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THE BRIGHTEST STARTUP MINDS
ON THE PLANET.

Our stage program is all about concrete advice for the growth-minded and entrepreneurially wired. The past speaker lineup has featured some of the most accomplished founders, experienced operators and successful investors out there sharing their best-kept secrets with the Slush audience.

WHO’S JOINING
THIS YEAR?

Stay tuned for more – we will be announcing more speakers on a weekly basis.

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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.

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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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.

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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Lydia Jett

Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers

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.

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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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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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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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 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.

Bernard Liautaud

Managing Partner at Balderton Capital

Bernard joined Balderton as a Partner in 2008. He was named Managing Partner in 2016. Bernard Liautaud founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994.

In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third-largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is now a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2013 to 2018. He is now a member of the Stanford Global Advisory Council to the President.

In 2009, he co-founded Dashlane, a leading software company providing digital identity solutions for consumers and small businesses.

He has received a number of distinctions including “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe’s Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.

Education: Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Ecole Centrale de Paris, and Master of Science, Engineering Management, Stanford University.

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.

Markus Villig

Founder & CEO of Bolt

Markus Villig is the founder and CEO of Bolt (formerly Taxify), the leading European on-demand transportation platform that’s focused on making urban travel easier, quicker and more reliable. Bolt’s services range from ride-hailing to micromobility and food delivery. It serves 25 million customers across 30 countries around the world. Markus teamed up with his brother Martin, ex-Skype, to build the first version of Bolt 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.

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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Xavier Duportet

Co-Founder and CEO of Eligo Bioscience

CEO of Eligo Bioscience – MIT TR35, Tech Pioneer and Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum, Forbes 30U30, PhD in Synthetic Biology in co-supervision between MIT and INRIA.

President of Hello Tomorrow and Deeptech Founders. Angel Investor. Ants and whisky lover.

 

John Schoolcraft

Global Creative Director at Oatly

In 2012, together with CEO Toni Petersson, John began to turn a 30-year-old maker of oat drinks, Oatly, into a global movement focused on the development of a more sustainable, plant-based lifestyle. By eliminating the marketing department and replacing it with the Oatly Department of Mind Control, his team of creatives has created a voice that often questions the role of companies and brands and has become instantly recognisable for its consistently inconsistent approach to encouraging people to take small steps in order to upgrade their lives and the sustainability of the planet.

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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.

 

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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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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Alex Gladstein

Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation

Alex Gladstein is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation and a guest lecturer at Singularity University. He has also served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. In his work Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers, and artists to promote free and open societies. Alex’s writing and views on human rights and technology have appeared in media outlets across the world including The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, Fast Company, The Guardian, Monocle, NowThis, NPR, Quartz, TIME, WIRED, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. He has spoken at universities ranging from MIT to Stanford, presented at the European Parliament and U.S. Department of State, and participated in Singularity University events from Berlin to Johannesburg, where he lectures about the future of money, democracy, and the surveillance state.

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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.

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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Christopher Ahlberg

Co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future

Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is the CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School. He advises a series of startups. In 2019 Recorded Future was sold to Insight Partners in an all-cash transaction for $780M. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO for $195M. Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on information visualization. Dr. Ahlberg earned his doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland, and has lectured and consulted extensively for industry, academia, military, and intelligence communities – as well as published and lectured in computer science, cybersecurity, psychology, linguistics, biology, and chemistry. He has five granted software patents, and multiple pending. Dr. Ahlberg was named among the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation in 2002. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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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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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.

 

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Andreas Weigend

Former Chief Scientist at Amazon

Dr. Andreas Weigend is the author of “Data for the People”. He was the chief scientist at Amazon. He coached Jack Ma on Alibaba’s data strategy. In 2018, Angela Merkel appointed him to Germany’s Digital Council.

As advisor and consultant, he helps organizations ask the right questions, leveraging data and analytics. His clients include airlines, banks, telcos, fashion retailers, and healthcare companies.

Andreas studied physics and philosophy in Karlsruhe, Cambridge and Bonn, before moving to Stanford for his Ph.D. in neural networks. He teaches courses on AI and Data Science at Stanford, Berkeley, and in Asia.

