Meet top investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and journalists from all around the world in the second edition of the Startup Grind Barcelona conference. Let's learn from the best companies (Google, Shazam, N26, Dow Jones, Codeacademy, etc.) how they face the technological challenges of the present and the future, regarding hiring developers, offshoring development, implementing blockchain, untangling what they did with ICOs, fighting fake news, and much more.
In 2017, we hosted over 700 people, including former speakers of different chapters from different countries, Check 2017's event here: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-barcelona-presents-startup-grind-bcn-sf-summit
Orit Kopel is the Co-Founder & VP of Business Development of WikiTribune, an inventive Wiki-based news platform which brings together a community of volunteers with hired professional journalists in an effort to create a collaborative news space.
With a background as a qualified Human Rights Lawyer, Kopel is CEO of the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression, advocating for bloggers and social media users who are persecuted for speaking out online. She previously acted as Jimmy Wales’ Special Adviser for Google’s Expert Advisory Council on the ‘Right To Be Forgotten’, defending Internet freedom.
Ryan is an entrepreneur, educator and software developer. He has over 10 years of experience in the education technology space, and over 15 years of experience building software companies. Ryan has been recognized on Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30 list, and selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. He is the Co-Founder and former CPO of Codecademy, an online startup-up company that has taught over 45 million learners around the globe to write their first lines of code.
Entrepreneur. co-founder and angel investor with a strong general management background and a 19 years 360 degrees experience in all types of start ups from early stage to post IPO (lastminute.com, eRepublik Labs etc.) Recognized by the World Economic Forum (Davos) as a Young Global Leader (YGL) in 2012.
Passionate about building successful organizations and management teams in fast growing environments, to deliver maximum results by offering the best service to customers. Building great companies is hard its also an incredibly interesting adventure.
Specialties: General management, people management, strategy, culture change, online marketing, offline marketing, e-commerce companies, PR, business development, entrepreneurship, international development, online media market, online projects, commercial sales, online travel, videogames, online games, social games, mobile games, game development, game design, healthcare industry, angel investing, start ups, public speaking.
Vicenç Marti is half entrepreneur, half executive.
A full time leader who loves getting involved in exciting projects, with more than 17 years of experience focused on strategy, business development and relations with investors.
He is currently President of Tangelo Games (ex-Akamon), the biggest Gaming Community Platform, and of Billy Mobile, a 100% mobile Ad Exchange focused on performance. Also involved as a strategic advisor in elrowFamily, a music entertainment company, and as an investor and advisor in Ubiqum, a Code Academy, and Finizens, a Fintech startup, among others.
In the past he had various other roles including the CEO of Akamon Entertainment, CCO of the low cost airline Vueling and a part of the team behind its successful IPO, and CEO of the Interactive Division over a five-year tenure at Spain's largest gaming company Cirsa. He holds a BA from Saint Louis University an MBA from IESE Business School and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dhiraj Mukherjee is one of the cofounders of the music identifying service, Shazam. He completed his Master's at Stanford University in 1997 and currently serves as the Head of Banking Innovation for Virgin Money in the United Kingdom. Prior to starting Shazam, Mukherjee worked in consulting for Bain & Company and as a Project Manager for Viant Corp.
Chief Product & Technology Officer, Dow Jones Professional Information
Sofia is the Head of Campus Madrid, creating a vibrant, transformative and collaborative community where entrepreneurs and tech startups can flourish and grow through meaningful connections, knowledge and unique opportunities.
Before joining Google, she was the founding partner and CEO of Spain Startup, organizing what has become the leading startup conference in Southern Europe, The South Summit. She holds a BA in International Business Administration, an MA in journalism from El Pais and an MBA from IE Business School and UCLA's Anderson School of Business.
Sofia is a passionate community builder, a tireless doer and creative thinker. Previously a journalist, she pivoted and returned to Spain with a desire to help build and rebuild by fostering a strong startup ecosystem.
Former journalist turned investor. I started my career working as a journalist covering technology, I then went on to create my own publication (Novobrief.com) which I later sold. I now work at K Fund, looking to back the best and brightest Spanish startups.
