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What’s next for the tech landscape in Europe? At Startup Grind Europe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Will Shu, co-founder and CEO of Deliveroo. Will is on a mission to transform the way the world thinks about takeaway. He founded Deliveroo in August 2013 after becoming fed up with London's poor quality and slow food delivery options. Prior to starting the company, he worked in banking at Morgan Stanley, ESO Capital and SAC Capita. Deliveroo is now in over 50 cities across the world and has attracted $200m worth of investment from some of the world's leading investors, including Index Ventures, Accel and DST Global.
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.
Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s six-month trip along the ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1972 led to Across Asia on the Cheap, the very first Lonely Planet guidebook. The company grew to become the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher and today has close to 150 million books in print in English as well as digital versions and a busy website. Despite the completion of the sale of the company in 2011 Tony still contributes to their publications, most recently Epic Drives and the new edition of The Cities Book. The Planet Wheeler Foundation, with more than 50 health and education projects in the developing world, the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas in Melbourne, Australia, the recent launch of the Wheeler Institute of Business & Development at the London Business School and his position on the board of the California-based archaeological organization Global Heritage Fund also keep him busy. Recent travels have included visits to the rising-sea-level-threatened Pacific nation of Kiribati, Reactor 4 at Chernobyl 30 years after its meltdown and a reprise of his Hippie Trail adventures along the Silk Road, now part of China’s major One Belt One Road development.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Peter Mühlmann founded Trustpilot in 2007 and has been the main driver behind the company’s continued global expansion, building the biggest online review company for e-commerce. Over the last ten years, 35-year-old Mühlmann has led Trustpilot from a small Danish startup to an international, multi million-dollar company with more than 600 employees spanning seven offices and six different countries. Mühlmann heads the company focusing on business strategy and product development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Aarhus University School of Business, and after founding Trustpilot, he decided to focus on the company. In 2013, Peter Mühlmann was named Danish Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He lives in Copenhagen but spends a large portion of the year at Trustpilot’s offices outside of Denmark.