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Tina Sharkey
Co-Founder of Brandless

Tina Sharkey

Co-Founder of Brandless

Tina Sharkey is the Co-Founder of Brandless, a direct-to-consumer brand that makes hundreds of fairly-priced, high-quality items, consciously curated for every member of your family and room of your home. Tina was previously a Venture Partner at Sherpa Capital. She was Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter (part of Johnson & Johnson) and was a senior leader at AOL where she led Programming, Networks, Messaging and Community. Before AOL, Tina co-founded iVillage, built Sesame Street Online, and helped create a new home shopping channel for QVC. She is the Co-Chairperson of the Brandless Board and additionally sits on the Boards of ipsy and Brit + Co, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Michael Moritz
Partner at Sequoia Capital

Michael Moritz

Partner at Sequoia Capital

Michael Moritz is a partner at Sequoia Capital, which he joined in 1986. He has helped Sequoia adjust to the profound changes in global technology and was one of the co-founders of its business in China and India as well as Sequoia Global Growth, a global technology fund; Sequoia Heritage, the firm’s single pool of globally diversified, long-term assets; and Sequoia Capital Global Equities, a public market fund. Michael has represented Sequoia on the boards of a number of companies including Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, LinkedIn, and Kayak; and younger businesses such as Instacart, Klarna and Stripe. Prior to joining Sequoia, Michael co-founded Technologic Partners and was a correspondent for Time, where he was the San Francisco bureau chief. 

He is the author of several books including Return to the Little Kingdom, the first major book about Apple published in 1984, and more recently LEADING with Sir Alex Ferguson, the longtime Manager of Manchester United. Michael graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1976 with a MA in History and is an Honorary Student of the College. Together with his wife, Harriet Heyman, he has made a series of major donations to educational causes. He received a knighthood from the Queen of England in 2013.

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Jen Rubio
Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away

Jen Rubio

Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away

Jen Rubio is the Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away, a global lifestyle brand that’s working to transform the entire travel experience. Under her leadership, Away has been named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies,” one of TIME’s “50 Most Genius Companies,” one of LinkedIn’s “Top Startups,” and a Forbes “Next Billion Dollar Start-Up.” 

Before starting Away, Jen built her career as a branding, creative, and social media expert, redefining how customers and brands connect at companies like Warby Parker and AllSaints. She has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising, Inc.’s 30 under 30 list, and NRF’s People Shaping Retail’s Future list. She lives in New York.

John Collison
Co-founder & President of Stripe

John Collison

Co-founder & President of Stripe

John Collison is president and Co-founder of Stripe, the software company that is expanding internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions from anywhere.

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 1500-person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world.

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Blake Scholl
Founder & CEO of Boom Supersonic

Blake Scholl

Founder & CEO of Boom Supersonic

Blake Scholl founded Boom Supersonic in September 2014 with the goal of making high-speed travel mainstream and enabling a new world of human connection. Blake is passionate about tackling big problems which the world has overlooked. After seeing Concorde in a museum, he dreamed of the return of commercial supersonic flight. A few years later, Blake dove into aerospace engineering—reading textbooks and taking classes—to figure out from first principles how to enable a supersonic renaissance. As a leader, Blake focuses on inspiring the best people from a range of disciplines to unite in pursuit of Boom’s vision. 

Prior to founding Boom, Blake held leadership roles at Amazon and Groupon and co-founded mobile technology startup Kima Labs. He started his career at Amazon as a software engineer in 2001, where he developed software for personalized and automated merchandising and later owned a $300M P&L at age 24. Blake pioneered the automation of digital ad buying, enabling advertisers to build their own “long tail” by promoting niche products to relevant customers. Later, Blake was the first employee and director of product development at Kleiner-backed mobile startup Pelago. In 2010, he co-founded mobile technology startup Kima Labs, which was acquired by Groupon in 2012. At Groupon, Blake held multiple executive roles, culminating in responsibility for the relevance, email, and search. 

Blake’s interest in aviation on started in childhood—he grew up in suburban Cincinnati, where his parents often took him to the local airport to watch Cessnas take off and land. He started flying for fun in college, earning his private pilot license in 2008 and instrument rating in 2011. 

Blake holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University; he lives in Denver and is the father of three.

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Lydia Jett
Partner at SoftBank Vision Fund

Lydia Jett

Partner at SoftBank Vision Fund

Lydia serves as a Partner at SoftBank Vision Fund L.P. and SoftBank Group Corp. since March 2019, where she oversees some of the world’s largest technology investments. Lydia joined SoftBank four years ago, leading and managing global investments in consumer internet and e-commerce companies. Lydia serves on the boards of Tokopedia and Coupang, the largest online marketplaces in Indonesia and South Korea, as well as, Fanatics, Fair, and Klook. Before joining SoftBank, Lydia was a Vice President and Senior Associate at M/C Partners. She joined M/C Partners on October 26, 2009 and was previously a Senior Associate at the firm. She focused on investments in a variety of media, communications and technology industry segments.

Michele Romanow
Co-founder and President of Clearbanc

Michele Romanow

Co-founder and President of Clearbanc

Michele Romanow is the co-founder and President of Clearbanc: the fastest, most affordable way for founders to fund their business.

Recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Michele is a prolific investor who plans to invest $1 billion into 2,000 businesses this year and will continue to fund 8X more female-founded companies than traditional VC firms. Using AI to vet companies and tailor term sheet offers without gender, racial, or location biases, Clearbanc’s 20-Min Term Sheet is the industry’s first and fastest way to get growth capital without losing board seats or controlling interest. 

As a “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den (Canada’s Shark Tank), Michele started five companies before her 33rd birthday and exited two before her 30th. She previously co-founded SnapSaves (acquired by Groupon) and was also the co-Founder of Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors including Shop.ca and WagJag. 

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Dax Dasilva
Founder & CEO of Lightspeed

Dax Dasilva

Founder & CEO of Lightspeed

Dax Dasilva is the creative mind behind Lightspeed, Never Apart, and Age of Union. Founded in 2005, Lightspeed develops a cloud commerce platform used by retail and restaurant customers in over a hundred countries. The company’s mission is to bring cities and communities to life by powering independent business. 

Lightspeed employs over 800 staff located in eight cities and has raised $292M USD from Accel Partners, iNovia Capital, Investissement Québec and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The company went public in March 2019 on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LSPD, becoming one of Canada’s top 10 technology IPOs.

In 2015 Dasilva also founded Never Apart, a cultural non-profit determined to bring about positive social change and unity through original programming with global reach and impact. Housed in Lightspeed’s former offices, Never Apart cultivates a diverse following and has welcomed thousands into its 12,000-square-foot space.

Helping entrepreneurs become leaders in their communities through Lightspeed’s technology and elevating artists through his work at Never Apart are fundamental to Dasilva’s philosophy. He fosters cultures of innovation, promotes diverse leadership, and values different viewpoints.