Lorenz joined N26 in November 2016 after working for many years as a strategic management consultant and partner for McKinsey & Company in Europe and Africa. He holds a diploma in Mathematical Physics and a PhD.
Lorenz focuses on building products that enable people to deal with the challenges of everyday life in an intuitive way. Together with the product, design, and tech teams at N26, Lorenz is changing commercial banking by putting its users' true interests first.
Without N26, Lorenz would be a fashion photographer and amateur blues guitar player.
Xavier is a founding member and CTO at MarsBased. He's responsible for architecture and development. He's played with all the available programming languages & frameworks, but settled with Ruby on Rails & Angular. One of the very few developers with social skills we know.
Laura is an experienced international Recruiter and HR Manager, specialist in Talent Acquisition, HR Processes and Policies, Payroll and Compensation management, with experience ranging from top corporate environments to start-ups worldwide.
Talent is everywhere. Why search for the best engineers only in your city? Laura has been working in recruitment, creating remote environments and establishing processes and operations for full remote startups. Building an engineering culture, improving communication amongst teams and dealing with cultural differences is her day to day life. Her passion is people, she’s an advocate for company culture and loves creating a strong talent landscape wherever she goes.
After leading the HR teams for retail companies such as Bershka or Deichmann, and managing Recruitment and HR Processes for Couchsurfing, Sovolve and Divescover, she moved to manage the Talent Acquisition and HR for the international hub of Schibsted in Barcelona. She’s also the mother of two girls and a dive instructor.
Ramon Pastor is the Vice-President and General Manager of HP’s 3D Multi Jet Fusion Business. This position includes worldwide responsibility for the Research and Development, Marketing and Operations of HP´s 3D Printing Multi Jet Fusion line of solutions. This business has teams in Barcelona, Spain and Vancouver, US. Ramon is also the HP Barcelona Site Manager. Ramon joined HP in 1992. Since then he has held different positions in Operations, R&D, Marketing and Business Management Ramon holds a Master in Engineering from Universitat Politècnica of Catalunya, a Business Degree by IESE in Barcelona and a Bachelor in Arts, as well as formal training in Product Development and Strategy by INSEAD and MIT.
Josh in an entrepreneur and digital strategist who just last month exited Rentify, the startup he co-founded in his kitchen in London 7 years ago. He's also spent 15 years working with some of the world's leading brands including HP, Coca-Cola and McDonald's, as well as for leading global politicians, foundations and the British government. Amongst other things, he is currently head of digital for 89up.org and is working for the British government as an advisor to its enquiry into Fake News and the future of social media legislation.
Asha Jadeja is a mom, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist based in Palo Alto, California. In her career as a venture capitalist, Asha has invested in over a 100 startups some of which have gone on to become public companies. She initiated the spread of the maker movement and maker hubs in Africa in 2010 and later in India, Pakistan, and Brazil. Makerfest, a three day event that brings local makers together for a week of collaboration and co-inventing happens in various cities around the world now. Asha is also creating a network of Fablabs around the world, to help spark off distributed manufacturing using just in time creation, tinkering and deliveries. Through Rajeev Circle Fellowships, Asha is developing a dynamic corridor of entrepreneurship, collaboration and community between Silicon Valley and South Asia.
Xavier Noria has been doing software professionally for the last eighteen years, twelve of which remotely. Xavier has taught dynamic languages at the University of Barcelona, and has been an active member of the open source community for many years. He was into Perl in the 2000s, he's been in the Ruby on Rails core team since 2011, and he's now contributing to Erlang and Elixir.
Mr. Miguel Valls is an established serial entrepreneur and investor in Spain and Silicon Valley and a former investment banker with several successful investments in life science and tech companies.
Mr. Valls is Founding General Partner of Alta life sciences, a multi stage life sciences investment firm based in Silicon valley and Barcelona.