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Chris DeWolfe

Founder of Jam City

Chris DeWolfe is a serial entrepreneur with a track record for building global brands at the nexus of pop culture: social networking, mobile gaming, media, and technology. Having co-founded, helmed and sold MySpace for $580M when it was the highest-trafficked site in the US, Chris DeWolfe went on to create Jam City, a worldwide leader in mobile entertainment. 

Founded in 2010, Jam City is one of the earliest entrants and leading players in mobile gaming, a $75B a year industry, with nearly two-and-half billion players globally. Over the past five years, Jam City has grown over 500% to more than $400M in annual revenue and has been increasingly profitable year over year. Jam City currently owns and operates nine game studios in five countries, with over 700 employees. The company has raised over $300M in funding from some of the industry’s biggest investors and banks. 

The company is the creative power-house behind several of the biggest game titles including Cookie Jam, achieving over $650M in revenue to date; Panda Pop, which has over 125 million downloads; and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the #1 game in over 40 countries at launch in 2018. At any moment around the world, millions of players are enjoying Jam City games. 

Jam City is also the go-to partner for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative-rich mobile games around iconic entertainment brands such as Harry Potter, Family Guy, and Frozen (launching in November 2019). 

DeWolfe is a globally recognized entrepreneur. He was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, and also received the Producers Guild of America’s Vanguard award. DeWolfe studied finance at the University of Washington, recently delivering the University’s School of Business commencement address. DeWolfe attended the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, which honored him in 2006 with its Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award. He also serves as an advisor at USC’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. DeWolfe resides in Los Angeles with his family.

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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.

Eros Resmini

Former CMO, currently member of Advisory Board at Discord

With 20 years of experience in music, entertainment, and gaming, Eros has honed his expertise to build businesses at all stages of growth.  Most recently Eros was a founding executive at San Francisco based start-up Discord, the largest communication platform for gaming communities and beyond. Previously, he was a Partner at YouWeb, a Silicon Valley -based accelerator where he invested in and advised start-ups. Prior to YouWeb, Eros was SVP of Marketing and Developer Relations teams at GREE, a role he held through the acquisition of OpenFeint where he was a founding executive. He’s held similar roles at a number of companies including Hewlett Packard and Real Arcade. In addition to his expertise with startups, Eros is a performing musician and founding partner of San Francisco’s independent label Los Kamikaze Records. Eros is currently managing his own angel fund and advising a number of early-stage companies throughout the world.

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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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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.

Whitney Bouck

COO at HelloSign

Whitney Bouck joined HelloSign as COO in 2016, where she is responsible for growing and scaling the company in partnership with the CEO, CTO and the executive team. Before joining HelloSign, she ran the global marketing organization at Box and built Box’s Enterprise business from the ground up, helping pivot the company from being an SMB-oriented product. Whitney also spent 15 years with Documentum and then EMC (via acquisition) and held a variety of leadership positions, including CMO of the Information Intelligence division at EMC. Previously, Whitney held a variety of technology and leadership roles at both Sybase and Oracle. She was recognized in 2017 as one of the top 40 Women in Revenue, in 2015 as one of the World’s 100 Most Innovative CMOs, previously recognized with the Silicon Valley Women of Influence award in 2009 and received the Top 40 Under 40 award in 2003.

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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.

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 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 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.

Brittan Heller

Technology and Human Rights Fellow

Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology, human rights, and the law, and is an expert on content moderation and the movement from online conduct to offline violence. She advises tech companies, investors, governments, and international organizations on integrating public safety and freedom of expression. 

Heller is one of the inaugural AI and Technology Fellows at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, studying content moderation in non-speech based environments like VR and gaming. She is a senior associate at CSIS’s Human Rights Initiative and an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center on Internet and Society. 

Heller previously founded the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society. Her key projects included AI partnerships with academia to study hate speech and studying disinformation impacting minority communities. Additionally, Heller prosecuted grave human rights violations at the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Criminal Court and initiated landmark anti-cyber harassment litigation. 

She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a Jeopardy! champion. Heller is a graduate of Yale Law School and Stanford University.

 

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 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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Elsa Bernadotte

Co-founder, President & COO of Karma

Elsa is the Co-Founder and COO of Karma. Elsa is passionate about creating a motivated high-growth organization to galvanize the first zero food waste generation. Karma now has 55 employees globally, who have the collective goal to lead the way to a truly circular economy and ultimately solve global food waste.  

