ChristmasCrunch – Our speakers, and how to pitch your startup

The second annual TechCrunch Europe ChristmasCrunch combines our annual TechCrunch Europe meetup and Festive Christmas party, in one handy package. This year we’re basing it the hot theme of realtime streams and the event in London will also feature some of the hottest realtime startups in the world today.

The event will start with registration from 14.00 on December 15 for the seminar programme consisting of keynote presentation, panel discussions and startup pitches followed by TechCrunchPitch! Once the seminar programme has come to an end, it will turn into your very own startup Christmas party, with DJs and entertainment until late.

Do you want to pitch your realtime startup at ChristmasCrunch?

To be considered for the pitch competition you need to email TechCrunch Europe Editor Mike Butcher, with a one side of A4 text-only pitch, and also include the URL of your company/project/startup etc on CrunchBase (you can add your company onto it if it is not already there). Use the subject line “TechCrunchPitch”. Note: You MUST be on CrunchBase. In your A4 pitch include: The market “problem” you are solving with your startup, your solution, your business model, your competitors, your team and what you’re looking for (Seed funding, Angel funding, Series A round, etc). There is no fee for one person from the startup to pitch, as is our policy. Deadline for entry is Friday 27 November. PLEASE NOTE: We give preference to companies coming through the free UKTI pitch training programme, see below.

On 30th November 2009, TechCrunch Europe will be hosting another free Pitch! Workshop sponsorsed by UKTI. It is only open to qualified startups to attend and if you are interested in finding out more information, please email petra(at)

Meanwhile, get your tickets here.


14.30 – Keynote
“Where the biggest realtime desktop application goes next”

Iain Dodsworth (TweetDeck)

49558v2-max-250x250Iain Dodsworth is the CEO of TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client. Prior to founding TweetDeck, Iain was a senior flex developer for Prudential Financial, which he joined in June 2007. Before joining Prudential, Iain was a developer at Dashbrook (2006-2007), PriceWaterhouse Cooper (2003-2006), and a Digital Text consultant and developer for BSkyB (200-2002). In 1999, He co-founded and served as CTO for Sirens Communications corp., an internet industry startup based in Palo Alto. Iain holds a BSc. from Sheffield Hollam University in Systems Modeling.

James Whittaker (TweeDeck)

james-whittakerJames is UX & UI Architect at TweetDeck. He is an experienced professional web developer who has worked in the defense, banking and consumer sectors over the last 10 years. James specialises in web standards development, usability and interaction design, along with the creation of Rich Internet Applications using Adobe Flex, Flash and AIR technologies. He is currently an Adobe Community Expert and an international speaker on the Flash Platform and desktop applications with AIR.

14.50 – Presentation
“The future of realtime sentiment tracking”

Jennie Lees (Festbuzz)

Jennie Lees is the founder of Edinburgh-based FestBuzz, a Twitter sentiment analysis tool which turns microreviews into star ratings. Before bringing sentiment analysis to social media and the real world, Jennie was researching towards a PhD at Cambridge. She has also spent several years at AOL Weblogs Inc writing and leading videogaming blogs, as well as a short spell as a professional gamer with the PMS Clan.

15.10 – Presentation
“Blending cloud with desktop realtime”

Marco Kaiser (Seesmic)

marco-kaiserMarco is Director, Engineering at Seesmic. He has worked in the industry for 12+ years as a web and software developer. Marco is the creator of the Adobe AIR application, Twhirl, which began development in the summer 2007 and was subsequently acquired by Seesmic. He’s based near Hamburg, Germany.

15.30 – Panel – Realtime Services

Mario Menti (Twitterfeed)

mario-mentiMario is founder, TwitterFeed, a service to send blog and RSS updates to a Twitter account automatically. He’s an online market research expert with 20 years experience in the market research software space, having worked as Solutions Architect for GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.) and SPSS.

Mark Rock (AudioBoo)

image001Mark Rock is the man behind Audiboo, an innovative mobile application for audio blogging. Stephen Fry, Tony Blackburn & Rory Cellan-Jones are amongst the many people who use it on a regular basis. Mobile is growing, and is more and more important, and Mark will be giving us an insight into the powerful nature of this new technology and the companies plans for the future of audio.

Audioboo emerged out of work that its parent company, Best Before Media, did with Channel 4 in its bid to set up a number of innovative DAB radio stations in 2008.

Mark was previously co-founder of design & technology company, Static 2358 Limited. As well as running a successful broadcast design agency [FilmFour, Channel 4, Sky One and Star TV in Asia], Static owned & operated the interactive TV games Channel, PlayJam, on Sky & Cable in the UK, TPS & Canal+ in France and Cablevision in the US. Static had successful financing rounds with Sky, HSBC and Casenoves before being sold to ITV middleware provider Open TV in 2001 for $60m.

