Pär-Jörgen Pärson Northzone
Pär-Jörgen joined Northzone in April 2003, bringing another fifteen years of strategic analysis, creativity and entrepreneurship onboard.
Pär-Jörgen has been active in Venture Capital and Private Equity since 1994, starting out with buy-outs in the consumer goods sectors, backing companies such as Falcon Breweries, subsequently sold to Carlsberg, and Candelia which was sold to Cloetta Fazer. During this period he also privately acquired Falkeskog Delikatesser, a distressed seafood producer, which he managed through a successful turn-around process.
During 1998 to 2001 he built Cell Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital company to one of the hot European Internet investors with portfolio companies such as Pricerunner and Tradera. Cell Ventures in 2000 was sold to a publicly listed UK Investment Company for SEK 1.2 Billion.
Like a few others within Northzone, Pär-Jörgen also has a background as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Europe and in the US, serving clients within the telecom, technology and consumer goods industries.
Although you are most likely to meet Pär-Jörgen in a business situation, you may also encounter this multi-talented partner as part of a Heavy Metal band, belting out his highly appreciated versions of Hendrix´classic Purple Haze and such, at the same time bending the strings of one of many vintage guitars from his private collection.
Pär-Jörgen holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics (1989) and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan. Pär-Jörgen speaks Swedish, English, Italian, German and French.
Pär-Jörgen serves as Chairman of the Board of Fox Technologies Inc. and Testfreaks.com, and as Director of Spotify SA, Jasper Design Automation Inc, Proxilliant Systems Corp and Xcerion AB. He also serves as a Board Member of Videoplaza and Avito.
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.
Yves Cornaz Google
Yves Cornaz joined Google in 2010, and is a manager on the corporate development team, which is responsible for evaluating, negotiating and executing Google's acquisitions and investments. Prior to Google, Yves worked as a director with KPMG transaction services providing financial and commercial due diligence assistance to San Francisco Bay Area strategic and private equity investors involved in M&A transactions. Yves started his professional career as an equity analyst with HSBC Private Bank in Geneva.
Yves has a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Davis. Yves is also a CFA Charterholder.
Advisor / Speaker
Bernard joined Logitech in 1992, and has been in charge of Corporate Business Development at the company since 1997. Among his activities, Bernard is involved in the pursuit of new business opportunities, including M&A, Corporate Venturing and Technology Licensing. Bernard also serves as board member and/or advisor for numerous high-tech startups across Europe. Bernard holds a BA in Engineering and an MBA in Finance and International Management from the University of San Francisco Business School.
“I am convinced that White Bull is the ideal forum to bring together large companies, rising talent, and new opportunities. Here we'll exchange ideas and engage in lively discussion.” - Bernard Gander
Jörg Sievert SAP Ventures
Advisor / Speaker
Jörg Sievert covers Europe and Israel for SAP Ventures. Prior to joining SAP Ventures, Jörg led Business Consulting for BEA Systems for Central and Eastern Europe and provides significant experience in developing and executing solution selling strategies for SW products and is well connected in several industries. Before joining BEA, he spent several years as investment executive with 3i's global SW group, focused on investments in German speaking Europe and serving on numerous boards. Jörg also spent several years in strategy consulting with Booz-Allen Hamilton, working with clients in several industries across Europe. Sievert has lived in Germany, Austria, UK, and the United States. He holds a Master in Computer Science and received a Ph.D. in distributed systems, both from the University of Karlsruhe, and is a member of the ACM and GI.
Eran Davidson Hasso Plattner Ventures
Eran has been Managing Partner of Hasso Plattner Ventures since its foundation in 2005 and is mainly involved with B2C deals.
From 2002 to 2005 he served as CEO for ProSeed Capital Fund in Tel Aviv. Under his auspices the Technion Technology Incubator was taken over and privatized and went on to become the most successful technology incubator in Israel. Before that Eran served as the Managing Partner at Eurofund 2000 LP in Israel. From 1996 to 2000 he was Vice President at Inventech Industrial Ventures in Tel Aviv. ProSeed, Eurofund and Inventech are venture capital suppliers that invested in early-stage high-tech companies and most of the investments have since developed into fully mature enterprises and some are being traded on the NASDAQ and other international stock exchanges. From 1995 to 1996 Eran served as Vice President of Open Sky Ltd. and from 1991 to 1993 he headed his own law company.
