Gerd Leonhard The Futures Agency
The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd 'one of the leading Media Futurists in the world.' Co-Author of the influential book 'The Future of Music', author of 'Music2.0', 'The End of Control', and 'The Future of Content', Gerd has a musical background. In 1985, he won the Quincy Jones Award, and subsequently graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Following a decade as digital media entrepreneur and startup CEO, Gerd travels the globe, speaking on the future of Media, Content, Technology, Business, Advertising, Telecom, Communications and Culture.
Gerd's keynotes, presentations and think-tanks are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, motivational style. With engagements in 43 countries since 2003, Gerd has addressed over 150,000 professionals and is considered a key influencer.
His diverse client list includes Nokia, Google, Sony-BMG, Telecom Indonesia, Siemens, Kuoni, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom/Orange, Deutsche Telecom, The Financial Times, DDB, Omnicom, The European Commission and many others. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London). He resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Rickard Falkvinge The Pirate Party
In 2005, Rick Falkvinge had a notion: to create a political party focused on the issues of file sharing, copyright, and patents - the next-generation civil liberties. A year later, having registered the domain name piratpartiet.se (literally The Pirate Party), he got 3 million hits in the first 3 days. Shortly thereafter, Falkvinge took out a large bank loan, quit his job at Cypak, and started building the Pirate Party full-time.
On his platform, one of privacy and digital rights, his party became the largest below-30 demographic in the 2009 European Elections, and his nacent party has now spread to 70 countries. He has been named a Top Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine and shortlisted as one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine.
Falkvinge's story is a techie one, starting with his first computer - a Commodore VIC-20. He wasn't content just pressing its buttons, but also opened it up and took it apart, to study its inner workings. He learned how to disable the system calls, and learned all relevant memory positions. His interest for computers as a technological phenomenon was as large as his fascination for the possibility of using computers as tools. In 1968, at age 16, created his first company, Infoteknik (literally Infotechnology). The inefficiency in administrative business tasks irritated him, and he wanted to digitize the world.
Klaus Hommels Hommels Holding
Klaus is one of the leading European business angels and is or has been involved in numerous successful internet investments including QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook, king.com, StarDoll, Xing and spotify. He invests in promising start-ups that have the potential to become major players in the internet space. Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann. He joined AOL Germany in 1995 where, as board member, he was responsible for business development, content and advertising sales. He was also involved in the establishment of Freenet, worked for Apax Partners and was a partner of Benchmark Capital before founding his own venture capital fund Hommels Holding.
Klaus graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Switzerland and holds a PhD degree in Finance from the same university. He was named “most successful European entrepreneurial private investor of the year” in 2006 by a group composed of IESE, INSEAD and the University of St Gallen.
Ben Rooney The Wall Street Journal
Ben is Technology Editor at The Wall Street Journal Europe. He writes across both print and digital editions of the newspaper, and spearheads a new section providing news, commentary and analysis on technology business activity in Europe, as well as start-ups, digital entrepreneurship, and gadget and service launches relevant to the regional market. Ben has also launched a new technology blog to be featured on europe.WSJ.com in the coming months. For the past decade, Ben has freelanced for a number of national newspapers, including on a regular basis for The Guardian, writing their â€˜Today on the Webâ€™ daily column. Prior to this, Ben was Editor of The Daily Telegraphâ€™s weekly online section, Connected. He began his career at The Daily Telegraph in 1991, and has covered both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the newspaper. Ben was formerly a web developer and has also published four books.
Kerstin Cooley MOOR
Kerstin Cooley is CEO of MOOR, a private investment company founded by Kaj Hed, majority shareholder of Rovio. MOOR occupies a space traditional VC firms fear to tread, namely the delicate early stage of a new company, and invests in market-changing initiatives within digital economy.
Prior to MOOR, Kerstin held several positions within SEB’s hedge fund practice, investing in start-up hedge funds and developing alternative investment products for institutional clients. Kerstin has been in the financial/IT industry since 1995. She started her career in the control networks business working for Silicon Valley-based Echelon. In 1998 Kerstin co-founded PR firm Cognito, which today has offices across the US, Europe and Asia. Kerstin also spent eight years at Trema Group, a global treasury system supplier, where she managed M&A transactions and headed the company’s consulting organization in the US. Kerstin holds a Master of Science from USBE.
Marcos Battisti Intel Capital
Marcos is the Managing Director for Intel Capital in Western Europe and Israel. His current role entails leading the investment activity of Intel Capital in his region and being one of the members of Intel Capital’s investment committee.