Since launching, Karma’s 700,000+ users have diverted an average of 450 tonnes of edible food from landfill and reduced CO2 levels caused by food waste by 680 tonnes. In it’s Series A funding, Karma raised $12 million to expand its mission to counteract food waste across the globe.

 

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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Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares

Since she first joined the cryptocurrency industry in 2015, Meltem Demirors has been actively managing and leading investment firms, supporting and advising founders building early-stage companies, and leveraging her experience and network to accelerate the growth of the crypto asset class and the firms developing it. In her role at CoinShares, Meltem oversees strategy and focuses on developing private funds and investment vehicles. In addition, she serves as the managing director of the firm’s US operations.

 

From 2015 until 2018, Meltem led the Development team at Digital Currency Group. She advocates for a number of industry initiatives via her participation in the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council. She hosts a weekly podcast that explores the intersection of finance, history, and technology, called “What Grinds my Gears,” and the annual “Crypto Springs” conference in Palm Springs. Meltem holds a BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also actively lectures at the MIT Media Lab and the Oxford Saïd Business School.

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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.

Jan Goetz

Co-Founder and CEO of IQM Quantum Computers

Jan received his PhD on superconducting quantum circuits in 2017 from TU Munich and continued as a Postdoc in Helsinki at Aalto University. Helsinki is a great hub for quantum technology, which allowed him to receive a Marie-Curie Fellowship from the EU H2020 program. In addition, he has been working for the local Quantum Computer Project, where 8 research groups and the State Research Center VTT are co-developing a quantum processor. Based on these efforts and together with three co-founders, Jan has been spinning off a company, IQM Finland Oy. Since February 2019 he is the CEO of IQM and the company is now expanding their operations on the research campus in Espoo (Helsinki area). IQM’s is to developing a fast lane for quantum computer using innovative technology for 2nd generation quantum processors.

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Robert Falck

Founder & CEO of Einride

Robert Falck is the CEO and Founder of Einride, a tech start-up bent on the sustainable transformation of the transportation industry, developing an intelligent road freight system based on all-electric, autonomous trucks, or “T-pods”. Before founding Einride in 2016, Mr. Falck was a director of manufacturing engineering assembly at Volvo GTO Powertrain. He has helped founded several start-ups. 

Mr. Falck holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.Sc. in Economics and finance, and a B.Sc. in Business.

 

Celia Hodent

UX Consultant

Celia Hodent is recognized as a leader in the application of user experience (UX) and cognitive science in the game industry. Celia holds a PhD in psychology and has over ten years of experience in the development of UX strategy and processes in video game studios. Through her work at Ubisoft (e.g. Rainbow 6 franchise), LucasArts (e.g. Star Wars: 1313), and as Director of UX at Epic Games (Fortnite), she has contributed to many projects across multiple platforms, from PC to consoles, mobile, and VR. 

Celia is also the founder of the Game UX Summit, advisor for the GDC UX Summit, and author of The Gamer’s Brain: How Neuroscience and UX can Impact Video Game Design. She currently works as an independent consultant, helping studios increase the likelihood of their games to be engaging and successful.

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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

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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Sophie Adelman

Co-Founder and President of WhiteHat

Sophie Adelman is Co-Founder and President of WhiteHat, a tech scaleup on a mission to create a diverse group of future leaders. They are doing this by building an outstanding alternative to university through apprenticeships. WhiteHat focuses on three core area; giving employers a framework for measuring potential outside of academics and work experience through their platform; bringing incredible content from around the world into applied learning programmes; growing an apprentice community to enable young people to build social capital and strong professional networks. In the UK, WhiteHat is at the forefront of enabling companies to hire and train a diverse group of future leaders in the technical skills they need.

Prior to joining WhiteHat, Sophie was Head of EMEA Sales at Hired (www.hired.com), a US tech startup that has a marketplace approach to recruiting focusing on technical talent. Sophie joined Hired as General Manager UK, with responsibility for all sales, candidate management and operations, and then managed the integration of a French startup acquisition before taking on the Head of Sales position. Previously Sophie worked for Lord Jacob Rothschild at RIT Capital focusing on Strategic Investments, including the venture portfolio, and as an Associate Consultant at Egon Zehnder International. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in Debt Capital Markets.