Eran received a degree in Law from Tel Aviv University and holds an MBA.
Frank Kelcz SEB Ventures
Frank Kelcz has spent over 20 years building businesses and communities in multi-cultural and multi-lingual environments. At SEB, he is focused on Media-Tech investments. Frank is Founder and President of Excelerance Limited, a marketing, sales, and business development constultancy for clients entering the European market.
Prior to founding Excelerance, Frank sent nearly ten years at Ziff-Davis Publishing where he launched the group in Europe, created Ziff-Davis's first international corporate sales and marketing group, and successfully launched leading IT publications in Europe.
Frank has held senior management positions for leading companies such as Bertelsmann's, Gruener & Jahr, and Entertainment Systems International (ESI).
Frank earned a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Bowdoin College in Maine, and pursued MBA studies at New York University before leaving to launch a magazine in Italy. He is fluent in English, French and Italian, and is conversant in German and Spanish
“We always invest with the exit in mind, and we begin the grooming process at least one year prior.” - Frank Kelcz
Ralph Silva SRN
Ralph Silva is a director and broadcast analyst working with SRN out of the company's London office where he covers the innovation and emerging trends affecting Fortune 1000 companies.
Mr. Silva is a prominent broadcaster with an average weekly audience of 85 million through his work with the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg TV. In addition to his broadcasting Mr. Silva is a talented public speaker who has presented at thousands of events through his 23 year career including countless IPO roadshows and keynote appearances.
Mr. Silva has over 23 years of global experience beginning with 12 years as an investment banker in San Francisco managing the IPO process for financial and IT companies. He then moved on to become one of Gartner’s most prominent analysts focused on the financial services industry before he moving to become the first full time analyst for TowerGroup in Europe. He now runs his own business providing content for broadcasters and multinational marketing departments.
Mr. Silva can often be found tweeting here: @rsilvalondon
“We need to focus on funding Innovation. We are losing focus on tomorrow by our obsession with today.” - Ralph Silva
Jeff Coe Webtradex
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.
Neal Dempsey Serial Investor / Bay Partners
Neal was Founding Investor in Starbucks - just one of many great decisions he made based upon an intuitive sense of which entrepreneurs have the right DNA for success.
Now Senior Partner at Bay, Neal is responsible for 9 board seats and driving the company’s investment towards liquidity, together with his partners. Through cycles of change, Neal’s investment approach has remained constant – the best investment is the entrepreneur with passion and perseverance and who understands the art of listening. His company has invested in industry-changing companies like Brocade, Exodus, and Informatica.
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 is comfortable not only advising a company at the initial stage, but also getting involved during trying times to help re-direct and find a profitable path to liquidity. This ability to drive successful portfolios has made Bay's 2006 vintage fund currently one of the Industry's best performing funds.
Before joining Bay Partners, Neal served as the CEO of Qubix Graphics, which he took through an initial public offering. His experiences as a CEO molded his skills as a VC and mentor.
Neal volunteers his time as an advisor to non-profit organizations. He created the Dempsey Foundation to focus on his three areas of interest: higher education, children and the environment. Through his foundation and volunteer time, he has served organizations for children such as Families First. His commitment to higher education led him to establish the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the University of Washington Business School. The foundation also funds scholarships for students, athletes, and junior faculty.
Manish Madhvani GP Bullhound
Advisor / Speaker
Manish Madhvani co-founded GP Bullhound after a career with Barclays Capital’s Technology & Media Private Equity Team, where he was based both in Asia and Europe. At the age of 28 Mr. Madhvani was elected “Young Business Person of the Year 2003” at the KPMG/The Evening Standard Awards.
GP Bullhound has quickly become Europe’s leading Investment Bank in Technology and Digital Media. Mr. Madhvani has an outstanding track record in successfully completing M&A and capital raising transactions involving high profile technology and digital media companies: BSkyB, Sony, The Telegraph, Hearst Corporation, Handbag, Concentrix, Flirtomatic, Greetz, eCommera, Aura Sports, Fjord and many others. His firm has successfully completed over 90 transactions in recent years.
