Speakers

Isabella Schidrich Nasdaq

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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.

Greg Mortenson CAI / Three Cups of Tea

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Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org , founder of Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org , and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com , and author of the bestsellerStones into Schools www.stonesintoschools.com .
 

In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan’s highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan (“Star of Pakistan”) for his dedicated and humanitarian effort to promote education and literacy in rural areas for fifteen years.

Several bi-partisan U.S. Congressional representatives have nominated Mortenson twice for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2009 and 2010.
 

Mortenson was born in Minnesota in 1957. He grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (1958 to 1973). His father Dempsey, co-founded Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) www.kcmc.ac.tz a teaching hospital, and his mother, Jerene, founded the International School Moshi www.ismoshi.org .

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany (1977-1979), where he received the Army Commendation Medal, and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983.
 

In July 1992, Mortenson’s sister, Christa, died from a massive seizure after a lifelong struggle with epilepsy on the eve of a trip to visit Dysersville, Iowa, where the baseball movie, ‘Field of Dreams’, was filmed in a cornfield.
 

To honor his sister’s memory, in 1993, Mortenson climbed Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram range.
 

While recovering from the climb in a village called Korphe, Mortenson met a group of children sitting in the dirt writing with sticks in the sand, and made a promise to help them build a school.
 

From that rash promise, grew a remarkable humanitarian campaign, in which Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 

His work has not been without difficulty. In 1996, he survived an eight day armed kidnapping by the Taliban in Pakistan’ Northwest Frontier Province tribal areas, escaped a 2003 firefight with feuding Afghan warlords by hiding for eight hours under putrid animal hides in a truck going to a leather-tanning factory. He has overcome fatwehs from enraged Islamic mullahs, endured CIA investigations, and also received threats from fellow Americans after 9/11, for helping Muslim children with education.
 

Mortenson is a living hero to rural communities of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he has gained the trust of Islamic leaders, military commanders, government officials and tribal chiefs from his tireless effort to champion education, especially for girls.
 

He is one of few foreigners who has worked for over a decade in rural villages where few foreigners go, and considered the ‘front lines’ of the ‘war on terror’
 

Three Cups of Tea website www.threecupsoftea.com
Central Asia Institute website www.ikat.org
Pennies for Peace website www.penniesforpeace.org
Stones into Schools website www.stonesintoschools.com

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J.P. Rangaswami Salesforce.com

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With a background in economics and journalism, JP Rangaswami has been a technology innovator and chief information officer for many leading financial firms. As an advocate for open source and disruptive technologies, Rangaswami has been a leading force in the success of multiple startups, including School of Everything, Salesforce.com (where he is Chief Scientist) and Ribbit.

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James Sperans Morgan Stanley

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Jamey is a portfolio manager for the Private Equity Fund of Funds group. He joined Morgan Stanley AIP in 2001 and has over 20 years of relevant industry experience. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was a serial entrepreneur, co-founding four businesses, including two marketing automation service companies (TeamToolz and Nimblefish Technologies), and a New York-based private advisory firm. Prior to that, Jamey was as a senior consultant with Bain & Company. In this capacity, he advised both public and private companies on strategic, financial and operational issues. He received dual BAs with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Jason Ball Qualcomm Ventures

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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.

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Krishna Visvanathan DFJ Esprit

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Krishna has been actively engaged in international start-ups and Venture Capital investing for over 15 years.  Krishna joined DFJ Esprit in 2009 and focuses primarily on Internet, mobile and networking related businesses.

 

Krishna is responsible for DFJ Esprit’s investments in Achica, Qosmos, Radium One, Netronome Systems, Cambridge Semiconductor, Light Blue Optics, MediaFed, and MoviePilot.

 

Krishna also led DFJ Esprit’s investments in Icera (acquired by Nvidia) and The Cloud Networks (acquired by BskyB).

 

Prior to joining DFJ Esprit, Krishna spent ten years with 3i’s Technology Venture Capital team where he was responsible for investments in Blue Lithium Inc (acquired by Yahoo!), Ezurio (acquired by Laird), Ubinetics (acquired by CSR plc and Aeroflex Inc), Fastnet Systems (acquired by Redstone plc) and BTN Ltd (acquired by C&W plc).

