Joel Spolsky, CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow, is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website, Joel on Software, which has been translated into over 30 languages. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers, including Trello, which was recently acquired by Atlassian. Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc.magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree.
Linden is the CEO and co-founder of IFTTT, a service that inspires people with the confidence to control their connected world. Linden graduated Santa Clara University, where he studied Computer Engineering. Before starting IFTTT, Linden developed his keen interest in all things design at IDEO. He is an ardent fan of radical ideas of all shapes and sizes.
Hazel is chairman of FirstCapital, which she co-founded in 1999. In addition to advising high-growth tech companies on M&A, private equity and growth capital, Hazel also chairs the Innovation Loans Strategic Oversight Committee for Innovate UK. She is a member of the Future Fifty advisory panel and is a sought-after speaker at conferences across Europe and the USA.Hazel was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Years’ Honours list for services to entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2016, she won the CBI/Real Business First Women in Finance award.
Dr. Danny Lange is Vice President of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies where he leads multiple initiatives in the field of applied Artificial Intelligence.
Unity is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences.
Previously, Danny was Head of Machine Learning at Uber, where he led the efforts to build a highly scalable Machine Learning platform to support all parts of Uber’s business from the Uber App to self-driving cars. Before joining Uber, Danny was General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning providing internal teams with access to machine intelligence. He also launched an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Cloud Service to the public. Prior to Amazon, he was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he led a product team focused on large-scale Machine Learning for Big Data. Danny spent 8 years on Speech Recognition Systems, first as CTO of General Magic, Inc., and then as founder of his own company, Vocomo Software. During this time, he was working on General Motor’s OnStar Virtual Advisor, one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until Siri. Danny started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.
Danny holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society and has numerous patents to his credit.
Dario is an investor and entrepreneur with 20+ years of expertise in the creation of technology companies such as Quietly, Foodee, and Hootsuite, the world’s largest social media dashboard.
Dr. Steiber has a PhD from Chalmers University of Technology. She has since 1993 focused on Management innovations and is currently conducting research, together with Chalmers University and single professors at Stanford and Berkeley University, on new management concepts and models for the Digital Age, as well as advising both large and smaller organizations on this matter. In addition, she has worked two years with professor David Teece at Berkeley Research Group focused on operationalize the concept “Dynamic Capabilities”. Currently she is an Investor in tech startups, Advisor to larger corporations, and an Assistant professor at Menlo College in addition providing lectures at the Management department at Santa Clara University in California’s Silicon Valley. She also provides leadership programs to executives in both the private and public sector. Dr. Steiber is a known international keynote speaker in the field of management for entrepreneurship and innovation management in a Digital Age.
Dr. Steiber is the author of several award-winning research articles and four well- downloaded management books: "The Google Model-Management for Continuous Innovation" (Springer, 2014 and Vinnova 2014), “The Silicon Valley Model- Management for Entrepreneurship” (Springer, 2016 and Liber 2016), “Management for the Digital Age: Will China surpass Silicon Valley?” (Springer, 2017) and Metaverse- a handbook about AR and VR (2018). In 2015 she was personally invited by the president of Colombia to give a keynote speech on her first book, which also has been used by many as a handbook on management for entrepreneurship.
Miral has Over 17 years of proven track record of creating most innovative, successful and flagship Ed Tech products for Higher Education and K-12 market. Unique blend of technology and business skills, diverse experience working for Fortune 500 companies to Startups, deep knowledge of the education market as well as technology to re-imagine and create unconventional and purpose driven products and platforms.
Miral is currently CTO of CK-12 Foundation - an organization committed to providing access to great quality education to every child. Prior to joining CK-12, Miral served as VP, Product Technology, at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Miral has led creation of flagship EdTech products and platforms at CK-12, McGraw-Hill and Prentice-Hall/Pearson.
Bernard joined Balderton as a Partner in 2008. He was named Managing Partner in 2016.
Bernard Liautaud founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is now a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2013 to 2018. He is now a member of the Stanford Global Advisory Council to the President.
He has received a number of distinctions including “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe’s Digital Top 25 and Business Week Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
Education: Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Ecole Centrale de Paris, and Master of Science, Engineering Management, Stanford University.
With a focus on high potential start-ups Nicolaj Højer Nielsen has co-founded and invested in thirteen companies, primarily within tech and IT. He has experience in securing funding from all possible sources – friends and family, business angels, VC funds, public funds and not least from his latest venture is Copenhagen United, an investment fund focusing on providing capital and mentoring for early-stage software companies. His experience is based on reviewing thousands of different investment opportunities and he knows the fundraising process from both sides of the table.
Not only as an investor but as an advisor, mentor, external lecturer in entrepreneurship at CBS and guest lecturer around mostly Scandinavia Nicolaj dedicates a significant part of his time to help startups and their founders. Nicolaj also holds an MBA from INSEAD.
I'm a technologist and visionary, founder of an wonderful technology company, non-executive director of others, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and revenue streams, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.
My background is in software, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies and helping entrepreneurs. I served as CEO of the game technology company Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with the unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next generation of the industry.
I always enjoy the challenge of connecting the dots in front of a tough audience, and in recent years I have spoken at conferences as diverse as Casual Connect Amsterdam (2015), Israeli Games Conference (2014), DICE (2014), GMGC Chengdu keynote (2013), ChinaJoy keynote (2013), Nordic Game keynotes (2010 and 2013), GameHorizon (2012), the Canadian Game Conference keynote (2012), Develop Evolve (2011), CEDEC (2010 and 2011), more than 15 global Unite conference keynotes since 2007, WWDC guest keynote (2006), and a number of others.