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April Underwood

Founding Partner of #Angels

April Underwood is a founding partner of the angel investing collective #Angels and a member of the board of directors for Zillow Group. Until 2019, April was the Chief Product Officer at Slack Technologies, Inc., a cloud-based software company that builds professional collaboration tools. Prior to joining Slack, April was Director of Product at Twitter from 2010 to 2015. Previously, April has held product, partnerships, and engineering roles at Google, Travelocity, and Intel.

April holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and Business Honors from The University of Texas at Austin (2001), and an M.B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley (2007). April has received numerous honors, including Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” (2015), Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ (2016), and the highest alumni honor for professional achievement from The University of Texas at Austin, the “Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award” (2019).

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Paul Murphy

Partner at Northzone

Paul is a Partner at Northzone, the leading European VC fund behind game-changing companies like Spotify, iZettle, Avito, Klarna, Trustpilot, Personio and RedPoints. Since 1996, Northzone has backed over 140 companies and raised 8 funds, with over €1 billion under management. Paul is focused on consumer and entertainment, as well as enterprise applications. His portfolio includes TIER, Thirty Madison, Klang, and Bunch. Prior to Northzone, Paul founded and was CEO of mobile games company Dots in NYC, and built and invested in companies at betaworks, the startup studio behind companies such as Poncho and Giphy.

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Philip Chambers

Co-founder of Peakon

Phil is co-founder and chief executive at Peakon. Prior to Peakon, Phil was head of technology at some of Europe’s most successful startup businesses, including Gumtree, Qype, and Podio. After joining Citrix through the acquisition of Podio in 2012, he went on to lead the company’s GoToMeeting product line. He now enjoys daily interactions with Peakon’s customers – incorporating this knowledge into a long-term vision that has so far created one of the most unique and impactful analytics products in the HR market.

 

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Lawrence Leuschner

CEO & Co-Founder of TIER Mobility

Lawrence Leuschner is the CEO & Co-Founder of TIER Mobility, the leading European shared micro-mobility service.
Previously Lawrence was the CEO and Co-Founder of reBuy, Europe’s leading online electronics and media retailer.

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Guillaume Pousaz

Founder & CEO of Checkout.com

Guillaume Pousaz is the Founder and CEO
of Checkout.com a leading global payments
solution provider. Its mission is to change the
way businesses interact with financial
services and build the future of banking.
Guillaume founded Checkout.com in 2012
and bootstrapped the business until its
record-breaking Series A fundraiser earlier
this year. Checkout.com currently has over
400+ employees, spread across nine offices
globally.

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David Helgason

Founder at Unity Technologies, Co-founder at Nordic Makers

Computer Software. Current: Unity Technologies, Nordic Makers – Backing Ambitious Entrepreneurs, Realm.io. Previous: Unity Technologies, World on a Hanger, Unity Studios. Education: Københavns Universitet.

David is a technologist, founder of a wonderful technology company, non-exec director to others, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.

David’s background is in programming, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. He served as CEO of Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with an unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry. They’ve done well thus far.

PS. David always enjoy the challenge of connecting the dots in front of a tough audience as a keynote speaker or at TV and radio and podcast appearances.

Melissa Guzy

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures

Melissa is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures. Prior to founding Arbor
Ventures, Melissa was Managing Director and Head of VantagePoint Asia, a $4.5 billion
venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
As a thought leader in the global technology community, with experience across Asia and
Silicon Valley, Melissa has been recognized as one of the Top 200 FinTech Influencers in
Asia 2018.
Melissa brings with her a unique set of global experience and perspective, with deep
technological and innovation prowess anchored in an extensive international network.
Melissa is a regular speaker on the Venture Capital markets, Key FinTech Trends and the
changing global landscape.
Melissa serves on the Board of Directors of the HKVCA and is Co-Chair of the HKVCA
Venture Committee. She also serves on the Board of Innovation for the Hong Kong
Securities and Commodities Commission. She is a Hopkins Fellow and participated in the
Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard University.
Melissa attended Wellesley College and received a Master’s degree in Finance from the
University of Florida. She is the author of the paper “Venture Capital Returns and Public
Market Performance.” She has been a speaker at Financial Times Top 50 Women in Asia,
Money2020, Asian Financial Forum, RISE and a guest lecturer on the Venture Capital
Industry at the University of Florida, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong
and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is a Contributing Expert at
CFTE, Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

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Ingvar Helgason

Founder & CEO of VitroLabs

Ingvar is the founder and Chief Executive of VitroLabs, a start-up leading the way in the biomanufacturing movement, creating lab-grown leather from cow, ostrich and crocodile cells that’s indistinguishable from traditional leather, ethically made, environmentally friendly and cruelty free. 