 

He started his career at Ernst & Young before founding Optika Fibre Technologies, a display technology start-up based in SE Asia.

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Chrysanthos Chrysanthou Accel Partners

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An engineer by trade, completed BSc in Computer Science at UC San Diego, then moved to Silicon Valley and worked for Cisco for 4+ years in various tech and ops roles before moving to England for an MBA at Cambridge University. Following that, returned to Cisco for 5 more years where he focused on investments and acquisitions for Cisco's Software and Services division, based out of London, but lived in India for almost a year and completed transactions in the US.
 

Following Cisco worked in a startup in Europe, specifically in Portugal, as COO and also started doing angel investing globally (Sweden, Portugal, Greece and US), as well as being a mentor at a few of the best accelerator programs, Seedcamp, TechStars London and StartupBootcamp.

Last role was with Amazon and specifically in Amazon's Web Services division as the Startup Business Development lead for EMEA to manage relationships with VC firms, Accelerators/Incubators and the rest of the startup ecosystem in the region.
 

Currently as Venture Capitalist at Accel Partners in London.
 

Based out of London, travels extensively to Tel Aviv, Berlin, Scandinavia, Paris etc, all the major tech and startup hubs.

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Christian Siegele Capnamic Ventures

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Christian is managing partner and founder of Capnamic Ventures.

He holds a diploma in physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a diploma in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. Between 1997 and 2008, Christian worked at 3i where he last worked as senior partner for the German venture capital business. Throughout his career, Christian was responsible for major venture capital portfolios and numerous successful IPOs and trade sales.

In his leisure time he appreciates good wine, crime thrillers and spending time with his family. He also enjoys being outside and gathering firewood with his chainsaw for the cold winter time.

Deborah Magid IBM

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Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $22B software business in the company’s 10-year old Venture Capital Group.  Her expertise spans several industries.

Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world.   She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market.  As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies.  Deborah is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet;” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A.

Deborah’s relationships are global, and extend into emerging geographies.  Deborah is a frequent spokesperson on topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and investors.  She is on the board of SDForum, the Silicon Valley emerging technology network, and on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance.

Previously, Deborah held positions in product management, marketing, and user-centered design at Taligent, GE Information Services and AT&T. 

Deborah holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.

Aquilino Peña Kibo Ventures

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Aquilino Peña has been involved in the digital industry since the late 90s and has been involved in all areas of the Business, mainly ecommerce, online marketing and content. Aquilino has been an active Angel investor and advisor to a number of companies such as BaseKit (UK), Acierto.com, Matrix, Bodeboca, PayCo (Germany), Virtual Contenidos, Alice (US/España) amongst other relevant proyects.

His last corporate assignment was CEO of MediaEdge:cia for Spain and Portugal, the largest media buying agency of WPP in the region, which manages the marketing investment of over 500 clients in Spain and Portugal. Relevant clients include: Sony Ericsson, Chanel, Henkel, Visa, Paramount Pictures, Accenture, Toys R US,… Before that, he ran all portal activities for Orange Spain, including e-care, E-shop and the large portal network managed by Orange in the Spanish language (up to 40 M monthly active users ). Aquilino started his career as a consultant for The Bostron Consulting Group, wher he worked for the Madrid office and startedup the Sao Paulo office.

Aquilino is well known and considered a key person in the European Internet arena. He has been Director and member of the board of the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA), Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB-Spain), board member of the Asociacion Española de Anunciantes (AEA) and board member of @adigital (formerly Spanish Ecommerce Association).

Aquilino received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and holds a dual degree in Law and Business Administration from ICADE and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.  Aquilino and Javier were classmates at ICADE and close friends since.

Javier Torremocha Kibo Ventures

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Javier Torremocha has more than 16 years of transaction experience with leading global firms like Lehman Brothers (1994-2000) and, more recently, UBS (2001-2009).   In UBS he was Head of Corporate Advisory, where he was solely focused in advising  entrepreneurs and family-owned companies in corporate finance transactions.