The young entrepreneur Camilla Hessellund Lastein dropped out of Aarhus Business School after having studied Business administration for 1.5 year. She exchanged her studies with a startup career and founded Lix technologies in 2014 - a kind of Spotify for textbooks. She has worked tirelessly ever since. Her all out effort and years of bootstrapping have indeed payed off. Lix technologies have today raised a total of $7.5 millions.
Peter Michael Oxholm Zigler is a visionary entrepreneur who has been the CMO of the business Autobutler since he founded in 2010 together with Christian Legêne. Peter and Christian sold the company to Europe’s 2nd biggest car producer PSA Group in 2016 for 30 mill. Euros. And in 2018 Peter decided to leave the company and is now a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, as well as a board member and investor in different startups. Thus he continuous to find his drive in challenging and disrupting existing business models with a consumer centric focus as he did when founding Autobutler but now in new ways and roles.
Richard has been with PreSeed Ventures since 2012, where he is today Head of their Investment Team. Richard has invested in, and helped scale, a number of successful companies, including Coinify, Cardlay, Grandhood and Airtame.
Owing to his strong operational background, Richard is particularly interested in technology startups and is currently focused on Fintech and HW enabled SW startups. Prior to joining PreSeed Ventures, Richard spent eight years at Nokia in their smart phones business where he held senior engineering and technology management positions.
Richard holds an MBA from Copenhagen Business School and a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark
Lars joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2015, after roles at three of Silicon Valley's best known tech companies – Uber, WhatsApp and Dropbox.
At Uber Inc. in California, where he was Vice President Mobile, he forged strategic alliances with global telcos, including Carlos Slim's América Movil group across Latin America and Verizon fuelling Uber's rapid growth. As Head of Mobile at Dropbox, where he was one of the firm's first 25 employees, his growth deals with Samsung and others helped the file-sharing company reach its first 100m users. At WhatsApp, meanwhile, Lars was advisor to the business team on non-organic growth and distribution, until the messaging app's acquisition by Facebook in 2014.
Prior to that Lars worked at Voicesignal (acq. Nuance), Skyhook Wireless (acq. TruePosition), Ness Technologies (acq. Opentable), and T9 Tegic (acq. AOL).
Lars, who is Danish-Portuguese, grew up across Africa and served with the Royal Danish Guards. He holds an MBA from London Business School, an MSc from Oxford University and a BSc from Kings College London. He recently moved from Palo Alto back to London, with his wife, two young daughters and son. His investments include HIYA, Blue Bottle Coffee, Feast Kitchen, Zycada Networks, Soundtrack Your Brand, Dubsmash, Pocket (acq. by Mozilla) and Labster.
Diverse experience in business development, ecosystem building, strategy and go-to-market.
Jon F. Lieberkind is the CEO & Co-founder of Grandhood. As an entrepreneur Jon has a significant competitive advantage, as he enjoys experience from Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s equity sales platform in London and later on in their Wall Street department working with credit research and wealth management. This uniquely sets him apart from his peers in his ability to coherently understand financial services and cross-sell the entire Grandhood platform. He is a true team player, and always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of other team members.
Jon is a problem solver who is always able to address complex issues with strategy and confidence. His knowledge of cross-asset investing, asset allocation, portfolio construction and expertise in pension products has been key to the foundation of Grandhood. He is passionate about relationship management and has an uncanny ability to understand what clients want makes customers feel comfortable with him and rely on him as a trusted financial advisor. Jon is passionate about relationship management
Jon already started to establish his truly global profile while studying. He holds a Masters degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Copenhagen and has spent time at the London School of Economics as well as UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Jon has Wall Street experience as a former Vice President and Investment Strategist with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.
CCO and Co-founder of www.queue-it.com,
Queue-it is a virtual queue system designed to manage end-user website overload situations.
Executive Board Member, Signatours Travel, EasyTrial and Queue-it. Chairman of the Board Fourkant and Domanica.
Advisory Board Member at Techbbq, VL-64, Kvinder i Bestyrelser (Women Grow Companies) and Fooducer.
Executive advisor on strategy, business development, innovation and organizational change projects.
Top 50 most inspiring women in European Tech (http://www.inspiringfifty.com/50-inspiring-women-list-2015-eu/)
Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 (\305rets Kvindelige Iv\346rks\346tter).
Blogger, speaker, Public Relations, B2B social media.
The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/camilla-leyvalentin/
Author, digital strategist, entrepreneur. Natasha Friis Saxberg has worked with startups, large organizations and technology for more than two decades, including for Ikea, Swarovski and now as Head of Technology at Maersk Growth.
Natasha has been active in cultivating the Copenhagen startup scene since 2009, and as an entrepreneur, she has founded several SaaS startups in the global market. She also worked as an associated partner and Digital Futurist at Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies for five years.
Author of "Homo Digitalis" and speaker at numerous conferences incl. TEDx.
Dennis Kayser is the co-founder and CEO of Forecast, a company that simplifies and automates resource and project management
The idea that eventually should become Forecast was created by four students at the University of Copenhagen during a project for a major Danish company. The students were asked to build a tool that could optimize the project management of 150+ projects with 100+ projects manager assigned. After working a few years following their graduation, the four students got together and decided to create a company based on the former project and that company is today Forecast.
In just nine months Dennis Kayser and Forecast have gone from selling in two countries to now sell in 32 countries and up until 2018 they’ve raised a total of dkk 27.5 mill. In investment from among others PreSeed Ventures, Sunstone Capital and SEED Capital. If everything goes to plan their first permanent offshore office will be open for business in New York end of 2018.
