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TechCrunch Nordic – Copenhagen – 26th May 2010
TechCrunch Europe is hosting its 3rd TechCrunch Nordic event – joining the Seedcamp startup programme on their European tour in Copenhagen.

Below you’ll find our live stream from the event which kicks off at 2.30pm Copenhagen time.


14.00 Registration

14.30 Opening remarks
Mike Butcher, Editor, TechCrunch Europe

14.35 keynote

Arican Wegter Co-founder and MD of Lovefilm
“Redefining success: Entrepreneurship in the Great Recession”

Arican Wegter is a European serial entrepreneur specialized in consumer internet and digital media. Ari has more than a decade executive experience in the online entertainment industry, including movies, music, video games and advertising. As co-founder and Managing Director of, Europe’s largest online DVD rental and Video-on-Demand service, Ari lead the company from start-up to a €20M turnover business. Lovefilm was acquired by Amazon in 2008. Today, Ari is Managing Director of GlibHippo – his latest disruptive venture. He also advises technology start-ups and is a regular panelist and venture coach at web-related conferences

14.55 presentation

Jimmy Maymann, Chairman / co-founder,

Jimmy Maymann has 15 years of managerial experience within advertising, marketing and new media, now as executive chairman for goviral, specialists in branded content distribution, which he co-founded in 2005. His career stated with the establishment of the Internet consulting business Neo Ideo in 1995, where he served as the CEO until it was sold to Leo Burnett in 2001. He continued as strategic director in Leo Burnett. In 2004 he moved to Arc Worldwide, as a Global Discipline Head overseeing global accounts and developing new competences in emerging media. Jimmy has a Master in International Marketing and an Executive MBA from London Business School and he is a “regular” speaker at the Cannes Lions – presenting at the conference in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

15.15 Investor panel & pitches

Jacob Bratting Pedersen. Northcap Partners

Jacob has been working in the venture capital business for six years. He is specialised in investment management, transactions and development of technology companies. He has been involved in seven exits and invested and attracted more than 60 million dollars for technology start-ups. Jacob has founded several successful technology companies and has been member of several boards focusing on building and developing businesses. Prior to joining NorthCap Partners, Jacob was based in New York attracting American technology investments for Danish companies and worked three years in Israel focusing on technology exchange and venture capital. Jacob holds a M.Sc BA from Copenhagen Business School and additional financial and entrepreneurial education from Harvard Business School, INSEAD and MIT.

Tine Thygesen, Director of Venture Cup

Tine joined Venture Cup after selling her own startup company mid 2008. She comes from a background of branding, experiential marketing and private banking from a career in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Tine is passionately interested in ideas and innovation and strives to help young entrepreneurs partaking in Venture Cup turn their ideas into solid start-ups. Tine is originally from Aalborg.

Nikolaj Nyholm, Sunstone Capital

Nikolaj Nyholm is General Partner at Sunstone Capital, a Nordic early-stage technology venture capital firm with €400 million under management. Nyholm most recently served as CEO of the people-photo-tagging service Polar Rose. He was previously the co-founder of Imity, an open-source mobile social networking platform sold to Zyb/Vodafone, of Organic Network (creators of OpenWRT), and of Speednames/Ascio, Scandinavia’s largest domain name registrar sold to London AIM-listed GroupNBT. Nyholm spent a year as O’Reilly’s European Conference Program Chair, co-chairing EuroOSCON and CustomMade in 2006, and co-produces the annual technology/culture conference in Copenhagen,

(email Mike Butcher to be considered)

15.50-16.20 coffee break

16.20 presentation

Martin Ferro-Thomsen,
“Growing and managing a community from 1 people to 13 million”

Martin Ferro-Thomsen is Co-Founder and Communications Manager at Issuu. He holds an MA in communication and culture, and has worked with publishing, editing and writing in a variety of contexts.

16.40 ENTREPRENEUR PANEL – “What are the challenges of 2010?”

Christian Lanng, Tradeshift

Christian Lanng is founder of Previously he was Head of the Center for Service oriented Infrastructure in the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency. Christian has 10 years of experience working with mobile-services, e-business, SOA and large scale payment systems. He managed the roll-out of service oriented infrastructure in the Danish public sector and supervised the next generation of SOA e-business infrastructure for all Danish companies and the public sector. He is an active member of a number of European e-business and infrastructure initiatives. He holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and is currently writing his master on emergent social systems.

Peter, Bifrost

Engelbrecht has global startup experience with Netop, WireCache, Soonr and NeuString. A former executive with Intel. Global network and expertise in products, sales, business development and marketing he is a seasoned executive with 15+ years of global high tech experience. He has deep background in Product Management across a broad selection of areas including: Enterprise Software, Telecom, Networking, Wireless, Mobile and Web. He is also an accomplished business development and sales experience, including being point person for closing numerous complex business deals with partners such as Telco Carriers, OEMs/TEMs, F500 enterprises and the public sector.

Alex Farcet, Founder of Startupbootcamp

Co-founder and Managing Director of Startupbootcamp (, a Northern European accelerator inspired by Techstars.

