We’ve just confirmed that Morten Lund, possibly the quintessential European tech entrepreneur/investor – will be keynoting at this year’s GeeknRolla in London on April 20.
An entrepreneur from Copenhagen, Denmark, Lund is a talismanic figure on the European scene. While many tech players in Europe are accused of being too timid, this is a guy who – like many Silicon Valley players – bets a lot of chips at once. Indeed, his story reads like a roller-coaster ride in European entrepreneurship.
Wikipedia describes Lund as a startup ‘ideologist’ and ‘visionary’ who has founded or co-invested in more than 40 high-tech start ups in the last decade, most famously Skype. In May 2008 he exited Danish social networking and mobile backup site ZYB to operator Vodafone Europe for around $49m.
But it’s not been plain sailing. Last year he was declared personally bankrupt last year after losing 10M Krona in an investment into a Danish newspaper, which was admittedly debt generated mostly under the previous ownership.
At the time he came out with a statement reminiscient of Eric Cantona’s famous ‘trawler’ quote: “It’s like superman getting his suit stolen – I’m shaken and don’t really wanna talk about it. I will come back again with full power, i just need to wash my suit.”
His appearance at GeeknRolla is quite simply not to be missed. I will also be taking him to task about his next moves and his involvement in the controversial new startup, Tradeshift.
We’ll be rolling out the rest of our speaker programme next week.
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