Manish is specialized in Digital Media and E-commerce and also possesses extensive knowledge of all the various business models for online advertising. He is a frequently requested commentator at the BBC, CNN and Digital Hollywood as well as a solicited speaker at industry events. Furthermore Mr. Madhvani is the Chairman of Investor Allstars (www.investorallstars.co.uk), the “Oscars” for Europe’s venture capital community, and Media Momentum (www.mediamomentum.co.uk), Europe’s leading community for its fastest growing digital media companies. He is a Board Member of GP Bullhound and Paris based Private Outlet, a private members club, selling luxury fashion brands online in 5 countries.
Manish holds a LLB in Law and MA in Marketing from Southampton University.
Hjalmar Winbladh Wrapp
Hjalmar Winbladh is a serial entrepreneur based in Sweden. His latest Wrapp, recently launched in Sweden, offering a new take on social and mobile gifting.
After just 24 hours in Apple’s Swedish App Store, Wrapp reached the top of the list. The company will reportedly soon launch in the U.S., U.K., and across Europe.
In January 2012 Wrapp closed its Series A funding from Atomico, Greylock Partners and the Nordic VC firm Creandum. Niklas Zennström (Skype) and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn) joined Wrapp’s board of directors.
In 1994 Winbladh co-founded and was the CEO of Sendit AB, the first mobile Internet company, which Microsoft acquired in 1999.
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 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.
In 2002 he decided to devote himself full time to venture capital and entrepreneurship through his already established venture catalyst company VCMORE by offering consulting services and investment to start-ups through a network of business angels. Over the years he has established a wide contact network in Europe and in the US of entrepreneurs, private and institutional investors, advisor's and industry specialists. Alongside the latter, in 2002, he co-started the Spanish chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) being one of the largest entrepreneur organisations in the world, and in the same year he co-founded Active Venture Partners, one of Europe’s few entrepreneurial driven VC companies.
In 2006 He has been elected to be the Ambassador for EO Europe & Africa for a 2 year period, growing the organisation in 12 countries from 250 to more than 500 members. In 2007 Christopher co-founded Linqia, the first marketplace for online communities.
In 2007 he created the terminology for Venturepreneurship and Venturepreneurs and created the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation. He was also appointed member of the Board of Directors of BuyVIP, which was sold to Amazon in 2010.
In 2008 he initiated the Global Entrepreneurs Week in Spain and created the vision for the Barcelona Entrepreneurship City converting the city into the hot spot for entrepreneurship by 2020.
In 2009 he co-founded the international digital media event SIME Barcelona.
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.
Mattias Ljungman Atomico
Partner at Atomico, Mattias has been a venture investor for over a decade, focused primarily on the technology, telecoms and internet media space. Mattias joined Atomico at its inception and sits on the board of ChemistDirect, Seesmic and Playfire. Additionally, Mattias is a board observer of DECA. Mattias’ leads on investment review, negotiation, deal flow and advising portfolio companies on strategy and operations. Prior to Atomico, Mattias was the head of venture investments at CLS Holdings, PLC, a listed FTSE 250 company where he actively worked with several early stage companies in the technology sector. He also worked for the global strategy consultancy firm LEK Consulting and for fund management company Valu-Trac that had $1bn under management.
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.
François Mazoudier Equate Partners
Advisor / Speaker
Francois Mazoudier is a serial entrepreneur in TMT who now applies his expertise in Venture Capital and Finance. He is the Founder and General Partner of Equate Partners (http://www.EquatePartners.com) which provides financial, investment and strategic assistance for companies in the digital and tech economy sector.
Francois has 20 years of operational experience in executive management and has built several high growth companies from inception to a successful exit including Central Point Software (sold to Symantec NASDAQ: SYMC), PictureTel, Inc (acquired by Polycom, NASDAQ: PLCM), Firefox, The Cloud Networks (WiFi) and RealNetworks (from startup to IPO, NASDAQ: RNWK).
In 1999, Francois became a founding Partner at Speed Ventures AB, one of Europe’s first prominent early-stage VC firms backed by Soros Partners and Permira. In 2009, Francois joined LD&A, a pan-European corporate finance specialist that’s ranked as the number one European merger and acquistion firm for small cap transactions, to build the company’s base in the United Kingdom.
Outside the office you’ll find Francois in good restaurants (some French habits are hard to break), on a tennis court or in a dojo where he’s working towards a black belt in TaekwonDo.