In between Lehman Brothers and UBS, he worked as Director of Business Development at Netjuice Capital, an internet VC funded by 3i, GE Capital and FCC with commitments over €60 million.  Netjuice sold its 15% stake in Kelkoo.com to Yahoo Inc. for $575 million in 2004.  His responsibilities in Netjuice included fundraising activity, M&A and business development for both at a holding level and for portfolio companies.

More recently, Javier has spend  one year in San Diego, CA, both at a Global Leadership Program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and understanding the dynamics of the US VC industry.  He is a special LP of Social Leverage LLC, a San Diego-based partnership that invests in early stage internet businesses.  Social Leverage currently holds a portfolio of 20+ companies, including Tweetdeck, Stocktwits (recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web”), Buddy Media, Ticketfly, Bit.ly, Foodzie and eToro.

In addition, Javier has been an active Angel Investor, including companies like Idealista, Mundivox, Pulsar Technologies, Netjuice and Social Leverage.

Javier received an MBA from INSEAD and holds a dual degree in Law and Business Administration from ICADE. Javier and Aquilino were classmates at ICADE and close friends since.  Javier and José María worked together for 5 years at UBS and have known each other for over 15 years. Javier is fluent  in Spanish  and English.

Anil Hansjee MTGx

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Anil Hansjee is the chief investment officer of MTGx - the digital arm of European pay and free TV broadcaster and content producer. He is also a founder and partner of Investor Syndicate Firestartr.co - an investor in the early seed companies in the internet space. In addition, since June 2011 he was appointed a senior advisor for the Internet Industry to EQT Funds, a major Continental European PE firm. He is also a board member of the Norwegian Government's early stage evergreen fund Investinor and an advisor to Jonny Goodwin's media boutique advisory firm LEPE partners. Anil is also an investor in 500 Startups and Seedcamp.

Anil was with Google from September 2006 to June 2011. At Google he was responsible for Google's acquisitions and strategic investments in the region as well as relationships with the early stage technology community and their backers and advisers. Anil led investments, and was a board observer for Google, into FON (Spain), Mobile Planet (Kenya) and Ubiquisys (UK) as well as selling Google investment dotMobi to Afilias. In aggregate, Anil has overseen $450m of deals for Google, completed over $230m worth of deals, $140m originated by himself directly, incl. Googles first acquisition of a European publicly listed company Global IP Solutions.

Prior to joining Google, Anil was a Principal with the venture capital firm IDG Ventures, where he led investments and was board director, in the mobile music company, Shazam Entertainment as well as selling Lionhead to Microsoft. Between mid 2000 and end of 2001, Anil was a Vice President for corporate finance with Bear Stearns International in London completing deals such as the sale of Geneva Technologies to Convergys for $692m. Between mid 1997 and mid 2000, Anil was a member of Chase Manhattan Bank's corporate finance group both in New York and London. Anil joined Chase's corporate finance team after spending the first 7 years of his professional career as a software engineer and business analyst in the front office financial services sector in Chicago and London with O'Connor Associates (now UBS) and Chase.

Anil received an Honorary Doctorate in computing in 2011, for services to entrepreneurial IT sector in the UK. Anil also has a BSc. (Hons.) in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from Edinburgh University and has a MSc. in Finance at London Business School.

Anil is also a Fellow of the chartered institute for IT (BCS) and was the founding chairman of BCS Entrepreneurs Specialist Group.

Ken Morse Entrepreneurship Ventures

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Ken is Chairman & CEO of Entrepreneurship Ventures Inc. which convenes an experienced team of practitioners and serial entrepreneurs to deliver Entrepreneurial Skills Development workshops and programs in Colombia, Canada, Europe (Norway, Romania, Scotland, Spain, The Netherlands) in Turkey, the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE), in Pakistan and New Zealand.
 