Dennis holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen.
Malte joined Google in 2009 and leads Social Impact: He builds partnerships that help our products in Elections, Civic Engagement and Crisis Response to be useful for people around the globe. Malte previously held positions in Google’s Enterprise division, Business Development for Chrome and the Google Assistant. Malte studied Business Management and Computer Science at Nordakademie and University of Washington.
Business school, Film and Media studies @ University of Copenhagen, EAVE - international film producer class.
We give the media instant access to users cross world, to bring more perspectives, easier validation, easier clearance. And by that, we also gives the voice to the people, letting their stories hit the news for more diversity, and to balance the power of the media more democratic. Since 2016 chasing from Documentary industry to the tech investor environment it's been a fast learning what the body and nature a Start-up company means and how agile it is. The demand for being a person with the capacity to high shifting environment is crucial and luckily but Lars and I feels like fish in the water doing that, but we have been surprises (with a smile) that we had to swim so fast and so far :)
Since the very beginning we have been lucky to meet amazing people who have been generous with advice, network and back up - and Lars & I always be more than happy to help where we can. And if any investors are insetting for us to meet or opposite please let know if we should sign up somewhere for a badge.
Claes Mikko Nilsen is a Finnish-Norwegian, quick-witted character, well-known of his pitch moderator skills. Claes Mikko is the co-founder and first director of Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN), which is one of the largest and most active angel networks in Europe, actively inspiring private startup investing. FiBAN received the Finnish Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic in November 2017.
Currently, Claes Mikko is the Managing Director of Nordic Business Angel Network (NordicBAN), which is driven by active business angels and angel networks. NordicBAN represents over 10 Nordic & Baltic business angel networks, linking over 1700 business angels, sharing angel investing best practices and supporting the matching of syndication ready startups.
In addition to angel activity, Claes Mikko has entrepreneurial background and during his studies was part of establishing student entrepreneurship society BoostTurku. Claes Mikko has worked with startup guiding at EnterpriseHelsinki and building their startup accelerator service, currently NewCo Helsinki. Claes Mikko is a steering board member at the Rising North Fund, which funds startup ecosystem initiatives to support the internationalization of Nordic startups. Claes Mikko has also played a significant role establishing Slush’s Investor Day concept, one of the largest startup investor matching events in the world.
Claes Mikko is fascinated about startup energy, being able to deliver, and finding that perfect one-liner.
He is an active Business Angel Investor, Chairman of two Danish IT companies, board member of a large international retail chain and advisory board member at a venture fund. He has been involved in three exits in 2016 and 2017. Before this he was for 10 years a founder, entrepreneur and managing director of a very fast-growing consulting company, Inspari A/S. His focus was on Business Intelligence, Performance Management, Big Data and Data Driven Business Transformation. Inspari was awarded “Gazelle” company by the Danish business newspaper, Børsen, seven years in a row.
In 2006 he started my own consulting company. I 2009 three partners joined in. Together they managed to outperform all similar Danish companies in growth performance. In 2016 the company was 100 employees and was recognized as one of the absolute fastest long-term growing companies in Denmark. Six years in a row awarded “Gazelle” company by the Danish business newspaper Borsen. In September 2016 Inspari will be awarded for the 7th time. Only five Danish companies has ever done that – and no one eight times. His main responsibilities at Inspari was sales, business development, finance, legal and my role as Managing Director. In June 2016 he left Inspari to focus on my family and to have a longer break from working long hours. Later in 2016 he decided only to work as a business angel investor, board member and some consulting tasks.
Daniel joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2013 and he currently sits on the boards of Infarm, ROLI, Revolut, Lovecrafts, TrademarkNow, Tictail, Thread, Workable and Frontier Car Group and also works with Instabridge and CuriousAI.
Prior to Balderton, Daniel spent 5 years as a partner at Wellington Partners and worked on investments including Hailo (mergerd with MyTaxi), Qype (sold to Yelp), Readmill (sold to Dropbox), Bookatable (sold to Michelin), Spotify and EyeEm.
Before Wellington, Daniel was a sector partner at 3i where he worked on all of their venture and private equity investments in the internet sector in North America and Europe.
Before that, he was at Yahoo! for six years from 1999, covering strategic development and M&A across the European region. He has a PhD and MA in applied mathematics from Oxford University and a Chartered Diploma in Accounting and Finance.
Coming from a background in Political Science with a vast interest in the political and economic challenges of the world, I later developed a mindset of a business strategist through my time with McKinsey & Co. Then I founded Endomondo and once again fell in love passionately with the entrepreneurial mindset of the start-up world focusing on the tech industry. This entrepreneurial mindset and spirit has come to define what I do - passionately build great products and organizations and make them grow.
I’m driven by vision and passion. I care about people and product. I turn on developing products and companies that have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people. I’m a rebel at heart and I enjoy finding new paths in what used to be old territory.
Saskia is a marketer looking after Google’s brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She brings Google’s values to life through storytelling, working to demonstrate the positive impact that their products, programs and partnerships have on users from across the region. Prior to her current role, she worked on the Chief of Staff team for Lorraine Twohill, Google’s global SVP of Marketing, at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Saskia completed her studies at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, CA.
Dave O'Flanagan is a software executive and entrepreneur with two decades of experience building enterprise solutions for industries including mobile telecoms, document management, and travel. As co-founder and CEO of Boxever, he’s driven product development and led his team to secure ~$22M in funding (investors include Polaris Partners, Frontline Ventures). In past roles, Dave has managed over 70 engineers to deliver complex projects to Tier 1 airlines and mobile operators. Dave is passionate about big data, analytics and new architectures to support petabyte-scale data processing. He holds an MSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.