Ashley Ward European Leaders
Speaker / Sponsor
A persuasive advocate who is passionate about inspiring business leaders to make the most of their talents and their people; Ashley is a Director of European Leaders and heads its performance services and leadership academies. Much of his work today is facilitating the rapid performance increase of management teams which is usually required in the countdown to exit.
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. Ashley has been involved in around 20 M&A transactions as CEO as well as around 20 individual VC funding deals. He is a former professional racing driver and instructor and competed at international level for 13 seasons and over 200 races.
Ashley designs and lead facilitates learning and development workshops for GMs & CEOs and HR leaders. He is also part of the team delivering European Leaders’ innovative performance based consulting, coaching and mentoring services.
Sean Carasso Falling Whistles
An avid adventurer, Sean spent his mid-20s traveling the world and with every step wanted to see more. In 2008 he went to South Africa on a shoe drop and then headed north into the Democratic Republic of Congo. There he was told of children sent to the front lines of war, armed with only a whistle.
That night he wrote a small journal entry, Falling Whistles. The journal was forwarded around the world and he woke up to thousands of emails asking: What can we do? The Falling Whistles campaign was born with a simple response - make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace.
Out of a warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles, FW partners with local leaders working to rebuild Congo, and is building a global coalition for peace in our world's deadliest war.
Tony Zappalà Index Ventures
Tony joined Index Ventures in 2005. At Index Tony is principally focused on Growth-stage investments in the eCommerce and branded consumer goods spaces, working with portfolio companies such as Nasty Gal, Privalia, Ozon and Moleskine.
Prior to joining Index, he worked for STMicroelectronics, where he was responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions, equity investments and strategy formulation. Previously he worked as a strategy consultant in London and in Boston for L.E.K. Consulting.
He has a Masters in Electrical and Information Sciences from Christ's College, Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.
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). He drove Digital Sales strategy for DK and Rough Guides from 2007-2010, overseeing implementation of eBooks into business as usual and forging relationships with key e-retailers in that space, and building a thriving licensing business with blue-chip clients including VISA, MSN and Motorola. In 2010 Tom moved into the Future Technologies and Partnerships team at Pearson plc, with Group-wide, global responsibility for relationships with the non-traditional partners that are shaping the next generation of digital products, and working with all Group units (Penguin, Financial Times, Pearson Education) to ensure that we build innovative and productive partnerships in the digital space.
When not working, he fills his time re-discovering dinosaurs, sandpits and train tracks with 2 young sons, and acting as chief sounding board to his wife’s startup.
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.
Julia Link SAP
Julia Link works with SAP’s global Ecosystem & Channel Marketing group, where she brings analytics products to market in high volume channels. She has spent her career as a product strategist, and has a passion for disruptive technologies and helping start-ups formulate concept-to-launch strategies and sales plays that accelerate the sales cycle and produce a joyful customer experience.
Previously, Link led global platform product marketing for McAfee, focusing on the security platform business and enterprise marketing strategies. Her work spanned enterprise, SMB and the partner community. Link has also held product marketing and management roles with Oracle, Hyperion and Brio Software and served on the board of directors for Prana International.
Edwin Hengstmengel Van den Ende & Deitmers
Edwin is an investment Manager at Van den Ende & Deitmers, where he focuses on opportunities within the eCommerce and digital advertising & technology sectors. He joined the firm as a business development manager in 2008 and worked on a razor focus of investment efforts and improved international network. Edwin is actively involved with Quadia, a video technology platform and web TV provider. He is also an observer of the board of Pictura, a business that digitizes & unlocks cultural heritage; and Unruly, a social video advertising company based in the UK.
Prior to joining Van den Ende & Deitmers, Edwin Hengstmengel was Investment Manager at Cyrte Investments, responsible for managing the Media & Internet portfolio. In 2006, Edwin joined the Private Equity team and gained a widespread knowledge in many traditional (broadcasting, newspapers, radio) and new media (online advertising, Internet) sectors.
He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Financial Economics from the VU University of Amsterdam but showed real perspiration by running the Athens marathon, 2500 years after Greek soldier Pheidippides was sent for a message. In 2012, Edwin will run a marathon in Spain.
