Meet top investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and journalists from both Europe and Silicon Valley. Startup Grind BCN - SF Summit will connect the best two cities in the world and will showcase one day of nonstop content, valuable networking, mentor sessions, and investor Q+A's. Don't miss out.
During the conference, we will host some of the best serial entrepreneurs and VCs from Silicon Valley, to talk tech, entrepreneurship and the connection between Silicon Valley and Barcelona, now that there's a between flight between the cities of Barcelona and Oakland, wrapped up with a cocktail party.
With more than 20 years of experience in technology, Scott Arpajian has been a leader at some of the most iconic and recognizable companies in the world. Since joining Softonic in 2015, Scott has taken one of Europe’s largest internet sites in terms of traffic (ranked #1 European company global online audience with 100M visits per month) and led its transformation into a solutions-focused business.
An industry pioneer, in 1997 Scott founded the software distribution portal Download.com at CNET. Download.com later became the leading site for software, mobile applications and game downloads globally.
Prior to Softonic, Scott was Vice President of Business Development and International Strategy at Disney Interactive’s Social and Mobile Games division. He also served as Vice President of Product at the online gaming portal iWin.
Both an executive and an entrepreneur, Scott founded his own startup, Dizzywood, which was an innovator in the online virtual worlds space.
Softonic is the leading global software catalog and app discovery platform, offering the most complete selection of software and apps across hundreds of categories. Softonic is the European company with one of the largest online audiences, and currently holds the 40th position worldwide with more than 100 million unique monthly users who generate more than 4 million daily downloads.
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.
Partner @AngelList. Venture Investor @Edelweiss. Mentor @500 Startups. Before: Investor @MHS Capital BD @Comcast / @Plaxo. Grad @UPENN.
Ever since the "Crossing the Chasm" bestseller was published 15+ years ago,
Geoffrey Moore, Michael Eckhardt, and his Chasm Institute colleagues have
focused on Tools / Consulting / Workshops to help tech companies:
● use proven methods to gain traction in key markets
● score / rate / rank market opportunities
● accelerate product portfolio success in next 18 months
CMO & co-founder at MarsBased, and Regional Director at Startup Grind for Southern EU.
MarsBased is a full-remote development consultancy from Barcelona specialised in web and mobile applications developed with Ruby on Rails, AngularJS and Ionic. Àlex runs the sales/marketing area and is in charge of communications & growth of the company.
In barely 2 years, he's done:
- 5-digit contracts within weeks of having launched the company.
- 7-digit contracts eight months after the creation of the company.
- Grown the company (LLC) to 10 full-time employees & 5 freelancers.
- International clients from three different continents, hailing from USA, Germany, Spain, Abu Dhabi, France, UK, Singapore and Finland.
- Providers for development of the core product for some of their clients.
- Featured in press for some of their outstanding projects like the Barcelona Startup Map, among others.
In 2015, Àlex became responsible for the expansion of the Startup Grind brand in Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland)
His background in consulting & development (ex-Deloitte, ex-VASS) and his international profile helps him with the technical and the business perspective.
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.
Howard Love is a life-long entrepreneur who has founded, co-founded, funded and managed startups for over 30 years. He is the Founder & CEO of LoveToKnow, one of the largest US digital media companies, whose web properties include lovetoknow.com, yourdictionary.com, trails.com, and golflink.com. Love founded his first company, Inmark Development, while an undergraduate at Colgate University. Inmark Development was eventually sold as Rogue Wave and subsequently went public. Since then, Love has founded or co-founded over 15 businesses and invested in over 50 startups. Love speaks frequently on entrepreneurship for conferences, summits & events in North America and overseas, including Techtoberfest, Startup Grind, Start-Up Week, TechStars, Plug & Play, Capital Factory – as well as Slush Helsinki & the Government of Spain. Love recently published his first book, the Amazon bestseller The Start-Up J Curve.
Ingrid Verschuren is Deputy Head of Professional Information Business and Senior Vice President, Data Strategy at Dow Jones. She is based in Barcelona.
Ms. Verschuren is responsible for continuously developing and growing the Professional Information Business (PIB), while also overseeing all of Dow Jones’ licensed content and proprietary data collections. There are currently four core PIB product sets – Factiva, Newswires, Private Equity and Venture Capital, and Risk and Compliance.
Previously, Ms. Verschuren was the Managing Editor of Dow Jones Risk and Compliance, where she was instrumental in evolving the Risk & Compliance data sets as well as leading the expansion of the global research team. She has also held numerous roles within Factiva, where she focused on global content strategy and operations.
She started her career in the information industry when she joined Reuters as a news indexer in 1998. Ms. Verschuren holds an M.A. in Latin American Languages and Cultures from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
Jonathan is the official “Juggler” at Pocket working across teams from strategy to product to marketing to help bring things together and push Pocket in new directions. He spends most of his time using design thinking to lead partnerships and help partners use Pocket’s platform to solve some of their biggest problems.
He's helped create, build and sell Tech: Pocket, Xoopit (acquired by Yahoo), Indextank (acquired by Linkedin), Colingo, Billshrink, TrialPay, ESI, Justarrive. Products: Zubio, DaysAgo, DiscHub (Fellows), and the Hamptons Honey Company, and graduated from Stanford in Interaction Design and Central St. Martins in London with an MA in Industrial Design.