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Here’s a sneak peek into the speaker line-up of Slush 2019.

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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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!

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
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.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
Shaun Clowes
Chief Product Officer at Metromile

Shaun Clowes

Chief Product Officer at Metromile

Shaun Clowes is currently the Chief Product Officer at Metromile, a leading insurtech startup that has raised $300m to disrupt the auto insurance industry.
Prior to Metromile, Shaun was most recently the Head of Growth at Atlassian. He began his 6-year tenure at Atlassian leading product for Jira Agile, now known as Jira Software. He then spent 5 years building out the industry’s first B2B Growth team. During his time at the company, revenue grew from less than $60m to over $700m.
In addition to his executive roles, Shaun is an advisor to early and scale stage startups. With Brian Balfour and Casey Winters, he developed the Reforge Engagement and Retention program, part of the premier product-led growth course. His current advising clients include Pipefy (a process management product) and Sprout Social (a social media management product).

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Slush Helsinki

THE BEST DEAL FLOW IN NORDIC STARTUPS.

In the past five years, Slush has grown into the largest single gathering of venture capital in the world. In 2018, over 1,800 investors joined Slush, representing over 200 billion dollars in assets under management.

FOR INVESTORS

“A LABORATORY FOR NEW IDEAS.”

THE BRIGHTEST STARTUP MINDS ON THE PLANET.

These and many more speakers have given talks, speed mentoring, and workshops to help our attendees grow their companies.

Daniel Ek
Founder, Spotify

Daniel Ek

Founder, Spotify

Daniel Ek is the Chairman and CEO of Spotify, where he sets the company’s overall vision. Daniel oversees Spotify’s business and product strategies and is responsible for building a progressive, forward looking global organization. Daniel was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden where he founded Spotify in 2006.

Al Gore
Chairman, Generation Investment Management

Al Gore

Chairman, Generation Investment Management

Former Vice President Al Gore is a co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore is also chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization devoted to solving the climate crisis.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.

He is the author of the best-sellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and a new film premiering in July 2017, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Gore is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change”.

Julia Hartz
Co-Founder & CEO, Eventbrite

Julia Hartz

Co-Founder & CEO, Eventbrite

As Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has helped drive the company from an innovative ticketing solution to a comprehensive event technology platform that today powers millions of events around the world. Since the company launched operations in 2006, Eventbrite has generated more than $10 billion in gross ticket sales.

Under Julia’s leadership, company culture and workplace performance has remained an integral part of Eventbrite, which now boasts over 1,000 employees in 11 countries across the globe. Eventbrite has been recognized multiple times on Fortune’s Best Workplaces lists, including the Bay Area (2017 and 2018), Women, and Millennials and was also named a best company to work for in San Francisco by the San Francisco Business Times the past nine years running. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 business leaders (2015 & 2017), Inc.’s 35 under 35 (2014),  Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs (2013), and has been profiled for her leadership and impact in top publications around the world.

Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. In today’s digital age, Julia believes that real-life, human experiences lead to individual happiness and strong global communities. This belief continues to fuel her passion while running Eventbrite today.

Speaking at:

Slush Helsinki
Nov 5, 2019 20:00 – 22:30
Margrethe Vestager
Commissioner for Competition, EU

Margrethe Vestager

Commissioner for Competition, EU

Margrethe Vestager is EU Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU Presidency (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in Economics (University of Copenhagen).

Dr. Werner Vogels
CTO, Amazon

Dr. Werner Vogels

CTO, Amazon

Dr. Werner Vogels is Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company’s customer-centric technology vision.

As one of the forces behind Amazon’s approach to cloud computing, he is passionate about helping young businesses reach global scale, and transforming enterprises into fast-moving digital organizations.

Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 from Cornell University where he was a distributed systems researcher. He has held technology leadership positions in companies that handle the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.

Martin Lau
President, Tencent

Martin Lau

President, Tencent

Martin Lau is the President of Tencent. Martin joined Tencent in 2005 as the Chief Strategy and Investment Officer and was responsible for corporate strategies, investment, M&A and investor relations. In 2006, Martin was promoted to President and managed the day-to-day operation of Tencent. In 2007, he was appointed an Executive Director of the board.

Prior to joining Tencent, Martin was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C’s investment banking division and the Chief Operating Officer of its Telecom, Media and Technology Group. Prior to that, Martin worked at McKinsey & Company, Inc. as a management consultant.

