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What’s next for the tech landscape in Europe? At the Startup Grind Europe Conference over 3,000 startups, investors, and innovators will converge in London for discussions around the future of startups, venture capital and technology.
With industry-leading speakers, a showcase with some of Europe’s top startups, and invaluable networking, we bring the best of the community together - what happens next is up to you.
If you’re a startup founder, working in a startup, or looking to cultivate relationships with startups, this is the place to be. Don’t miss it.
Taavet Hinrikus is Co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum's Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda. He’s also a mentor and angel investor.
Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into 100 startup companies led by underestimated founders
Tom is a general partner at GV. Prior to GV, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe. He founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform where 100,000 users from more than 170 countries solve challenges for social good. Tom also launched OIEngine, a SaaS platform with clients including Harvard Business School and the Knight Foundation.
Prior to IDEO, Tom was managing director of Marcos, a British sports car manufacturer and founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup. Tom’s filter designs have been widely used in Formula One, superbikes, agricultural equipment, and central heating systems.
Tom has also angel-invested in more than 20 companies, including as the founding investor in Mile IQ (sold to Microsoft).
Tom has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has been featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers list every year since the list was established. He has also been included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People.
Tom earned a first class bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction. He also received an honorary doctorate from University of the Arts London.
Reshma Sohoni is Managing Partner of Seedcamp, the European seed fund she co-founded in 2007 with a strong belief that European entrepreneurs have the power to compete on a global scale. Over a decade later and Seedcamp has invested in 300 companies including three unicorns: TransferWise, Revolut and UiPath and has raised four funds.
Reshma is passionate about the intersection of business and technology and has degrees in Engineering and Business from UPenn and M&T as well as an MBA from INSEAD. She describes starting Seedcamp as a ""once in a lifetime opportunity and one that she jumped into with a strong desire to help the European founder realize global success."" Reshma is frequently listed as one of the most influential women in technology and VC and sits on the Digital Economy Council, working alongside the UK government and leading tech industry experts to provide policy advice to support tech startups and innovation in the UK. Reshma was recognised on Forbes Midas List for Europe as one of the most influential VCs on the continent in both 2017 and 2018.
Jevgeni Kabanov is Chief Product Officer at Bolt (formerly Taxify), one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with more than 25 million passengers in more than 30 countries. Jevgeni was the founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround, a development tools company acquired by Rogue Wave. He is an entrepreneurship champion and currently the president of the Estonian Startup Leaders Club. In 2015, he received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in Estonia.
Zanny Minton Beddoes is the editor-in-chief of The Economist, appointed in 2015. She was formerly business affairs editor overseeing the paper’s business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. From 2007 to 2014, Zanny was economics editor, based in Washington, DC, where she led the paper’s global economics coverage. She has written special reports on the world economy, Germany, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia.
Hayden co-founded Bulb with Amit Gudka in 2015 with a mission to reduce people’s bills and cut carbon emissions. Today Bulb has over 1 million members, supplies 100% green electricity and 100% carbon neutral gas and was recently named the fastest growing private company in the country.
Hayden studied economics at LSE and spent 10 years as a management consultant at Monitor and Bain. Hayden and Amit learnt from the inside about the inefficiencies in traditional energy companies and the lack of affordable renewable energy options for consumers. Hayden is a self-confessed vinyl addict and a lifelong Tottenham fan.
Polish born entrepreneur, best known for co-founding the global FinTech company Azimo which offers low cost digital money transfers. Founded in 2012 in London, Azimo raised $70M+ in funding from top VC firms and connected over 1 million customers to the platform. Further to her achievements at Azimo, in 2018 Marta became the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the leading global GovTech venture PUBLIC.io and became a non-executive co-founder of FreeUp.io, a full debt prevention platform which gives employees access to their earned wages at a touch of a button. Not only a businessperson, but also a frequent public speaker and advocate for diversity and inclusion, Marta has been recognised as Forbes 30 Under 30 in Finance in 2016, as Fortune Most Powerful Women Alumna in 2017 and as Evening Standard's London’s Most Influential People in two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018. Marta holds a MA in Organisational Psychology and a Management degree from Columbia Business School.
