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Hooper-Campbell is eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer with the responsibility to lead the design and implementation of eBay’s strategy for embedding diversity and inclusion across its global workforce, workplace and marketplace. He emphasizes the importance of bringing the “human element” into the discussion: “It’s supposed to be about people and something good. In many ways it’s become a bastardized, sticky conversation to have,” he says.
Damien has an extensive experience in his field. Prior to moving to eBay, he served as Uber’s first Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion where he helped to set the company’s foundational Diversity and Inclusion strategy and led the community engagement efforts with the City of Oakland, CA. Before Uber, he advised Google’s senior leaders and built partnerships within the Black community as a Diversity Strategist on the company’s Diversity team. Yes, Damien is definitely the right person to lead the Slush audience into the discussion of diversity and inclusion in tech.
At the age of 24, Inna Braverman founded Eco Wave Power, which is the sole global inventor, owner, and developer of the unique EWP wave energy devices. According to Eco Wave Power, their convertors draw energy from wave power throughout floaters that rise and fall with the up and down motion, lifting force, change of water level, hydraulic air lock, and incident flux of waves. Braverman has explained wave power to create energy more efficiently than solar or the wind as the density of water is greater than air and thus, you can produce much more electricity with smaller, cheaper devices.
EWP has already taken giant leaps in the field of renewable energy harvested from the sea and they operate power plants in China, India, Chile, Mexico, Israel, and Gibraltar. According to Braverman’s recent interview, the company’s latest accomplishment is opening up a large plant in Gibraltar that produces 15 percent of the country’s electricity. The solutions of Braverman and EWP have gained notice and she was recently named as one of the world’s “100 Makers and Mavericks” by Medium. To warm up for November, check Inna’s Ted Talk “Changing the world one wave at a time.”
Adena Friedman is President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors at Nasdaq. She was appointed as CEO in January, before which she served as the company’s COO, making her the first woman to run a major U.S. exchange. Friedman has walked a long path in finance, beginning already in 1993 as an intern at Nasdaq. She has explained her career choice with the idea of having capital accessible to entrepreneurial companies and allowing capital to function as a platform to grow the economy and drive social change. “At Nasdaq, our focus has always centered on the creation of an ecosystem whereby entrepreneurs and up-and-coming companies can access capital efficiently from investors worldwide,” writes Friedman.
Moreover, Friedman strongly emphasizes the role of technology in capital markets: “There is an amazing amount of activity in the technology space – new technology we can bring to bear in transforming the market. Machine intelligence, blockchain, the cloud are all major technological advancements we can and will leverage.” We are thrilled to welcome her to Slush in November!
Michael Buckwald is CEO and Co-founder of Leap Motion, a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for VR and additional computing platforms. Buckwald has shared his vision of making interaction with a computer to be as similar to interaction with the real-world as possible. Founded in 2010, the company is currently collaborating with leading manufacturers of headsets to make Leap Motion technology adaptable in mobile VR and AR products around the world. Since its founding, the company has raised tens of millions in funding from funds such as Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, and Highland Capital Partners.
Prior to co-founding Leap Motion, Michael was CEO of Zazuba.com, a business appointment service later acquired by a major national yellow pages company. Additionally, he ran the first deployment of computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Can’t wait to know what we are going to hear from him at Slush 2017.
Pitching isn’t everything, nor it is the only thing. This year, we’d like to offer our startups a brand new alternative to showcase themselves and – first and foremost – their product. Sweet. Product is pretty essential. And how does this work? The idea behind Showcase Studio is to give selected startups who are a […]
Slush talks a lot about the different phases of founding a startup. We talk about building, scaling, growing, recruiting, funding and everything in between. All of these things are essential, but to understand the relevance of everything we do, we should also look into the very DNA of what a startup is and where they […]
Hey postdoc, we want you and your ambitious ideas! Application period for the Slush Research Pitching Competition Skolar Award is now open. In this competition postdoc researchers pitch their novel research ideas on stage at Slush in order to win 100 000 euros. The aim of the competition is to bring the bold and wild research […]
Earlier this month, Swedish digital health app KRY announced they had raised €53M ($66M) in series B funding, led by Index Ventures. This brings their total funding since 2014 to approximately €79 million ($92 million). Thus, we’re excited to announce KRY’s CEO and co-founder Johannes Schildt as a speaker at Slush 2018! KRY is in […]
With only a little time left to secure your ticket at the discounted price, we thought that it’d be a perfect time to invite you to have a sneak peek of some of the first pictures of how Slush 2018 will look and feel like. The event will be organized once again at the Helsinki Exhibition […]
The countdown has begun! Today, 5th of June, is the mark of only 101 days left until Slush Singapore 2018 will open its doors to the tech-heads of Southeast Asia and beyond. To celebrate this occasion, we’ve just opened our ticket sales! Why 101, you might ask. The number has been an important part of […]
Not first without the second! It’s time to reveal a little more of what to expect from Slush this year. We’re delighted to introduce you to our speakers Preethi Kasireddy, Maximilian Tayenthal and Sonali De Rycker. Preethi Kasireddy, Founder and CEO of TruStory Preethi recently launched her new startup, TruStory. It’s a platform aiming to […]
We’ve been itching to announce our first speakers for Slush 2018. Finally, the time has come! Our first batch consists of three founders who will share their stories on Founder Stage this December. Here’s a bit on each of them! Joel Flory – Co-founder & CEO of VSCO As the co-founder and CEO of VSCO, […]
Helsinki-based Yousician, the world’s leading music education company, has been on an almost decade long journey of learning about gamifying, community building, and of course, learning new instruments. CEO and co-founder Chris Thür has been leading the charge towards the company’s goal of making musicality as common as literacy, and overseen lots of change in […]
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