Beginning his career on television and the radio working internationally for Disney Channel and Radio Disney, in 2009, Joey Brander became the youngest person to co-host a CBS television show in the United States. He followed that achievement by becoming the youngest to have their own weekly show on an ESPN Radio affiliate, hosting The Joey Brander Show from 2012-2014.
Brander, now 22, is the President/Managing Partner of First Serve Partners, a South Florida and New York based venture capital firm made up of business leaders, pop-culture influencers, and current/former professional athletes, including NBA legend Metta World Peace, NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon, and Super Bowl Champion Roman Harper. The firm invests across sports, media, and entertainment and uses their unique perspective and experience in engaging emerging generations - millennials and Gen-Zers - to capitalize on what’s new and what’s next. Brander is among the youngest venture capitalists in the world.
Brander has been a co-host of The Sports Blender alongside FSP Senior Advisor David Meltzer, a board member of The International Jazz Hall of Fame, a member of the Investment Advisory Board for Ideaboost (the entertainment accelerator of the Canadian Film Centre), takes time to give back to the community through his foundation 'The Joey Brander Foundation: Literacy Through Sports' (501C3) and has spoken at universities and conferences around the world.
David runs Growth Tribe, a young 25-person company that teaches startups and corporates the skills, tools and tactics of rapid experimentation. His hobbies include building prediction models and running 5-second tests. He also has a Youtube channel called “Growth Tribe”... come subscribe.
Maral Kalajian, one of the most familiar faces in the Stockholm tech scene. Maral is the head of marketing and communications at Watty, one of the hottest startups in Europe.
She is also the co-founder of Peppy Pals and SUP46 FemTech.
Maral was listed as among the 100 most influential names in the Scandinavian startup scene by The Nordic Web in 2016 and 2017. Maral was also listed as among the 100 super-communicators in Sweden in 2018.
He has extensive experience with leadership and management in large national and global organisations on a senior level. He has always practiced leadership (from mid to senior management) in a "change management" context. Whether operational or strategic, the keywords have been management of significant changes along with the ability to execute and transform strategies into everyday actions.
Thomas Overholt is a keen advocate of the potential of EdTech and its ability to improve student learning.
Working with both the product, research and market side of Scandinavians leading EdTech solution for elementary schools Thomas has extended knowledge about how EdTech is being utilised (as well under-utilised) in today’s classroom.
Multi-lingual marketer with global experience with six years experience within Advertising and Direct Mail creative develpment for global campaigns. Currently focusing on Event Content and Event Marketing.
Business development within Communication, Commercials and Internet. He started up to four businesses, and helped numerous startups.
Kristian’s work within financial services has made him an acknowledged fintech thought leader and a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. He is ranked on Fintech.Finance’s “Silver Power List”, Rise Global’s “100 most influential people in fintech”; Planet Compliance’s” Top 50 Regtech Influencers”; Instech London’s “Insurtech Power 100” and was shortlisted by PayExpo for the 2016 “Payments Power 10”. Kristian has 15+ years of experience with digital financial services and serves as strategic advisor to leading banks and fintech providers.
Benoit Wirz is a partner at Brighteye where he is responsible for identifying and leading investments in early stage edtech companies in Europe and the US.
Launched in 2017, Brighteye Ventures is Europe's leading edtech focused venture fund, investing exclusively in companies that leverage technology to help people learn. Brighteye portfolio companies include: Ornikar - France's largest driving school, Aula a communication platform for universities, Epic an online library for kids in over 85% of US elementary schools and mobile game studio Lightneer.
Andrew is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mixbook, where he has led the company since inception, raising $11M in capital and building a large, profitable business in Silicon Valley. Andrew has been recognized by Inc Magazine's "30 Under 30" list of entrepreneurs and Forbes Magazine's "America's Most Promising CEOs Under 35". Andrew started coding at the age of 10, started his first company at age 15, and received a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jason Williamson is vice president of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, Oracle’s startup program for entrepreneurs worldwide. In this capacity, he leads the business development initiatives and strategies across the program’s key audiences, including startups, customers, partners and Oracle. Prior to Oracle, Jason was at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he created and led several key initiatives within the investment and startup community. He has a background in both Fortune 500 firms and the startup world. Among his startup efforts, he co-founded the construction industry’s first CRM SaaS offering, an International NGO for Entrepreneurial Development, and is currently launching a company in the pediatric healthcare space. Jason also served as an assistant professor for five years at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and has authored three books. He served his country as a United States Marine and lives in Raleigh with his wife and four children, where he coaches high school girls’ basketball, drinks sweat tea and eats bbq as much as possible.
He founded Lemonsqueeze (ACQUIRED) Turn-key Market Expansion Platform), The Brass factory / NYC Incubator / Lemonsqueeze Space (Incubator, Accelerator and co-working space), TAYLR (E-commerce), Sweetdeal (Social Commerce), Allebilletter (Ticket aggregating) and Sweetphoto (white label photo books).
The last 15+ years has predominantly been used on scaling companies, overseeing product marketing, building organizational structures and organizations and executing all elements of various commercial approaches.
Scaled and built the commercial business in Europe and the US. Took advantage of the opportunity to utilize 15+ years of proven success in strategic sales, marketing, and structuring businesses. He draw inspiration from working on innovative customer strategies and creating thriving strategic partnerships and monetization with companies like the UN, Redbull, Nike, VICE, V Magazine, New York Times, Smithsonian and 100+ other high-end brands, which led him to create Lemonsqueeze. The need and demand for a company that helps create traction, establish a foothold and ease the transition into the U.S. market was the starting point for Lemonsqueeze, but in the last 3 years, its expansion and growth has been the testament to how effective their process is at scaling businesses. Lemonsqueeze clients includes Joe and The Juice, Falcon Social (Falcon.io), Planday, Linkfire, GAN and Zigna.