Harry is the Founder of The Twenty Minute VC, the world's largest media asset in venture with over 5 million downloads per month featuring General Partners from leading VC funds including Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, Y Combinator, Benchmark, Accel and Index. Harry also works with Jason Lemkin on the official SaaStr podcast which is the world’s largest in the world of SaaS with a subscriber base in excess of 100,000. Prior to Stride.VC, Harry was EIR and a member of the investment team at Atomico.
Matt Rissell is the co-founder of TSheets, an Idaho-based tech startup that went from the brink of failure to selling for $340M. Matt is that rare entrepreneur who is willing to open his playbook and reveal his unfair competitive advantages and how he grew his company triple digits year-over-year for the last decade. Why? He loves helping small businesses win -- especially the underdogs.
Husayn Kassai is CEO and co-founder of Onfido. Onfido helps businesses digitally onboard new users by verifying their government IDs and comparing them with their facial biometrics using machine learning. Founded in 2012, Onfido is now a team of 240, has received $100m in funding, and works with over 1,500 fintech, banking and sharing economy clients globally – helping them onboard more users while cutting costs and risk. In 2016, Husayn was named as one of Forbes' “30 Under 30”, and as the Startups Awards’ “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”. Husayn sits on the Advisory Committee of the Oxford Seed Fund and the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI.
Tania Boler is the co-founder and CEO of Elvie, a British health and lifestyle brand developing smarter technology for women. Tania is an internationally recognized women’s health expert, passionate about improving physical and emotional well-being by leading candid conversations and building world-class products to address intimate issues faced by women on a daily basis. Tania has degrees from both Oxford and Stanford Universities, completed a PhD in Sexual Reproductive Health, and has published extensive research and several books on the subject. Before founding Elvie in 2013, Tania was the global director of research and innovation at Marie Stopes International.
Jan joined Index in 2010 and focuses on financial and information/data services across all stages. His investments include Adyen, Alan, Capitolis, Collibra, Robinhood, SafetyCulture, Silverfin and TransferWise. Prior to joining Index, Jan worked at General Atlantic in London. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in M&A and capital markets. Jan holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and is a graduate of Oxford University."
Emilie is Managing Director of London at design and innovation firm IDEO, where she helps organisations to tackle some of their most complex challenges. For nearly twenty years, she has driven growth for businesses experiencing waves of change. Her background at tech startups, Fortune 500 companies and creative agencies enables her to contribute to projects across industries and support businesses with diverse needs. She has received awards for innovation, communication and social impact, and is a fierce advocate for gender equality and women's leadership.
Martin Casado is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, in Silicon Valley, where he focuses on enterprise investing. He was previously the cofounder and chief technology officer at Nicira, which was acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. While at VMware, Martin served as senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit, which he scaled to a $600 million run-rate business by the time he left VMware in 2016. Martin serves on the board of the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: ActionIQ, Astranis, DeepMap, Imply, Kong, Pindrop Security, RapidAPI, SigOpt, and Yubico.
JC is Chief Commercial Officer at TravelPerk. With 10 years of experience in the SaaS industry, he specialises in building up sales teams from nothing, and TravelPerk is the 4th high-growth SaaS startup he has helped scale to a leading position worldwide.
Ilya is co-founder and President at Segment, the customer data infrastructure company. Segment’s technology empowers businesses to deliver seamless, personalized customer experiences across every channel and touchpoint, while also respecting user privacy and preferences. Ilya works on infrastructure engineering, new products, and the Segment Startup Program, which is focused on helping early-stage startups implement analytics and reach product/market fit from the get-go.
Irina Haivas is a Principal focusing on businesses that use advanced technologies such as machine intelligence or robotics and automation, to transform large industries. She also focuses on the intersection of science and technology, including next generation biology, as well as on companies in healthcare. Before joining Atomico, Irina was a growth and PE investor at GHO Capital Partners. Before that, Irina was part of the leadership team of Bain & Co. in Europe and the U.S. Irina is a former surgeon.