Natasha F Saxberg, Webcom & Mentory

Partner in Webcom – a social web agency and founder of Mentory – a global mentorship community produced by Webcom Labs. Natasha has been in the tech industry since 1996, working as a manager and change agent in large international and national (Danish) organisations for a decade. Besides being an entrepreneur, she advises organisations on how to transform the social web into corporate value. Affiliated at Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and co-author of the Danish Twitter book.

Steffen Tiedemann Christensen,

Steffen Tiedemann Christensen is a co-founder and CTO of 23, a Danish, bootstrapped startup building product for visual sharing. At 23, Steffen has helped launch the personal photo sharing service 23 in 2005 and 23 Video, an organizational video hosting service, in 2009.


Tommy Ahlers, Zyb and Vodafone
“Exit: The How, When And Why Of Exiting Your Startup”

Tommy Ahlers (born 1976) is a Danish serial entrepreneur best known for the social networking and mobile backup site ZYB, launched in 2005 and sold to Vodafone Europe BV for nearly $50m in May 2008. Before founding ZYB, where he has held the position of CEO since the company’s inception, Ahlers spent six years in strategy and management, partly in the mobile industry. He was previously with McKinsey & Company for more than four years, where he served as an engagement manager working with mobile operators to shape their strategies. In addition to ZYB, he also founded another start-up which provided a global SMS-service to mobile users. Ahlers holds a masters degree in law from the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 2000. Ahlers is a regular on the technology startup conference circuit, speaking at the likes of Mobile 2.0 Europe, DLD, the European Directory Marketplace Conference and TheNextWeb, where he was an award winner in 2007.

In conversation with Mike Butcher and…

Anil Hansjee, Google

Anil joined Google in September 2006 as Head of Corporate Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in London. Prior to joining, Anil was a Principal with the venture capital firm IDG Ventures, where he was board director of one of their portfolio companies, the mobile music company, Shazam Entertainment. Between mid 2000 and end of 2001, Anil was a Vice President for corporate finance with Bear Stearns International in London. 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 first with UBS then Chase. Anil has a BSc.(Hons.) in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from Edinburgh University and has an MSc. in Finance at London Business School.

17.40 closing remarks

19.00 Networking drinks co-located with NordicMeetup at Central Copenhagen location



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Venue partner:

coMinds – Coworking Community Copenhagen

coMinds is the first real coworking community, centrally located in Copenhagen (Denmark). coMinds offers a wide range of cheap and flexible memberships to independent professionals and small businesses across a variety of professions and industries. As a member you get access to office space, meeting rooms, wireless internet access, events and, not least, a great professional network.



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Bambuser is drawing comparisons to mobile videocasting service Qik. The major difference is the lower latency that bambuser offers due to different technical approaches. Another difference between the services is that Bambuser offers streaming both from your computer and mobile, while Qik only allows streaming from the mobile. In October 2009 Bambuser was the first of the live streaming start-ups to allow users to stream video directly from their mobiles to their Facebook Wall.

Event partners:

NordicMeetup in Copenhagen

NordicMeetup is a networking event for startups, techies and VC’s. The vision is to strengthen the local startup scenes in the Nordic area and to simultaneously connect the Nordic cities so startups can benefit from more scale than a small scene can provide. NordicMeetup is arranged by Petra Johansson from 2pears and Natasha Friis Saxberg from Mentory. The next event will take place in Copenhagen on May, 26.


Mini Seedcamp Copenhagen is a one day event on 27th May aiming to connect the 20 best web-tech, mobile and software talent with some of the leading entrepreneurs, developers, and experts from the European tech ecosystem.

  • Marfi

    I totally liked the idea of saving electricity by visualizing the consumption by ninel, also their goal to educate the students!

    • Marfi

      Ninel will have problem though on searches etc, since it appears that a lady by the name of Ninel Conde is pretty famous mexican model/actress, occupying the top google results :)

  • http://www.mattvarney,com Matt Varney

    Interesting choice of a map to use to show people where Copenhagen is. You’ve got Denmark waaay down in the bottom left and then took Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in the bottom right, ripped them out of mainland Europe and surrounded them in water.

    I guess they might appreciate the new beachfront property.

    • Mike Butcher

      It’s a Nordic thing…

      • Siim Esko

        Inspired by the latest Economist rework of the European map, perhaps? There, the Baltics are also given their own island next to Ireland.

      • John Doe

        Well your defention of nordic is somewhat wrong. Nordic countries usually means Iceland, Denmark (and parts of Denmark) , Norway, Sweden and Finland. Baltic states aren’t part of nordic countries even thou some Estonians wish they were. However they certainly are part of Northern Europe. Anglophones often too misuse term Scandinavia despite it’s an penisula. It’s like placing Canada into Anatarctica — it’s just plain wrong.

  • Jonas Bruun Nielsen

    Amazing event. Thanks for putting up the video.

    I think there’s room for improvement in pitching segment, it had a general negative feel.

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  • steroids

    I went to school with Christian Lanng glad he is doing so well.

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