Savannah Peterson drives digital change and purposeful engagement through practical innovation and creative communication. Her company, Savvy Millennial, focuses on delivering relevant content on the most potent platforms, sharing your story with the right networks of super-connectors. Savannah is also a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology. She has dedicated her career to building bridges between product solutions and those with the needs they solve, in language humans around the world can understand. She was formerly the Global Director of Community 3D Printing company, Shapeways and Director of Innovation Strategy at Speck Design. Savannah is also a renowned international speaker, NBC News tech expert and regularly published thought leader.
I'm a high performing executive, with 20 years’ experience as a global business leader who has succeeded in delivering significant results and business change in B2B, B2C & B2G across multiple cultures, multiple sectors (Technology, Mobility, Consumer Electronics, Agriculture, Food, Energy, Commodities, Institutional, Venture Capital and Startups) based out of multiple locations (Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Bahrain, Malaysia, Switzerland and France).Being strongly customer focused, I combine creativity and clear strategic vision with practical commercial focus. Expert in accelerating business growth with unique technology-commercial-financial knowledge. I am skilled in building teams and developing talents across the globe. I have strong stakeholder management skills and genuine inclusive leadership with strong values and ethical standards. After founding two startup projects, I am currently a Venture & Innovation Partner, Startup Mentor&Advisor and a Guest Lecturer in Marketing, Innovation, Digital Transformation and DLT_Blockchain.I hold a MSc in Industrial Engineering, an MBA in Business Management and I am PhD candidate with on-going research in Digital Transformation and DLT’s_Blockchain Ecosystems. I have worldwide mobility and I am professionally fluent in 4 languages (Portuguese, Spanish, English and French).Specialties: Business strategy, marketing planning, strategic marketing, digital marketing, inbound marketing, customer marketing, brand strategy, brand activation, consumer experience, international business development, account management, client relationship, go-to-market strategies, sales enablement, marketing automation, CRM, corporate&product innovation, digital transformation, DLT, Blockchain, data analytics, predictable modelling, e-commerce, eMarketplaces, venturing strategy, venture capital, deal-flow, international trading, structured finance, supply chain optimisation&traceability.
After founding his award-winning startup in Austria at the age of 22, Alberto Nodale makes his way to Silicon Valley three years later. There he learns the art of startup sales from the best in the industry and has been working as a Sales Executive at Y-Combinator Sales CRM Close.io for over 2 years now. Today he helps startups scale their sales activities and passes on his knowledge as a speaker and sales coach.
Sean Pillot de Chenecey is an independent researcher, strategist and public speaker who’s worked with a range of the world’s leading brands and agencies for over twenty years in Europe, Asia, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and North America (www.brandpositive.org)
Rosanne Hortensius is Growth Manager at Skyscanner. As a data driven online professional she has lived across the globe and gained experience across all marketing fields. At Skyscanner she is driving app and web growth through rapid experimentation based on insights from user research and data analysis, resulting in scaling winning playbooks.
An experienced manager with more than 20 years in software development with a strong technical background that includes: machine learning and predictive analytics; Microsoft CRM & Salesforce customization; long term products development & support; hospital systems implementation; system integration.
Microsoft technologies expert. Certified specialist in Fundamentals of Pharmacology, Operations Management.
Since 2000, when WaveAccess was founded, Ilya is responsible for strategic goal setting, defining the company’s business strategy, and the business development in international markets, work with key accounts, and product development.
Jorn Lyseggen is the founder of Meltwater, which he started with $15,000 in Norway in 2001 and bootstrapped into a global leader in media intelligence with 60 offices on 6 continents, serving more than 25,000 corporate clients world-wide. Meltwater was Jorn’s 4th startup, and prior to Meltwater he had two trade sales and a public listing under his belt.
He started his career as a research scientist in artificial intelligence at the Norwegian Computing Center and has several patents to his credits. In 2016, Jorn launched Shack15, a data science hub and co-working space in London, with an ambition to create a global network of co-working spaces to foster the next generation of data science startups.
Jorn is an active philanthropist, and in 2008 he started Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a tertiary school for training and developing African software entrepreneurs, and a pan-African network of tech incubators spanning Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
I'm the Founder CEO of Conferize, a leading online platform that opens up the trillion dollar Meetings Industry to the world. We're connecting people with fresh knowledge and thought leaders on any topic within the world of professional events. And we're helping event organizers increase the quality and attendance of events. Conferize is by Forbes considered to be the best networking platform for professional events, selected above Twitter and LinkedIn, and is an official partner of TEDx, Eventbrite and many more. I'd love to hear what you think?
I am also a Co-Founder of the leading digital publishing service Issuu, a Time.com Best Website, twice a SXSW finalist that today serves over 7 billion monthly pages & 80 million users. I'm no longer actively involved with Issuu but continue as a shareholder and con amore evangelist.
Generally I operate within culture & technology, innovation & design. The past couple of years I've also done quite a few keynotes and panels for international conferences.
Before Issuu, I've worked with communication, project creation and management, as well as brand creation on a multitude of levels. In general I keep an open mind towards learning within adjacent fields of practice, and my strongest characteristic is probably this: Entering a new field of practice; researching, rapid learning - and finally doing, always striving for flawless execution.