Martin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Arlan Hamilton
Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Arlan Hamilton

Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz.

Arlan entered the venture investing world from an unconventional path. Before launching Backstage Capital, she authored the groundbreaking blog “Your Daily Lesbian Moment”, which she grew to a monthly readership of 50,000 fans worldwide. She has written for AOL, SuicideGirls, and Curve Magazine, and founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine Interlude. Arlan was also a live music production professional, having served as a tour coordinator to numerous international artists including Toni Braxton, and Jason Derulo.

In 2018, Arlan co-founded, along with Investment Partner Christie Pitts, Backstage Studio, a new venture studio designed to build products, services, and initiatives that serve the mission of eliminating underrepresentation in tech by empowering founders and their teams to succeed. Backstage is a fully-remote team that has quickly scaled to 17 employees working together with an ever-expanding roster of world-class mentors and partners. Arlan and Backstage Studio were the subjects of Season 7 of the popular Gimlet Media podcast, StartUp.

Brian Halligan
Founder & CEO, Hubspot

Brian Halligan

Founder & CEO, Hubspot

Brian Halligan is co-founder and CEO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, Brian was a Venture Partner at Longworth Ventures and VP of Sales at Groove Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, Brian was a Senior VP of Sales at PTC.

He has co-authored two books, “Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs” with Dharmesh Shah, and “Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead” with David Meerman Scott and Bill Walton. Recently, he’s been writing about how to turn your startup into a scale-up.

He was named a Top-Rated CEO by Glassdoor in 201420152017, and 2018. Brian was also listed by Comparably as one of the Top 5 Best CEOs for Women and for Diversity in 2018. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year in 2011 and an Inc. Founders 40 in 2016.

Brian is a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School Of Management where he teaches Course 15.392called “Scaling Entrepreneurial Ventures.”

In 2017, Brian donated $1.6 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center for Jerry Garcia’s guitar to support two things he cares deeply about: social justice and music. Around his hometown of Boston, his favorite charity is Camp Harbor View, serving over 1,000 youths from Boston’s at-risk neighborhoods through summer camp on Boston Harbor.

He has a BSEE from the University Of Vermont and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School Of Management.

Ilkka Paananen
CEO and Co-founder, Supercell

Ilkka Paananen

CEO and Co-founder, Supercell

Ilkka Paananen is the CEO and co-founder of Supercell, the Helsinki-based mobile games developer behind Clash of ClansHay DayBoom Beach and Clash Royale. Since its founding in 2010, Supercell’s games have remained in the global top 10 years after launch. In June 2016, Supercell became the first European technology start-up to reach a valuation of $10 billion.

In addition to his role at Supercell, Ilkka helps other entrepreneurs as both an investor and as an active member of the Helsinki-based startup community where he mentors and coaches other founders. Alongside his co-founder Mikko Kodisoja, he has established the We Foundation to fight social inequality and help disadvantaged children in Finland.

Bill Ready
COO, Paypal

Bill Ready

COO, Paypal

As PayPal’s Chief Operating Officer, Bill Ready is responsible for product, technology and engineering at PayPal, as well as the end-to-end customer experiences for PayPal’s portfolio of brands. Bill came to PayPal with the acquisition of Braintree in 2013, where, as CEO, he and his team fueled the mobile commerce revolution by building one of the most innovative and influential startups in the payments industry. With its emphasis on mobile-first experiences, elegant tools for developers, and incredible customer support, Braintree developed industry-leading payment solutions that power many of the world’s most disruptive businesses, including Uber, Airbnb, Houzz and HotelTonight.

Prior to Braintree, Bill was executive in residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital and growth equity firm. A veteran of the payments industry, Bill served as president of iPay Technologies beginning in 2008, guiding the company through a period of rapid revenue and earnings growth, and its sale to Jack Henry & Associates for $300 million in 2010. He also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he advised leading financial technology companies, and was an early engineer at two other successful start-ups: emphesys (merged with Humana in 2001) and Netzee (IPO November 1999). Bill holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was an honors recipient and a bachelor’s degree in information systems and finance from the University of Louisville.

Anna Rosling
Co-founder, Gapminder Foundation

Anna Rosling

Co-founder, Gapminder Foundation

Together with Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund founded Gapminder in 2005. Gapminder’s mission statement is to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based world view everyone can understand.

