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Armstrong is CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in NYC and operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Under Armstrong's leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015. Prior to joining AOL, Armstrong spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and SVP of Google Inc. as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Armstrong started in his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA before moving into the Internet industry, where he has worked as a team member, investor or co-founder at numerous companies, including Starwave (sold to Disney / ESPN / ABC Internet Ventures), Snowball (IPO), Associated Content (sold to Yahoo), and Patch (sold to AOL). Armstrong has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline.
Alice Bentinck is co-founder of Entrepreneur First, the early stage investor that builds deep tech companies from scratch. EF invests in individuals with computer science and engineering backgrounds and has built more than 100 companies. Their portfolio includes exits such as Magic Pony Technology to Twitter for a reported $150m and Represent to Custom Inc for close to $100m.
Alice set up Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that helps young women explore careers in technology, including teaching them to code for free. She is also on the Imperial College Computer Science Industrial Liaison Board and was made an MBE in 2016.
Chris drives the strategic development of Sky-Futures’ operational and technology frameworks and the development of new partnerships with leading companies across a range of markets.
Chris combines extensive drone experience with a strong understanding of the technical and operational complexities and, indeed, the capacity of drones to provide cutting edge solutions across industries.
Laurel is a General Partner at 83North (formerly Greylock IL), which she joined in 2008. Her areas of focus include: software, internet and fintech.
Laurel has led investments in many leading European companies, including Just Eat (LSE: JE), Qliktech (NASDAQ: QLIK) and Hybris (acquired by SAP).
Her current company boards and investments include Workable, Mirakl, NotontheHighStreet, Wonga, Wandera, iZettle, BlueVine, Ebury and Investec PLC & Ltd.
Laurel was previously at GE and JVP. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from INSEAD.
Jay Bregman is the Founder & CEO of Verifly. Verifly delivers on-demand drone insurance for recreational and commercial flights in two taps. Verifly is backed by Slow Ventures and many other great investors. Previously, Jay founded ride-hailing network Hailo which recently sold a majority stake to Daimler.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in October 2016, Nicolas oversaw BlaBlaCar’s global operations and international growth as Chief Operating Officer since 2011. He led the company’s corporate development, overseeing eight acquisitions, expansion to twenty markets, and three successive rounds of fundraising. Nicolas is a strong advocate of agile structures that allow quick iterations in fast-growing environments. He is also a supporter of autonomous local teams and acqui-hires, a strategy he implemented to expand BlaBlaCar’s footprint on a global scale. Nicolas is a regular speaker at leading international conferences and in the media, where he comments on the European startup scene, innovative growth strategies, and mobility.
Prior to joining BlaBlaCar, Nicolas worked for several startups in Silicon Valley during the dotcom boom, before moving on to executive and investor roles, including spending time as a Venture Capitalist at Amadeus Capital Partners in London. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Optics from Ecole Supérieure d’Optique and a Masters in Applied Physics from Paris XI University. Nicolas is also an active angel investor and tweets @nbrusson.
Nicolas holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Optics from the Ecole Superieure d’Optique and an MSc in Applied Physics from Paris XI University.
Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage VC fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere.
In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital business across the UK. She is also HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech appointed by then Chancellor George Osborne; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office and served on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group.
Eileen was made an MBE for services to Business in June 2015 and holds a BSc Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Vitalik Buterin is a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine who has been involved in the Bitcoin community since 2011, and has contributed to Bitcoin both as a writer and the developer of a fork of bitcoinjs-lib, pybitcointools and multisig.info, as well as one of the developers behind Egora.
Now, Vitalik's primary job is as the main developer of Ethereum, a project which intends to create a next-generation smart contract and decentralized application platform that allows people to create any kind of decentralized application on top of a blockchain that can be imagined.
Gareth Capon is the CEO at Grabyo, the global market leader in real-time social video based in London, UK. Grabyo partners with broadcasters and rights holders including the NHL, La Liga, Wimbledon and the ATP to create, share and monetise real time video across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other digital platforms. Gareth brings more than 16 years experience in digital, mobile and television covering both corporates and startups. Prior to joining Grabyo, Gareth was a Product Development Director at Sky where he managed Sky’s award winning mobile app portfolio and led investments in tech startups in Europe and North America. Gareth was also responsible for driving social TV initiatives across Sky during his tenure. Gareth began his career as a strategy consultant in the telecoms and media sector at Accenture.