In the US, Ken serves on the Board of Advisors of MassChallenge and Concentric Power Inc., and advises several MIT spin-offs including Cambrian Innovation Inc., Connectloud Inc., Cogito Corporation, FloDesign Inc., HubSpot Internet Marketing, and Terrafugia.

Ken Morse was a co-founder of six high-tech companies, together with MIT friends and classmates. Five of these ventures had successful IPOs or mergers; one was a disaster. They included 3Com Corporation, Aspen Technology, Inc., a China Trade Company, a biotech venture, and an expert systems company. Ken was either the CEO or responsible for part or all of the Sales organization in each of these new enterprises. During his 4+ years as Managing Director of AspenTech (AZPN) Europe SA/NV, Ken’s team achieved 18 consecutive quarters of on-target sales performance by building close strategic relationships with the leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies throughout Europe and the Middle East. He grew the AspenTech EMEA organization from 22 to 200+ employees with basically zero staff turnover, and expanded sales revenue 600% - 900% with key client relationships.
 

Ken serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) of President Obama (Washington) which conceived and launched “Startup America” and the “JOBS Act”, which received strong bi-partisan support. Ken advises major corporations on their innovation strategies and is a member of Telefónica Disruptive Council (Madrid) and the Council on Foreign Relations (New York City). Since 2009 Ken is Visiting Professor at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. From 2006 - 2011 Ken held the Chair in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Competitiveness at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands.
 

Ken’s interest in international high tech ventures began at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a BS in Political Science in 1968 followed in 1972 by an MBA from Harvard Business School. Upon graduation, he joined Schroders, the UK-based merchant bank, where he worked directly for Jim Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank.

Ken speaks fluent French and some Chinese. He is a member of the Cercle Royal Gaulois Artistique & Littéraire in Brussels. When he is not helping young companies to succeed, Ken enjoys sailing his 50-year old wooden boat with his family around Cape Cod.

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Florian Brem Buse Heberer Fromm

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Dr. Florian Brem is lawyer and partner of Buse Heberer Fromm.

His main areas of practice are commercial law, corporate and merger & acquisition law, banking & finance law as well as payment services law and general law of contracts including litigation. He is member of the Practice Group Corporate/M&A as well as of the Practice Group Banking & Finance.

Dr. Florian Brem advises international as well as national companies and entrepreneurs in all commercial and company-juridical interests. Further, he constantly advises national and foreign banks and payment service providers regarding all areas of their German business. He is also specialised in national and cross-border M&A transactions. Additionally he has several years of experience as German Head of Legal of a major international bank.

Paco Gimena Mola

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Active investor in Internet based Companies.

Paco is co-founder of mola.com, medical doctor (phisician), IESE MBA as professional drive, managing director of hotel chains in the past, and "internetero" as actual life project. Through mola.com he is currently involved in supporting, financing and accelerating the following companies:
Alquiler.com - Calzadoo.com - Bankimia.com - Destinity.com - Grupea.com - Salud.es - JobLinker.com - Zoco.com - Mola Gestion - Mola.fm - Mola Representations UK - - Playspace.com - Minics.com - PriceBets.com - BelleVip.com - Socities.com - ToTombola.com - PortBooker.com …

Mike Butcher TechCrunch / The Europas

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Mike Butcher is TechCrunch's "Editor At Large". As such he has a roving brief to write about Startups, Venture Capital, technology trends and emerging markets. A former grunge rock drummer, he became a long-time journalist, and has since written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. Mike is also a co-founder and shareholder of TechHub, a service company for startups with several locations in Europe. Mike is the founder and on the steering committee of Coadec, the Coalition for a Digital Economy, which works to lobby for legislation that fosters a sustainable and innovative digital economy for the UK. He also serves on the Mayor of London’s "Smart London" Board, advising on Smart Cities and Entrepreneurship. A former editor of New Media Age magazine and he was also an Executive Editor on the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine. Since 1996 he has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites. In 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia’s European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 he was voted ‘One of the 100 Innovators of the UK Internet Decade’ by GfK NOP, the fourth-largest custom research business in the world. In July 2008 he named as one of the Top 100 people in London’s creative industry by The Independent newspaper. In August 2008 his coverage of the European tech scene was honoured in the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” category by Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was named as one of Britain’s Top 100 “digital power-brokers” by Wired UK magazine. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper, and again in 2011. 