His interest in design led to his first venture, Ostwald Helgason, a fashion brand that he co-founded in 2006. He went on to co-found Woah, a cloud platform for apparel companies, helping brands and manufacturers speed up processes, reduce waste and improve profitability. In 2016, he co-founded VitroLabs to focus on the intersection of biotechnology, engineering, and sustainability.

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Luciana Lixandru

Partner at Accel

Luciana Lixandru joined Accel in 2011, where she focuses on enterprise software and consumer internet companies.

Luciana led Accel’s investments in Deliveroo, UiPath, Framer, Tessian, Miro and is on the board of Vinted. Luciana also helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in Avito, Wallapop, Algolia, and Doctolib.

Prior to Accel, Luciana worked at Morgan Stanley and was also an investor with Summit Partners.

Luciana is from Romania and graduated in Mathematics and Economics from Georgetown University.

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Thomas Plantenga

CEO of Vinted

Vinted’s CEO Thomas Plantenga was born and raised in the Netherlands. In 2016, Thomas flew from New York to Vilnius to share his knowledge with the Vinted team. He planned to stay for 5 weeks but never flew back to New York and instead helped Vinted through a successful transformation. Over the past 7 years, Thomas has lived in: Amsterdam, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Nairobi, Cabarete, Barcelona and New York. Now, as CEO at Vinted, he splits his time between the headquarters in Vilnius and the office in Berlin, helping to make Vinted a global success and second-hand fashion the first choice worldwide.

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Inés Ures

Chief Marketing Officer at Deliveroo

Inés is Deliveroo’s Chief Marketing Officer, focused on driving Deliveroo’s global
growth and building customer loyalty across our 13 markets. Inés joined Deliveroo in
January 2019 from Treatwell, Europe’s number one marketplace for hair and beauty
bookings where she held the role of Country Manager for Spain and CMO before
being appointed as Chief Customer Officer. During this time Inés led the creation of a
strong data and technology led marketing team focused on driving faster growth
through brand creation, customer experience and creative excellence. Prior to
Treatwell, Inés worked as CMO for Groupalia, the leading daily deals company in
Spain, operating across Spain, Italy and South America.

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Matus Maar

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Talis Capital

Matus is both an experienced entrepreneur and venture capital investor. Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Pirate Studios – the world’s largest chain of music rehearsal studios, fully autonomous and live streaming equipped. Involved since inception with Threads – the pioneering chat-based ecommerce platform.

As an investor he has led or closed over 50 private equity and venture capital deals. Matus enjoys early stage investing, working closely with the entrepreneurs. Matus represents (or did in past) Talis on various boards for companies such as Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Threads, Import.io, eporta, Narrativ, Price f(x), Plum Guide, and others.

Matus is passionate about world changing technology companies and spending time with entrepreneurs who are building them. Matus loves travelling and experiencing different cultures, he has lived in six countries and speaks five languages.

 

Husayn Kassai

Co-founder & CEO of Onfido

Husayn Kassai is the Onfido CEO and Co-founder. Onfido helps businesses digitally onboard users by verifying any government ID and comparing it with the person’s facial biometrics using machine learning. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 240 across SF, NYC and London; received over $100m in funding; and works with over 1,500 fintech, banking and marketplace clients globally – helping them onboard more users while reducing risk.

Husayn is a WEF Tech Pioneer and Forbes’ “30 Under 30”. He has a BA in Economics and Management from Keble College, Oxford.

Sandra Uddbäck

VP of Data Acquisition at Mapillary

Sandra Uddbäck is the VP of Data Acquisition at Mapillary, the street-level imagery platform that scales and automates mapping using collaboration, cameras, and computer vision. Sandra joined Mapillary as the company’s first non-technical hire in 2015. Since then, she has led the growth of the street-level imagery database from 20 million to over half a billion images, and spearheaded partnerships with players like the World Bank and the mapping giant HERE in the quest to improve maps everywhere.