Suranga Chandratillake joined Balderton as a Partner in 2014. He was previously an entrepreneur and engineer. Suranga founded blinkx, theintelligent search engine for video and audio content in Cambridge in 2004. He then lead 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.
Alex Depledge is the straight talking British businesswoman best known for being the driving force behind Hassle.com.
Alex launched the well-known startup, Hassle.com, in 2013 and is a passionate believer in the power of the sharing economy to improve people’s lives - enabling individuals to take control of their working life and become micro entrepreneurs.
In 2014 TechCity Insider named Alex ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, following on the heels of her appearance on the ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK Scale-up Top 100’ - a list highlighting British entrepreneurs expected to lead their firms to £100m in revenue in three to five years.
Alex’s forthright views has seen her become a trusted source for commentary on the future of the sharing economy, women in tech, VC funding and the UK startup sector.
Alex worked with the UK Department of Trade and Investment as part of the Afterburner scheme, helping to identify the next 25 startups ready for growth investment. Most recently she contributed to the UK government’s independently commissioned review into the sharing economy.
Alex launched her career in the US after completing her masters degree at the University of Chicago; working on the campaign team of a major US politician. In 2006 Alex returned to the UK to become a consultant for Accenture, advising FTSE 100 clients on their customer and channel execution before leaving in 2012 to enter the world of entrepreneurship.
Fred Destin joined Accel in 2014 and focuses on consumer and software investments. He is the lead investor and board member at Deliveroo, Pillpack and KNC. Prior to Accel, he was a partner at Atlas Ventures, where he worked with companies like Zoopla (public), Secret Escapes, Dailymotion (acquired by Orange), PriceMinister (acquired by Rakuten) and others. Fred grew up in Belgium and graduated from the Solvay Business School (University of Brussels). Find his blog [here] (http://freddestin.com/)
Pieter van der Does is the Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ayden. A leading expert with over 15 years experience in the payments industry, Pieter van der Does co-founded Adyen in 2006. Since launching Adyen, the business has grown from a startup into a global operation with over 3,500 customers, averaging double-digit annual growth since 2007.
Prior to Adyen Pieter was Chief Commerce Officer at Bibit, building the payment service provider into a global player before it was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2004, after which he served on the board until 2006.
Adyen has been chosen by the world's largest merchants as their preferred omni-channel payment processing partner and acquirer and as CEO Pieter continues to build his team and the company to be the center of international commerce. Widely considered a visionary in payments, Pieter makes sure that Adyen delivers quality of service to merchants worldwide.
Pieter holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam and was elected Entrepreneur of the year by EY in 2013.
Marie Ekeland is co-founder of daphni and board member of Parrot & Showroomprivé. She previously served as board member of Criteo, Scoop.it, Seven Academy, Teads, Wyplay and Ykone.
Since June 2012, Marie is also co-founder and Vice President of France Digitale, the joint association of start-ups and VCs for French digital entrepreneurship. She is also Member of the Conseil National du Numérique.
Marie began her career in 1997 at the New York investment bank JP Morgan, where she participated in the development of a front-office worldwide application. She then moved to Paris, and managed a team to support that global application.In 2000, Marie joined CPR Private Equity and has been acting as a Venture Capitalist since, first within the Credit Agricole Group, and from 2005 to 2014 at Elaia Partners.
Marie has an engineering degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Paris Dauphine and holds a master’s degree in economics from the Paris School of Economics.
Carlos joined first round fund Seedcamp as Partner in 2010. Seedcamp invests smart capital into pre-seed and seed stage startups, providing up to €200k and a lifelong platform of Learning, Network and Capital to support the most ambitious Founders. To date it has invested in almost 200 companies.
Prior to Seedcamp, Carlos was a venture capitalist at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in London. There he honed his understanding of what investors look for when considering an investment.
