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.
Venue: AC Hotel by Marriott Barcelona Forum (Passeig del Taulat, 278 - MAP)
18:00 - Registration & welcome
19:00 - Opening remarks + Mystery guest.
20:00 - Cocktail & VIP party
Venue: UPC Espai Vèrtex, Campus Nord (Plaça d'Eusebi Güell, 6 - MAP)
8:00 - Registration & breakfast
9:00 - 13:30 - Sessions with fireside chats & keynotes by our guest speakers. Final agenda TBD.
13:30 - Lunch Break
15:00 - 18:30 - Sessions with fireside chats & keynotes by our guest speakers. Final agenda TBD.
19:00 - Wrap up party.
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.
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.
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
Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer for the Barcelona City Council.
Francesca Bria is a Nesta Senior Adviser and Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. She is the EU Coordinator of the D-CENT project on open democracy and social digital currencies and the she is the Principle Investigator of the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe.
Francesca is a a senior expert and advisor on digital strategy, technology and information policy. She is a Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College Business School in the Innovation Studies Centre- Digital Economy Lab.
She has a background in social science and innovation economics, a PhD from Imperial College, and an MSc in E-business and Innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck.
Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor for the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and a member of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC).
Francesca has been advising a variety of organisations and public institutions on innovation policy, open technology, the Internet of Things and smart cities.
She is also active in various innovation movements advocating for open access, open technologies and digital rights
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.
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.
Chris is the CEO of Launch Pad, a startup community and workspace for entrepreneurs, creatives and professionals. Launch Pad was born in New Orleans, has expanded to Charleston, and is on a mission to help people across the country be successful building their businesses and careers while working in a community where they feel like they belong.
Chris is an active angel investor through Voodoo Ventures, investing in a number of rapidly growing companies in New Orleans and elsewhere including Lucid, 86co, and Neighborland, and Niko Niko. He co-founded Flatstack, a software development company with offices in Kazan, Russia and New Orleans that builds applications for clients worldwide.
Chris loves mentoring young entrepreneurs and is passionate about connecting startup ecosystem around the world from Nigeria to Silicon Valley.
He received an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 2002, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1996.
He loves being on two wheels and is an active bike commuter with a passion for taking motorcycle adventures in exotic places.
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
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
Karlie is the VP of Partnerships + Marketing at Startup Grind, based out of their Bay Area headquarters. She programs and produces Startup Grind's two Global Conferences, taking place in Silicon Valley and London each year, bringing together over 10k entrepreneurs, investors, and startups combined. She also runs strategic partnerships and sponsorships for the brand. Previously, she ran national conferences at Inc. Magazine in New York. Find her on Twitter at @karliekrieger.
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.
NOTE: This event is going to be conducted in English.
Kamran received his BS in computer science, BS in mathematics and ME in computer graphics from the University of Utah by the age of 22.
As an entrepreneur, Kamran co-founded ten companies, three of them failed and six of them produced a total market cap of over $8B.
As a VC, Kamran co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India and Israel.
As a philanthropist, his vision of dissolving barriers between nations through connecting the world one school at a time and improving lives through the effective application of ICT is reflected in the two nonprofits he co-founded, Schools-Online and Global Catalyst Foundation.
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Kamran has developed his own brand of philanthropy; one that makes the most of modern technological innovations, such as mobile communications and the Internet, to bridge the social and political differences among people which he has coined as iGANDHI™.
Global Innovator Advisor at 500Startups and Founding Advisory Board Member at Harbour.Space University.
Phin Mpofu is globally connected entrepreneurship evangelist, inspired by how it can be used as a force for good. Phin is Founder & Chairman of Global Symbiotic Partnerships a venture firm founded to create strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across all sectors. It's portfolio of ventures and affiliations include HOMESPLACE, Tech Beach Retreat, Startup Grind, The Centre for Corporate & Startup Partnerships and The Centre for Government & Startup Partnerships. His commitment to helping entrepreneurs was recognised in 2016 by the Centre for Entrepreneurs. He was listed on The Maserati 100, the annual list which recognises entrepreneurs who are generously giving their time and resources to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs. Phin is a Fellow of the Centre for Entrepreneurs.
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.
- 6-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.
Victor Horcasitas helps tech startups with cross border capital raising and go-to-market strategies for LatAm, US and Europe. Victor has over 20 years of experience spanning M&A, software engineering, import/export finance, international business development and project management. Sector coverage includes IoT, AR/VR, SaaS, medical devices, eHealth, AgTech, robotics, telecom, renewable energies and real estate.
Victor is a partner at Barcelona Ventures and directs investor relations, secures financial commitments, scouts for talent and develops an investment portfolio pipeline. BV selects leading European tech companies, finds seed and expansion capital and accelerates those companies in Silicon Valley. The focus is to position the company for successful US market entry, rapid scaling. Victor co-founded Confianz International, a trading company focused on the supply and distribution of industrial products,machinery and chemicals, construction equipment, food, raw materials and commercialization. In 2002 Victor co-founded Trinity Advisers, a boutique firm providing consulting services to clients in the telecoms, media, renewable energy and IT sectors. Victor leads Trinity Advisers’ business development efforts in the Iberian, African and Latin American regions. Transaction and advisory experience includes both buy-side and sell-side mandates in sectors spanning the fixed line, mobile/GSM, and satellite services sectors as well as capital-raising for early stage and late venture organizations.
Victor co-founded Communications Investment Partners Limited (CIP), which in December 2007 acquired Stratos Global Corporation for EUR 620 million. Previously he worked at HP, NasTech, Deloitte & Touche, Federal Reserve.
Victor currently volunteers as President of the American Society of Barcelona, VP of the Ronald McDonald House of Barcelona, Chairman of the Navy League of the United States and is a non-executive director in 7 early stage companies.
Victor holds degrees from Johns Hopkins and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.