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Fredrik Hjelm

Co-founder & CEO of Voi Technology

Fredrik Hjelm co-founded Voi Technology in 2018 with a vision of improving the way people move around congested urban centres by offering fleets of electric scooters as a cleaner, affordable and exhilarating alternative to cars. Prior to Voi, Fredrik founded Guestit, the Nordics’ most successful Airbnb management company, and worked in business development for Avito.ru, Russia’s leading – and the world’s third largest – classified advertising site.

Fredrik’s entrepreneurial career began at 12 years of age when he ran a number of commercial projects including forestry work (he grew up in rural Sweden), events and website sales.

 After graduating from high school, he attended the Armed Forces Interpreter Academy, within the intelligence branch of Sweden’s special forces, where he studied Russian and linguistics. He served a total of four years in Moscow in the Defence Attache Office, where he worked as an interpreter and analyst, covering Russia as well as Kazakhstan and Belarus. He went on to study business and economics at the Stockholm School of Economics.

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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.

Nic Brisbourne

Managing Partner at Forward Partners

Nic is the Managing Partner of Forward Partners, an “Applied VC” that backs early-stage companies from day one and provides them with a support team to supercharge their business.
Previously a partner at Draper Esprit, he has worked and invested in London and Silicon Valley, leading over 25 investments and enjoying a number of successful exits including buy.at (acquired by AOL for $125m) and Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m).

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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.

Zem Joaquin

Founder of Near Future Summit

Zem Joaquin is an entrepreneur and founder of the Near Future Summit, a visionary event that seeks to scale solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, driven by leading founders, investors, inventors, and influencers. She also co-hosts a circular systems conference in Iceland with William McDonough.
Prior to Near Future, she founded ecofabulous.com – the authority on stylish sustainability – acquired by Huffington Post in 2015. During her 11 years running ecofabulous, she also held editorial roles at House and Garden, Domino, Architectural Digest and 7×7 magazine. Zem helped create, and is still an active board member of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute. She executed the Dwell on Design show-houses for six years in a row, and is also an advisor. Additionally, she founded and chaired the Gorgeous and Green Gala for Global Green for 10 years.
Zem is or has been an active advisor to Obvious Ventures, Station A for NRG, eBay, Whole Foods, numerous start-ups, and other forward-thinking organizations. She is part of many networks such as Women in Tech, Female Founders, NorCal Investors, XPrize, Build-it-Green, Summit, TED, Slush in Finland, and more. Zem lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children and is an avid equestrian and lifelong learner.

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Dr. Tim Sievers

Founder & CEO of Deposit Solutions

Dr. Tim Sievers is founder and CEO of Deposit Solutions. He is member of well-recognized committees such as the FinTech Committee of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Digital Banking Project Committee of the Association of German Banks. Prior to founding Deposit Solutions in 2011, Tim Sievers successfully built up technology companies and worked in private equity. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Hamburg, a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Selcuk Atli

Co-founder & CEO of Bunch

Selcuk Atli is CEO of Bunch; a group video chat app designed for live mobile games. Selcuk is a graduate of YCombinator (W14), an Endeavor entrepreneur, a Fulbright Scholar. Before Bunch, he was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups. Prior to that that he co-founded Boostable (acquired by Metric Collective) and before that he founded Manifest Commerce (acquired by Rakuten). Mr. Atli is also co-founder of Nomadic Minds, a non-profit that connects top mentors in silicon valley with founders in emerging tech hubs around the world (acquired by TheFamily).
Selcuk was recognized by Endeavor as a global high-impact entrepreneur and was the recipient of an innovation award from the World Bank. He advises several startups including StackShare, Fetcher.ai and Mobile Action. He’s also the lead singer and songwriter for The HMMS, a recording indie rock band based in New York City.