Mr. Valls is co-Founder and Chairman of Dadata Capital and has been the co- founder, investor and advisor to biotech companies like Genotesta, Clear Labs, Base Health and tech companies like Spirit Films and Nektria and vLex.
Miguel is also the co-founder and co-chair of the San Francisco-Barcelona Sister City Committee and Technology Advisor to the Barcelona and Spain Chambers of Commerce.
He created the International Technology Forum in 2007, the first program to bring Silicon Valley investors to Spain.
Mr. Valls also has extensive experience in Derivatives (Siaga A.V.B) and Money Management (Barclays Private Banking, BNP-Paribas Private Banking).
Mr. Valls holds a Bachelor in Law from University of Barcelona, an Executive Education Degree from University of California, Berkeley and a Blockchain strategy program from Said Business school, University of Oxford. He also has the following certifications: European Financial Advisor (EFPA), Derivatives Broker-Dealer (MEFF) European Financial Analyst (EFA) and Technical and Chartist Analyst (IEF).
Pepe Agell leads Chartboost’s strategic planning, marketing and corporate development efforts. In this role, he oversees the company’s strategic partnerships, key future product developments, m&a activities, external communications and thought leadership. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the UPC Barcelona and the ETH Zurich. Prior to joining Chartboost, Agell led product management and operations teams in both multinational (Hilti AG) and startups (3scale and Innovalley).
Senior Telecommunications Engineer, has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology & Operations, leading transformation projects and launching new businesses. Montse has spent the last 7 years building bridges between Start-Ups and Multinationals, working very close to multidisciplinary and multicultural teams with high experience in cutting-edge technologies and entrepreneurial skills. Prior to her current position at Banco Sabadell, where she leads a team specialized to identify the business challenges where emerging technologies could provide a competitive advantage. Montse worked in France at an Oil & Gas Services multinational from 2008 to 2016, managing globally the technology portfolio and the international software engineering team. Her work with multicultural teams in different countries has allowed her to live, adapt and adopt the cultural richness of several countries in Europe, South America, the United States, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, India, Malaysia, and of the Arab Emirates. She has been COO of a Information Technology multinational in South America and responsible for the implementation and delivery of Information Technology services of 4 Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and several World Championships and UN Summit. Montse is a regular contributor to social innovation programs. She is Vice-President of the Alastria Consortium and President of the Quantum Blockchain Alliance.
Born in Rome, living in Madrid | Innovation Manager at Utopicus | Startup Grind Madrid Co-Director | Supporting social entrepreneurs @MakeSense
COO & Co-founder at Rakuten TV
Scott Mackin is the Chief Commercial Officer for OneCoWork, a premium workspace platform from Barcelona. Prior to joining OneCoWork, Scott founded Barcinno Media, the international resource for Barcelona tech, startups and innovation, which he later sold.
Originally from Boston, Scott holds a Bachelors in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and earned his MBA from the University of San Diego in 2013. Outside of work, Scott is an associate professor of entrepreneurship and digital strategy for the Master's and MBA programs at EADA Business School. He is married with two children and currently lives in Barcelona.
Sports marketing professional and co-founder plus CEO of Globatalent, Sunil Bhardwaj, leads a team of expert individuals dedicated to giving talented sports men and women a fairer route into their professional careers, without financial burden. Globatalent is a decentralised blockchain-based tool where clubs and players can fund themselves by selling their future revenue rights to fans and investors. Sunil Bhardwaj, aged 41, graduated in 1999 with a diploma in sports management from the University of Greenwich, London and has since enjoyed an accomplished 18-year career in the sports industry. He has worked in many territories including Germany, Holland as well as his native Spain.