Zehan is one of the co-founders of Magic Pony Technology which was acquired by Twitter in 2016. He is currently a senior engineering manager in Twitter, and leads the Applied Machine Learning in Twitter Cortex which expands on the team and scope of Magic Pony to work on a wider range of Machine Learning challenges at Twitter.
Born in the harsh Manchester winter of '77, Dom is now the resident work futurist at Atlassian. He is passionate about discovering healthy, effective collaboration patterns that allow teams to do the best work of their lives – because a fool with a tool is still a fool.
Chris is Vice President and Country Manager UK at Intuit. With a market cap of $62B, Intuit is known in the UK as the makers of QuickBooks, the world’s leading accounting software with nearly 4m customers. QuickBooks uses the power of emerging technology to solve complex problems for small businesses, giving them a better shot at success.
Ophelia is the founder of Blossom Capital, an early stage venture fund that brings a wholly differentiated approach to investing. Blossom makes a small number of high conviction investments each year, which allows the team to work closely with their companies, helping them achieve their ambitious goals. Fascinated by user behaviour and design, Ophelia loves working with founders with strong product DNA and design-oriented teams.
Rich Waldron is the CEO and co-founder of Tray.io, which puts complex software integrations and enterprise-class automation into the hands of citizen automators. To date Tray.io has raised $59m from investors such as Spark Capital, Meritech, GGV, True Ventures & Mosaic.
Aectual CEO Hans Vermeulen is driven to disrupt the global architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) industry with architecture on-demand platform Aectual. He is a thought leader in the field of digital architecture, with 15 years of experience in scaling cutting-edge architecture firm DUS prior to founding digital construction firm Aectual: The global go-to platform for customizable architectural products. With its proprietary software tools and XL robotic 3D printers Aectual enables designers and builders to create tailor-made architecture on a mass scale in a sustainable way using bio-based and recycled materials. Current users & partners include: Nike, Schiphol Airport, BMW, ABB, Henkel.
Ishaan Malhi is Founder and CEO of Trussle, the UK’s first online mortgage broker. Launched in 2015, Trussle is disrupting the mortgage market by utilising technology and human expertise to find the most suitable mortgage product for its customers. In 2018, Trussle closed a £13.6m funding round led by Goldman Sachs PSI.
Ishaan previously worked with and invested in early-stage tech companies at Playfair Capital. Before that, he worked at Merrill Lynch on private and public Mortgage and Real Estate transactions across Europe.
Ishaan has been formally recognised as one of Britain’s top 100 entrepreneurs by the Sunday Times Maserati 100.
Amali de Alwis is CEO of Code First: Girls, a multi-award winning social enterprise that works with women, men, and companies to increase the number of women in tech.
Outside of the day job, Amali is a Board member at Ada National College for Digital Skills, a London Tech Week Ambassador, and founding member at the Tech Talent Charter.
She was recently named as “The Most influential woman in UK IT” by Computer Weekly. She was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list 2019 for Services to diversity and Training in the Tech Industry.
Paul is a Partner at Northzone, the VC behind many of Europe's most prominent tech companies, including Spotify, iZettle, Klarna, Lastminute.com, Avito, Zopa, MarketInvoice, StepStone, and Trustpilot. Since 1996, Northzone has raised 8 funds and backed over 140 entrepreneurs looking to build category winners or to create entirely new markets.
Robbie O'Connor heads up International Sales for Asana, specializing in developing international go-to-market strategies and building revenue operations to facilitate Asana's hyper-growth. With more than 60,000 paying customers and millions of team members across 195 countries, Asana is widely recognized as a leader in Work Management software. Prior to Asana, Robbie led enterprise partnerships at Google and EMEA business development at Dropbox.