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Stijn Christiaens

Co-founder & CTO of Collibra

Stijn (Stan) Christiaens, Cofounder, CTO: Stan leads the company’s global product organization with a focus on driving data governance technology innovation. Prior to co-founding Collibra, Stan was a senior researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, a leading semantic research center in Europe, where he focused on application-oriented research in semantics. Stan is a sought-after expert resource, industry speaker, and author on the topic of data governance and semantics. He has participated actively in several international research projects (such as ITEA, FP6 and FP7) and conferences (including OTM, FIS and ESTC). He has also published various articles and patents in the field of ontology engineering. Stan holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Postgraduate in Industrial Corporate Governance from Europese Hogeschool Brussel.

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Andrew Shaw

Founder & CEO of Coya

Andrew Shaw is the founder and CEO of Coya. The native South African manages Coya’s investor relations, product strategy and growth. Before Coya, Andrew was the CIO of Kreditech, where he helped build one of Germany’s most successful FinTech companies from 2012.

Zach Perret

Co-Founder and CEO of Plaid

Zach Perret is CEO and Co-founder of Plaid, the technology company powering the fintech ecosystem. Thousands of companies, such as Venmo, Coinbase, and Emma, use Plaid to build apps and services that make money easier for people. After learning how difficult it was to build a secure personal finance application, Zach and his co-founder William Hockey started Plaid in 2012 to lower the barriers to entry into financial services by making it easier and safer to use financial data. To date, one in four people with a US bank account have used Plaid to connect to a financial application. Prior to founding Plaid, was a consultant for Bain and graduated with degrees in Physics and Chemistry from Duke University.

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Teemu Suna

Founer and CEO of Nightingale Health

Teemu Suna is one of the founders, CEO and chairman of Nightingale Health, a biotech company that is reinventing preventive health with blood-based health data. As the leader of this disruptive health revolution, Suna has steered Nightingale into an established growth company with over 80 team members and customers in over 20 countries. Since late 2015, Suna has raised over €40 million to bring Nightingale’s technology to global healthcare. 

 

Suna signed up to be an entrepreneur when he was just 21. Since then he has been at the forefront of health tech ventures. He was leading healthcare IT solutions at Fujitsu Finland as the Chief Technology Officer when he decided to expand his horizon with computational medicine research, leading him to start Nightingale. Suna believes innovation is found between disciplines. His credence is reflected in both the product and the people at Nightingale who come from diverse backgrounds to further push the boundaries of the health industry. The goal, however, is the same — to make preventive health a reality for all the 8 billion people on this planet.  

 

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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”.

Jacob de Geer
Co-founder & CEO, iZettle

Jacob de Geer

Co-founder & CEO, iZettle

Jacob de Geer is a serial entrepreneur. Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in fintech, Jacob de Geer is co-founder and CEO of iZettle, a business headquartered in Sweden and named by The Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative and fastest growing companies. Under Jacob’s leadership, iZettle’s commerce platform has expanded into 12 markets in Europe and Latin America with more than 1000 new small businesses signing up to access iZettle’s financial and commercial tools each day. In May 2018, iZettle was acquired by PayPal for $2,2 billion, giving it access to millions of merchant relationships all around the world. 

Jacob cut his teeth at performance marketing firm TradeDoubler. He was the first employee and helped to grow the advertising network to become one of the largest in Europe before its listing on the Swedish stock exchange in 2005. Jacob holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Alan Mamedi
Co-founder & CEO, Truecaller

Alan Mamedi

Co-founder & CEO, Truecaller

Alan Mamedi is the CEO and co-founder of Truecaller. Truecaller is one of the leading mobile communication applications in the world with services in caller ID, spam detection, dialer functionalities and payment, and has more than 250 million users globally. In this position, Alan focuses on product development and innovation, and charting the strategic roadmap for the company’s success.

To date, Truecaller has raised 80 million USD from Sequoia Capital, Atomico, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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.

Corinne Vigreux
Co-founder, TomTom

Corinne Vigreux

Co-founder, TomTom

Corinne Vigreux is a Co-Founder of TomTom, the navigation technologies company that continues to create cutting edge technologies that solve mobility problems and address the challenges of autonomous driving and smart cities.

As one of the top fifty most inspirational women in European tech, Corinne champions women in the workforce and passionately advocates for improved social mobility through education.

She is a member of the supervisory board of takeaway.com NV and Groupe ILIAD, member of the supervisory board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet and advisor to the Amsterdam Economic Board.