Dasilva’s debut book released in May 2019, Age of Union: Igniting the Changemaker, brings leadership, spirituality and environmental guardianship together with themes of identity, diversity, cultural expression, and individual empowerment to ignite the impactful changemakers that the world needs now.

Kimbal Musk
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Big Green, Square Roots

Kimbal Musk

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Big Green, Square Roots

Kimbal Musk is chef, restauranteur, and philanthropist. His personal mission is to pursue an America where everyone has access to real food. Mr. Musk has been named a Global Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of three businesses – The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Big Green, and Square Roots – with real food missions that are rapidly scaling across the United States.

The Kitchen Restaurant Group — with its three concepts Next Door, Hedge Row, and The Kitchen — serves real food at every price point and has created over a thousand mission driven jobs. The restaurants source sustainably grown food from American farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year. Mr. Musk’s non-profit organization, Big Green, builds permanent, outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in hundreds of underserved schools across America reaching over 300,000 students everyday. His urban farming company, Square Roots, brings local, real food to people in major cities by empowering next-gen farmers to grow food in indoor, modular, hydroponic farms.

Mr. Musk is on the board for Tesla and SpaceX. Follow him on Twitter @Kimbal and Instagram @KimbalMusk.

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Slush 2019
Rebecca Lynn
Founder & Partner of Canvas Ventures

Rebecca Lynn

Founder & Partner of Canvas Ventures

Ranked #31 out of 100 top tech investors on Forbes’s 2018 Midas List, Rebecca Lynn is a General Partner at Canvas. She focuses on early-stage venture investments in AI, FinTech, digital health, SaaS, and mobile. Rebecca led Canvas’s investments in Casetext, Figure Eight, Gabi, HealthLoop, Roofstock, and Vida Health, and currently sits on the boards of each. She also led Canvas’s investment in Luminar, 11 Honore, as well as, FutureAdvisor which was acquired by BlackRock.

In 2007, Rebecca joined Morgenthaler Ventures and continues to serve on the boards of that firm’s portfolio companies. She led an early-stage investment in Lending Club (NYSE: LC), which was the largest US technology IPO of 2014 and the fourth largest US Internet IPO since 2001 behind Facebook, Twitter, and Google. She also led investments in Check (acquired by Intuit), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), Doximity, Practice Fusion, and Convo. Rebecca is a board member of Lending Club, Doximity, Convo, and a board observer of Adara Media and Socrata.

Rebecca is a native of the Midwest, born and raised in Missouri and worked in Ohio for her first job out of college. She began her career at Procter and Gamble’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati where she launched new products internationally. She is active on the boards of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, and Signature Innovation Fellows.

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Sebastian Siemiatkowski
Co-founder & CEO of Klarna

Sebastian Siemiatkowski

Co-founder & CEO of Klarna

In 2005, Sebastian Siemiatkowski co-founded Klarna in order to provide safe and smooth online payments. He currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Over the past decade, he has overseen the company’s rapid growth across Europe and North America. Klarna is a now fully licensed bank with over 60mn consumers, 130,000 retail partners and 2500 employees. Sebastian has received multiple awards for his leadership and holds a master’s degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Derek Haoyang Li
Founder and Chairman of Squirrel AI Learning

Derek Haoyang Li

Founder and Chairman of Squirrel AI Learning

Derek Haoyang Li, the Founder of Squirrel AI Learning, is a serial entrepreneur who has 20+ years of experience in the Chinese K-12 education industry and also co-foundered Only International Education, which was the first educational organization in the A-share stock market in China. Squirrel AI Learning is the leading AI+ education innovator at the forefront of K12 AI revolution. Within 4 years, Squirrel AI Learning has established more than 1,800 learning centers in China and hosted the first series of human-vs-AI competitions in the Asia-Pacific region and proved the AI’s success. Squirrel AI Learning is included in the TOP 20 Chinese artificial intelligence Unicorn companies and the Deloitte technology fast 50 China in 2018. Squirrel AI Learning is included in the MIT Review TR50.

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Peter Reinhardt
Co-founder & CEO of Segment

Peter Reinhardt

Co-founder & CEO of Segment

Peter Reinhardt is CEO and co-founder of Segment, the Customer Data Infrastructure company. Founded in 2011 in the dorm rooms of MIT, Segment has raised over $284 million from top investors including Google Ventures, Accel and Meritech Capital, and is now used by thousands of companies around the world. Segment has also been named one of Forbes’ next billion-dollar startups, and Peter was named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in 2015.

Diane Bryant
Former COO at Google Cloud & Group President at Intel

Diane Bryant

Former COO at Google Cloud & Group President at Intel

Diane M. Bryant is a global technology leader with more than three decades of executive leadership in the global semiconductor industry, enterprise IT solution development and deployment, and cloud computing services.

Bryant served as the Chief Operating Officer of Google Cloud from 2017 to 2018, where she focused on accelerating the scale and reach of Google Cloud’s business, including optimization of the global supply chain, acceleration of customer adoption, and development of next-generation information technology solutions.

Prior to Google, Bryant spent 32 years at Intel, the last five years as Group President of Intel’s Data Center Group, the worldwide organization that develops server, storage and network platforms for the digital services economy, growing it to $19 billion in revenue in 2017. Before becoming Group President, Bryant was Intel’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, responsible for the corporate-wide information technology solutions and services that enable Intel’s business.

Bryant was named among Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2015 and 2016 and is a tireless advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of engineering and technology. Business Insider ranked Ms. Bryant #6 among the Most Powerful Female Engineers in 2018. In 2016, World Affairs and its Global Philanthropy Forum honored Ms. Bryant with its Global Citizen Award.

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Patrick Pichette
General Partner at Inovia Capital

Patrick Pichette

General Partner at Inovia Capital

Patrick Pichette has 25+ years of financial and operating expertise. He has led world-class companies like Google, McKinsey, and Sprint Canada to break through the complexities of ‘hyper growth’. As CFO of Google from 2008 to 2015, he took an active part in the creation of the Alphabet structure. Patrick was actively involved in Google’s extensive corporate M&A agenda, engaging in close to 200 acquisitions, including Nest ($3B) and Motorola ($13B). After departing Google, Patrick served as a board member of Bombardier and Twitter. In addition, he has been an independent investor, advisor and board member to a number of startups around the world, including Zoona (Sub Saharan Africa), OkHi (Kenya), Boosted Boards (Mountain View), and Arctoris (UK), among others. Patrick graduated with a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford in 1989 and with a BBA from UQAM in 1987.

 

Scott Painter
Founder & CEO of Fair

Scott Painter

Founder & CEO of Fair

Scott is Fair’s Founder and CEO, and a serial entrepreneur in the automotive and technology industries who has founded dozens of disruptive companies over the past 25 years. Prior to Fair, Scott founded TrueCar with the aim of eliminating negotiation from the car-buying process by providing data-driven pricing research to both dealers and consumers. Painter also founded Cars Direct, which took the pioneering step of introducing upfront pricing to auto retail. Painter regularly attends TED, All Things D, and is a member of the World Economic Forum, regularly attending and speaking at its annual meeting in Davos since 2011.