Kike Oniwinde is the founder and CEO of BYP Network, a platform that connects black young professionals with each other and corporations. She has an economics degree from the University of Nottingham and a Msc in Management from the University of Florida, where she gained a full Track & Field Scholarship. The idea of BYP Network came after Kike studied abroad and met talented black students who she didn’t know existed. Once back in London, the lack of diversity in the workplace coupled with low opportunities to meet others in the city; prompted the idea.
In 2018, Kike was named as a Sky Woman in Technology Scholar, F-Factor Winner, New Entrepreneurs Foundation Winner and named in the Maserati top 100!. She was invited to Paris on a business trade mission with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan; won a STEM Trailblazer Batons Award at Houses of Parliament and was invited to meet ex-CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt. Kike is one of the top 100 UK BAME leaders in tech, Forbes 30 under 30 and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Dave Bailey is one of Europe’s top CEO Coaches. He works one-on-one with leading Series A+ founders all over the world to help them on their journey to becoming great CEOs. Dave has co-founded several VC-backed businesses, mentored hundreds of founders as Lead Mentor at Google’s accelerator programme, and invested in dozens of early-stage tech companies as an Angel investor and former EIR at Downing Ventures in London. Dave is a serial entrepreneur and true life-long learner, who continuously invests his resources into personal development. He previously studied at Oxford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Singularity University.
Maren is an engineer turned operator and entrepreneur who has been building tech businesses for the past 15 years. Previously, she was CEO and Cofounder of LittleLane. Her operating experience also includes leadership roles at a health tech startups as well as leading consumer marketing for a $1B product at Genentech. She is a contributor at Forbes, an Advisor at Pearachute and a Mentor at Stanford StartX. She has an MBA from Stanford and an Engineering degree from Dartmouth.
DeVaris Brown is a currently PM @ Heroku responsible for Developer Experience. Prior to Heroku, he worked at Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Visual Supply Company, and Zendesk in various PM and engineering roles. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer, you can find DeVaris behind a camera capturing moments in time or behind a set of turntables, moving a sea of people through music.
Remus Brett is a Partner at LocalGlobe. Previously Remus was co-founder and CEO of Finalta, a financial services benchmarking company which he sold to McKinsey. Remus built Finalta to a company with >100 employees, opening offices in the US, Asia and Latin America. After exiting, Remus spent time as an advisor at McKinsey helping the internal M&A and ventures team. Remus is passionate about helping early stage founders develop the skills and platform to build huge companies. He is also an active angel investor and advisor to a number of leading European startups including Raisin and StreetBees. Remus holds a 1st class degree from UCL.
Adam is Co-Founder and Head of Mobile at VOI Technology. Born and raised in England, Adam started programming at the age of 10 and has dedicated his time to mobile development over the last couple of years. He is responsible for the development of all mobile applications at VOI.
After studying Computer Science for only one year at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, he decided to join his fellow co-founders Fredrik Hjelm (CEO), Douglas Stark (COO) and Filip Lindvall (Chief Architect) to pave the way for a micro mobility revolution in Europe.
Coralie Chaufour is the General Manager of Entrepreneur First (EF) in France. At EF, her mission is to invest in top technical talent to help them create deep tech startups from scratch. She joined EF from McKinsey & Company, where she was an Engagement Manager, after previously starting her own company and working as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a leading U.S. law firm. Coralie was educated at Sciences Po Paris, Wharton and Harvard Law School and is a member of the New York Bar. She rides her horse 4 times a week and competes in eventing and showjumping.
Ben is a Principal at Atomico based in London and focuses on enterprise software and SaaS companies, with a particular interest in companies selling software powered by deep technologies including machine intelligence and advanced analytics. He also spends time looking at developer tools and infrastructure, and new and emerging technology developments including in the Internet of Things and robotics. Ben has been involved in investments into or works closely with Atomico portfolio companies including Oden, CloudNC, Graphcore, Scandit, Streetbees and EVRYTHNG, and sits on the boards of Automation Hero, Hinge Health and Bitmovin.
