- About Us
Meet top investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and journalists from all around the world in the fourth edition of the Startup Grind Tech conference, focused on tech and startups: SaaS, product, hiring developers, architecture, freelancing, remote work, etc.
Let's learn from the best companies how they face the technological challenges of the present and the future, regarding hiring developers, offshoring development, implementing blockchain, scaling up their business, and much more.
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.
Casey is a serial entrepreneur who Cofounded and grew Couchsurfing.com to a community of more than 15 million members. He founded Upstock - a way to modernise the antiquated stock option system by offering a replacement that is simple, fair and inspiring to everyone. He has also built Wonder, a 360 peer feedback app and Mastly, equity as a service. Justin has a passion for building talented, diverse teams and bringing groundbreaking ideas to life.
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
Partner at K FUND.
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
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.
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.
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.
Derek Andersen is the founder and CEO of Startup Grind, a global community that is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs designed to educate, mentor, and connect entrepreneurs. Founded in 2010 from humble beginnings with only 9 people attending his first event, 4 years later Start up Grind has grown to more than 200 cities, in 85 countries around the world.
After founding Vaporware Labs in 2009, he incubated many products (most of which failed spectacularly) including Startup Grind and professional social network Commonred. In 2012 Commonred was sold to Income.com.
He is also Ex-Electronic Arts where he worked on games like Burnout, Mirror's Edge, The Sims, and Need For Speed. Having spent 8-years living outside the United States, he currently lives in Palo Alto California with his wife and three children.
Derek has been featured on Forbes, Tech Crunch, and The Wall St Journal.
CMO at Revolut
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.
Chief Product & Technology Officer, Dow Jones Professional Information
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).
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
Carlota has more than 15 years in the Energy field in Spain, US and Germany, both in generation and commercialization of electricity and gas. She was Professor of Efficiency and Renewable Energy at University of Barcelona.
Executive MBA, IESE. Universidad de Navarra
Business Management, New York University (NYU)
Master in Mathematical Methods for Financial Markets, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Industrial Engineering, Escola Técnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (ETSEIB)
Awards and recognitions:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award by FEDEPE (Federación Española de Mujeres Directivas, Ejecutivas, Profesionales y Empresarias).
DonaTIC by Tertulia Digital and SmartCAT (Generalitat de Catalunya)
Innovation Award by FIDEM (Fundación Internacional de la Mujer Emprendedora)
Blackbox Connect Participant in 2017, scaling up program for female cofounders lead by Google.
Considerada por Forbes como una las 100 personas más creativas en 2016.
Top Executive of the Year 2018 by Asociación de Empresarios y Directivos (AED).
Laura Urquizu, CEO and Partner of Red Points, is leading the worldwide innovation for online IP protection. Laura joined the initial founding team in 2014 and has led the company since its infancy. Red Points is the game-changer in online brand protection, online copyright protection, and the prevention of illegal online content distribution. Sales have grown exponentially under Laura’s leadership with the company surging from 10 to 170 people. She is leading the way for global adoption of Red Points’ technology and continues to bolster worldwide sales throughout Europe and the United States. Previously, Laura held executive and management positions in Arthur Andersen, Caja Navarra, and Corporacion CAN. In addition, she was the Advisor for the Board of Directors and Corporate Development at Lokku as well as being appointed to numerous Boards across European technology companies. Laura holds a Masters in Management Development from IESE for Caja Navarra and an Economics degree from Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. In August 2018, Red Points was named one of the hottest European start-ups to follow by Wired (world reference publication in technology) and in October, CEO, Laura was included in the “50 most influential women entrepreneurs and investors in the European Technology Industry.