Nagraj Kashyap Qualcomm Ventures
Nagraj is currently Vice President of Qualcomm Ventures (QCV) and heads up worldwide activities for the team. Nagraj also leads all business development activities for new projects in Qualcomm’s R&D group and manages the QIN (Qualcomm Innovation Network) program which is designed to solicit new ideas from Qualcomm’s employee base. Mr. Kashyap has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to his current role, Nagraj worked in various engineering and management capacities at Nortel, 3COM, Motorola, PRTM and Qualcomm.
QCV was formed in 2000, with a $500-million fund commitment to make strategic investments in early-stage high-technology ventures. Since joining Qualcomm Ventures in 2003, Nagraj has expanded QCV presence and programs in China, India, Europe, Israel and Korea and has more than doubled the team size. Currently, Nagraj actively manages and serves as a board member or observer for QCV investments in Zeebo, Obopay, locationlabs, Sotera Wireless and Avaak. Kashyap also led QCV investments in Airvana (IPO), Bitfone (acquired by HP in 2007) and Novarra (acquired by Nokia in 2010).
Nagraj holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Mysore, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Texas and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Bernard-Louis Roques Truffle Capital
Advisor / Speaker
Bernard-Louis Roques is Truffle Capital's Managing Partner for information technology investments and is an IT venture capital industry pioneer. Prior to joining Truffle Capital, Bernard-Louis held a series of senior management posts at ABN AMRO Capital France, where he notably created the firm's IT investment activity by closing 35 deals, including 14 in companies which have since gone public. Bernard-Louis is an experienced entrepreneur and notably acquired a small French industrial business, restored it to profitability and sold it on 18 months later. He started his career in France and Italy as a trader at HSBC.
Bernard-Louis holds an MBA from ESSEC Management School (Paris, France) and an Executive Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Board Member of Deny-All, Equitime, Keyyo, Netbooster and LeadMedia Group. He is also a Member of the Supervisory Board of MoMac, People Cube, Boostermedia and NetMediaEurope.
Per Roman GP Bullhound
Speaker / Sponsor
Per Roman is a partner of GP Bullhound Ltd., a leading technology investment bank. Prior to founding GP Bullhound, he worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers Inc. focused on technology mergers & acquisitions and equity capital market transactions. He also has experience from the software industry where he held various roles both in Europe and the US for Autodesk, Inc., the global leader in PC based Computer Aided Design.
Per Roman holds a MSc. Finance from Stockholm School of Economics and has in addition conducted MBA studies at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. He also holds the IIMR Investment Management Certificate and is a CFA Candidate (Level II). He appears as a regular technology commentator on CNN, CNBC Europe, BBC and Bloomberg TV.
Jennifer Hicks ink Communications / Forbes.com
Jennifer is a contributor with Forbes.com via Dante’s Soma - http://blogs.forbes.com/jenniferhicks/ and covers robotics, science and technology and how it all affects our lives. She is also the creator of Tattletech.net, a digital tech news bullhorn. She was also named one of the top 100 women in technology in Europe in 2012.
Jennifer also founded ink Communications, an international PR and Social Communications agency made up of a global team of slightly over caffeinated, cocktail-loving, mobile, consumer electronics & web 2.0 tech junkies. Founded way back in 2001, ink Communications is one of the first online intelligent digital communications agencies on the planet catering to the new globally networked economy. Jennifer is a new world order PR warrior on the front edge of the changing communications landscape. Jennifer broke new ground in 2001 with ink operating across borders to help clients from North America to EMEA to Asia Pacific translate their PR and social communications efforts into a competitive advantage. Whether she's blogging the highlights of the latest trade show, creating a strategic roadmap for a client to navigate market shifts, matchmaking for a seed round or illuminating the wilds of social media, Jennifer has made a name coaching startups on their communications and marketing strategies that help them find their own niche in the world. Her specialty is IPTV, mobile and web 2.0 companies. Jennifer created and runs the Bullpen at WhiteBull Summits. You can follow her on Twitter @JennaLee
Ray Skoglund 1st Corporate Technologies
Advisor / Speaker
Ray heads up the corporate finance efforts of 1st Corporate Technologies (“1CT”), a European and US based merchant banking, corporate finance advisory and investment firm focused on high-growth technology companies. Prior to joining 1CT, Ray was one of the original members of a US based international investment banking firm and was instrumental in growing this firm from its early entrepreneurial beginnings to an international reach. Ray draws on an extensive background in both investment banking and corporate law, and has a broad range of experience in the technology sector particularly in the software space. Areas of particular focus include enterprise software, including through a hosted or on-premise delivery model and involving SaaS based revenue models. Representative transactions in which Ray played a key role include the divestiture by Oracle of its On Target division to the TAS Group and the sales of Propero and Thinstall to VMWare, Adjoin to Computer Associates, Salesnet to RightNow Technologies, iPhrase to IBM, MarketSoft to Unica and Acumem AB to Rogue Wave Software, and the private placement funding of LogMeIn. Ray has a significant international investment banking experience with a focus on Europe and Scandinavia (in particular). Ray currently serves on the Investor Advisory and Organizing Committees of the annual Boston Cleantech Venture Day, the Board of Directors of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of New England and as an Advisor to the White Bull Summits. Ray also speaks regularly at conferences and other events about cross-border M&A and fundraising.
