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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 + Fireside chat. LIMITED TO FIRST 250 PEOPLE.
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 - Check agenda.
13:30 - Lunch Break
15:00 - 18:30 - Check agenda.
19:00 - Wrap up party.
Casey Fenton is co-founder 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.
Currently, Casey is the CEO of Upstock - a startup that he founded with the mission to modernise the antiquated stock option system by offering a replacement that is simple, fair and inspiring to everyone.
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
Chairman at Kantox.
Partner at K FUND.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
Phin Mpofu is a globally connected entrepreneurship evangelist, inspired by how it can be used as a force for good. He is Startup Grind's Community Evangelist for EMEA helping the local Chapter Directors build incredibly helpful, dynamic and well-connected communities for their ecosystems. He is himself a Chapter Director for Startup Grind Thames Valley and spearheads the hyper-local #RDGUK Office Hours initiative.
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.
RakutenTV CEO & Founder.
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.
CTO New Digital Business @ BBVA | Board Member Hyperledger
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.
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.
Investor focusing on high growth technology-enabled businesses. Invest in both late stage venture rounds where we take a minority stake and in growth buyouts.
Slightly eclectic range of expertise ranging from online marketplaces, software, adtech/martech and fashion/luxury in the online world.
Currently Board representative or observer at Carwow, Ebury, Farfetch and Vestiaire Collective.
Other deals at Vitruvian
Minority: Just-Eat, Snaplogic, Trustpilot.
Buyout: Group IMD, Inenco, Inspired Gaming Group, Instinctif, JacTravel and OpenBet.
Vincent Rosso, an Industrial Engineer from the ESME. - Paris, with an MS grade in SJSU (Silicon Valley) in 1994. Co-Founder & Country Manager-Spain of BlaBlaCar. With over 15 years of experience in the field of IT, he launched his first startup in 2006 after being selected by the NETI Program of the IE Business School. In 2009, two years later he launched BlaBlaCar in Spain. The (objectives) vision of this startup is to promote a more efficient use of the private car, and at the same time, fill a need for more economic and sustainable mobility. Business Angles and Advisor of multiples Startups of the Sharing Economy since 2015
Jussi Lystimaki is a Finnish serial entrepreneur who joined Schibsted 8 years ago after 15 years of building start-ups successfully in Helsinki and London. First he founded and built the market leading classified site in Finland for Schibsted, and then joined Schibsted’s senior leaders’ team to build Schibsted’s global vision forward. Deep down he gets his fire from agile and entrepreneurial approach to making things happen with teams. Today, Schibsted has become one of the leading global players taking online classifieds forward in more than 20 markets, by building on its strengths by being close to local markets while leveraging the global capacity. Barcelona has become the home of the global senior management team and a big part of the global product and tech development teams. In addition to Barcelona, the 4000-people Marketplaces business division has major product and tech locations in London, Paris, Oslo and Stockholm. In Spain, Schibsted operates thru well known brands such as Infojobs, Vibbo, Coches.net, Fotocasa, Habitaclia and Milanuncios.
Karlie is CMO at Startup Grind, based out of its headquarters in the Bay Area. As the company's second-ever hire, she has seen and been part of it's growth from 30 to 350 chapters to date. She now oversees all marketing and partnership initiatives and leads the production of Startup Grind's two flagship events - Global Conference every Feb in Silicon Valley + Europe Conference every June in London.
Manager Start Up's Barcelona.
Juan Galiardo (Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1988) is BA in Management and MSc in Finance by ESADE Business School. He started his career as a consultant at Cairneagle Associates and then moved to Delta Partners as Senior Consultant, where he implemented telecommunications projects in Middle East and Africa. In 2015 he founds Noisy, an app for internal comms and project management.
In 2014 he joined Uber as member of the Operations team and he is currently Head of Uber in Spain.
Claus Rosenberg Gotthard is a Danish serial-entrepreneur who has build companies since his late teenage years. His latest venture - Book'n'Bloom - is a business management tool that just raised $11.5M from a London VC. It allows small businesses or freelancers to manage their business from their Facebook page and Mobile. Book'n'Bloom is already available in 3 languages (English, Spanish & Greek), has a team of 21 people (16 of which are based in Thessaloniki) and they have an active sales force in Athens, Madrid & Bogota (Colombia) and this year they are planning to expand to min. 5 new markets.
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, FinTech, PropTech, renewable energies and commercial real estate.
Victor is a partner in Confianz Capital which focuses on mid-market European M&A transactions with a focus on telecom, media and technology opportunities. Victor’s most recent acquisition in January 2019 is of a Barcelona based media publication which generates and curates content to a niche target in Spain. He leads a team which is transforming a monthly print publication into the country’s leading digital magazine for expats.
Victor co-founded Confianz International, an import-export company focused on the supply and distribution of industrial machinery and chemicals, construction equipment, food, raw materials and other sectors. Victor structures transactions for products from the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as advising companies on new market penetration and product market fit.
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, leads fund raising for the Donation & Transplant Institute, Chairman of the Navy League of the United States and is a non-executive director in 11 early stage companies. Victor also supports various organizations helping to foment Barcelona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, such as Startup Grind, EU Startup Summit, Tech Stars and Barcelona Startup week.
Victor holds a MSc from Johns Hopkins University and a BBS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Horcasitas speaks fluently in English, Spanish Catalan and conversational French.
Ignasi is a founding member of the law firm and leads the Innovation and Entrepreneurship department, which includes the practice of entrepreneurial initiative, Venture Capital and the internationalization of companies.Ignasi counts on a long and profound experience in advising entrepreneurs and investors in the process of negotiations and strategic alliances. He has also collaborated with various public research centers and in the creation of knowledge-based companies (spin-offs). He is a member of the Board of Directors of several technology-based companies and the author of different academic articles related to his areas of practice and knowledge. He also regularly speaks at a wide-range of Spanish universities.