Before Doughty Hanson, Carlos was an engineer for the Advanced Communications Technologies group of The New York Stock Exchange (SIAC) where he focused on the next generation of wireless and mobile trading platforms for the exchange and developed a strong love for cutting edge technologies. Prior to SIAC, he was a network security consultant for the professional services division of Baltimore Technologies where he worked with global clients in the telecommunication and data services sectors. Carlos holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.
In 2015 Carlos published the “Fundraising Field Guide”, which aims to decipher the secrets to raising capital from investors for early-stage, high-growth startups and therefore provide those ambitious founders with the right information to take their company to the next level. Get it now at the fundraisingfieldguide.com.
Born in Govan, Glasgow in 1941, Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager of Manchester United in May 2013 following a period of over 26 years at the helm. Over the course of a management career that lasted 39 years, he won 49 major trophies, making him the most successful manager in the history of British football.
He made his name with Aberdeen, who became the first club to consistently break the Old Firm dominance of the Scottish game, winning 9 domestic trophies over a 6 year period. But it was victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup-Winners Cup Final in 1983 that brought him to national attention.
Following his move to Manchester United in 1986, he set about restructuring the club and his first trophy in 1990 opened the floodgates. In 2001 he became the first manager to win three championships in a row since the league began in 1888, a feat he repeated in 2009.
Admired for placing his emphasis on attacking football, with homegrown talent at the heart of his teams, he bowed out as league champion following his 1,500th game in charge of Manchester United.
In 2012, Harvard Business School wrote the case study “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United” before appointing him as a Fellow to the Executive Education Programme.
Following his retirement in 2013 he took up the positions of both Director and Global Ambassador with Manchester United and was also appointed Coaching Ambassador by UEFA. In the same year he released "My Autobiography" which became the UK's quickest selling non-fiction book since records began. This work was a follow-up to his first best-selling memoir, "Managing My Life", which appeared in 1999.
His new book ‘Leading’, written with Sir Michael Moritz, details the key skills and philosophies he used to deliver success both on and off the field and will be released in September 2015.
Cristina is a female software engineer and entrepreneur. She holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Software Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon and before founding Talkdesk she worked as a researcher and built two other online businesses.
Talkdesk is a platform that allows you to you create your call center in minutes and integrate it with a variety of top business tools, including Salesforce, Desk.com and Zendesk. Talkdesk raised more than $24M in the last 2 years from Salesforce Ventures, DFJ, Storm Ventures and 500Startups.
Cristina leads the Talkdesk Lisbon office and her areas of focus include engineering, product and knowledge management. Cristina is proud of the role woman play in technology and society today. She is a Global Shaper and part of the Global Agenda Council on Europe, a World Economic Forum initiative.
Agustin (he prefers "Agus") Gomez Is A Co-Founder & CEO at Wallapop. Previously with iSOCO, the Boston Consulting Group, and Accenture, Gomez attended the respected ESADE Business School. Together with the Wallapop team, he is developing a disruptive new kind of mobile P2P marketplace. He firmly believes that they have a great chance to disrupt the second hand P2P sector. He was previously Innovation & technology director with iSOCO. Prior to that he was a Business Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and with Accenture on the Strategic and IT Consulting Team. He has also been an Engineer with VisioWave in Switzerland.
Jenny is the founder and CEO of Snap Fashion, and a software engineer turned entrepreneur. She started Snap Fashion in 2009, after graduating from with a Masters of Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Bristol.
She specialises in Computer Vision, C++, and turning ideas and reactions into products. Her main goal is to change product discovery, and monetise the Internet in more creative and less invasive ways.
Jenny holds an MBE for Services to Innovation in the Digital Fashion Industry, was the British Council's Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and speaks at events on fashion technology and entrepreneurship.
Imogen Jennifer Heap is an English singer-songwriter and composer. She is known for her work as part of the musical duo Frou Frou and her solo albums, which she writes, produces, and mixes. She has produced four solo albums. Her 2009 album, Ellipse, was a North American chart success that earned Heap two Grammy nominations, winning Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical in recognition of her technical and engineering work on the record. In 2010 she received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.
Thierry Daniel Henry is a retired French professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent eight years at Arsenal where he is the club's all-time record goalscorer.
