investors. A professional concerned about technology issues, he is also an ICT counselor for the public company 22@barcelona, which is responsible for dynamising new urban clusters at the city’s district of innovation 22@.
According to Mr. Miron: “We provide assistance to investors and work to implement cluster dynamics into strategic sectors that are developing in our city by maximizing public benefits and incentives”
He holds an European degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona, as well as an US degree in International Business from the Bridgewater College of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from ESADE Business School.
Adriana Freitas Conector
Adriana has over 18 years experience in the telecommunications sector. She has extensive experience in building and managing operational equipment for the deployment and operation of various systems and networks, including OmniTracks, Globalstar, BREW and gpsOne CDN. She was with Telefónica for more than a decade managing international projects and the last five years was in TEF R & D where she worked in the Department of Strategy focusing on creating strategic partnerships and managing third-party companies such as Qualcomm, TCS, Juniper, HP and Tuendi.
Adriana also has extensive experience helping startups, are involved in the process of creating the client and competitor tracking and evaluating their technology and the viability and coherence of its business plan.
Sabina Wizander Creandum
Sabina has a background working in the McKinsey Technology and Innovations office in San Francisco, as well as working with social entrepreneurship networks.
Sabina recently left San Francisco to join Creandum, where she was with Mckinsey, supporting some of the large tech companies. She was also part of the core team forming McKinsey´s view on future technologies together with advisors such as Hal Varian and Eric Schmidt, as well as performing research and writing McKinsey publications on several topics, e.g., Disruptive technologies, IoT, Mobile Internet, Autonomous vehicles. Sabina’s passion for social change has driven her to work with social ventures, through the Ashoka Network, as an advisor to the entrepreneurs on the side of her normal work. Sabina holds a M. Sc in Industrial Engineering and has studies mathematical modeling and econometrics for several years.
Luca ferraro Crucibe Associates
Luca is senior sales consultant for Crucible Associates.
He has worked in key European roles for Cisco and Nortel in his 20-year career with a history of over-achieving goals. He is active in startup ecosystems in Barcelona and London and looking to expand into new cities.
Luca has lived/worked in London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Rome and speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French fluently, intermediate Portuguese and basic Russian.
Frank Kelcz DN Capital
Mr. Kelcz is Founder of Excelerance Limited and serves as its President. He has been an Advisor to the Venture Capital Unit of the Department of UK Trade and Investment, advising and supporting UK originated venture-backed companies to internationally investing VCs in the United States.
He was previously a Senior Investment Manager at SEB Venture Capital. Mr. Kelcz focused on media technology investments at the SEB Venture Capital. He served as an Executive Vice President, Europe and Consultant of Pitango Venture Capital. Mr. Kelcz also served as the Chief Executive Officer at MCC Global. He served as an Executive Officer at Ziff Davis Media Inc. Mr. Kelcz co-founded Guidewire Group LLC in 2003. Mr. Kelcz spent ten years at Ziff-Davis Publishing and launched the group and all its media properties in Europe. He set up and launched publishing and events companies in France, Germany, Italy and the UK for Ziff-Davis in Europe, Bertelsmann-G&J (Hamburg & New York) and ACE Electronics Publications (Brussels-Milan-Paris-London). He was employee at Yahoo! Inc. He was a Consultant at VNU Publishing.
“We always invest with the exit in mind, and we begin the grooming process at least one year prior.” - Frank Kelcz
Álvaro Sanz Sieteiglesias Faraday Venture Partners
Mr. Álvaro Sanz Sieteiglesias serves as Investment Analyst at Faraday Venture Partners, S.L.. and holds a degree in Law and Business Administration & Management from Instituto Católico de Administración y Dirección de Empresa (ICADE).
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
Claudio Alvarez GP Bullhound
Claudio Alvarez is a Director at GP Bullhound and has worked with some of the firm’s most high-profile clients, which include Fjord, MyOptique Group, AlexandAlexa, Private Outlet, Mythings, Euroffice, Figleaves.com, eCommera, Sunglassesshop.com and Concentrix Solar.