Peter is a Managing Director at Vitruvian; a venture partner at BlueYard and LocalGlobe; an advisor to Entrepreneur First; and a Trustee of Frazzled Cafe, Doteveryone, and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (Oxford University). He is an angel investor/advisor in over 100 tech startups, including: BigHealth, BookingBug, Business Of Fashion, CarThrottle, Citymapper, Craft, Diagonal View, Eyeclick, EyeEm, Farfetch, Freeformers, GetYourGuide, GiveMeSport, GoEuro, Hopster, Medigo, Memrise, Mippin, Mixlr, Monoqi, MoviePilot, Mubi, MyHeritage, Oddshot, Qapital, Qidenus, Quill, ReturnPath, Roli, Sailthru, Snap.hr, SofarSounds, Songkick, Styla, Tictrac, TVBeat, and Twitmusic
Peter was previously an angel/advisor at NevenVision (acquired by Google), Saynow (Google), Readmill (Dropbox), Fizzback (Nice Systems), Techlightenment (Experian), uberVu (Hootsuite), Gidsy (GetYourGuide), Bandpage (Youtube), AdjustYourSet (Oliver Group), ChicChickClub (JustFab), Shopwiki (Oversee), Launch Music (Yahoo), LoveFilm (Amazon), Skype (eBay), TastemakerX (Rdio), Mobix (Seachange), Kindo (MyHeritage), MusicNation (Universal Music), Preview Networks (Rightster), Playahead (MTG), HSX (Cantor Fitzgerald), H2G2 (BBC), iFilm (MTV), Metacafe (The Collective), Liveplanet (Disney), Fandango (Comcast), WoolAndTheGang (Blue Gem), YPlan (Time Out), and Meevee (eUniverse)
Peter was previously: General Partner at Google Ventures; Board Director of GP Bullhound and Entertainment Insights; President of Nielsen Entertainment; Governor at Beaconsfield High School; Fellow of Wellington College; a film awards judge at BAFTA; and a digital advisor to Oxfam, Sport England, and The Roundhouse. He is an active supporter of Founders Forum, Founders4Schools, AppsForGood, Speakers4Schools, Cambridge Wellbeing, Mindfulness In Schools, Mind & Life, CSAP, and NFTS. He was an Associate Producer on Rabbit Fever and an (uncredited) actor in Flyin' Ryan which both received some of the worst reviews in movie history
Anne Driscoll is a current CMO of Startup Genome; an international effort providing insight to entrepreneurs and partners alike in order to help foster success within global tech startup communities. Based in Silicon Valley, Anne’s experience in the Valley also stems from a background as a former Google Executive. Her passion for startups has led to a passion for global connections, and is also an advisor for multiple roles and companies at the CMO level. In March, Anne recently launched Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report for 2017 – providing data analysis and knowledge for startup ecosystems from around the world
Casey Fenton is currently co-founder and CIO of CouchSurfing International, a network of welcoming people worldwide. As a Host you can experience your city through new eyes by offering travelers a place to stay on their journey. As a Surfer you can bypass the typical hotel experience by staying at the home of a local and learning about their culture. The concept was born in 1999 after Casey traveled and had several experiences staying with locals. After attending college for computer science in 1997, he worked as a technology and Internet consultant before starting several technology companies. From 2003 to 2009, Casey worked on creating the original CouchSurfing website. Casey was the company’s Executive Director prior to becoming CIO.
Carolina is a Partner at Atomico based in London. She works on sourcing, evaluation and due diligence of global investments.
Carolina focuses on fintech, consumer / retail, and marketplaces. She works with several of Atomico portfolio companies including Lendinvest, Farmdrop and Uniplaces, and sits on the boards of Gympass, Chemist Direct and Bebestore.
Having interned at Atomico during her MBA, Carolina then moved to London as acting COO of an e-commerce start-up, leading daily operations across product management, business development and marketing, before joining Atomico's team on a permanent basis.
Prior to her MBA, Carolina was at private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, where she worked on multiple buyout opportunities across sectors, including the global credit bureau TransUnion.
Carolina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Dorion Carroll is a 20-year veteran engineer with deep experience developing product and services in areas including search, email processing, e-commerce, personalization, ad targeting, CRM, data warehousing, order management and financial services. Prior to joining Technorati, Dorion was director of engineering at Postini, Vice President of Engineering and General Manager of Neomeo (which was acquired by Postini), Technologist-in-Residence at Softbank Venture Capital, and Senior Director of Engineering at Excite@Home, among other roles. Dorion has a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College, with four years Mathematics / Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College, in Claremont, California.