Austin Hill is an entrepreneur and active investor. In 1994, Austin founded one of the first Internet providers in Canada, Total.Net (Sold to BCE Emergis in 1997). After that, he co-founded Zero–Knowledge Systems, the largest and most funded research company focused around cypherpunk technologies for privacy, anonymity, and electronic cash. The company also pioneered anonymous networking technology and invented cryptographic identity trust metric systems.
Since leaving Zero–Knowledge in 2006, Austin has been an active angel investor, social entrepreneur focused on meaningful games and gift economies. Austin was a Venture Partner with Montreal Startup and helped create Real Ventures, Canada’s leading early stage venture capital firm. Working with executive MBA programs and as a partner with Founder Fuel (Real Ventures early stage accelerator), Austin has mentored more than 60 early stage startups. Austin has been involved in the founding of hundreds of companies as an investor, founder, board member or, more often, as an instigating participant. Austin is also a registered Jedi Knight, a magician and he loves to play games of all types
Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum's Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda. He’s also a mentor and angel investor; his investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Property Partner, Sunrise, Improbable and Mapillary.
Klaus Hommels is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Lakestar.
Klaus is one of the leading European business angels and is or has been involved in numerous successful internet investments including QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook, king.com, StarDoll, Xing and spotify. Klaus invests in promising start-ups that have the potential to become major players in the internet space.
Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann.
Klaus joined AOL Germany in 1995 where was as Board Member responsible for business development, content and advertising sales.
Klaus was also involved in the establishment of Freenet, worked for Apax Partners and was a partner of Benchmark Capital before founding his own venture capital fund Hommels Holding.
Klaus graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Switzerland and holds a Ph.D. degree in Finance from the same university. Klaus was named "most successful European entrepreneurial private investor of the year" in 2006 by a group comprised of IESE, INSEAD and the University of St. Gallen.
In 2011 Klaus was named the NOAH Internet Investor of the year. In 2013, Forbes ranked him first among European investors on the 2013 MIDAS list.
David joined August Capital in 2000. He invests broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software and consumer facing software and services. Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group, Cravath Swaine & Moore, and Perkins Coie LLP. In his legal practice, David represented high tech startups in all aspects of their formation, financing and operations, including Yahoo, When.com (AOL), Sonique (Terra Lycos), Pure Payments (Excite@Home), BuyDirect (Beyond.com) and Ofoto (Kodak).
David has an eclectic technology background. At Stanford, he studied and taught the impact of technology on music, earning a degree in Computer Music. At Cambridge, England, he explored the power of technology in tracking and combating bias crime, receiving an M.Phil. in Criminology. At Harvard Law School, from which he received a J.D., magna cum laude, David focused upon the convergence of technology and the law, serving as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and publishing papers on digital audio and software piracy.
David has taught business and law internationally and is a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He currently sits on the board of directors of Blippy, Gravity, OhaiNomis Solutions, PayCycle, Six Apart, Splunk Technology, StumbleUpon, and VideoEgg. He previously served on the board of Evite which was acquired by Ticketmaster and was a board observer with Tickle Inc. which was acquired by Monster and Actional which was acquired by Progress Software.
Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner with Precursor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investments on investing in strong teams in the business to business and business to consumer software markets. Prior to founding Precursor, Charles was a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet and mobile startups. Hudson holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Marco Jansen is Founder & CTO of Catawiki; Europe’s fastest growing online auction house.
Marco has a MSc in Computer Science (University of Twente). Before starting Catawiki in 2008 he worked as agile project and delivery manager for ThoughtWorks in London and Bangalore.
Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career. As a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, Startup Weekend Europe, Tech London Advocates), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognised this) and until recently, as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). The entrepreneurs have influenced her so greatly over the years, that she's now left, and is currently in the process of setting up a new venture, focussed on…connecting…of course.
She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of six startups and one Venture Debt fund, as well as Digital Advisory Board of ShopDirect plc (£1.9bn turnover business), the Advisory Boards of Startup Europe (EU Initiative), Tech London Advocates, a Global Ambassador for Innovate Finance FinTech Association and just finished a term as trustee for TechStars Startup Weekend Europe (2014- October 2016)
Having devoted much of her career in and around the Startup ecosystem, most recently, focussed on building a new Advisory Firm driving business connections for commercial benefit. Prior to that, she was Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank, where she focussed on building out SVB's early stage banking efforts in Europe as well as driving the Bank's relationships within the Corporate and Emerging VC segments. Prior to that, she was Venture Capital/Emerging Business lead at Microsoft UK where for five years, she lead BizSpark in the UK. (now, Microsoft Ventures) She focused on how Microsoft could drive success for early-stage technology companies as well as partnering with the UK Investor Community. She’s an active mentor at top London Incubators including Seedcamp, TechStars, Startupbootcamp, WAYRA, JLab, Microsoft Ventures & Level39.