Claudio previously worked as an equity research analyst at Edison Investment Research in the telecoms group, where he covered large cap fixed and mobile telecom operators in Western Europe. Claudio graduated from Wesleyan University with a dual BA in Economics and Philosophy. - See more at: http://www.gpbullhound.com/people/claudio-alvarez/#sthash.IekEQeLx.dpuf
Claudio Alvarez is a Director at GP Bullhound and has worked with some of the firm’s most high-profile clients, which include Fjord, MyOptique Group, AlexandAlexa, Private Outlet, Mythings, Euroffice, Figleaves.com, eCommera, Sunglassesshop.com and Concentrix Solar. Claudio previously worked as an equity research analyst at Edison Investment Research in the telecoms group, where he covered large cap fixed and mobile telecom operators in Western Europe. Claudio graduated from Wesleyan University with a dual BA in Economics and Philosophy. - See more at: http://www.gpbullhound.com/people/claudio-alvarez/#sthash.IekEQeLx.dpuf
Guzman Diaz Index Ventures
Guzman is associate investment analyst at Index Ventures.
He is an International Business Economics graduate with a personal interest in finance, strategy and technology. Currently working in venture capital.
Worked around the world (Barcelona, Seoul, London). Previous experience includes on demand services, mobile games, social networks, non-profit and music.
Tina Baker JAG Shaw Baker
Tina is a co-founder of JAG Shaw Baker, with almost 20 years of experience representing venture capital funds and emerging technology companies on international financings, exits and commercial transactions.
Tina is both US (New York State Bar) and English qualified and was formerly the chair of Brown Rudnick LLP's European Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital Practice. She is currently a member of the Seedcamp Advisory Board, was "Highly Commended" in the category of Best Startup Advisor/Mentor of the Year at the Europas (the European Startup Awards) and is ranked as a leading individual in the 2014 edition of Chambers UK for Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment, the 2013 edition of Legal 500 for Venture and listed in Thomson Reuters' UK Super Lawyers publication 2013.
Prior to embarking on her legal career, Tina was a recording artist and songwriter.
Daniel Kahn Kahn Law
Daniel Kahn, founder of the firm, is known as an expert in the new technology and information technology sectors and has served on a French governmental commission advising the Prime Minister on legislation relating to electronic commerce. He has recently co-written the Declaration of Fundamental Digital Rights. He has also collaborated in the creation of the 2009 Guide of wealth tax investment in small and medium-sized companies.
Daniel is personally active in all areas of the firm’s practice, in France and internationally, with an emphasis on Venture Capital and M&A, with the exception of litigation and labor.
He was born in 1957. In addition to his French legal education (University of Strasbourg), Daniel Kahn holds a Master of Law from Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago). He started his practice of law working for two American law firms in Chicago and New York until the end of the year 1980. Back in France, at the Paris office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, he assisted clients in the new technology sector. In 1988, he founded his own law firm, now Kahn & Associés.
Berit Virtanen-Thewlis Kiosked
Berit Virtanen-Thewlis is Head of Communications at Kiosked. Ms.Virtanen-Thewlis brings over 15 years of experience in both corporate communications and international media.
Most recently, Virtanen-Thewlis co-founded and worked as CEO at Brand United specializing in strategic communication. Virtanen-Thewlis also worked at MacGregor Group (Cargotec) as Vice President of Communications, and at London-based design and brand company Identica as its international PR Manager.
“The digital marketing landscape is changing fast, which requires smarter content and smarter services. Kiosked is pioneering the paradigm shift that marks the need for marketing to turn into a non-intrusive service for consumers."
Mindy Hull Mercury Global Partners
Speaker / Sponsor
Mindy M. Hull is the Founder and Managing Director of Mercury Global Partners, a multi-discipline, boutique marketing and PR firm with virtual offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam and London. Mercury Global Partners works with US and European businesses of all sizes - from startups to publicly traded companies - and is uniquely geared to provide an unmatched range of 360-degree marketing and PR services in both the online and offline world. MGP specializes in working with B2B and B2C companies within the TMT (tech, media and telecom) sectors with a strong focus on mobile, enterprise, cloud, media and Web 2.0 companies.
Mindy brings significant executive-level experience to her role at Mercury Global Partners with over 15 years of B2B and B2C expertise in marketing, PR/corporate communications, business development, product development and operations within the tech, mobile, internet, publishing and digital media sectors. Throughout her career, she has refined an expertise in developing and executing innovative strategies that repeatedly generate revenue while promoting goodwill and understanding between companies, their partners, their investors and their publics. She consistently wins media coverage for clients in some of the most respected media outlets in the world including the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PC World, Wired, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Mashable, GigaOm, and The Guardian amongst others.
Roxanne Varza Microsoft
Roxanne Varza currently runs some of the startup-related initiatives at Microsoft in Europe.
Prior to Microsoft she worked for several European startups and was the former Editor of TechCrunch France (2010-2011). She has also contributed to other publications, including The Telegraph, The Kernel, Betakit and Business Insider.