Reece is the Founder and CEO of the multi award-winning RLC Ventures, a venture capital firm that specialises in investing in technology-based pre-seed & seed stage businesses. Since launching three years ago, Reece has invested in 27 start-ups and sits on the board of six portfolio companies, with a focus on diversity & emerging markets. Currently, 80% of founders in the RLC Ventures portfolio are from diverse backgrounds. Passionate about giving back, Reece has created the RLC Ventures Pledge where a percentage of the exit profits are donated to a social cause of the founder’s choice.
Simon is the CEO of Draper Esprit PLC, which IPO’d on the London and Irish stock exchanges in 2016. Simon has been involved with the European VC industry since 1995 and co-founded Draper Esprit in 2005. He has been involved with a number of Europe’s most successful startups including Lovefilm (Amazon), Cambridge Silicon Radio (IPO), Virata (IPO), nCipher (IPO) and KVS (Symantec). He currently works with Trustpilot, Revolut, Podpoint, Perkbox, and Ledger. Previously, Simon was a partner with Cazenove Private Equity, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2006; a partner at Elderstreet Investments, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2016; and an Investment Director of 3i Technology Europe, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2009. He was a computer games developer early in his career and is a Computer Science graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
Aaron Brooks co-founded Vamp in 2015 as a way to connect brands with influential content creators for authentic social media marketing campaigns. In less than four years Vamp’s presence has expanded around the world from its native Australia to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, New York and London. Last year Deloitte named it Australia’s fourth-fastest growing tech company and Aaron relocated to London to focus on Vamp’s European expansion.
Amy Sorrells is a communications and marketing professional with more than 20 years of marketing-communications, content creation, public relations and media relations experience spanning numerous industries including technology, media, healthcare and sports. In her current role, she leads global communications for Oracle’s startup and entrepreneur program, overseeing strategic communications, thought leadership, analyst relations, public relations, and content creation.
She joined Oracle in May of 2012, working first on the Oracle Social Cloud team. Prior to Oracle, she was a communications consultant for eight years, working with numerous media and technology clients. Sorrells also served as a communications professional for Fox Cable Networks, CNN and Turner Sports.
Amy received her degree from Auburn University. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and two boys.
Tim Jackson is a CEO coach, investor, entrepreneur and commentator. He is GP at Walking Ventures, which has an 8x return from investing in 50 seed-stage startups. He also coaches founders and CEOs who have raised rounds between $1m and $20m. Tim served as MD of the Carlyle Group’s $700m European technology venture fund. Formerly he was founder and CEO of QXL (NASDQ:QXLC), which was sold in 2007 for $1.9 billion. Tim wrote three business books, and a weekly technology column for the Financial Times for seven years. He was on the staff of The Economist, and was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief in Tokyo and Brussels after studying at Oxford.
Diana joined Draper Esprit’s investment team in 2017. Prior to that, she worked for Techstars and Rocket Internet. She previously worked at a London-based hedge fund and for the Council of Europe Development Bank in Strasbourg. Diana is from Sweden and has a degree in Economics and Business from University College London.
Vasile is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Talis Capital with more than 20 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience. Over his career, Vasile has helped scale a vast number of organisations from all stages of the business lifecycle. He holds (or did in the past) board positions at Darktrace, Luminance, IWOCA, Homelyfe, Learning People, PassTheKeys, CensorNet, PremFina, Beyond, Cygnet (among many others). He has actively contributed to key strategic decisions with a hands-on approach. Vasile also has extensive experience in building and scaling companies and is co-founder of several businesses including INTRESCO, Cygnet and Skwire. Vasile holds an MBA degree from London Business School and speaks Russian and Spanish.
Ingrid is the news editor and a writer for TechCrunch. She covers startups, big tech, and everything in between. Ingrid is based in London but online everywhere. News never sleeps.
Wais Shaifta joined Push Doctor in 2017 and since becoming CEO last year has helped shift the digital health provider’s focus towards giving NHS patients easier access to healthcare as part of a wider drive to help people live happier, healthier lives.