In 2016, Bindi was named by Computer Weekly as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech, Innovate Finance named her as Top 100 Women in FinTech, and Business Cloud Magazine named her as Top 100 Women Blazing a Trail in Tech. In late 2015, Bindi was named Asian Women of the Year at the UK Asian Achievers Awards. In 2014, London Evening Standard named Bindi as part of the Silicon 60 and Top 1000 Influential Londoners, and GQ Magazine named her in Britain’s 100 Most Influential Women List. In 2013, The Guardian named her as one of the Ten Women in Tech to meet; Tech City News named her as one of the 25 faces behind the success of Europe’s fastest growing Tech Cluster. Bindi has been on the Wired UK Top 100 Digital Power Broker list from 2010 - 2012, on 2012 Girls in Tech Euro 100 Women's list, one of the Six Most Connected Women in the UK (IoD) in 2011. She is a regular speaker and judge at Technology Events around the World.
Bindi was born in the UK, raised in Canada, her entire family is from Kenya, but the lure of Europe bought her back and kept her there!
Thomas Korte is a German-born Venture Capitalist and the founder of AngelPad, a seed-VC and Accelerator. His notable investments include Mopub (acq. Twitter), Adku (acq. Groupon), Spotsetter (acq. Apple), Postmates, Angellist, Coverhound, DroneDeploy, Periscope amongst 150 others - Thomas is always the first investor in a company.
Thomas was Google's first International Product Manager, he worked at Google HQ from 2002-2009 and is the co-author of several patents related Search Advertising Optimization and Local Search Results that became core to Google's business.
Jeff is a serial inventor with over 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience. Prior to co-founding Twilio, Jeff was Founder & CTO of NineStar, Founding CTO of Stubhub.com and Founder, CEO & CTO of Versity. He was also one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services.
At every business, Jeff identified the fundamental need for a platform for developers and companies to easily build communications-based business solutions.
Jeff grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, started his first company in middle school, and earned his BS in Computer Science & Film/Video from University of Michigan.
Bastian is the CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery company he co-founded in 2011. The idea for Postmates was originally conceived in 2005 when Bastian was relocating from Munich to London and he struggled with finding a simple solution for moving goods around a city. He later pursued this notion of “ride-sharing for stuff” through AngelPad in San Francisco, where he met his co-founders Sean Plaice and Sam Street. Postmates now operates in 40 US markets.
Prior to Postmates, Bastian co-founded Curated.by, a real-time tweet curation platform based in London. Before that, at 12snap, he managed marketing budgets for Adidas and Lufthansa and helped many European startups in product related roles. A native of Germany, Bastian now lives in San Francisco.
Simon Levene is a co-founder and partner at Mosaic Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm focused on early stage investing. Simon has been operating and investing in Internet and software-related startups since 1996. He began his career in Silicon Valley co-founding @Home Network’s (later Excite@Home) international business. In 2001, he was recruited to Yahoo! and spent four years as VP Corp Dev. He joined Accel London as a partner in 2006 and led investments in Etsy, Knewton, Seeking Alpha, and MyHeritage. From 2010, both as an angel and with Index Ventures, he’s invested in Fotolia, ResearchGate, Number Four, Shapeways, Squarespace, and Appcard. At Mosaic, Simon is thematically focused on marketplaces, consumer services, SaaS, blockchain, fintech and education.
Andy McLoughlin is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet, SaaS and mobile startups. Andy primarily invests in B2B, SaaS, developer tools and mobile applications but also supports the wider Softtech portfolio on product strategy, go-to-market, and growth.