Anecdotally I co-founded the band Epic Typo that opened for Einstürzende Neubauten at Casa da Musica. Also, I'm a closet organizational theory & practice geek as I was granted a PhD in organizational learning within the context of contemporary art, but unfortunately never found the time to begin.
Specialties: Entrepreneurship, leadership, social interaction design, conferences, publishing, culture and technology, branding and identity, communications and community.
Suranga joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2014. He was previously an entrepreneur and engineer. Suranga founded blinkx, the intelligent search engine for video and audio content in Cambridge in 2004. He then led the company for eight years as CEO through its journey of moving to San Francisco, building a profitable business and going public in London where it achieved a peak market capitalisation in excess of $1Bn. Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation - joining as an engineer in the Cambridge R&D team and ultimately serving as the company's US CTO in San Francisco.
Suranga has a MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds patents in the area of video discovery and online video advertising, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was chosen as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders in 2009. In 2017, Suranga joined the UK Government's Council for Science and Technology. Suranga was granted an OBE for services to technology and engineering in the 2018 UK New Year's Honours.
Tim joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2007. He was previously a partner of Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years. At Goldman, Tim held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006). Tim started to work with Balderton and its portfolio of companies in 2005. In 2006 Tim spent a period as non-executive chairman of Betfair. Tim is also a Governor of Wellington College and the Wellington Academy; a Trustee of the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Education: Tim is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.
Mikkel Kongsfelt is an entrepreneur with a technical background. Holds a PhD in Nanoscience and has been heading the startup company RadiSurf since its foundation in 2015.
Natalie is a sociologist and ethnographer researching the people, places and practices of Europe's startup ecosystems. For the last several years, she's been crossing Europe interviewing entrepreneurs, freelancers and community builders for a project that began as her PhD research, but has since to encompass much more. She has interviewed hundreds of people at all levels in the European startup scene.
Her work aims to communicate the motivations and needs of today's entrepreneurs with policymakers and academia to help build better cities to live and work in. In summer 2018, she joined Tech.eu, the online home for Europe's startup ecosystem to assist with their research and outreach activities. She also serves as the Research Director for the European Startup Initiative, a non-profit research group working to facilitate mutual understanding between municipalities and their startup ecosystems. She has worked with a number of municipal and federal government agencies, consulting on best practices and helping them to get to know their startup ecosystems better.
Prior to returning to academia, she worked in political marketing and legislative affairs at both the state and Federal level in the US (Southwest region and Washington, DC). She has a proven track record of working constructively with both industry and established issues to advance interests legislatively and at the grassroots level.
Tanja advises on company law, finance law and financial regulation as well on the application and construction of EU law in these areas of the law.
Tanja also advises on general issues relating to the financial supervision of Danish banks, the supervision of the branches of foreign banks and the supervision of other financial services companies. She is very experienced in providing advice on the rules of CRD IV, CRR, MiFID and MiFIR, BRRD and money laundering, etc.
An example of Tanja's assistance is advising a crowdfunding business on all the legal aspects of its activities where she advised on its application for a licence from the Danish FSA, the drafting of the loan documentation, the terms of business, the fit and proper rules, money laundering, the raising of capital and conversion of companies, etc.
20+ years’ experience as leader and executive in the international technology, financial technology space with extensive international, multi-cultural exposure. Experienced in running companies as CEO, Technology departments as CIO and as Global Head several cross organizational units with direct responsibility for 800+ people. Have an established record of:
• Building and forming winning teams for success
• Results in business growth and profitability
• Organizational structuring / re-structuring to maximize performance
• Managing high performance / expert teams across multiple geographies / jurisdictions
• Running and establishing governance structure for companywide project portfolio
• Strategy formulation and execution
• Leading Practices development, including agile delivery models and implementation of Continuously Delivery, Minimum Viable Product etc.
• Aligning technology capabilities to business needs. Technology transformations.
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship – execution focused
Results oriented leader who thrives in environments with a high level of complexity.
• Experienced board member.
• International speaker.
• Named CIO of the year by Danish ‘Computerworld’ in 2012.
• Dansk IT – Vice Chairman 2015
• Leading Pratice – Board of Directors 2013-
• Saxo IT India Ltd – Chairman 2009 -
• Kring-Tellabs India Private Ltd – 2005 – 2013 – Director (Board member)
Vincent is a serial-entrepreneur and currently Head for Strategic Partnerships and business development at Ada Health. Ada is a personal health guide that uses AI and machine learning to help people understand and manage their health. Its currently used by over 3 million people and is dedicated to empower 100 mio people by 2020. Previously, he founded Kiron - a blended learning platform for 4000+ refugees that helped to open higher education by using technology like a cloud-platform and MOOC´s .
European Tech Journalist. Founding Editor of The Nordic Web, the primary resource for news and data-driven analysis on the Nordic startup and tech scene. An organiser of Nordic Next and previously at Tech.eu
Suzaan has spend the past 18 years working around the world for various technology brands, leading & transforming global marketing organisations, developing innovative product portfolio’s, driving digital transformation and consumer driven product experiences. Today she is a consultant, advisor, writer on lifestyle technology helping various brands to create people-centric experiences, whether wearables, applications or services. She is also a speaker & panellist at various global technology & lifestyle events.
A self confessed tech geek, who plays with tech everyday, has been travelling, working and living in all the continents of the world. In her spare time she keeps fit by running and training at The Wolfpack Gym. She has a passion for food & wine, and always scouting the best cup of coffee when travelling.
Suzaan lives in Copenhagen, was born in South Africa and is a British citizen.
Mobilized Construction is a smart infrastructure platform targeting emerging markets. We create a market place for micro-tenders organized by data.