Marcos joined Intel Capital in 1998 and is one of the founding members of the European team. He has worked on a substantial number of transactions for Intel Capital over the past years, amongst which Azure Solutions (acquired by Subex), eTel (acquired by Telecom Austria), Imagination technologies (publicly listed in the LSE), Silicon Hive (acquired by Intel), IPTego (acquired by AcmePacket), Aldebaran Robotics (acquired by Softbank), Omek (acquired by Intel), Tribold (acquired by Sigma Systems), Indisys and Anobit (acquired by Apple). Currently Marcos represents Intel Capital at the Boards of Tribold and VOSS.
Prior to Intel, Marcos worked at BBA Creditanstalt, one of the leading investment banks in Brazil.
Marcos is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer having graduated from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo. Marcos holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Neal Dempsey Serial Investor / Bay Partners
Neal was Founding Investor in Starbucks - just one of many great decisions he has made based upon an intuitive sense of which entrepreneurs have the right DNA for success. Recently joining the Forbes Midas List, with 3 IPOs in 2012 alone (Eloqua - acquired in 2012 by Oracle for $871 million; Enphase Energy for $242 million; and Guidewire Software at market cap: $2.09 billion) along with a slew of other coups over his career, Neal's adventurous spirit has also taken him atop six of the seven tallest summits in the world.
"My philosophy is to always do something that scares you, which includes investing sometimes. But that's when I feel most alive."
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.
Jason Ball Qualcomm Ventures
Jason Ball is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures Europe and is based in London. Jason has 8 years experience working with internet and mobile software start-ups. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was the Investment Director at London Seed Capital, a seed and early stage venture capital fund, where he focused on material science and internet technology investments.
Jason holds an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, where he was given the “Innovation and Strategy Award” from the Boston Consulting Group, and a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College.
Andreas Börjesson Bird & Bird
Speaker / Sponsor
Andreas specialises in private equity, M&A and corporate & securities law in the IT and communications sectors. He has advised both national and international clients in a large number of complex transactions, IPOs and security issues, involving both private and public companies.
Andreas’ services also include advice on technology/IPR related and complex cross border investment, joint ventures and due diligence investigations.
Tom 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ralph Silva BBC/CNBC/SRN
Ralph 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 24 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 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.
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. 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.
Mårten Vading Kreos Capital
Mårten started his career in the financial industry in 1992 and has been focusing on technology investments since 1996. His experience ranges from direct equity and debt investment to risk and investment management. Mårten has experience working in very large financial institutions and consulting businesses as well as small entrepreneurial environments.
Mårten is a General Partner of Kreos Capital and joined Kreos alongside the other co-founders. He has built a strong presence for Kreos as the market-leading private growth debt provider in the Nordic region. Mårten has also executed a number of transactions in the UK, Ireland and Germany and supports the Kreos portfolio throughout Europe and Israel.
Mårten previously worked a number of years as Director at UBS Warburg (the UBS investment banking arm), where he was responsible for technology and telecom equity research in the Nordic region. His coverage ranged from large telecom equipment companies, like Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom operators, to smaller innovative early-stage technology companies. Before joining Kreos, Mårten also started up an early-stage investment company doing seed investments and working on the Board level of Swedish high-technology, start-up companies. Prior to UBS, Mårten was a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young International in the Nordic region, where he worked with large multi-national corporate clients, advising on interest and currency risk management, asset and liability management, fund management and cash management as well as investor relations.
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.
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Juan Lopez-Valcarcel Pearson International
Speaker / Sponsor
Juan Lopez-Valcarcel is the Chief Digital Officer for Pearson International, leading the digital transformation of our business, including digital product strategy, development, technology delivery and digital partnerships.
Juan has extensive international experience as an entrepreneur, manager and advisor to digital media companies. He started his career by launching one of the first Internet portals in Spain. Most recently, he was VP Digital Media at NBC Universal in New York and Engagement Manager in the Media & Entertainment group at strategy consulting firm Booz Allen, where he worked on more than 40 digital and venture capital projects.
Juan holds a double degree in Corporate Law and Economics from ICADE (Spain) and received an MBA from INSEAD (France) with an exchange at Wharton (USA). Juan also acts as a mentor to multiple digital startups in Europe in non-executive roles.
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.
Stefan Tirtey Doughty Hanson
Stefan is a partner at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures. He has been investing in European start-ups since 2001, focussing on disruptive innovation and great founder teams in the areas of mobile and internet.
Stefan led Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures’ investment in Soundcloud, where he’s still a member of the board. In addition to SoundCloud, Stefan serves or served on the boards of MegaZebra (Social Gaming), Ubidyne (4G antennas), Adaptive Mobile Security (mobile security), Azure (revenue assurance, acquired by Azure), Plazes (location based services, acquired by Nokia), and Actionality (mobile advertising, acquired by Yahoo!).