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Edith Harbaugh
Co-founder & CEO of LaunchDarkly

Edith Harbaugh

Co-founder & CEO of LaunchDarkly

Edith is CEO & Co-founder of LaunchDarkly, the leading feature management platform. Edith has more than 20 years of experience in product, engineering and marketing with both consumer and enterprise startups. Most recently she was Product Director at TripIt and Concur. She holds two patents in deployment from her time in engineering at Vignette. She is a contributing writer to DZone, DevOps.com, and ReadWriteWeb; and cohosts the “To Be Continuous” Podcast with Paul Biggar, CircleCI founder. Edith earned a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

John Lindfors
Managing Partner at DST Investment Management

John Lindfors

Managing Partner at DST Investment Management

John Lindfors is the Managing Partner at DST Investment Management, the investment adviser of DST Global funds. Over the last several years, DST Global has invested in companies such as Facebook, Alibaba, JD.com, Didi, AirBnB, Spotify, Xiaomi, WhatsApp, etc. and manages more than $12 billion. John joined DST in 2010 and has been based in Hong Kong since 2011. Prior to joining DST, John was the Partner in charge of the European Technology and Media Investment Banking department for Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and worked in London and New York during his 17 years at the firm.

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Cameron Adams
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Canva

Cameron Adams

Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Canva

Cameron Adams is Chief Product Officer and Co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool which makes graphic design simple for everyone.

Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 15 million users across 190 countries, with more than 1 billion designs created – that’s over 33 designs per second! Today Canva is growing from strength to strength, with over 600 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.

Cameron is responsible for heading up the design and product teams, as well as playing a key role on future product directions and innovations.

Prior to joining Canva, Cameron ran his own successful design consultancy, before joining Google, where he found himself working closely with Lars and Jens Rasmussen (co-founders of Google Maps) to realise the design vision for Google Wave.

He then moved on to build email startup Fluent, before meeting Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht and deciding to bring Canva to the world.

With a strong design background, Cameron has also authored five books on web design and regularly speaks at conferences around the globe.

In his spare time, Cameron enjoys spending time with his two kids, playing music or DJing. And you’re also likely to find him relaxing with a nice cup of hot chocolate!

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Sujay Tyle
CEO & Co-founder of Frontier Car Group

Sujay Tyle

CEO & Co-founder of Frontier Car Group

Sujay is the CEO and Co-Founder of Frontier Car Group (FCG), a Berlin-based, emerging markets-focused automotive marketplace. FCG has raised $175M+ from Naspers, Balderton, and TPG Growth. Prior, Sujay was a partner at Kingsway Capital, a London-based emerging-markets focused fund. Sujay was on the founding team of Hired.com (a talent marketplace) as its COO, which now operates  in Australia, Europe, and the US. Before Hired, Sujay entered Harvard at age 15, before leaving with a Thiel Fellowship. Sujay was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and one of Goldman Sachs’ top 100 intriguing entrepreneurs in 2016 and 2018.

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Sarah Cannon
Partner at Index Ventures

Sarah Cannon

Partner at Index Ventures

Sarah is a Partner at Index Ventures’ San Francisco office,  working with companies that are defining the future of work, including Slack and Pitch. She is most interested in productivity, analytics and automation. 

Prior to Index, Sarah was at Alphabet’s CapitalG, and before that she was a Policy Advisor on the National Economic Council at the White House during the Obama Administration. She also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and spent a year in Ghana as a Fulbright Scholar. Sarah received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale College, an M.P.A/I.D. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Sarah is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

Oscar Pierre
Co-founder & CEO of Glovo

Oscar Pierre

Co-founder & CEO of Glovo

Aerospace engineer and entrepreneur, Oscar Pierre, 26, is CEO and co-founder of Glovo. He began his studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. After two years, he moved to Georgia Tech, in United States, to explore better opportunities. After graduating, he began his professional career as aerodynamics engineer at Airbus, at his base in Toulouse. After 6 months he decided to look for new challenges and dedicate to creating a new business. Glovo began in early 2015. Previously, while studying, Pierre had already founded Zikkomo.com, a solidarity platform with 30 children sponsored in Malawi, and LoveItLocal.es in 2014, a market destined to boost local craft businesses. In January 2017, he was on Forbes magazine’s 30under30 annual list of most influential young people.

Ophelia Brown
Founder of Blossom Capital

Ophelia Brown

Founder of Blossom Capital

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 worked with founders with strong product DNA and design-oriented teams.

Ophelia is also the founder of ALT “Ambitious Ladies in Tech” – a mentor programme that matches junior women in technology start-ups with senior functional leaders to provide them with valuable coaching, skills development and networking. The network includes executives from some of the world’s leading tech companies like Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Uber and many more

Previously Ophelia was a GP at LocalGlobe and a principal at Index Ventures where she led investments into a number of outstanding companies like Typeform and Robinhood. Blossom Capital’s portfolio includes travel startup Duffel, payments company Checkout, rental marketplace Fat Llama, brand management platform Frontify, deep learning and AI development platform Spell, and monitoring and security protection platform Sqreen.

Sofia Hmich
Founder of Future Positive Capital

Sofia Hmich

Founder of Future Positive Capital

Sofia is the Founder of Future Positive Capital, a new venture firm seeking Europe’s boldest entrepreneurs who use advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, genetics, and other deep technologies to solve problems such as feeding the world’s growing population sustainably, tackling climate change and coping with an ageing population. Her investments includes Ynsect – the global leader in alternative protein supply, Meatable, who are pioneering the next generation of lab-grown meat, BioBeats, the world’s first unified computational platform for preventative mental health and What3Words – the global multi-award winning location technology company, providing unique 3-word identifiers for any location.

At the intersection of entrepreneurship and investment, her career has encompassed tech innovation throughout with stints at Index Ventures, Europe’s top venture capital firm, and Deezer, the worldwide digital music service, where she was in charge of international expansion. 

Sofia has been recognised by Forbes as “30 Under 30”, by the World Economic Forum as a “Global Shaper and is part of Founders Forum.

 

Cara Brennan Allamano
SVP of Human Resources at Udemy

Cara Brennan Allamano

SVP of Human Resources at Udemy

Cara has deep experience scaling HR operations, recruiting, and learning & development at fast-moving, global companies. Prior to joining Udemy, she was SVP of People at Planet (formerly Planet Labs) and previously served in HR leadership roles at Pinterest, Efficient Frontier, Young and Rubicam, and Knight Ridder, among others. Cara is also co-founder of PeopleTech Partners, a group of HR leaders working to bring new HR/recruiting technologies to market. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, holds a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and completed graduate studies at Stanford University.