Jon Risvig is a founding partner of VP Kapital, a growth capital investment firm focusing on small B2B companies with scalable business models and a strong market position.
VP Kapitas employs a unique ownership model, where the partners actively work on value accretive projects in the portfolio companies at least one day per week. By combining a very active ownership model with the injection of growth capital into its portfolio companies, VP Kapital has successfully achieved a strong position as innovative investors in small B2B companies with EUR 1-10 million turnover.
Carsten Borring is Head of Listings & Capital Markets at Nasdaq Copenhagen. Carsten is responsible for all listed companies and investment funds in Denmark and has more than 15 years’ experience with listing companies, providing him in-depth knowledge of the capital markets.
Prior to his current position, Carsten served as Advisor in the Surveillance Department of the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and was one of the driving forces behind the alternative marketplace First North, which launched in the Nordics in 2006. Carsten has also achieved great technical skills from his former positions at the Investment Bank Alfred Berg in Copenhagen and London and the Investment bank Gudme Raaschou in Denmark, where he served as Vice President in their Corporate Finance departments.
Carsten received his M.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Copenhagen Business School.
James joined Balderton in 2013. Since then, he has led Balderton's investments in a number of sectors and geographies, covering healthtech, manufacturing, mobile productivity, developer tools and virtual and augmented reality. He sits as a board member and observer for multiple portfolio companies including Sophia Genetics, Sunrise ( acquired by Microsoft ), Cloud9IDE ( acquired by Amazon ), 3DHubs, Sketchfab and Crowdcube.
Prior to joining Balderton, James helped to launch and run one of the UK's first social venture funds, providing support and capital to social enterprises with a special focus on the education, healthcare and financial sectors. Before this James worked with entrepreneurs and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with Atomico Ventures, the Guardian Media Group and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
As well as the professional experiences above, James has worked as an adviser to a number of start-ups and social enterprises, and in 2011 as a Specialist Adviser to Parliament.
James has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and occasionally lectures for the University on aspects of responsible capitalism and the social impact of technology.
Kim is a visual storyteller and multi-skilled entrepreneur who has been heavily involved in many projects, organizations and events related to innovation and entrepreneurship, on a cross-regional level.
Louis Papaemmanuel has been working at the interface of technology and innovation with a strong focus in European funding throughout his career, with a track record of 20 mil euros of grant funding raised in the past 10 years. Today, Louis is the Director of EU Startup Services, the leading Europe-wide consultancy on EU Funding for Startups, consulting over 1550 startups on funding in over 20 EU countries, and securing funding for over 40 startups in less than 2 years.
In his current position as a Director and Member of the B oard at the EuropeanYoung Innovators Forum, Louis is focused on increasing the reach of EYIF’s activities through the development of different projects aiming at building ecosystems, unlocking access to funding, and encouraging entrepreneurship across Europe .
Louis has extensive experience in project design and management, in charge of leading consortia of various sizes in government funded projects with budgets inexcess of 1,5 million euros. At 30, he is an experienced public speaker and is regularly invited to share his experiences as a consultant within entrepreneurial ecosystems by prominent innovation platforms and public institutions (European Commission & Parliament, African Union, UNESCO, Bruegel, amongst other).
After living and establishing strong networks in France, Canada, China and Sweden, Carla has settled in Copenhagen. She invests passion, time and energy in projects that she believes positively impact communities in the Nordics and Europe. She applies her experience building networks and brands towards implementing innovative concepts for corporates, large-scale organizations, or even universities. From impact and the SDGs to FoodTech/Robotics and HomeTech at Electrolux to Fintech at Copenhagen Fintech.
Previously a speaker for conferences and events revolving around entrepreneurship and impact investment, Carla takes joy from supporting the up and coming generation of entrepreneurs.
Currently looking for partners for a project revolving around underrepresented founders in the Nordics, i.e.: corporate partners, public partners and investors.
Lotte devotes her working capacity entirely to board work and to being a startup advisor/Business Angel.
Lotte has been the CEO of several SMEs focusing on growth, digitalization and turnaround. She has earlier been a management consultant at Accenture in DK and USA working with digitalisation. In addition, she has many years of experience from the finance / pension sector in DK and Norway working with business development and as a leader as opposed to doing actuarial work, which is her educational background.
Swiipe Payments: Fintech startup devlivering One-Click-Buy checkout for webshops and Account-to-Account payments under PSD2
NORD.Investments: Fintech Startup delivering a digital APP based service to use for ETF investments
Plytix.com: Tech startup delivering SAAS for e-Commerce namely Product Information Management (PIM) system for SMEs and Product Analytics built for Content People
Skandia DK: Pension provider
I assist savvy companies with their mission objectives, with a focus on new technologies and platforms. A passionate communicator and coordinator, I'll be helping to represent #nordicmade at TechBBQ. #nordicmade is a coordinated, community-based movement for branding, marketing, and outreach to promote both regional and international awareness of Nordic tech, startups, and innovation. Stop by and say hi to learn more!
Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute Adeo Ressi is the Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator & startup launch program with top Graduate companies across 6 continents. He is also the Founding Member of TheFunded.com, an online community of over 20,000 CEOs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide; and has served on the Board of the X PRIZE foundation, a non-profit chartered to inspire human achievements through competition. Adeo has founded or built 9 companies, four of which were acquired and four of which are still operating.
Adeo is widely regarded as an expert on startups and venture capital, and a global advocate for founder rights, with numerous appearances in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, NBC News, ABC News, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Time Magazine, Entrepreneur, CNN, and more.