In founder teams Stefan looks for big ideas, ambition, and an ability to articulate why they can dominate a particular space.
Stefan grew up in Germany and has lived in France, the Netherlands, and the US. He received a Dipl. Ing. degree from RWTH-Aachen and an MBA from Insead. Before becoming a VC he worked in product management, market development and sales.
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.
Rikard Steiberg MTG
Rikard Steiberg, former global marketing director at Google's mobile and social advertising business, has joined pan-European broadcaster Modern Times Group (MTG) as its new EVP and Chief Digital Officer.
Steiberg, who previously headed up Google's product marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is responsible for running MTG's digital operations, which includes the development of MTG's online pay-TV and catch-up TV services, online radio stations and the online gaming service Viagame.
Oriol Juncosa Nauta Capital
Gil Agnew New Innergy
New Innergy Founder and Director Gil Agnew is an Engineer and MBA with over 30 years experience building projects, events, companies and organizations, doing multicultural marketing, general management and business development across four continents with Companies such as Sony and Exxon, Events such as the Barcelona Olympics, Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations such as 'Doctors Without Borders' and 'Business With Social Value', and Startup Companies in digital media, technology, and renewable energy.
His experience and network are truly cross-disciplinary and cross cultural, the essence for innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded New Innergy Growth & Innovation to combine the strength of this diverse experience and network to help individuals and organizations successfully grow and innovate through the application of values-based entrepreneurship, and new socio-economic models.
With a focus on Positive Paradigm Change, Gil helps define, inform and implement Shared Value Business Models using both traditional and Impact Investment financing to advance socio-economic transformation.
Erik Lundström Penny
Erik Lundström is an entrepreneur and the Founder and CTO of Penny AB, one of the world leading companies in the field of Augmented Reality Glasses. Mr Lundström original focus in 1996 regarding research within in the field of technologies to support disabled people has taken him to the unique and internationally patented and awarded product C Wear Interactive Glasses. Already in 2008 Penny had a fully functional product with specs similar to what most of Pennys competitors are showing to the market today. The second and much more advanced version of C Wear Interactive Glasses are about to enter the market shortly.
Mr Lundström believes it is his mission to create a better working environment and to fill the gap for users that need their hands free while using Augmented Reality based mobile devices. Using his see through retina projection, head tracking device and facial muscle detection sensor, the close ties to the European research facilities has taken Penny to several ongoing European research projects. The market today exceeds way beyond disabled users only. Penny has orders from the industry, government and rescue service. The interest from the entertainment business is increasing by the day.
Mr Lundström has a 15-year IT career in different corporations as a software developer; as a Usability Designer, User Interaction Architect Design. In the last years before Mr Lundström founded Penny he was a Marketing Manager and Design Manager at a company designing software’s for the International radio broadcast industry. He has two academic degrees: as a Production Manager at the University of Stockholm, Sweden and Software Development at the Institute of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jure Mikuz RSG Capital
Jure Mikuz is a Managing Director of RSG Capital, a Ljubljana-based Venture Capital management company that focuses on early-stage technology investments in the Balkans region. He established the first Slovenia-based VC Fund, raising private commitments mostly from domestic industrial investors. He serves on several boards of the investee companies, including Celtra, TAB Systems and Novitim. Jure is actively promoting entrepreneurship and regularly holds lectures on finance and fundraising procedures for the start-up communities in Slovenia and across the Balkans. Prior to establishing RSG Capital he was a deputy head of asset management in KD Group and stock broker on the Ljubljana stock exchange. Jure holds MBA from the University of Ljubljana.
Ilan Goudsmit Van den Ende & Deitmers
Before Ilan joined as a business analyst Van den Ende & Deitmers in 2012, he worked at the cross media company Club Judge as a business development director.
At Club Judge he managed for two years the legal department and investments and was responsible for the creation of various online projects such as the nightlife platform Betribes. During that time he accomplished to increase significant growth in headcount and turnover. In this period, he also gained knowledge of mergers and acquisitions as an intern at the Corporate Finance department for large corporations of ABN Amro. Prior to Club Judge, he held internships at known Dutch law firms Allen & Overy and NautaDutilh at the departments private equity, banking and intellectual property. Before this, he worked as a legal assistant at law firm Russell Advocaten on diverse topics such as litigation, administrative law and private law.
Ilan graduated with an Honoursmaster in Private Law focused on M&A and finance at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his Bachelor in Dutch civil law at VU University Amsterdam. During his Bachelor, he followed graduate courses in law and business at the University of Berkeley in California. He recently studied the MBA course Valuation of Stern School of Business New York University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.