She designed the user-interface of the famous animating bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, used by millions of students across the world, to understand global development trends. The tool was acquired by Google, and Anna worked at Google in Mountain View, CA as a Senior Usability Designer 2007 to 2010. At Google Anna improved search results for public data, developed data exploration tools for Public Data and made a bubble tool gadget (Motion chart) in Google Spreadsheets. In 2010 Anna came back to Gapminder to develop new free teaching material. Anna is now Vice President and Head of Design & User Experience at Gapminder. She also sits in the Gapminder Board. Anna holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography.

Anna founded Dollar Street, the biggest systematic image bank with representative home documentations based on data. At the moment we have almost 30 000 photos and 10 000 video clips, which are free to use under Creative Common license.

Cal Henderson
Co-founder & CTO, Slack

Cal Henderson

Co-founder & CTO, Slack

Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack. He led the technical development of Flickr from its founding, pioneered the use of APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and may others. Cal has a Computer Science degree from the University of Central England.

William Li
Founder, Chairman & CEO, NIO

William Li

Founder, Chairman & CEO, NIO

Mr. William Li is the founder, chairman and CEO of NIO. In November 2014, Mr. Li founded NIO with the goal of building the first User Enterprise in the world and to redefine the whole car ownership experience.

Mr. William Li is a serial entrepreneur. He established Bitauto Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: BITA) in 2000, where he serves as the Chairman of the board of directors. Bitauto is one of the biggest providers of online content and marketing services for China’s automotive industry. While he was still studying at Peking University, he founded Beijing Antarctic Technology Development Co., Ltd, one of the earliest internet companies in China. Mr. William Li has co-founded and invested in over 40 companies in the internet and automotive industries.

Mr. Li was recognized by Sina Finance, People’s Daily and Wu Xiaobo’s Channel in January 2018 as one of the “2017 Top 10 Economic Personages of China.” Mr. Li was named GQ Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2017. Mr. William Li was recognized by the China Automobile Dealers Association in 2008 as one of the top 10 most influential people and distinguished people in China’s automobile deal industry in the past thirty years.

Mr. William Li was born in Anhui, China. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Peking University where he minored in law.

Katarina Berg
Chief Human Resources Officer, Spotify

Katarina Berg

Chief Human Resources Officer, Spotify

Katarina Berg joined Spotify as Chief HR Officer in 2013. She heads up the company’s global HR, Strategy Operations, and Workplace Solutions departments, leading the people strategy development and execution in the transition from startup to a mature international company.

Before Spotify, Katarina held high-profile HR roles in various multinational companies, such as Preem, Swedbank, Kanal 5 (SBS Broadcasting) and 3 (Hi3G Access)

As well as catering to the people needs of a diverse, nimble and ever-changing organization, Katarina is also focused on building teams and reinventing processes to establish an environment where creative and passionate people can be their very best, have fun and develop great careers.

Katarina also serves on the board of directors of recruitment tech startup Sqore, and the advisory board of directors for Swedish fitness magazine Topp Hälsa.

Outside work Katarina loves to spend time in the archipelago. When she is not eating her way into new cultures or cooking for friends and family, she dreams of the days back when she traveled the world whitewater rafting.

Caterina Fake
Partner and Co-founder, Yes VC

Caterina Fake

Partner and Co-founder, Yes VC

Partner & Co-Founder Yes VC. Board member, Public Goods, Sundance. Formerly cofounder Flickr, Chairman of Etsy. Advocate for online community, social software, art, literature, myth and poetry.

Justin Rosenstein
Co-founder, Asana

Justin Rosenstein

Co-founder, Asana

Justin Rosenstein is the co-founder of Asana, the fast-growing work tracking app for teams. Asana’s mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly. He’s also a featured author in Wavelength, an online publication for teams who aspire to do great things together—through a mindful, purposeful approach.
Justin has driven the development of products that billions of people use daily.

At Facebook, he co-invented features such as the Like Button and Facebook Pages. At Google, he managed several products in the communication/collaboration division including Google Drive, and helped create GChat. At Asana, he’s helped build one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies, most recently valued at $900M in Series D funding led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management.

Justin majored in Math and got part way through a Master’s in Computer Science at Stanford. He is a devoted student of yoga, meditation, and cats.