She also co-founded the French and British chapters of Girls in Tech and is the co-organizer of the Failcon Paris conference.
Prior to TechCrunch, Roxanne worked for the French government’s foreign direct investment agency helping fast-growing startups develop their activities in France.
She has spoken, moderated, mentored and judged numerous startup events and programs throughout Europe and also helps European startups with content and communications.
In April 2013, Business Insider listed her as one of the top 30 women under 30 in tech.
Katja Bergman MOOR
Katja Bergman is Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at MOOR. Katja has longstanding experience building global telecoms and internet technology businesses. As co-founder of Pipebeach, she built a digital tech start-up from an idea to a world leading business and category leader in the global mobile voice services business, before it was acquired by HP. Prior to Pipebeach, Katja held senior business development positions at Nokia and Ericsson. She holds a Master of Science in Engineering and a MBA from the University of Technology, Helsinki. Katja speaks Finnish, German and French, in addition to Swedish and English. She is passionate about new technologies and new ways to change the world for the better.
Isabella Schidrich Nasdaq
Speaker / Sponsor
Isabella Schidrich joined NASDAQ International as Managing Director in 2001, responsible for business development and account management of The NASDAQ Stock Market in Western Europe. Prior to that, Isabella gained extensive business development experience within the telecommunications industry, heading business units at British Telecommunications Plc and at Deutsche Telekom AG, and within the Services Industry. Isabella graduated from Munich University with an Honors Degree with distinction in Business Management.
Adam Kostyal Nasdaq
Speaker / Sponsor
Adam Kostyál is Senior Vice President of Listing Services, Europe. In addition to Nasdaq Nordic Exchanges, where there are more than 800 companies listed, Adam is also responsible for the more than 120 European companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market in the U.S.
Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 10 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups in 2006. Most recently, Adam was Vice President of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for the Eastern and Western Europe.
Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg. He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French.
Maoiliosa O'Culachain Nasdaq Private Market
Speaker / Sponsor
Maoiliosa is Business Development Director, Europe at NASDAQ Private Market
He is an entrepreneur with a track record of setting up businesses and a strong network of contacts around the world.
Most recently, he co-founded Fóla Private Partners to provide services to individuals wishing to obtain residency rights in Ireland under the Immigrant Investor Programme.
He was also Executive Director of the Irish ProShare Association (IPSA) and is a Non-Executive Director of the eaga Trust in the UK.
An experienced employee share plan practitioner, he was a co-founder of Global Shares plc, an independent employee share plan administration services company in Dec 2005.
Tom Henriksson Open Ocean Capital
Tom joined Open Ocean Capital from Nokia Corporation, where he spent almost 9 years in various leadership roles developing and investing in new businesses. In his last role as Head of Corporate Business Development his teams identified and executed multiple new businesses for Nokia. From 2006 – 2009 Tom built Nokia Interactive Advertising as the General Manager to the world leader in premium mobile advertising. Previously he managed business development and early stage investments for Nokia Ventures Organization. Prior to Nokia, Tom was Managing Partner of Holtron Ventures, one of the A round investors into MySQL AB, delivering industry leading returns for the fund.
Tom has MBA and BBA degrees from the Helsinki School of Economics, complemented with foreign studies and executive education at the University of Texas at Austin, MIT and University of Chicago.
Christopher Mott OpenStrategic IM&A
Five years with OpenStrategic Ventures growing post-seed, Europe-DNA companies in Europe and the US. Previously served at PointOne Innovation Fund in Eindhoven, led by former-CEO North America for Philips. In 2000 in Northern California, co-founded enterprise technology company, Cisco-backed with clients like Apple, Google, General Electric, Best Buy and Novartis. In early 90´s was analyst at IBM global transactions group working in Central & Eastern Europe, before moving to the technology practice clients like eBay and Sun. Served in 2006 as advisor to the United Nations Silicon Valley initiative, and was president of the San Francisco-based Netherlands Americas Business Exchange for three years. He holds an MBA from Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Emilie Spire Partech Ventures
Priori to working with Partech, she worked within the Transaction Advisory Services practice at Ernst and Young as an Analyst of the Valuation & Business Modelling team. Prior to EY, Emilie helped Peerby, a dutch startup in the sharing economy, to expand in France.
Gerald Heydenreich PippaJean
Mr. Gerald R. W. Heydenreich is Founder of PippaJean GmbH. In 2011, he founded Pippa&Jean.