Prior to joining SoftTech in 2015, Andy was co-founder of London-based Huddle, a leading enterprise content collaboration company. Under Andy’s leadership, Huddle became one of Europe’s most awarded and well-known technology startups, raising over $80M of venture funding to date. Over the years, he led technology, product, marketing, and strategy, eventually moving to San Francisco in 2010 to establish the company’s US presence.
Andy has been an active angel investor since 2010 and has built a portfolio covering 35+ pre-seed / seed stage investments, mostly in the Saas / B2B space but also covering e-commerce and mobile. His companies include innovative SaaS businesses like Apiary, Tray.io, Bugsnag, Rolepoint, Buffer, Intercom, Import.io and Pipedrive, as well as retail plays including Postmates, Secret Escapes and Zesty.
Born and raised in the UK, Andy holds a BA (hons) Economics from the University of Sheffield. He now lives in San Francisco and enjoys consuming fine foods and adult beverages, skiing, listening to live music, and exploring new places. Follow him on twitter @bandrew.
Buddy has a BS, MS and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research has included adaptive control for indoor UAVs, autonomous battery swap for aerial platforms, autopilot design for R&D, and robot learning from demonstration. As CTO, Buddy helps guide the long-term product roadmap to incorporate new developments from industry and academia into the Airware product line.
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-founder of Blippar, the leading augmented reality browser using artificial intelligence and computer vision to give people more from the world they see. He has grown Blippar from 3 cofounders to 300+ employees in 10 offices including acquiring AR giant Layar in 2014.
Ambarish is a serial entrepreneur who started his tech career in 1997 as a 17 year old high school drop-out entrepreneur on Women Empowerment starting a web portal in India. Ambarish is an active private investor in the field of AR, AI and Genomics.
With a vision to create the ultimate augmented reality browser by recognizing everything in the physical world Ambarish, has been widely recognized for his unconventional business thinking and people-first philosophical approach to management. In 2016, Mitra was named UK Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and was Mitra was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. Also in 2016 Blippar was ranked 9th most disruptive company in the world by CNBC Disruptor 50.
Michael Moritz is Chairman of Sequoia Capital where he has worked since 1986. Michael represented Sequoia in its investments in Google, Yahoo, PayPal, Flextronics, Kayak, Pure Digital, and Zappos.com.
He has always had an eclectic set of investment interests and today represents Sequoia's interests in Klarna, Green Do, and Stripe, LinkedIn the world's professional nework, Instacart, PopSugar, the entertainment and fashion site for women 24-7-customer an outsourcing customer service company and The Melt a grilled cheese restaurant chain.
Before joining Sequoia, Michael worked as a correspondent for Time; wrote a couple books including the Little Kingdom, the first authoritative book about Apple's early years; and co-founded Technologic Partners, the precursor of Venture Wire.
Filipa Neto is co-founder and CEO of Chic by Choice, Europe’s leading luxury rental marketplace allowing women to rent the world's best items sourced from brands and e-commerce platforms at a fraction of the retail price.
Chic by Choice provides retailers a yield management solution that can help manage excessive stock in a clever way, providing an alternative that can generate up to 5 times more revenue than discounting or outlets.
Filipa was able to raise €520k investment for the venture at the age of 23. The success of Chic by Choice later led to another €1.5m of investment to continue to grow the company in the UK and Germany.
In July 2015, the company acquired Laremia, a German dress rental competitor, which already represents 20% of the company's revenue.
In little more than a year, Chic by Choice is established as the leading dress rental platform shipping to more than 15 countries in Europe and with outstanding month on month growth.
Filipa currently manages a team of 16 with offices in London and Lisbon and she is also part of the Global Shapers community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum a network developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.
In 2008 José Neves launched Farfetch, bringing together his interests in fashion and technology, as well as his experience in design, wholesale and retail, to create a business that would celebrate and support the diversity of the global fashion industry.
The seasoned entrepreneur had experienced first-hand the challenges facing bricks-and-mortar retailers wanting to expand online. His vision was to create a single portal, offering independent boutiques the opportunity to compete with the leaders of fashion e-commerce.
Farfetch now comprises more than 300 boutiques, offering over 100,000 pieces from 1,000 brands. With customers in almost 190 countries, the site receives an average of 10 million monthly hits.