Lately, he's been working as CTO and CIO at Zynga, the mobile gaming company responsible for titles like Farmville, Clash of Titans, Words with Friends, Zynga Poker and many others.
Partner at K FUND.
UI/UX designer, co-founder & joint CEO at Typeform.
David began his journey as a musician with a record deal, only to then turn into an entrepreneur owning a design agency and eventually building a product that was transformed from being a side project into a massively successful startup. Through Typeform David and his team have set the goal of making beautiful tools for human interaction that anyone can use.
Through his amazing world-wide journey from touring with his band in England, then starting a small design agency in Colombia, and working from a co-working space in Barcelona, he met all sorts of people, one of them being his co-founder, Robert, with whom he jointly the company that's disrupting online forms.
Chairman and Founder, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC; Chairman, Advisory Board, Global Venture Alliance; Global Innovation Advisor, 500 Startups; Founding Mentor, Unreasonable Institute; Founding Board Advisor, Harbour.Space University; Advisory Member, Seedstars World; Advisory Member, UNICEF Innovation Fund
As an Innovation Catalyst, Kamran advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies.
He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Venture Alliance; a Global Innovation Economy Advisor to 500 Startups; a Founding Mentor of Unreasonable Institute and a Founding Board Advisor to Harbour.Space University. As a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co-founded ten companies, three of them failed (e.g. Momenta), six of them produced a total market cap of over $8B (e.g. Cirrus Logic). As a VC, Kamran co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore. Underlying his vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through the effective application of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co- Chairman (2009-2011).
Michael Eckhardt is Managing Director at Chasm Institute in their Silicon Valley Office, where Michael has been a partner for over 15 years:
• a veteran of PwC, Harbridge Consulting, HP, and Pepsico
• a Harvard MBA and Wall Street Journal Award winner, Michael is a recognized expert in new product launch success & go-to-market tools + best practices. He has lead over 500 client engagements in the US / Europe / Asia Pacific
• Michael’s clients include: Adobe, Spotify, Citrix, Google / Nest, NetApp, RSI, HotChalk, Intel, Cisco, Xilinx, 3D printing ventures, Autodesk, SAP, Agilent Life Sciences, Jive, QAD, Micron, Philips Medical, Samsung, Logitech, and many other tech-based businesses, from large enterprises to mid-sized companies to venture-backed start-ups.
• his firm’s books include the newly-updated “Crossing the Chasm 3.0” -- with 25 all-new tech company examples best practices, as well as the companion books “Escape Velocity” and “Zone to Win”
• these best-sellers -- over 3,000,000 books sold -- continue to be proven playbooks for entrepreneurial success in B2B and B2C markets
• its frameworks underpin the way tech companies around the world plan & fund their investments in disruptive innovations
• Michael’s client focus, through 2-day strategy workshops and consulting services, drive three client outcomes:
(1) accelerating new product success in next 12 to 24 months
(2) best practices and tools for revenue growth
(3) launching profitable innovations
• Michael served as editor and contributor for both the updated for 2017 “Crossing the Chasm 3.0” and “Escape Velocity" books, which have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide
Note: This event is going to be conducted in Spanish.
Carlota Pi Amoros is an entrepreneur and mom of three. She is the co-founder and Executive Marketing Officer at HolaLuz.com, the unique customer centric utility company in Spain.
She is an industrial engineer with a Masters in Mathematical Methods for Financial Markets from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School.
Chairman at Kantox.
Founder and CEO of SocialCar, the first platform in Spain for P2P car rental. Mar, is a benchmark in sharing economy, sustainable mobility and legality. Founding member of Sharing España and board member of ADigital. Mar supports Barcelona's tech ventures as a member of BCN Tech City's board of directors. She is also a promoter of innovation as part of the Creafutur advisory board. Graduated in Law and PDD by IESE, she began her professional career at Cuatrecasas Abogados and her social entrepreneurship interest began at Grameen Bank with Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.