Mr. Heydenreich serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Omnis Mundi Invest AG. Previously he served as a Partner and Co-Founder at the firm. In 2006, he also co-founded buyVIP SL. Mr. Heydenreich started his first venture, PORTUM AG with two IBM colleagues in 1999 at the age of 25. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Portum AG. Prior to that, Mr. Heydenreich worked for
Mr. Heydenreich was twice a finalist in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition sponsored in Germany by SAP, Deutsche Bank, and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. He was given the Budding Entrepreneur Award by GrowthPlus for demonstrating outstanding entrepreneurial skills at a young age. He has been an entrepreneur since 1998. Mr. Heydenreich has focused over the past years on founding, developing and supporting innovative companies in the b2b and b2c world. Mr. Heydenreich’s industry focus includes software, on demand services and high technology.
He holds an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird University in Phoenix, United States; a Master of International Management degree; and a cum laude degree from European Business School, Germany.
Nagib Mimassi RockSpoon
Currently with RockSpoon Inc., Nagib is part of a new generation of tech leaders in Brazil in constant search for innovation. Early in his career, Nagib knew about the potential of the web and mobile market in Brazil leading him to spend over 15 years creating innovative companies at the intersection of internet, mobile and social media.
Nagib is the Founder and CEO of Orolix and Orolix 2.0. Orolix is a Brazilian internet service provider launched in 2004 with a unique business model. The attraction it received from consumers severely disrupted the Brazilian market since it became within a year the 4th largest Internet Service Provider in Brazil. Orolix also developed Brazil's first AJAX based webmail system as well as its first mobile Top-Up store. Orolix 2.0 is the next step for the future. When Orolix received large R&D non-refundable grant from the Brazilian Government (FINEP) to develop “Brasil Interativo” for the world cup in Rio, Orolix 2.0 came to life and it became necessary to move to the Silicon Valley to work on this pioneering global product.
Nagib has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Before launching Orolix, he founded three companies. He is the man behind Super 11, an earlier Internet Service Provider; Langhalter a company producing mobile phone batteries; and Tess an innovative mobile operator, the first one at the time to launch a prepaid service with digital technology in all its coverage area.
Andrew Romans Rubicon Venture Capital
Andrew Romans is the co-founder and general partner of Rubicon Venture Capital (formerly Georgetown Angels), a VC fund and angel group. Romans also founded The Founders Club, a venture capital equity exchange fund that also provides liquidity solutions for founders, investors & employees with over 40 VCs on the advisory board in the US, Europe and Israel. Romans was previously a managing partner at Georgetown Venture Partners (GVP), managing director of Sentito Networks (acquired by Verso) and founder & president of The Global TeleExchange (The GTX), where he personally raised $47m in VC funding. Fluent in English, French and German, conversant in Czech and Slovak, Romans completed a BA at the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance at Georgetown University, which he completed on scholarship. Romans is also the author of THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL, Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game (published by McGraw Hill available in hardcover & all e-book formats in book stores and on Amazon.com, iTunes & Barnes & Nobel. Translated and published in Chinese, Japanese and Russian languages. Follow Romans on Twitter: @romansventures www.linkedin.com/in/romans
Frank Schuil SAFELLO
Frank Schuil is CEO, Cofounder, and Board Member at Safello, City Leader Stockholm at BitAngels, Cofounder at ClickClacks, and Founder at Rhino Ventures.
Safello is a high speed transaction platform tailored to deliver the most frictionless buying experience in the bitcoin market to date. They enable customers in Europe to quickly and easily buy their bitcoins. They are completely compliant with EU and Swedish law.
BitAngels is the world’s first distributed veteran entrepreneur and angel investor group. They are focused on funding the digital currency ecosystem.
ClickClacks is an Amsterdam based fashion company launched in 2010. Founded by two Dutch guys under the pseudonym Crazy & The Lame and conceived on a flight to San Francisco the company is offering bracelets with a twist, literally. The slap bracelets wrap around your wrist perfectly. ClickClacks first product line is made with the highest quality genuine leather and comes in a variety of patterns and colors.
Rhino Ventures is a private investment firm based in the Netherlands, founded in 2012, focusing on value based investments in growth companies across the globe. Their investment strategy varies from passive investments in publicly traded companies in different sectors to active investments in private technology companies.
Jonathan Wisler Softlayer, IBM
Speaker / Sponsor
Jonathan Wisler is General Manager EMEA Softlayer, an IBM Company. He is a technology veteran who has been driving innovation, profitability and international expansion in technology companies for close to 15 years. Prior to SoftLayer, he was a Principal at Magnify Consulting where he helped technology startups with international expansion and developing scalable operations. Before this he spent 8 years at Kodak Gallery growing the business unit from an idea to an international market leader. At Kodak, he was responsible for hosting and developing a global web to print infrastructure on a limited capital budget. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a major in economics.