 

Antoine Hubert
Co-founder, CEO & Chairman of Ÿnsect

Antoine Hubert

Co-founder, CEO & Chairman of Ÿnsect

Antoine Hubert is Ÿnsect’s Chairman, CEO and Co-founder. He also chair the cooperative insect industry association, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) and is Board Member of Agrocampus Ouest, Agriloops and LFD. Prior to co-founding Ÿnsect, Antoine worked on scientific projects in environmental risk assessment, biomass and plastics recycling. He is an agronomy engineer graduate from AgroCampus-Ouest and AgroParisTech. Together with Alexis, he co-founded Worgamic non-profit association and the companies OrgaNeo and Agriloops. He is also member of Choiseul 200 and Galion association.

Avi Meir
Co-founder & CEO of TravelPerk

Avi Meir

Co-founder & CEO of TravelPerk

Avi Meir is CEO and Co-founder of Barcelona-based TravelPerk, the next-generation platform for booking, managing and optimising all stages of business travel: flights, hotels, trains, expenses – everything. 

Interested in tech from a young age, Avi started coding when he was 12, and continued to develop his engineering credentials throughout his early career. It was in and early role as operational manager at Charles de Gaulle Airport, however, that he first discovered an interest in the travel industry; and quickly spotted the opportunity to draw on his life-long love of technology to modernise much of the out-dated practice in travel. 

Avi sold his first company, Hotel Ninjas, to Booking.com, after just two years – and by that stage he knew his next challenge was to tackle the huge disparity in user-experience between the leisure and business travel sectors. He and his co-founders set out to transform the whole end-to-end business travel experience for both travellers and administrators through state-of-the-art technology, consumer-level design and a revolutionary business model that is 100% free. Four years into business, TravelPerk is on track to complete bookings for 1 million business travellers by the end of 2019, experienced 700% YOY growth in 2018, has expanded to a team of 260, and has raised almost $75 million from some leading global investors.

Linda Höglund
General Partner at Luminar Ventures

Linda Höglund

General Partner at Luminar Ventures

Linda is currently General Partner at growth VC firm Luminar ventures. Previously Linda was CFO at Klarna in Europe and Grab in South East Asia. Before this she was CFO at Electronic Arts Games Europe 2006-2010 and game developer Dice in Sweden 2002-2006. She has also been an entrepreneur in the mobile space and started her career in Goldman Sachs London.

Linda has a strong passion for supporting growth and driving company development, both through the finance function and working close to the business and operations overall. She has been part of several growth journeys building unicorns and knows what it takes to scale. Linda is born and raised in Stockholm Sweden.

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Jessica Schultz
Partner at Northzone

Jessica Schultz

Partner at Northzone

Jessica is a Partner at Northzone, the leading European VC fund behind game-changing companies like Spotify, iZettle, Avito, Klarna, Trustpilot, Personio and Red Points. Since 1996, Northzone has backed over 140 companies and raised 8 funds, with over €1 billion under management. The fund has offices in Stockholm, London, New York and Oslo. Jessica‘s main focus is on e-commerce and consumer internet. Her portfolio includes Red Points, NA-KD, Matsmart, Klarna, Outfittery, Lemoncat and Fyndiq. Prior to joining Northzone, Jessica co-founded and was CMO of market-leading recipe-kit delivery service HelloFresh, spearheading the global marketing operations.

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Mika Salmi
Partner at Lakestar

Mika Salmi

Partner at Lakestar

Mika Salmi is a serial entrepreneur whose work life has been primarily around discovering and nurturing talent.

Mika has searched for talent in numerous industries and has discovered Grammy and Oscar winning artists (Nine Inch Nails), created the first online short video company (AtomFilms), ran the largest casual games web sites (Shockwave/AddictingGames), built one of the first sports tracking apps (MadRaces) and pioneered new business models in education (CreativeLive).

Entrepreneurs are Mika’s favorite kind of talent and he enjoys helping them realize their ideas and dreams for their start ups. He has done this working with Accel, Raine, and Sequoia. Mika is currently a Partner with Lakestar a top global VC based in Europe.

Alex Chung
Founder & CEO of GIPHY

Alex Chung

Founder & CEO of GIPHY

Alex Chung is currently the Founder and CEO of GIPHY, the people who bring you all the GIFs. Before founding GIPHY he was a Hacker in Residence at Betaworks and directed media technology for companies such as MTV, Viacom, Comcast, managed research for Paul Allen’s R&D lab, and started his career as a hardware engineer at Intel. He’s a serial entrepreneur whose past projects include The Fridge (a private social network acquired by Google) and several others backed by investors such as YCombinator, Mitch Kapor, Google, Intel, Yahoo, and others. He was named on Business Insider’s Top 25 most influential technologists in New York, Fast Company’s most creative people in business, Ad Age’s 50 most creative people of 2016, and has degrees in philosophy, computer engineering, and graphic design.

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Andrea Barrica
Founder & CEO of O.school

Andrea Barrica

Founder & CEO of O.school

Andrea Barrica is the CEO and founder of O.school, a judgment-free media platform to learn about sexuality and pleasure. As a queer woman of color, she’s been fighting to bring more humanity to the tech industry, and her mission is to create the world’s most trusted sexual wellness brand to help people increase their sexual health, power, and confidence. Previously, Andrea co-founded the leading financial solution for growing startups, inDinero.com, which now employs 150+ employees globally. She also served as a venture partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund, where she worked with hundreds of startup companies. 

Andrea was raised in a religious, conservative Filipino family that only taught abstinence and she only had fear-based sex education in public schools. Seeking support and information, Barrica could not find reliable resources and experienced harassment online. Determined that no one else should have to struggle like she did, Barrica launched O.school in 2017 to change the way people learn about sexuality.

Ethan Smith
Partner at Sachi

Ethan Smith

Partner at Sachi

Ethan Smith is an advisor in growth and search engine optimization (SEO). He has helped build SEO and growth engines at leading marketplaces such as Thumbtack, Ticketmaster, Honey, and Masterclass.

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Remo Gerber
Chief Commercial Officer at Lilium

Remo Gerber

Chief Commercial Officer at Lilium

Dr Remo Gerber, Chief Commercial Officer at Lilium, has extensive leadership experience in hyper-growth startups from Gett, the ride hailing company where he was MD for Western Europe, to Groupon where he was COO for Northern Europe. Before this he spent four years at McKinsey & Co., having completed a PhD at the University of Oxford.

 

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Partner, Bond

Juliet de Baubigny

Partner, Bond

Juliet de Baubigny joined Kleiner Perkins in 2001 as one of Silicon Valley’s first venture capital partners focused on leveraging the firm’s broad network and deep relationships to help entrepreneurs recruit the best talent and build iconic companies. Juliet is sought after by entrepreneurs for her expansive global network and strategic guidance in the areas of human capital strategy including executive leadership, talent, recruiting, compensation, corporate governance and team building.