Eileen Burbidge (Investment Director at Ambient Sound Investments)

KESK_eileenBased in London, Eileen leads ASI’s business development and sources new investment projects. Prior to joining ASI, Eileen held senior leadership roles in business, product, and market development at Yahoo!, Skype, PalmSource, Openwave, Sun Microsystems, Apple and Verizon Wireless. She holds a BS in Engineering Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Roberto Bonanzinga (Balderton)

roberto-bonanzingaRoberto is a Partner at Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Europe). Prior to joining Balderton, Roberto spent 15 years working with entrepreneurs in the US and in Europe. Most recently, Roberto acted as an interim CEO for Jambaz and non-executive director/adviser to numerous companies including Jaiku (acquired by Google NASDAQ:GOOG), Mobango, Piczo, Woome and our own portfolio company Pageflakes. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and a European Commission-sponsored MSC in Electronic Information Management from Sheffield University in the UK.

16.10 – Coffee break

16.30 – Keynote
“The future of Realtime Content and News”

Nick Halstead (CEO Tweetmeme)

nick-halsteadNick is the CEO and Founder of, the company behind Twitter meme tracker Tweetmeme. Nick has been in development for 20 years, 15 of which were in the highly competitive games industry. He has a passion for all things technical and is still responsible for development at the 10 person team at

16.50 – Presentation
“The realtime effect on entertainment content”

David Maher Roberts (The Filter)

David-Maher-RobertsDavid is CEO of The Filter. At the age of 24, he successfully raised the funds to launch Unique, the first student lifestyle magazine, and The Game, a European football magazine. David went on to become the publishing director at Future Games in 2001 where he served as the board director responsible for the entire portfolio of 10 magazines, 2 websites, and 80 employees. After 2 years, he completed the Advanced Management Program (at Ashridge Business School), and then founded Future Plus, a creative agency. From June 2004-December 2006, he also served as the New Media Director for Future’s entire European web operations and lead the European launch of After leaving Future, David served as the New Media director at and he was the founder and senior partner of Digital-dna LLP.

17.10 – Presentation
“How Google Wave affects the future of realtime collaboration”

Daniel Tenner (Woobius)

daniel-smallDaniel Tenner is CTO and co-founder of Woobius, a web-based document sharing tool for architects, engineers and designers. This is his second start-up. Daniel spent four years consulting at Accenture with large investment banks. One day, he decided that there were more exciting and fun things to do in the world, and went start-upping instead. He holds a Masters in Physics from Oxford University. He also blogs at and on various other sites.

17.30 – Panel 2
Panel – Content

Ian Hogarth (Songkick)

Ian-HogarthIan got a master’s in machine learning at Cambridge and loves dystopian robot takeover narratives. Seven years ago, Ian realized being a choirboy came with no street cred, so he started DJing hip-hop, funk, drum & bass, and grime. Ian quit his job at Bain & Company, Singapore to start Songkick.

Alberto Nardelli (Tweetminster)

albertoAlberto is the Co-founder & CEO of Tweetminster, which tracks and measures the pulse of UK politics. He is also the CEO of an online platform for social entrepreneurs. Previously, he acted as Special Projects Manager at TakingITGlobal, leading the overhaul of creative programmes, which included an online art gallery, a publication and a series of initiatives implemented in a range of cities and aimed at fostering cultural understanding amongst young people.

William Fischer (Twitter Jobsearch)

williamWilliam is Director of WorkHound, the company behind Twitter Jobsearch. He’s also co-founder of DVD Station, Inc., a world-class media/entertainment retail systems company, that introduced the first direct download of movies at retail, built systems deployed by Sony, Barnes & Noble, and Hollywood Video, and launched a multi-state retail chain named 2005 Retailer of the Year. Founder/CEO of Form & Figure Media Inc. and Chase Thompson Publishing. Previous marketing and GM experience at,, and Acknowledged in Chris Anderson’s, The Long Tail, as an expert on digital entertainment/search.

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To attend the event, tickets will be £45 – this will give you access to the afternoon seminar and the party. Party only tickets will be released closer to the event and is subject to availability. Attendee identification will be checked at the door. Due to strong demand for tickets, we regret tickets are not transferable and not refundable. If you use your name to purchase multiple tickets, your guests must arrive with you to check in at the door. If you show up at the event without a valid ticket, TechCrunch Europe reserves the right to charge the full ticket prive £45 plus £15 administration fee to allow access to the event subject to availability.

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact Petra Johansson petra(at) for further details on sponsorship and ticket enquiries.


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Editorial queries related to the event, the agenda and the pitch competition should be directed to Mike Butcher. DO NOT ASK HIM ABOUT TICKETS.

TechCrunch Europe/UKTI Pitch workshop

On 30th November 2009, TechCrunch Europe will be hosting another Pitch! Workshop. It is only open to qualified startups to attend and if you are interested in finding out more information, please contact petra (at)




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