Robin Wauters Tech.eu

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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.

I combine all these activities with startup life, as a Partner in Oxynade and social media agency Talking Heads, and as an advisor to Tagger.FM.

Robert Ferri Robert Ferri Partners

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Robert Ferri, founder of Robert Ferri Partners, LLC, is a shareholder in and advisor to numerous public and private technology companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Robert has helped found, grow and finance a number of companies in the United States and Europe, including online securities and financial services firms, trading and other transaction technology providers, and enterprise solutions companies.  With a particular focus on assisting European companies create financial and strategic opportunities in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the United States. His areas of focus include early-stage and public company growth, investor relations, reputation management, corporate development and public policy. Robert has international experience in financial communications, having launched and headed media relations departments for The Nasdaq Stock Market and its parent organization, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., as well as Montgomery Securities, a prominent investment bank focused on growth companies. At two Omnicom firms, Robert launched the San Francisco-based Financial Communications and Investor Relations Practice, which grew quickly to serve publicly traded and IPO-track companies, as well as financial services firms, throughout the United States. In Washington, D.C., Robert was Executive Assistant for Communications to United States Senator John Heinz. He also was a columnist and reporter in the Washington bureau of Thomson Newspapers, Inc., a chain of more than 100 daily newspapers. Robert was Founding Owner and President of The Amherst News, Inc., a weekly newspaper in his native Massachusetts. He also served as Editor of two daily newspapers. A member of the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council of Harvard’s Kennedy School and the San Francisco Area Advisory Committee of the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College, Robert serves on numerous corporate and not-for-profit Boards of Directors.

Joel Dreyfuss CNBC / FORTUNE

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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.

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Marcel E. Smit Service2Media

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Marcel has one of the industry's most impressive track records for taking companies over the threshold of success, with two Exits (and three companies) since 2010. He is now Chief Executive Officer of Service2Media - Multi-platform App Development Platform, Aligning Business & IT.

Marcel was previously CEO of Mirror42, the cloud and mobile business visualization software company that enables businesses to implement performance management.

Prior to joining Mirror42, Smit was CEO at Q-go, a next generation online customer service software company that he reorganized and expanded internationally in both the US and Europe. Q-go was acquired by RightNow Technologies in January 2011 for $34M USD, and Smit led the global integration of Q-go within the RightNow organization. RightNow Technologies was subsequently acquired by Oracle in October 2011 for $1.5 billion.

Prior to Q-go, Smit was Vice President, Northern Europe at MicroStrategy, a leading global supplier of business intelligence, and he held a variety of marketing and sales leadership positions at Oracle and USoft over the course of 15 years prior to that time.

Marcel graduated from Nyenrode Business University in The Netherlands with a Bachelors  degree in Business Administration.
 

ASHLEY WARD FOXWARD ZABOURA

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Ashley Ward is passionate about inspiring business leaders to make the most of their talents and their people; As a seven times CEO over 26 years with four public offerings behind him, he has experienced extreme learning. He led the IPO of Orchestream in 2000 to its £1b market cap, and as MD of Cray Communications/Anite Networks led the turnaround and executed its sale in two parts to Cable & Wireless and Intel. He has been involved in around 20 M&A transactions as CEO, is a former professional racing driver and instructor and competed at international level for 13 seasons and in over 200 races.
 
He founded European Leaders’ academy workshops for GMs & CEOs as well as supporting coaching clients at various stages in their career. Ashley combines the science of the best coaching practice along with a pragmatic approach to personal development. The aim is simple; help business leaders raise their game and transform the effectiveness of how they run their companies. Coaching and Mentoring interventions. At the heart of any business transformation or improvement is conscious behaviour and great communication and these two subjects are at the core of the client work undertaken.  

François Mazoudier Tech Leaders Capital

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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.

Christopher Pommerening Active Venture Partners

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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.