Prior to joining Push Doctor, Wais spent three years with wellbeing platform Treatwell and six years with Just Eat, leading the food delivery portal’s UK operations and international expansion. This has allowed Wais to establish a wealth of customer and product expertise within the consumer technology sector, as well as an advanced understanding of how to realise disciplined expansion through the implementation of an effective fast-growth strategy.
Steve O’Hear is best known as a technology journalist, currently at TechCrunch where he focuses on European startups, companies and products. In June 2011, Steve took a break from journalism to co-found the London and Prague-based startup Beepl. In his role as CEO, he helped the company raise its first VC round, along with seeing the Question & Answer site through development, and a high profile public launch. In November 2012, Beepl was acquired by Brand Embassy. Along with TechCrunch, Steve has written for numerous publications, including ZDNet (where he wrote the well-respected blog ‘The Social Web’), The Guardian, Macworld, TES, Last100 and ReadWriteWeb. He also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Silicon Valley documentary ‘In Search of the Valley’, which was released in September 2006. In recognition of his contribution to e-learning, Steve was made a fellow of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in 2002. From 2004 to 2005 he served on the Board of Governors for the University of East London.
Mariam has been working at Georgia’s innovation and technology agency (GITA) for 2 years as a strategic project manager. She has executed different projects for startups including an incubator, accelerator, and other startup development programs. Mariam has IT and business background and she graduated from University College London (UCL) with first class honors.
Before joining GITA, Mariam was involved in building UK startup VIENI-disruptive bus sharing platform. She was also working with Deloitte and Vimpelcom, biggest audit and telecommunication companies in Georgia.
Mariam also is Project Manager Professional (PMP) and voluntarily contributes to the development of PMP Georgian chapter. She writes for Forbes Women Georgia, and eagerly believes in women power in developing Innovation and technology ecosystem. She is an active woman advocate and often participated in different events to empower and inspire women participation in STEM fields.
Philipe is a CLI engineer at Heroku/Salesforce where he develops and maintains their open source CLI framework, OCLIF.
Jonathan Mendoza is a London based photographer, videographer & motion graphic designer. Originally from Sydney, his focus on travel & commercial photography has seen him travel to 59 countries and allowed him to create for clients like Nike, Adobe, Google, Canon, various airlines, magazines and tourism boards.
Brian Gorbett is currently Intuit's Global Head of Developer Advocacy, responsible for speaking, mediating and translating between Intuit and the developer community they serve. Gorbett has contributed to national publications on software technologies and still tries to find time to get his own ideas into code. Prior to Intuit, he was with Microsoft for over 11 years leading the US startup initiative. Before Microsoft, Gorbett built out Google’s startup program and developer advocacy team. Prior to that he led a team of developers and designers responsible for delivering next generation apps. Gorbett resides in San Mateo, CA.
Angel Versetti is the Co-Founder and Global CEO of Ambrosus. As a frequent speaker on innovation, technology, and economic development (notably at the European Parliament, Davos, the Vatican, UNESCO, and COP21), Angel is a leading authority and expert on blockchain technology and its social impacts. With previous experience working for the United Nations, Angel founded Ambrosus to provide trust, transparency, and security for supply chains, smart cities, and international trade networks across the globe. In 2018, Angel was personally awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monaco, by Prince Albert II. Most recently, he has been listed as the youngest member of Forbes 30 under 30 in the Europe list for 2019.
Jenny Griffiths is the founder of Snap Tech, a visual search platform well known for its work in the fashion industry, which leverages proprietary AI and machine learning technology to map content and images to products online. Jenny invented the basis of the fashion-finding technology whilst studying for her Masters in Computer Science at Bristol University, with the ambition of changing the way that people search online; shifting user behaviour from the keyboard to the camera. A bit of a veteran in the AI world, Jenny has been scaling the company for over 7 years, with Snap HQ being based in London and satellite offices in New York and Bristol. She has received a number of awards for her work with Snap Fashion, from being named in this year's global Forbes 50 Top Women in Tech list, to receiving an MBE for her Services to Innovation in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2015.