Corinne was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2012 and knighted in the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau in 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Helgason
Founder at Unity Technologies, Co-founder at Nordic Makers

David Helgason

Founder at Unity Technologies, Co-founder at Nordic Makers

Computer Software. Current: Unity Technologies, Nordic Makers – Backing Ambitious Entrepreneurs, Realm.io. Previous: Unity Technologies, World on a Hanger, Unity Studios. Education: Københavns Universitet.

David is a technologist, founder of a wonderful technology company, non-exec director to others, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.

David’s background is in programming, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. He served as CEO of Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with an unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry. They’ve done well thus far.

PS. David always enjoy the challenge of connecting the dots in front of a tough audience as a keynote speaker or at TV and radio and podcast appearances.

Holly Liu
Co-founder, Kabam

Holly Liu

Co-founder, Kabam

Holly Liu founded and exited the billion-dollar mobile gaming company Kabam. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam from $0 to $400MM annually. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning “Kingdoms of Camelot” franchise, grossing over $250 million in less than 4 years. Prior to that she was Kabam’s Chief of Staff and oversaw HR, culture and the talent experience for Kabam employees globally. During that time, she grew the employee base 500% in 3 years.

Mark Pincus
Founder, Zynga

Mark Pincus

Founder, Zynga

Mark Pincus is a serial entrepreneur, best known for founding Zynga in 2007 and taking the company public in 2011. Zynga is one of the most successful mobile social gaming companies in the world. To-date, more than one billion people around the world have played Zynga’s games, including the world’s largest social poker game, Zynga Poker; the world’s most popular mobile word game, Words With Friends; and the #1 Top Grossing Mobile Racing Game, CSR Racing 2. Zynga is also at the forefront of emerging chat-based platforms such as Facebook Messenger Instant Games and Apple iMessage Games, exploring new ways to engage audiences on these highly social platforms. Pincus currently serves as Zynga’s executive chairman.

In 2014, Pincus founded superlabs, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people, which was acquired by Zynga in 2015. Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to using social games for social good.

Pincus also founded Tribe.net, a company he launched in 2003 and one of the first social networks in the industry, Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a help desk automation software, in 1997, and FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based news company, in 1996.

In addition to founding his own companies, Pincus is an active early stage investor in startups. He was an early investor in some of the Internet’s largest and most successful companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, JD.com, Xiaomi, and Napster.

Pincus’ latest project is called Win the Future, a virtual political party that empowers people to choose their leaders and set the agenda, which he set up with Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joel Flory
Co-founder & CEO, VSCO

Joel Flory

Co-founder & CEO, VSCO

As the co-founder and CEO of VSCO, Joel leads the company on its mission to equip, educate, and inspire anyone on the journey toward realizing their creative potential. Joel and his co-founder Greg Lutze combined their passions for photography and technology to build VSCO in 2011.

Prior to founding VSCO, Joel was a successful commercial and wedding photographer. A Bay Area native, Joel is deeply involved in the local Oakland community.

Viola Llewellyn
Co‐founder and President, Ovamba

Viola Llewellyn

Co‐founder and President, Ovamba

Llewellyn is the Co-founder and President of African FinTech company, OVAMBA. Ovambo connects African SMEs to sources of short‐term capital to fund their growth. She has a talent of overseeing strategy, business development & investor relations globally. She and her team created a proprietary, culturally sensitive algorithm to measure SME risk within the African context. Ms. Llewellyn is on the Board of Directors of ActivSpaces, AH Partners, European Women in Payment Network and the International Women’s Think Tank. Ms. Llewellyn has spent over 15 years in management, consulting, technology and the alternative finance sector.

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.

Joel Spolsky
CEO & Co-Founder, Stack Overflow

Joel Spolsky

CEO & Co-Founder, Stack Overflow

Joel Spolsky is the CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow, the place where millions of developers go to learn, share their knowledge and advance their careers. Stack Overflow has become the most trusted developer resource on the Internet and currently serves more than 40 million programmers every month. Joel is also the founder of Fog Creek Software, Trello and previously worked at Microsoft – where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team.

Joel is also a world-­renowned speaker and has written four books, including User Interface Design for Programmers and Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent. His personal website, Joel on Software, has been popular with developers around the world since its inception in 2000 and has been translated into over 30 languages. Joel graduated from Yale University with a Computer Science degree.