José has been involved in the fashion start-up world since the mid-1990s when he launched footwear business SWEAR. José later founded SIX London, a fashion licensing and wholesale company selling to 600 retailers worldwide. In 2001 José opened the renowned bstore, which won the British Fashion Award for Retailer of the Year in 2006.
José has received numerous accolades as an entrepreneur and for his business ventures, including The Business of Fashion's 500 People Shaping the Fashion Industry in 2013, Ernst & Young's 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year and Vogue's DirectorsOf.COM Top Entrepreneur in 2011.
Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Östberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Delivery Hero. He holds a Master of Industrial Engineering & Management from Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm & ETH Zurich.
Following five years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, Niklas co-founded Pizza.nu (later OnlinePizza.se) where he served as a full-time chairman. After winning the Swedish market he was responsible for building up market leading companies in online food ordering in Poland, Finland and Austria. In late 2010, Niklas convinced Team Europe to develop the concept to the German market under the name of Lieferheld (Lieferheld.de) and got the license to use the technology and know-how from the original Swedish company.
After a successful market entry into the competitive German market, Niklas Östberg and his team decided to launch the business model internationally under the name of Delivery Hero in May 2011. The company has since then expanded the concept organically and through acquisitions into 34 international markets, and is today the largest global platform for online food ordering with 200,000+ local restaurants in its network, processing more than 10m orders monthly.
What initially was a small vision narrowed to the Swedish market has today expanded into a global vision to provide a platform of choice, convenience, reliability and quality. Or, in essence, an entire food court in your pocket.Niklas’ vision is to transform the industry. Therefore services of Delivery Hero will reflect changing eating habits just as new opportunities in technology and logistics.
Danny Rimer is a general partner at Index Ventures, based in San Francisco.
He currently serves on the boards of Flipboard, Patreon, 1stdibs, Farfetch, Sky (LSE:BSY), Good Eggs, Nasty Gal, Viagogo, Dropbox, Anki, and SFMOMA. Danny was previously a director of Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY), Trialpay (now sold to Visa (NASDAQ:V)), KVS (NASDAQ:SYMC), Last.fm (NYSE:CBS), Lovefilm (NASDAQ:AMZN), MySQL (NASDAQ:ORCL), Neoteris (NASDAQ:JNPR) and Skype (NASDAQ:EBAY).
Prior to joining Index in 2002, Danny was a general partner of The Barksdale Group, where he invested in a dozen companies including TellMe (Microsoft). Previously, Danny was Managing Director in Hambrecht & Quist's (JP Morgan) Equity Research Group and was responsible for the firm's Internet practice.
Neil co-founded Index Ventures with Giuseppe Zocco and David Rimer in 1996. Previously he spent 4 years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco.
Neil has invested in market-defining companies from across the spectrum including Betfair (LSE: BET), Genmab, FundingCircle, Climate Corp. (MON), HouseTrip, Kaggle, Last.fm (CBS), Stack Exchange and Supercell. He has served on the board of U.C. Sampdoria, and currently serves on the board of Human Rights Watch.
Neil Rimer is the Board Director of Moo Print Ltd. He is also a Partner of Index Ventures which he founded in Geneva with Giuseppe Zocco and David Rimer.
Neil started the venture capital activity of Index's predecessor firm, later co-founding Index Ventures and raising the firm's first fund in 1996.Prior to this, Neil spent four years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco.
Neil’s current investment interests include Internet media, e-commerce, entertainment and education businesses as well as capital-efficient, information-oriented cleantech companies. He currently serves on a number of Boards including FundingCircle, doubleTwist, HouseTrip, Lehigh Technologies, MOO Print, Netvibes, Photobox, Redwood Systems, Stack Exchange, and Weatherbill.
Previously Neil sponsored and served on the Boards of Betfair (LSE:BET.L), Last.fm (CBS), Ofoto (Kodak), Trolltech (Nokia) Listen (Real Networks), Numerical Technologies (Synopsis), Genmab (SDE: GNA), Stepstone..
He has a BA in History and Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sonali De Rycker joined Accel in 2008 and helps lead the London office. Sonali focuses on consumer, software and financial services businesses. She led Accel’s investments in Avito (Naspers), Lyst, Spotify, Wallapop, KupiVIP, Calastone, Wonga and SilverRail. She is also an independent director of Match Group, Inc (public). Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Ventures. She grew up in Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.