Throughout her career, Juliet has contributed to building high-performance management teams at companies including Google, Amazon, DocuSign, Bloom Energy, Shazam, Chegg and One Kings Lane. At Kleiner Perkins, Juliet has led the development of several key initiatives including Kleiner Perkins Women Leaders (KPWL), an initiative aimed at mentoring and developing the next generation of female entrepreneurs, and the Kleiner Perkins Fellows Program, a program that brings the most talented engineering, design, and product management students into Kleiner Perkins portfolio companies. Juliet is a frequent contributor to Fortune as a Fortune Most Powerful Women Insider. She also appears often on Bloomberg TV, where she is an expert on Silicon Valley’s “War for Talent” as well as on millennials in the workplace, women in technology, and developing cultures of innovation.

Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Juliet was a managing director of Ramsey Beirne Associates, a leading provider of executive searches to high-growth, leading-edge companies. Earlier in her career, Juliet was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm where she led CEOand VP level searches. Juliet began her career with Procter & Gamble in the United Kingdom.

Juliet earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, where she also serves as a member of the Advisory Board. Juliet is also a passionate champion of innovation in philanthropy, contributing to leading organizations such as Product (RED), acting as an advisory board member for the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, serving as co-chair for both CHIMEHACK and CHIMEHACK II, and most recently, co-founding Beyond Type 1, an organization focused on finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Niklas Zennström
CEO and Founding Partner, Atomico

Niklas Zennström

CEO and Founding Partner, Atomico

Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa and Joltid.

In 2006, Niklas founded the venture capital firm, Atomico, to help entrepreneurs, primarily from Europe, to scale their businesses globally. Atomico has partnered with and supported a growing number of highly successful technology companies, including Supercell, Klarna, Rovio, ofo and many more. It raised its fourth fund in 2016, which was the largest independent venture capital fund ever raised in Europe. In addition to overseeing Atomico’s strategy, he works closely with a number of founders of portfolio companies and sits on the boards of Rovio, Mapillary, Pipedrive, Lilium and Farmdrop. Niklas is most excited about founders that are solving major world problems using digital technology.

Prior to Atomico, Niklas co-founded Skype, which became the first truly global category winning online company to be founded outside the US. He has also co-founded and managed other globally successful technology businesses, including Kazaa and Joltid. Niklas helps support the European tech ecosystem as President of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA), a group of fast-growing tech companies that have all been built in Europe.

In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies with his wife, Catherine. They invest strategically in two areas: human rights and the environment. Niklas focuses primarily on sustainability projects, supporting organisations that are tackling issues such as climate change and the state of the oceans. The foundation is also funding a professorship at Uppsala University to establish an academic environment focused on climate change leadership.

Niklas also founded the Race for the Baltic, a foundation for a well-managed and sustainable Baltic Sea, one of the most threatened major bodies of water in the world.

Neil Rimer
Co-Founder & General Partner, Index Ventures

Neil Rimer

Co-Founder & General Partner, Index Ventures

Neil Rimer co-founded Index Ventures in Geneva in 1996.

His vision was to support the most ambitious entrepreneurs, bringing Silicon Valley-style investing to Europe at a time when “venture capital” was still a new term outside the US. As he recalled in a Financial Times interview: “We started every meeting with a slide that was literally ‘What is VC?’”

20 years on, while staying true to its European roots, Index has become one of the world’s leading venture capital firms, with principal offices in London and San Francisco. So far, the firm has raised $7.25 billion and has more than 160 companies in its portfolio.

Today, Neil works with entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic, among them the founders of Deliveroo, Funding Circle, Roblox and Typeform. He previously led Index investments in companies including Betfair, Climate, Supercell and Trello.

Born in Montreal, Neil graduated in History and Economics at Stanford, and gained an MBA from Harvard Business School. He spent four years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, and joined Index Securities in 1990 – the predecessor to Index Ventures. Neil is also on the board of the non-profit, non-governmental organization, Human Rights Watch.

Rich Wong
General Partner, Accel

Rich Wong

General Partner, Accel

Rich Wong joined Accel as a partner in 2006 and focuses on software, internet services and mobile technologies.

Rich led the investments and currently serves on the Boards of Atlassian (TEAM), Checkr, Instabug, Nextbit, Osmo, Qwilt, Sunrun (RUN), and Tune. Rich also led Accel’s investment in Rovio.

Rich previously led Accel’s investments in Airwatch (acquired by VMWare), MoPub (acquired by Twitter), Admob (acquired by Google), Dealer.com (acquired by Cox), Parature (acquired by Microsoft), Swiftkey (acquired by Microsoft) and 3LM (acquired by Motorola).

He was the first outside Board member and lead investor in Atlassian, Checkr, MoPub, Tune, and 3LM.

He has been actively involved in the mobile and broadband ecosystems for more than a decade, having served as SVP of products for mobile pioneer, Openwave Systems and CMO of Covad Communications. Rich started his career as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and at McKinsey.

Rich grew up in Santa Rosa, California and has a Materials Science & Engineering degree and Master in Management from MIT.

Sonali De Rycker
Partner, Accel

Sonali De Rycker

Partner, Accel

Sonali De Rycker focuses on consumer, software and financial services businesses.

She led Accel’s investments in Avito (acquired by Naspers), Lyst, Spotify, Wallapop, KupiVIP, Calastone, Catawiki, JobToday, Shift Technology, SilverRail (acquired by Expedia) , Kry and Soldo. Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Ventures.

Sonali grew up in Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.

Scott Sandell
Managing General Partner, NEA

Scott Sandell

Managing General Partner, NEA

Scott Sandell is Managing General Partner and head of NEA’s Technology investing practice. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx, and Workday. Scott is one of only four investors named to the Forbes Midas List every year since 2007, with 23 technology companies in his portfolio having successfully completed public offerings or mergers. In addition to his focus on information technology and alternative energy investments, Scott leads NEA’s investing activities in China.

Scott is currently a director of a number of private companies including Bitglass, Bloom Energy, Branch Metrics, CareZone, Cloudflare, Coursera, Datrium, Enigma, Hello Alfred, One Concern, Qadium, Robinhood, Transfix, and UnifyID. Other previous investments include Fusion-io (acquired by SanDisk), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks), NetIQ (acquired by Attachmate Corporation), Playdom (acquired by Disney), and Spreadtrum Communications (acquired by Tsinghua Unigroup).

Prior to joining NEA, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. Before joining Microsoft, Scott was the first salesperson at C-ATS Software and later co-founded and ran the company’s European subsidiary. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Hemant Taneja
Managing Director , General Catalyst

Hemant Taneja

Managing Director , General Catalyst

Hemant Taneja joined General Catalyst in 2001, the year when the firm launched its Silicon Valley office. Now Hemant is the Managing Director.  He invests in founders with authentic missions that have the potential to change entire industries. His investment thesis, known as “economies of unscale,” describes the belief that small, tightly focused companies can leverage web services, datasets, and AI to successfully launch and compete against much larger, more established competitors. His book, Unscaled, explores this thesis in depth and is due out in early 2018.