Casey Winters
Growth Advisor

Casey Winters

Growth Advisor

Casey Winters is a full time advisor and consultant to top tech companies like Eventbrite, Thumbtack, and Reddit. Casey recently was the growth advisor in residence at Greylock Partners, where he helped startups on their growth strategies and scaling challenges. Prior to Greylock, Casey led growth at Pinterest, helping kickstart international growth. Pinterest recently crossed over 200 million monthly active users. Yes, those annoying signup prompts are his fault.

Prior to Pinterest, Casey was the first marketer at Grubhub, helping the company grow from 30,000 users to over 3 million by leading acquisition and retention marketing. Casey is responsible for some of Grubhub’s worst performing ads, but definitely not its best. Grubhub went public in April 2014 and is now valued at $10 billion. Prior to Grubhub, Casey worked in online marketing at Homefinder and Apartments.com. Casey has a BBA in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from Chicago Booth, but he isn’t like those other MBA types. He blogs, not as well as most, at caseyaccidental.com.

Katelin Holloway
VP of People & Culture, Reddit

Katelin Holloway

VP of People & Culture, Reddit

As Vice President of People & Culture at Reddit, Katelin is passionate about building scalable, inclusive institutional cultures. First introduced to the notion of intentional cultural development at Pixar Animation Studios, she studied alongside the storytellers that would ultimately change the course of her career. From film to tech (and a few interesting layovers in between) the one common denominator behind Katelin’s career has been to enable people to create beautiful, innovative products by building a culture of belonging.

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.

Markus Villig
Founder & CEO, Taxify

Markus Villig

Founder & CEO, Taxify

Markus Villig is the founder and CEO of Taxify, the leading European transportation platform.

He teamed up with his brother Martin, ex-Skype, to build the first version of Taxify in 2013 when he was 19 years old. Markus has been featured as the youngest tech CEO in Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list and is the youngest founder of a billion dollar company in Europe.

Taxify is one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with investors including Daimler, Didi Chuxing, Korelya Capital and TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus. The company has more than 15 million users in over 25 countries globally.

Carl Pei
Co-founder, OnePlus

Carl Pei

Co-founder, OnePlus

Carl Pei is Co-founder and Head of Global at OnePlus. Raised in Sweden, Carl built and currently oversees the global business of OnePlus. Founded in 2013, their debut smartphone, the OnePlus One, was hailed by TIME as the ‘phone of dreams’. In 2017, OnePlus has 5 flagship smartphones under its belt and has been the number one best selling device at Elisa, Finland’s leading network operator, for 7 months in a row.

Before co-founding OnePlus, Carl has been running different online content, community, and e-commerce ventures since the age of 12. Carl enjoys chocolate and ice cream, as well as chocolate ice cream.

Damien Hooper-Campbell
Chief Diversity Officer, eBay

Damien Hooper-Campbell

Chief Diversity Officer, eBay

Damien Hooper-Campbell is eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer and has deep expertise as an agent of change within the technology and finance industries, non-profit sector and academia. He is responsible for leading the design and implementation of eBay’s strategy for embedding diversity and inclusion across its global workforce, workplace and marketplace. He also leads eBay’s University Recruiting & Programs team.

Prior to eBay, Damien 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 its 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 within the company’s Diversity team. Prior to Google, Damien coached Goldman Sachs’s senior-most leaders as a Vice President in its Pine Street Leadership Development Group. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he led underrepresented minority outreach for Harvard Business School’s Admissions Board and empowered Harlem’s non-profit community as an Associate Program Manager at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ). He also completed the Investment Banking Analyst Program at Morgan Stanley.

Damien has served on the Board of New Jersey Needs You and as a mentor in Morehouse College’s Executive Mentorship Program. Recently, Damien was selected for Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 List. He graduated with a B.A in economics from Morehouse College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was both a Bert King and Morgan Stanley Fellow.

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.

Elizabeth Stark
Co-founder & CEO, Lightning Labs

Elizabeth Stark

Co-founder & CEO, Lightning Labs

Elizabeth Stark is cofounder and CEO of Lightning Labs, where she is building a programmable financial layer for the internet with fast, scalable bitcoin transactions. She is a fellow at Coin Center, the leading digital currency policy organization, and an advisor at Chia, a company building a new cryptocurrency protocol based on proof of space and time. Stark previously taught at Stanford and Yale University about the future of the internet, and was a visiting fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project. She has advised startups ranging from decentralized technology to AI and was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford StartX. Stark holds a J.D. from Harvard Law.

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Juliet de Baubigny
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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