Jeff Gardner is Intercom’s 4th employee. In a variety of roles over the last 7 years, he has helped Intercom grow from small founding team to 700+ employees and from a handful of early adopters to 30,000+ customers. At all stages of that growth, Jeff has focused on building teams and processes capable of satisfying "divinely discontent" customers while ensuring their feedback resonates throughout the business to improve the product and the overall business strategy.
James joined London Stock Exchange in January 2016 in business development with a sector focus on the Tech and Lifesciences industries. James brings this sector focus to help startups and investors by demolishing the myths around public markets.Alongside this work, James is a member of the Tech Nation Future Fifty advisory board, a mentor at the InnovX BCR Global Business Accelerator in Bucharest, as well as the founder of TLA Triage, a free advice service for startups under the auspices of Tech London Advocates.
Derek Andersen is the co-founder and CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies build community in real life. Bevy powers event communities for Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, Duolingo, and others. Derek co-founded Startup Grind, a community of over 600 Chapters in 120 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 7,000 events for more than 250,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout and The Sims 3. Derek lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.
Swiss/Italian writer and entrepreneur living in London. Has written for TechCrunch, Fast Company, Wamda and Bilan, and was the venture capital reporter at VentureBeat, tracking the flow of money in Silicon Valley. Now writing for Forbes and WIRED UK about “Tech That Matters”-- from Femtech to accessibility.
Or Daniel Barmatz is the CTO of Iconic Holding, a global crypto asset management group headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany with offices in London and New York. He has been part of the blockchain space since 2012 and previously co-founded Epiphyte, one of the first companies to be accepted into the FCA's Regulatory Sandbox with their cutting-edge blockchain bridge for banks and financial institutions. Or has been designing and building innovative startups and technology platforms for over a decade. He believes in the mass adoption of distributed ledger technology with viable use cases and recently has been leading the creation of the world's first Asset Management as a Service platform for the creation and management of smart crypto asset investment funds - Iconic Funds' AMaaS.
Dr. Zara Nanu is a powerful advocate for workplace gender equality and wider fair pay. As the CEO of Gapsquare, which offers expansive diversity and equality data intelligence & report generation, Zara is utilising data-science and AI to reimagine the future of work.
Tony is the founder of CMS's international startup support programme, CMS equIP, currently operating in 20 countries across the world. He is a partner who deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations.
Katie Nagy de Nagybaczon is a partner in the Corporate Team at CMS London and UK Deputy Chair of the Consumer Products Sector Group, advising on UK and international mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, secondary fundraisings, public takeovers, private fundraisings and corporate reorganisations. She also advises investors and management on private equity transactions.
Katie is also a key partner in the CMS equIP programme supporting start-ups and co-leader of the #LeadHers initiative to encourage female entrepreneurship.
Tom Stafford is Managing Partner at DST Global, the global technology investment firm. In 2016, Stafford opened DST's London office after five years with the firm. Stafford has led investments in Auto1, Bulb, Deliveroo, Greensky, Klarna, Nubank, Revolut and Farfetch. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs.
Gemma Milne is a Science & Technology Writer covering all things deep tech, including biotech, advanced computing, space, energy and innovation in academia, for titles such as Forbes, the BBC, CNBC, the Guardian, and Quartz. She is also Co-Host of Science: Disrupt – a podcast interviewing the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs creating change in science. As a deep tech consultant, she is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and Innovate UK, and a Scout for Backed VC. Gemma is an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and she is currently writing her first book on hype and idealism in science and tech.
Elliot Jacobs is an entrepreneurial business leader with Supply Chain, Retail and Commercial, Marketing, Crisis & Change Management expertise. He is an international trainer and facilitator for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization specializing in Strategic Planning, Execution, Cash Planning and People. Elliot is the Managing Director of UOE, which is one of the UK’s leading independent business supplies and services companies serving over 1.5 million customers, and expanding to 20 UK branches by 2021.