Hemant’s current investment portfolio ranges across the fields of medicine, finance, and education, including companies such as Stripe, Snapchat, Color Genomics, Gusto, Livongo Health, TuneIn, ClassDojo, Fundbox, Digit, Fractyl, Grammarly, and Gridco Systems.

Alongside his venture work, he has co-founded Advanced Energy Economy, a public policy advocacy group focused on advanced energy solutions and serves on the board of directors of the non-profit education organization Khan Academy. Hemant holds five degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a lecturer at both MIT and Stanford University.

Vishal Vasishth
Co-founder, Obvious Ventures

Vishal Vasishth

Co-founder, Obvious Ventures

Vishal Vasishth has co-founded Obvious Ventures with Evan Williams and James Joaquin. Obvious Ventures invests in world positive technology companies across three themes: Sustainable Systems, Healthy Living & People Power. Most recently Vishal was the founding partner of SONG Investment Advisors, an India- based fund backed by Soros Economic Development Fund, Omidyar Network and Google. He also served as a senior executive at Steve Case’s Revolution, LLC and as Chief Strategy Officer at Patagonia, a leading multichannel retailer of outdoor and active lifestyle products in the US.

Vishal has demonstrated track record of operating and investing both in USA and Asia and creating value across diverse consumer oriented businesses. He was selected as a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, both fellowships that recognize value-based leaders. Vishal earned a B. Tech degree in India, a Master’s degree in Sciences from North Carolina State University and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Vishal grew up in the fast growing city of Chandigarh, India.

Scott Stanford
Co-founder and Managing Director, Sherpa Capital

Scott Stanford

Co-founder and Managing Director, Sherpa Capital

Scott Stanford is a Managing Director at Sherpa Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm he co-founded with Shervin Pishevar in March 2013. Sherpa Capital is an investor in companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Munchery, ipsy, Shyp, Stance, Rent the Runway, PillPack, Doctor on Demand and Cue Health. Scott serves on the Board of Directors of Curology, ipsy, Luka and Shyp.

Scott has been focused on the Internet / technology sector for over 20 years as an advisor, operator and investor. Prior to co-founding Sherpa Capital, Scott co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business based in San Francisco. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making approximately $1.6 billion of principal investments in companies like Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru and LinkedIn. His client coverage responsibility included companies such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Groupon, Zillow, Airbnb, Uber and many other established and emerging technology-enabled companies.

Prior to Goldman, Scott was an early employee of LookSmart, where he helped build the company from a start-up to a publicly traded NASDAQ company. During his tenure he held several technical, product, financial and strategic management positions including running eCommerce, Product and Development, Strategy and Corporate Development and Business Development.

While in business school, Scott coded prototype applications for two start-up ideas, one focusing on community service and the other focusing on automating and prototyping core financial analysis. He has been coding since the age of thirteen.

Scott received his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College (Social Studies) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Vinod Khosla
Founder, Khosla Ventures

Vinod Khosla

Founder, Khosla Ventures

Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make positive impact through scaling alternative energy, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Ela Madej
Founding Partner , Fifty Years

Ela Madej

Founding Partner , Fifty Years

Ela Madej is a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, a seed fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. She’s also a founder of impact.tech, a community of techies who want to combine purpose with profit. She’s a serial tech entrepreneur, Y Combinator alum, and a vegan.

She’s an active investor in food tech, having backed startups like Memphis Meats (culturing real meat to eat without killing animals) and Geltor (producing gelatin recombinantly).

She’s @elamadej on Twitter.

David Gardner
General Partner, London Venture Partners

David Gardner

General Partner, London Venture Partners

30+ years in game sector. Former CEO & board director, Atari Previously EVP & COO, Worldwide Studios, Electronic Arts (“EA”). 25 years at EA incl. building EA Europe from 0 to $1bn in annual revenue. Successful exit as an Angel Investor in Playfish ($400m sale to EA). Experience working in Silicon Valley and Europe. Awarded OBE in 2007.

Kat Manalac
Partner, Y Combinator

Kat Manalac

Partner, Y Combinator

Kat Manalac is a partner at Y Combinator and originally joined as its first Director of Outreach. Kat focuses on finding great entrepreneurs for the program. Prior to YC, Kat worked as Chief of Staff to Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit and head of the nonprofit Breadpig. Before that, she was at WIRED Magazine. Kat attended Northwestern University where she studied communications and worked with the university’s Web Use Project. Kat was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lu Zhang
Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund

Lu Zhang

Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund

Lu Zhang is the Founding and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund ( A.K.A. NewGen Capital). Prior to starting Fusion Fund, she was a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital. She participated in over 20 investments and assist M&A of the portfolios. Lu was also the Founder and CEO of a start-up focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012).

Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds several patents. She is an advisor and mentor to several innovative programs and incubators in Silicon Valley. Lu has won numerous awards and is frequently invited to speak at events. She was awarded the Forbes US 30 under 30 & Featured as the Honoree of VC category. In addition, she was  awarded the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 of Finance category in the same year. Her most recent award is the T&C 50 Modern Swans Influencer, representing top female entrepreneurs in US.

Albert Wenger
Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Albert Wenger

Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Albert Wenger is a Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures. He lead the firm’s investments in Etsy and Twilio and serves on the boards of Clarifai, Blockstack, Foursquare and Shippo among others. Albert is writing a book about the future at http://worldaftercapital.org.

Bo Ilsoe
Managing Partner, NGP

Bo Ilsoe

Managing Partner, NGP

Bo Ilsoe has more than two decades of experience in venture capital, investment management, fundraising, organizational and strategic development as well as sales and marketing. Having lived and worked in the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and Singapore, he comes with a global view to business. Bo began his career in the telecom infrastructure business with Alcatel and Nokia where he launched some of the first GSM networks in the world. At NGP, he has driven investments in Deliveroo, Moovit, GetYourGuide, Heptagon, Fyber and many more.

Mood Rowghani
General Partner, Bond

Mood Rowghani

General Partner, Bond

Mood Rowghani is a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins. He focuses on growth-stage investments from the firm’s $1 billion Digital Growth Fund. His current investments include Uber, Slack, Stripe, Ring, Stance, Square, SoundCloud, and Docusign. His exited investments include Waze (sold to Google), LendingClub (NASDAQ: LC), Dropcam (sold to Google), and MyFitnessPal (sold to UnderArmour).

Mood previously led the Internet & Media practice at Summit Partners, a $4 billion global venture capital and private equity firm. He also held positions at Highland Capital and McKinsey & Company.

