Nov 1, 2018 Katja Toropainen
A successful company can never be built by a CEO or the founding team alone. Behind every successful venture there’s always a pool of people few of us even know of – the bigger the company, the bigger the team that has been contributing to its success. These people are the early employees of the company, operators who have created, built and scaled the most critical functions and teams – be it technology, product, marketing, talent or something else. In addition to founders and employees, significant roles are also played by mentors, board members, angel investors and VCs.
We’ve gathered three stages full of content by a diverse group of speakers: entrepreneurs, operators, investors and researchers working on some of the most pressing challenges on the planet. Our speakers can be spotted not just on stage – they will be participating in roundtable discussions, speed mentoring, and taking part in various side events. Keep your eyes open and you might find just the right person to help you on your journey.
Here are some highlights we’re looking forward to seeing this year:
Eventbrite Co-founder & CEO Julia Hartz
Paypal COO Bill Ready & iZettle Co-founder Jacob de Geer
Modern Meadow Founder & CEO Andras Forgacs
Andela Co-founder & President Christina Sass
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels
Brand & Marketing: Building a Brand from Scratch by brand builders from Spotify, Lilium and Seedcamp
Design: A Conversation Between a Designer and a Product Manager by Irene Au, Design Partner at Khosla Ventures and Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product at Google
Funding: How to Build Your Board and Make the Most Out of It by Taavet Hinrikus, Tim Sadler, Luciana Lixandru and Toby Coppel
Growth: Why Customer Onboarding is the Most Crucial Part of Your Growth Strategy by Casey Winters, Growth Advisor and former Growth Lead at Pinterest
Inclusion & Diversity: The Playbook for Humanising Diversity and Inclusion by Damien Hooper-Campbell, Chief Diversity Officer at eBay
Leadership & Culture: How Scaling a Hyper-growth Business & Creating a World-Class Team is All About Collaboration by Justin Rosenstein, Co-founder of Asana
Product: Building Software That People Love: Lessons from Cal Henderson, Slack Co-founder & CTO
Talent & Recruiting: Laying the Foundation of HR from Seed to Series F by Heads of Talent & People from Spotify, Reddit and Asana
Crypto & blockchain: The stage program will cover the state of crypto, financial side and technical obstacles to widespread crypto adoption with founders of Augur, MakerDAO, Lightning Labs and Earn.com. Read more about crypto track here.
Deeptech: Our Deeptech Showcase presents the most exciting projects from the world of medtech, mobility, foodtech and crypto.
Gaming: The gaming program will start strong with gaming founders debating on whether its creativity or science that makes a game successful. The Managing Director of Tencent Investments will share his thoughts the state of global gaming scene and the investments around it. Read more here.
Science: Science-based companies, researchers and academia are closer to us than ever. In addition to the Slush Academic Pass, we have a Research Pitching Contest being organized with Skolar Award team.
Product Launches & Demos: There will be several intriguing launches including neural interface-company CTRL Labs’ major announcement, HTC’s first demo of their recently announced blockchain phone and a few others we’ll reveal closer to the event.
Mentoring from our Speakers: We ask our speakers to give an hour of their time to early-stage startups. They will be taking part in roundtables and give speed mentoring sessions, where you get to ask about your pain points directly from the most prominent founders and operators.
Female Founder Office Hours: Debuting at Slush with VCs from USV, Index Ventures, Accel, IVP, EQT, Felix Capital, Sapphire Ventures and Fusion Fund.
Photo by: Jussi Ratilainen
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