The Future of IoT and the "Enterprise Internet"
Stina Liland Nysæther Startup Norway / Startup Extreme
Stina is co-founder of Startup Norway. Startup Norway’s mission is to put Norway’s startup scene on the international startup map. Stina’s vision is a Norwegian startup ecosystem that works together as a community, inspires a new generation of Norwegian entrepreneurs and make sure startups have the right resources at hand. Stina is also heavily involved in Startup Weekend, where she as an Global Facilitator visits other startup communities in Europe.
In a small country with a lot of extremes, Startup Norway is working to get it’s community noticed on the international startup scene. Stina was behind the celebrated Startup Extreme festival which took place in June 2015, in Stina’s hometown Voss.
Stina is a Gründerskolen Alumni, and has studied entrepreneurship at EMLyon Business School and Boston University. She also holds a BA in Middle East Studies, with experience from one year abroad in Cairo, Egypt and basic knowledge of Arabic.
Matus Maar Talis Capital
Matus is a co-founder of Talis Capital and is a passionate and experienced private equity investor. He either sits on the board or works closely with most of the portfolio companies. Before Talis Capital, Matus worked at high growth fund of Cenkos Securities and the family office Finch Investments. He has closed over 30 Private Equity or Venture Capital investments and exits.
Matus has a degree from the University of Manchester, is an active alumni of Singularity University and a member of CISI. Matus loves travelling and experiencing different cultures, he lived in 6 countries and speaks English, German, Czech, Slovak, French and is now learning Spanish.
Vasile Foca Talis Capital
Vasile is a co-founder of Talis Capital and has been active in building and investing in companies for over 16 years. Vasile is also co-founder of INTRESCO LTD, one of the largest private ship owners in Eastern Europe, along with Ukraine Capital Partners and Finch Investments.
Vasile is very active with the management of all our portfolio companies, and sits on the board of NavMii, ShareThe, IWOCA and observer at FuelQuest, WeDemand and Cygnet Agroholding.
Vasile holds an MBA degree from London Business School and speaks Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish. He enjoys digital photography, psychology, wine tasting and travelling.
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.
Alice Zagury TheFamily
Ms. Alice Zagury is a Co-Founder at TheFamily (Holdings) Limited and Chief Executive Officer since Jan 2013. Ms. Zagury is a former LeCamping Program Director. He was also a Manager at Le Camping since September 2010 till December 2012. He was a Project Manager at incubateur du 104 since October 2008 till September 2012. He was a Project Manager at Elegangz since Sept 2008 till July 2009. He was Intern at Gallerie Emmanuel Perrotin since May 2008 till July 2008. He was
Mats Venndahl VENNDAHL
After many years in business and finance industry, I decided to make a change in life. I decided to work on something that I'm really passionate about. The result is what you are reading now.
In my previous profession I worked a lot with the mental part. This in an environment that has many similarities with the sports world when it comes to daily be mentally prepared to perform at the top level. This clear and measurable results.
I will help you reach the goals set. Getting there is not always straightforward, but with motivation and joy will be fun and challenging. The second comes by itself. The art of living in the moment and see the situation as it is can be perceived as difficult, but together we help to meet everyday and life's challenges. I hope to be the support you need, whether you are a manager, leader, elite athlete or an individual.
Less and less do you need to force things, Until You finally arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone "
- Lao Tzu.
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.
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.
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.
Toby Lewis Global Corporate Venturing
Toby Lewis is one of the key members of the burgeoning editorial team of Global Corporate Venturing, which is the only publication wholly dedicated to corporates doing venture capital deals. He was formerly news editor at Private Equity News, part of Dow Jones, where he secured a range of scoops including revealing a "coup" which was staged France's largest buyout firm PAI Partners. Before that he was a reporter at Private Equity International.
Hopes are high that corporates can fill some of the capital gap in Europe and the world's venture capital market, as many of the world's biggest corporations are turning to venture capital to help improve both top and bottom line growth. More than 110 corporate venturing programmes have been launched globally in the last eighteen months, according to research by news provider Global Corporate Venturing, and many other corporates are also considering setting up a venture capital programme. The companies are also looking at new ways and methods to structure corporate venturing units, so they can create a successful partnership within a larger organisation. This has led to many innovative approaches being pursued to ensure the dynamism of venture capital is effectively combined with the resources of a big organisation.