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Fireside chat with David Grunwald is VP of Innovation at Farfetch (valued at over $6 billion) and Heikki Haldre (named in Vogue's "Online Fashion 100" – top 100 most influential names of the digital fashion world).
This talk was co-moderated by Hannah Drew, ex-Amazon Fashion and Head of Global Operations at Google for Startups, Amrit Dhir.
Heikki Haldre successfully started & exited four companies. The latest one, Fits.me created groundbreaking bio-robotics technology for fashion e-commerce. Fits.me raised €15M in funding & was acquired by Rakuten – one of world’s largest e-commerce companies.
David is Farfetch's VP of Innovation, where he leads open innovation & engagement with startups. Before Farfetch he spent 8 years at Google for Entrepreneurs. Before Google he founded three companies, and consulted to leading international media and technology corporations on product/digital.
Get ready to acquire interesting knowledge, insights and context about the future of fashion.
Fits.me (acquired by Rakuten)
VP of Innovation
Operations Manager (ex)
Director of Business Development
We talk to Heikki Haldre, named in Vogue's "Online Fashion 100" – top 100 most influential names of the digital fashion world.
This serial entrepreneur successfully started & exited four companies. The latest one, Fits.me created groundbreaking bio-robotics technology for fashion e-commerce. Fits.me raised €15M in funding & was acquired by Rakuten – one of world’s largest e-commerce companies.
David Grunwald is Farfetch's VP of Innovation, where he leads open innovation and engagement with startups. David has 18 years of experience in technology, and before joining Farfetch in 2018 spent 8 years at Google in various partnership and business development roles. Most recently, he led Google for Entrepreneurs' partnerships globally with responsibility for building the startup ecosystem around the company, working with startup communities, accelerators and incubators. Before Google he founded three companies, including an e-Commerce startup, and also consulted to leading international media and technology corporations on product and digital strategy. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
Hannah Drew is Director of Operations at Daye, a female health startup making plastic-free , pain-relieving tampons. She has a deep supply chain background and, prior to Daye, she launched and grew a number of private label brands as Planning and Operations Manager for Amazon Fashion.
Amrit Dhir leads operations and expansion for Google's global network of physical spaces for entrepreneurs (campus.co). He works with technology startups drawing from his experience in new business development for some of Alphabet's most innovative products and groundbreaking technologies: projects in Google Research (i.e. machine learning, natural language processing, etc.), the Cultural Institute (e.g. Google Art Project), Google[x] (now X), and Google Life Sciences (now Verily). He's also learned from some spectacular failures and a background in law (itself a kind of a failure). Amrit is additionally an angel investor, a regular volunteer, an aimless writer, a dabbler in languages, the Hakeem Olajuwon of Fantasy Basketball, and effectively homeless.
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