Manu Gupta
Partner, Lakestar

Manu Gupta

Partner, Lakestar

Manu Gupta is a partner at Lakestar. Lakestar is a global venture capital firm, having raised $550m in three years to invest in technology businesses worldwide. Lakestar has invested into market leading companies such as Spotify, Facebook, Airbnb, King.com, Klarna, Skype, Oscar Healthcare, Harry’s Shaving, as well as many earlier stage companies in the U.S. and Europe. Recent investments or board representations include Opendoor, SOFI, GoEuro, Algomi, Taulia, Aetion, Tictail, Lenda as well as historically being involved with exits of Maker Studios, BrandsExclusive, Markafoni, Casacanda, GLG, Clickon Brazil.

Prior to Lakestar, Manu was Head of the European Internet coverage effort at Goldman Sachs, covering Europe, India, and consulting for Brazil.  His career started in Silicon Valley as a Product Manager at Oracle, and coding in the first versions of Java at Sun Microsystems.

Manu received an MBA from the University of Chicago and an Honors in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley.  He’s lived in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, London & Zurich.

Sophia Bendz
Partner, Atomico

Sophia Bendz

Partner, Atomico

Sophia Bendz is an Executive in Residence at Atomico. Based in Stockholm, she advises founders on communications and marketing strategy and scaling their brand. As an active player in Stockholm’s startup scene, Sophia also helps with sourcing and the evaluation of new investment opportunities.

Sophia was the Global Marketing Director at Spotify from 2007-2014, where she built out a strong consumer brand from scratch, while launching and marketing the service globally. Today she is an active angel investor and advisor to startups, and serves as a Board Director at Avanza, Kindred Group and non-profit organization Race For The Baltic. She is also a co-founder of non-profit foundation AllBright.se and has invested in start up’s such as Tictail, Clue, DogBuddy, Shim, Joints Academy, Search Inc, Bokio, DigiExam, Greta.io, Scout, Brighten, Prion, Simple Feast, and Sana Labs.

With hands on experience from building a brand, launching a product in 56+ markets and growing a team across different continents Sophia can relate to the joy and stress of life as an entrepreneur. The insights and experiences from her years at Spotify is something she’s happy to share as well as insights from the VC world on how to go about raising funds.

Sophia believes in working with people who share the same set of values and want to improve the world through innovation.

Pär-Jörgen Pärson
General Partner, Northzone

Pär-Jörgen Pärson

General Partner, Northzone

Pär-Jörgen (PJ) Pärson is a General Partner at Venture Capital fund Northzone. PJ heads up Northzone’s New York office, and he has a particular interest in new business models in media and consumer applications, as well as financial technologies. Having led the fund’s Spotify investment since the initial investment in 2008, PJ has since invested in other disruptive properties in the media and content space, including Fubo TV and Sourcepoint. His other portfolio companies include Qapital, Bloglovin PlayDots, and Soundtrack Your Brand. PJ was behind one of the largest VC backed tech M&A in Europe with the sale of Avito at €2.7bn valuation in 2015, and has some 23 years’ venture capital experience. He started his career at McKinsey, before managing the turn-around of a fish distribution business, and building Europe’s first internet incubator, Cell Ventures. He holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan.

Tony Conrad
Partner, True Ventures

Tony Conrad

Partner, True Ventures

I’m a cofounder of about.me & Sphere. I’m also a Partner at True Ventures where I get to work with amazingly talented founders from companies like WordPress, MakerBot, HODINKEE, High Fidelity, Connectifier, Glowforge, Typekit, Pluralsight, GrowthHackers & Blue Bottle Coffee. I’m a personal investor in WordPress, Slack, Lowercase Capital, Ne Timeas (Flour+Water, Trick Dog, Salumeria, Central Kitchen), Samovar and August. I’m a board member of the Tony Hawk Foundation, an advisor to SF based Noise Pop and a T40 National Co-Chair of Technology for Obama. I genuinely have parking karma but my drip coffee skills are a bit overrated. I do communicate well with animals, I’m a sometimes triathlete, a Cubs fan, former bowler, wannabee surfer, lover of languages, art and architecture. I grew up in a small Indiana farming community. Since, l’ve lived in New York, New Delhi, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris and San Francisco. I’ve worked a lot of jobs not listed on my resume including short stints as a baseball umpire, basketball camp counselor, pharmacy stock person, high school sports reporter, book bindery glue machine operator, janitor, college newspaper ad salesman & yogurt merchandiser to name a few. It’s been an exciting journey so far!

Harry Briggs
Partner, BGF Ventures

Harry Briggs

Partner, BGF Ventures

Brent Hoberman
Founding Partner, Firstminute Capital

Brent Hoberman

Founding Partner, Firstminute Capital

Brent Hoberman is chairman and co-founder of Founders Factory, an ambitious corporate backed incubator/accelerator based in London, and also of Founders Forum,​ a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow. Brent is a co-founder and was founding chairman of Smartup, Grip & made.com, a leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer. Most recently, Brent co-founded firstminute capital, a London-based pan-European seed fund,​ backed by some of the world’​s top entrepreneurs. Brent co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998, was CEO from its inception and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn.  Technology businesses he​ has co-​founded have raised over $500m.

Brent sits on the Advisory board for LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund) and the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. He is a board member of The Economist, a YGL and one of the ​Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassadors​. Brent was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship in the 2015 New Year’s Honour’s List.

Alexander Frolov
General Partner, Target Global

Alexander Frolov

General Partner, Target Global

Alexander Frolov has founded Target Global in 2012 and is focusing on the firm’s consumer internet and marketplace investments.

Prior to joining Target Global, Alexander worked at the VC firm DFJ Esprit in London. Before that, he led several private and corporate startups in the tech field, including the medical business unit of United Corporation for Innovations. He started his career as an analyst at Troika Dialog Asset Management, where he covered the telecom and IT sectors.

Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from the London Business School. Alexander also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation.

Michael Treskow
Partner, Eight Roads Ventures

Michael Treskow

Partner, Eight Roads Ventures

Michael Treskow is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures, focusing on venture and growth investments in technology companies across Europe. By combining a collaborative approach with the strength and resources of a global network and a 50-year history of investing, Eight Roads helps companies across the globe accelerate their growth and become leaders in their field.

Previously, Michael was at Accel in London, where he was involved with companies such as Celonis, ClusterHQ, Funding Circle, GoCardless, Packlink, Qubit, Semmle, Shift Technology, SpaceApe, Trufa, WeaveWorks and WorldRemit.