Hassan has worked in the automatic speech recognition, computer vision, natural language understanding, and machine translation fields for 20+ years. In 1999, he cofounded AIXPLAIN AG, a company focusing on speech recognition and machine translation. Hassan also spent time at SAIC as Chief Scientist for Human Language Technology, where he worked on multilingual spoken dialogue systems and later established and led the Artificial Intelligence team at eBay. Hassan Sawaf has been with Amazon since September 2016, where he is Director of Applied Science and Artificial Intelligence in Amazon Web Services.
Ida is the CEO and co-founder of female health tracking app, Clue. Born in Copenhagen, Ida graduated from Denmark’s prestigious creative business school, the KaosPilots. A lifelong entrepreneur, she previously led motorcycle tours around the world and published a book about her experience, “Direktøs” which became a Danish bestseller. She is recognized for coining the term “Femtech” to describe the sector of technology focused on improving women’s health.
"Things will work out. Fundamentally I believe that whatever happens in life, there will be learnings and a way forward. Or to put it even more radically, whatever happens the only choice is to get the best out of it. And I remember the Dalai Lama’s words that sometimes not getting what you want is the greatest gift. It makes life kind of failure proof. There is no such thing as failure.”
Paul Rippon is the Co-founder and Deputy CEO of Monzo Bank. Paul has 25 years of experience in the UK and Ireland’s financial sector across 8 banks and building societies. He holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Paul has also co-founded businesses across manufacturing, digital services and agriculture.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein
Jared Friedman is a partner at Y Combinator. Prior to YC, Jared was the cofounder of Scribd, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2006 and grew to be one of the top 100 sites on the web. Jared previously worked at a pioneering AI company and studied computer science at Harvard.
Lars Thinggaard is President and CEO of Milestone Systems A/S. Lars is a dynamic manager with years of entrepreneurial experience. He was Co-founder and CFO at Mondosoft, COO and CFO at Beologic (acquired by Baan), CFO at In2itive (acquired by SPSS), Auditor at Arthur Andersen and at Price Waterhouse, now Price Waterhouse Coopers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting from the Copenhagen Business School. Lars has been CEO of Milestone Systems A/S since 2003, steering the Danish company to be the global industry leader in open platform Internet Protocol (IP) video management software. Under his leadership, Milestone Systems has followed a unique vision to bring the physical security industry together as a business community. During his fifteen years as CEO, Milestone Systems’ has delivered sustainable, profitable growth. Today, Milestone is one of the most valuable companies in the video management software industry with over 600 employees and offices in 20 countries. In 2014, Milestone was acquired by Canon in 2014 and today operates as a standalone company in the Canon Group.
Lars wrote Business Magnetism: The power of partnership, presented in this whiteboard animation https://vimeo.com/179016369. During his time on stage, Lars will talk about: Purpose, path, progress.
"What will you learn from my session?
"I’ve led four start-ups up to now. The most successful was Milestone. In my session, I’ll try to answer three questions that are crucial for every start-up. · How do you keep the passion alive? · How do you unlock the full potential of your team? · How do you get them to go the extra mile?"
Co-founder of Hobo Labs, making guild-based casual mobile games. Co-founder and former CEO of alivenotdead.com, an online community for artists and their fans. Sold to mig33 February 2014. Executive Producer of "The Heavenly Kings", directed by Daniel Wu (Best New Director, 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards). Co-founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com), a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news and one of the top 500 most trafficked sites in the world. Sold to IGN Entertainment June 2004. Co-founder and former CEO of Design Reactor (designreactor.com), an internet marketing firm focused on the entertainment industry. Clients included Disney, ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others.
Advisor to Casetify, Instaread, Frenzoo, SupportBee, WePloy, Lecker Labs (Yomee), Kiwi Campus, Privy Groupe, and LEEO. Instructor at MentorBox and MentorClass. Current or former mentor at various SOSV Accelerators (MOX, Chinaccelerator, Leap.Axlr8r), Founder Institute, Gateway Incubator, Berkeley LAUNCH Startup Accelerator, Laudato Si', nest.vc, and CoCoon HK. #55 on Bizzabo's list of "The 100 Most Wanted Speakers at Tech Conferences" (Mar 12, 2014): http://blog.bizzabo.com/the-100-most-wanted-speakers-at-tech-conferences.
Holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
"The most important attribute for a startup founder is irrational confidence."
Henrik Zillmer is the CEO and co-founder of AirHelp. He has worked for Rocket Internet, where he noticed their extremely efficient execution, but he always knew he had to start something of his own. In 2012, AirHelp launched and was accepted into Y Combinator. This is where Henrik realized the importance of an innovative product as well. The combination of an innovative product and expert execution has helped over 3 million delayed air passengers get the compensation that is rightfully theirs. Today AirHelp employs over 600 people in over 30 countries and Henrik rubs shoulders with the world’s leading entrepreneurs and speaks at the largest tech events.
Holly Liu is co-founder of the mobile gaming company, Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile games. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400 million in 2014, which has led to Kabam’s exit of near a billion dollars in 2017. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot franchise, which has grossed more than $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012. Holly was in charge of People Operations where the organization grew over 500% during her leadership. Most recently, Holly was Chief Development Officer leading the development of Kabam internationally through key relationships and industry presence, focusing primarily on China. In addition, she continued to develop global cultural initiatives within Kabam. You can follow her at: https://twitter.com/hollyhliu
Co-founder of woothemes & woocommerce - the most popular ecommerce platform, which was acquired by automattic in 2015. currently advisor at automattic and angel investor with sprettert. working remotely since 2008 from stavanger, norway.
"I doubt i’ll ever go back to corporate work. once you see the light, there is no turning back."