Jane Gideon Incendio International
With over 20 years experience in communications, Jane Gideon currently serves as CEO of Incendio International, which she founded in 1994. Incendio focuses on international public relations and corporate communications activities, with offices in San Francisco, Atlanta and London. Jane is responsible for the overall management of Incendio’s international operations and clients. Incendio has served such clients as Amnesty International, Apple Computer, Boston Red Sox, Cisco Systems, Deckers Corporation, Hyperion Corporation, IBM Corporation and Flextronics International, President Obama and has conducted PR programs in 24 countries in Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia.
During her career, Jane has also served in the primary communications role for high-level executives such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs and John Sculley of Apple, Frank Calderoni of Cisco, Scott Cook of Intuit, and Scott McNealy and Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems. She has placed these executives as keynote speakers at conferences such as the World Economic Forum and handled crucial executive testimony before US and EU government bodies.
Jane brings extensive knowledge and experience in international mergers and acquisitions, including investor, employee, customer and influencer engagement, change management following an acquisition and complying with all international communications standards for publicly-traded companies. Her M&A experience includes heading up M&A communications for Cisco, Intuit, Hyperion, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. She currently works with the CFO’s office at Cisco where she is responsible for all M&A communications globally, including employee, investor, press and analyst communications. She also serves on the company’s integration management team which covers all aspects of acquisitions from making the deal to logistics of integration and onboarding employees.
Jane’s experience outside of the technology industry includes work with Amnesty International, the Boston Red Sox, UGG shoe brands and Attune Foods. She also headed up the press conference activities for President Obama’s visit to France during the 2009 D-Day events, where she worked with President Sarkozy of France and his communications team to coordinate press efforts.
Jane began her career at Alexander Communications and in 1990 launched that company’s West Coast operations. She has also directed such prominent accounts as Intuit and Symantec. Working with Waggener Edstrom, Gideon directed two of the most high profile PR programs of the decade with the launches of Windows NT and Windows 95.
Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychology from Vanderbilt University and did graduate studies in business administration at Emory University.
Marcel E. Smit Mirror42
Marcel E. Smit is Chief Executive Officer of Mirror42, the cloud and mobile business visualization software company that enables businesses to implement performance management. Mirror42's Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Library is the world's largest SaaS performance management platform, and over 350,000 users - from Fortune 1000 companies to individual consultants - use its KPI Library to define their business metrics, measure KPIs and visualize business performance via both mobile and desktop scorecards and dashboards.
Mr. Smit is responsible for execution of the company strategy, international expansion, external relations and investor relations.
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.
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.
Prior to founding Mercury Global Partners, Mindy spent over 10 years working in the publishing and digital media industries in a variety of roles including VP, Business Development, VP of Marketing, Director of Channel Development, Director of Operations, Circulation Director, and Consumer Sales and Marketing Director.
Mindy attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Business Administration and Marketing. Follow Mindy on Twitter at mmhull or MercuryGlobal or visit www.mercuryglobalpartners.com to learn more.
Robert Roessler MHP Communications
Speaker / Sponsor
Robert Roessler is a highly experienced Public Relations practitioner who heads multinational PR campaigns for companies in the B2B and B2C technology and financial markets. He has worked in technology for more than 12 years, and provides global brands as well as start-ups with strategic support for their external communication.