Oliver Samwer was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1972. Oliver holds M.Sc. degree in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Upon graduation, Oliver and his two brothers founded Alando.de in 1999.
After the sale of Alando.de to eBay Inc., he was Managing Director of eBay, responsible for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
In 2000, Oliver and his two brothers founded Jamba! AG, which was acquired by Verisign Inc. in 2004.
In 2007, Oliver founded Rocket Internet. Since 2014, Oliver has served as Rocket’s Chief Executive Officer. Oliver is responsible for strategy development and implementation, business development and investor relations.
Will Shu co-founded Deliveroo in August 2012 with Greg Orlowski.
Prior to Deliveroo, Will worked as an analyst for SAC Capital and ESO Capital. Previously, he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. He received an MBA from Wharton (2012) and BA from Northwestern (2001).
Sebastian Siemiatkowski is co-founder and CEO of Klarna, one of Europe’s main providers of payment solutions for e-commerce. Sebastian and his two co-founders developed the idea for Klarna during a competition at the Stockholm School of Economics.
He graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with a master's degree in economics and while at school founded the company with his co-founders.
Sebastian has received multiple awards for his leadership including the "Rising Star of the Year" by Ernst & Young, "Leader of the Year" by Adecco, "Manager of Tomorrow" by Sweden's leading Management Magazine and "European Entrepreneur of the Year Award" by TechTour.
Steve joined Pantera in 2013. He is an entrepreneur whose experience spans the lifecycle of venture-backed startups. In 2000, he joined Infrasearch, a peer-to-peer search engine acquired by Sun Microsystems. He held several positions at Sun, including creating the Honeycomb storage product line. He co-founded RPX Corporation and helped grow it through IPO. He then co-founded Koru Ventures, an investment firm providing loans using IP as collateral. At Fortress Investment Group, he served as CTO of the IP finance group. Steve holds Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. degrees in Engineering from Cambridge University, where he received the Isaac Newton prize for Ph.D. research.
Mr. Azmat Yusuf is a Founder at Citymapper Limited. Yusuf previously worked at Google, as well as in the venture capital and equities fields for international banks. He started the app in 2011 as a guide for Londoners to navigate the city's bus network. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in both Electrical Engineering and Economics and received his MBA from INSEAD in 2009.
Alice, 29, has been working hard to make the Paris tech ecosystem less toxic for startups. After graduating from EMLYON Business School, she launched Le Camping, the first startup accelerator in France in 2010. When she accepted the job, she had one condition: she wanted to travel all over Europe, discover other tech ecosystems and leverage this experience as an inspiration for the French market in order to create a unique accelerator. 3 seasons, 36 startups and 18 fundraising rounds later, it was time to leave for a new adventure. She is now the co-founder and CEO at TheFamily, a new accelerator in the tech ecosystem with a very ambitious mission statement: aligning the interests of the main local actors by educating and offering unfair advantages to startups, investors, corporate executives and officials. Alice is working very hard to foster changes in the French corporate culture, which traditionally promotes elitism over youth or diversity.
Monday, Dec 7
Opening Remarks by TechCrunch
How Startup Battlefield Works with Jason Kincaid
Startup Battlefield Session One // Hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges (Marie Ekeland, Andy McLouglin, Bindi Karia and Danny Rimer)
Startup Battlefield Session Two // Hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges (Alexandre Barbosa, Sonali De Rycker, Charles Hudson and Mattias Ljungman)
Startup Battlefield Session Three // Hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges (Alice Bentinck, Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Simon Levene and Alice Zagury)
After Party // Forge: 24 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
Tuesday, Dec 8
Opening Remarks by TechCrunch
Battlefield Alumni Update
Passing the Disrupt Cup
Startup Battlefield Finals // Battlefield Finals Judges: Eileen Burbidge (Passion Capital), Suranga Chandratillake (Balderton Capital), Alex Depledge (Hassle), Fred Destin (Accel Partners), Cristina Fonseca (Talkdesk) and Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch)
Hardware Alley Demo
Fireside Chat with Imogen Heap
Closing Awards Ceremony
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