Michael is a founder, writer, and community builder. He's the CEO of Truth Cartel, a marketing & product agency distributing emerging technologies, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the dLab blockchain and open source incubator, and a partner of Shokunin Group, a financial service provider specialized in cryptocurrency. Michael was Editor in Chief at Startup Grind, and now serves as Director of the Startup Grind SF and OneSalon communities. His written work includes two books on living and working in Asia, and columns in Inc and Fortune. He’s a speaker and moderator on topics of technology, marketing, and personal development.
Before calling San Francisco home, Michael ran a venture-backed startup through Chinaccelerator in Shanghai, played in New York's advertising world at AOL, and reported on diplomatic affairs for the United Nations. He studied in Boston, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, earning an International Business degree from Northeastern University. Michael immigrated from Poland at age 6 and hasn't stopped traveling since.
Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack. He is a world-renowned expert, author, and speaker, having led the technical development of Flickr from its founding, and authored the best-selling O’Reilly book “Building Scalable Websites”. Cal has a Computer Science degree from the University of Central England, where he was named Alumni of the Year in 2015.
John Collison is president and co-founder of Stripe, the global technology company building the economic infrastructure for the internet. John and his brother Patrick Collison started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 1200-person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world. Prior to Stripe, John co-founded Auctomatic, which was acquired by Live Current Media in March 2008. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, John lives in San Francisco, California, where Stripe is based.
Miguel McKelvey is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of WeWork, where he directs all architecture, design, and construction activities. Miguel is a multi-disciplinary designer and entrepreneur with diverse experience in architectural design, construction management, and web development. Prior to WeWork, Miguel created the design framework and led the national retail roll-out for American Apparel (170 stores), and was involved in the early-stage development of several companies, including Green Desk, Barre3, Versation, and English, Baby! Miguel earned his BA (Architecture) from the University of Oregon.
Luciana Lixandru focuses on consumer internet, software and marketplace businesses. She helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in Avito, Catawiki, Wallapop, Deliveroo, Algolia, Doctolib and Vinted, and was previously an investor at Summit Partners. Luciana is from Romania and graduated from Georgetown University.
Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum's Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to the Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda. He’s also a mentor and angel investor; his investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Property Partner, Sunrise, Improbable and Mapillary.
As Chief Robotics Officer, Boris is responsible for the UiPath product vision and management. He has over 27 years of IT experience in Software Engineering, Application Management, SAP Basis Operation, Data Centre Operations, System and Storage operations. With equally extensive experience in Service Desk Operations and Field Service, Agile Software development, Banking Software, Offshore delivery service transition and delivery implementation, his career record includes Infosys, Accenture and Atos Service Delivery.
Tom founded Monzo in 2015 along with four co-founders. After graduating from Oxford with a Masters degree in Law, Tom joined the consulting world at OC&C before opting for startup life in Silicon Valley. At San Francisco’s Y Combinator Tom dipped his toe in the world of fintech and founded GoCardless – a direct debit processing company. A further stint Stateside at New York based dating app, Grouper saw Tom complete his time in the US and return to the UK where he has been CEO of Monzo since February 2015.
In 2013 Tom was named as one of the Top 5 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by the European Commission.
Lars is the creator of LEGO’s global success on Social Media and Video platforms. Based in London with teams in the US, Denmark, Shanghai and Singapore. Lars is driving the well known and innovative toy company's social media & video strategy and execution. He has been developing the company's social media engagement from scratch and created a global organization. When he began in the company there wasn’t even an official LEGO page. In 2015 Adweek scored LEGO as the number one brand on Social Media and YouTube in the toy industry. Lars has been named as one of the 25 most Innovative and influential marketers in Europe by the Holmes Report. He holds and BA and MA in Digital Media Science and a HD in Innovation and Organizational Strategy.
Martha is founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, a charity fighting for a fairer internet. In April 2016 she was appointed as a non executive director of Twitter. Martha became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She is a non executive director of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Creative industries federation, the Scale Up Institute and the Open Data Institute. Martha is a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE. In 1998 Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman. They took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.
Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organisation charity: water in 2006.
Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.
In ten years, with the help of more than one million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $225 million and funded over 21,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 6.4 million people with clean, safe drinking water.
Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.