Originally from Russia, Michael lived for 10 years in Berlin, before spending another 10+ years in the US. He received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Fredrik Cassel
General Partner, Creandum

Fredrik Cassel

General Partner, Creandum

Hjalmar Winbladh
Founding Partner, EQT Ventures

Hjalmar Winbladh

Founding Partner, EQT Ventures

Prior to joining EQT Ventures, Hjalmar Winbladh supported EQT Partners for several years as key Industrial Advisor with the TMT segment. Hjalmar founded SendIt in 1994, one of world’s first developers of mobile internet technology including world’s first clouded mobile mail service, having patents for underlying technology for MMS etc. In 1997 SendIt listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and was later acquired by Microsoft in 1999. Hjalmar has been a Board member at Springer Science and is currently Chairman of the Board at Sportradar. Hjalmar has also previously founded Rebtel (a leading independent mobile voice over IP company), Epidemic Sound, Sinch and Wrapp.

Ana Mostarac
Partner & Head of Operations, Mubadala

Ana Mostarac

Partner & Head of Operations, Mubadala

Ana is partner & Head of Operations at Mubadala. Previously, she was partner on the Corporate Development team at Andreessen Horowitz (‘a16z’). She covered the a16z portfolio from a strategic perspective, helping portfolio companies define and execute strategic plans, including M&A, strategic fundraising, and strategic business development. Ana also maintained all of the corporate development relationships on behalf of the firm. Prior to joining a16z, Ana was a part of the Technology, Media, and Telecom Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs, where she led cross-border M&A and IPO transactions for a variety of Internet companies. Ana started her career in the Deal Advisory Service Group of KPMG. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Toby Coppel
Co-founder and Partner, Mosaic Ventures

Toby Coppel

Co-founder and Partner, Mosaic Ventures

Toby Coppel is a Co-founder and partner at Mosaic Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm focused on early stage investing across Europe. Toby has been investing and operating in internet startups since 1996.  He began his investment career at Allen & Company, before starting his first investment firm. He joined Yahoo!’s new management team in 2001 and spent 6 years as Yahoo!’s Chief Strategy Officer, leading over $5 billion of investments and acquisitions including $1 billion into Alibaba. Following that, both as an angel and alongside Richard Branson and Virgin, he made investments including 3DRobotics, CreativeLive, Criteo, Indiegogo, Pinterest, and Transferwise. At Mosaic, Toby is thematically focused on blockchain and next-generation finance, as well as digital health and marketplaces, and works closely with our portfolio companies Blockchain, habito, and Teemo. He is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard University, and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Rebecca Lynn
Founder & Partner of Canvas Ventures

Rebecca Lynn

Founder & Partner of Canvas Ventures

Ranked #31 out of 100 top tech investors on Forbes’s 2018 Midas List, Rebecca Lynn is a General Partner at Canvas. She focuses on early-stage venture investments in AI, FinTech, digital health, SaaS, and mobile. Rebecca led Canvas’s investments in Casetext, Figure Eight, Gabi, HealthLoop, Roofstock, and Vida Health, and currently sits on the boards of each. She also led Canvas’s investment in Luminar, 11 Honore, as well as, FutureAdvisor which was acquired by BlackRock.

In 2007, Rebecca joined Morgenthaler Ventures and continues to serve on the boards of that firm’s portfolio companies. She led an early-stage investment in Lending Club (NYSE: LC), which was the largest US technology IPO of 2014 and the fourth largest US Internet IPO since 2001 behind Facebook, Twitter, and Google. She also led investments in Check (acquired by Intuit), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), Doximity, Practice Fusion, and Convo. Rebecca is a board member of Lending Club, Doximity, Convo, and a board observer of Adara Media and Socrata.

Rebecca is a native of the Midwest, born and raised in Missouri and worked in Ohio for her first job out of college. She began her career at Procter and Gamble’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati where she launched new products internationally. She is active on the boards of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, and Signature Innovation Fellows.

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Dan Brody
Managing Director, Tencent Investments

Dan Brody

Managing Director, Tencent Investments

Dan Brody is Managing Director of Tencent Investments, responsible for overseas investments. He previously served as Vice President for Tencent’s Interactive Entertainment Group where he was involved in working on licensing games for China and making investments in Western gaming companies. Previously, Dan served a variety of executive management roles with Spotify, Tudou, Google, Motorola, USITO, and several startups. Dan has lived in China since graduating from Georgetown University in 1996, and as a former Mandarin translator.

Neil Mehta
Founder and Managing Partner, Greenoaks Capital

Neil Mehta

Founder and Managing Partner, Greenoaks Capital

Neil Mehta is the Founder and a Managing Partner of Greenoaks Capital. Greenoaks is a leading investment firm focused on internet and technology businesses. Greenoaks makes concentrated, long-term investments in enduring businesses globally. Greenoaks investments include companies such as Clover Health and Maple in the US, Deliveroo in Europe, Coupang in South Korea, and Flipkart and Oyo Rooms in India.

Antoine Nussenbaum
Co-founder, Felix Capital

Antoine Nussenbaum

Co-founder, Felix Capital

Antoine Nussenbaum is a Partner and member of the founding team of Felix Capital. He currently sits on the boards of TravelPerk, Papier, Frichti, Heetch and Urban Massage.

He previously was a Partner at Atlas Global, a private equity fund originally part of GLG Partners. Prior to Felix Capital he has worked closely with various early-stage digital startups including Mirakl, Reedsy, 31Dover, Pave.com and actively helped them launch their businesses. He has also been involved since inception with Huckletree, a fast growing coworking operator dedicated to the European digital community which was started by his wife.

Antoine moved to London in 2006 when he joined ABN AMRO as an M&A investment banker. Prior to this he was based in Paris and was part of the founding team of NT Valley, a software business aim at retailers. He started his career as a brand and intangible asset valuation consultant at Sorgem Evaluation.

A graduate of ESCP European Business School and University Paris Dauphine, Antoine is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Sean Seton-Rogers
General Partner, Profounders Capital

Sean Seton-Rogers

General Partner, Profounders Capital

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Slush Helsinki takes place at Helsinki Expo and Convention Center on Nov 21–22, 2019.

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Attendee

Price
895 € 745 €
Experience the largest technical production in Nordics
Learn from the most established names in tech
Meet the right people through our Matchmaking Tool
See the next big ideas in forefront technologies
Feel the buzz of the next generation of company-builders gathered
Get exclusive access to 300 industry side events
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Startup

Price
395 € 295 €
Find partners and customers among tech execs and industry tycoons
Catch the eye of more than 700 media representatives
Peer-support from 8000-strong community of founders and operators
Apply for Mentoring Sessions from our speakers
Find your next key hire from the talent pool of 25000
Access to 2000 investors through our Matchmaking
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Scaleup

Price
495 € 395 €
Professional development for your whole team
Personalized advice and mentoring from experienced founders
Generate leads from the other 4,000 tech companies attending
Build your brand awareness among a relevant tech crowd
Hire the brightest minds in the Nordics
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Investor

Price
895 € 745 €
A thorough database of the companies attending
Access to over 4,000 investors
Two months worth of meetings in two days
Meet the right industry leaders
Compare notes with the other 2,000 investors
000 investors
000 growth companies
*Price for Angel Investors: 595€