All the pitches, speakers and video from GeeknRolla 2010

Well GeeknRolla rocked London for another year and the feedback we’ve had has been incredible. The Twitter stream has been fantastic. There are plenty of pictures, and a few blog posts appearing already as we write. And another.

Congratulations to the winners of the startup competition. The overall winner, chosen by three panels of esteemed judges, was Cortexica. They were followed by iGlue, SongHi, DriveK, and The Audience Choice was followed by GameCreds and iGlue. The Audience Choice from the DemoPit companies was LeNewz, followed by iGlue and AllMyApps.

We are working on editing the video from the live stream which our partner Bambuser managed to produce so well (as many have remarked, the sound was great throughout). At one point we had 5,000 viewers on the stream. But meanwhile, we have put together a full roundup of all our coverage of the pitches and presentations, with both blog posts and video which you can jump through to based on the time codes listed below. Enjoy.

VIDEO AT 19.50
Opening remarks: Mike Butcher, TechCrunch Europe
“How to Dive Bomb The European Tech Scene In 5 minutes Flat”

VIDEO AT 30.53
Keynote & Discussion: Tommy Ahlers, ex-ZYB now Vodafone
via Skype link from Copenhagen
“Exit: The How, When And Why Of Exiting Your Startup”

VIDEO AT 48.31
Joint discussion with Anil Hansjee, Head of Corporate Development Google EMEA
and Saul Klein, co-founder TAG & Chair, Seedcamp

Chair: Mike Butcher

Presentation: Jason Trost, Smarkets
“Nobody told me: practical startup advice”

Presentation: Pete Smith, Songkick
“Hiring And Recruiting In Startups”

Startup Launch Pitches:
Judging panel
Eileen Burbidge, Angel
Josh Bell, Dawn Capital
Daniel Heaf, 4IP
Inma Martinez, Stradbroke Advisors

Pitch 1 Steve Semenzato Cotexica Vision Systems Ltd

Pitch 2 Andrei Korobeinik

Pitch 3 Gregory Kris Decibel

Pitch 4 Marco Marlia DriveK

VIDEO AT 54.00
Investment Panel: “Early stage investing right now”


Alan Patricof, Founder Greycroft LLC, Apax Partners Founder
Chris Fralic, First Round Capital
Mattias Ljungman, Atomico Ventures
Robin Klein, The Accelerator Group
Michael Jackson, Mangrove Capital



Startup Launch Pitches:
Judging panel
Paul Fisher, Advent Ventures
Bindi Karia, Microsoft BizSpark
Sean Seton-Rogers, PROFounders
Lea Bajc, Northzone Ventures
Robert Dighero, Angel

Pitch 1 Timothée Le Borgne

Pitch 2 Ian Pickard Gigaboxx

Pitch 3 René Karsten Kunkel

Pitch 4 Peter Vasko iGlue

Pitch 5 Toni Wagner Linkcloud


Keynote: Katy Turner & Andy Chung, Eden Ventures
“How not to pitch a VC”

Presentation: Ewan McLeod, editor of Mobile Industry Review
“The disruptive opportunities for startups in mobile, and getting traction fast”

Presentation: Andrew Scott, Rummble
“The Dirty Dozen – 6 Do’s and 6 Don’ts of startups”

Startup Launch Pitches:
Judging panel
Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp
Dominic Monkhouse, PEER 1 Hosting
Sherry Coutu, Angel
Elizabeth Varley, TechHub

Pitch 1 Philipp Wassibauer Maptales

Pitch 2 Matt McCallum Musiio

Pitch 3 Marty Carroll pownum

Pitch 4 Juha Hynynen SongHi Entertainment

Pitch 5 Eddie George StrippedFinance

Presentation: Chris Fralic, First Round Capital
“The Art of the Introduction”

Presentation: Cedric Giorgi, Goojet
“Launching your service into the French Market”

Keynote: Alicia Navarro, Co Founder, Skimlinks
“The trials of the US funding trail for European startups”

Presentation & Discussion:
Morten Lund, Skype investor & serial entrepreneur
“Rebels With A Cause”
Chair: Mike Butcher

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