Hailing from Sweden, Nils was one of the first employees of Skype and has gained experience from several growing international online businesses since then. In 2007, he co-founded Kindo.com and is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Saltside Technologies, a firm that builds online marketplaces in underserved markets, creating sustainable value for the community.
Saltside’s success illustrates well how less-developed countries can represent opportunity for both profitable markets and high social impact. Instead of more traditional target countries such as China and India, Saltside has established their markets in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ghana.
Kate is the director of non-profits at Y Combinator (YC).
YC helps new innovators to get going by providing the earliest stage of venture funding and co-developing ideas together with start-ups. In the later stage, YC helps the start-ups to find new investors and acquirers. In 2014, YC expanded their work to non-profits noticing that most of the same principles (such as technology development and scalability) also apply to these actors. By far, YC has mentored 15 world-changing non-profits. These include:
Watsi, fulfills the mission of providing healthcare for all by connecting patients who cannot afford healthcare with donors. Watsi attended Slush in 2014.
Immunity Project, develops a free vaccine to HIV and AIDS.
Bayes Impact, utilizes data science for social good, solving problems through technology.
Aurora advises several social impact entrepreneurs and is the CEO and co-founder of a non-profit Hack for Big Choices (HCBC) situated in San Francisco. HCBC is a bottom-up global movement with the mission to empower talented people to solve local problems by developing innovative products and businesses.
In a short period of time, HCBG has expanded their work to 15 cities across five continents with a strong focus on design and technology, education and healthcare. Their work from Bangalore to Bogota is an apt example of how technology needs to me more inclusive in order to create real impact where it’s needed the most.
Deepak describes himself as a “serial start-up and mobile guy who enjoys making products that rock and putting it in millions of people’s hands”.
Leaning on that attitude, Deepak has co-founded several successful mobile applications, such as Quest and Innoz. Innoz is a SMS-based offline search engine which aims to improve information channels for people without internet connection, and it was acknowledged in Global 100 technology companies by prestigious RED Herring Magazine. Furthermore, Deepak is the CEO and founder of Lookup which has been described as “Whatsapp for business” in India. The underlying idea is to connect users with merchants in their local area. In contrast to Whatsapp, no numbers are needed and Google Maps’ API allows users to ‘lookup’ their local merchants, from stores to hotels. The service is a creative mix of e-commerce, chat platforms and hyper-local thinking.
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It all began when Justin started investing his personal time in creating a product, which would stop teams from spending up to 60% of their time “doing work about doing work.” Here are four main points Justin has learned along the way. 1. Make it easy for people to keep their eyes on the company […]
Modern Meadow has been pushing the traditional leather industry to the edge by creating biofabricated materials from growing cells into a new type of material inspired by leather. We had an opportunity to have a chat with Andras Forgacs, the co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow and get a sneak peek into some topics what he […]
Meeting the talent gap in software engineer recruitment is a global challenge. It is a problem that Christina Sass and the team at Andela are trying to solve. Andela recruits top software engineers and developers from the African continent and connects them with the global tech company network. Christina Sass is the co-founder and President […]
If you got here via Facebook, make sure you give this one a big “Like”. If not for the penmanship of this article, then for the fact that Justin is the creator of the Facebook Like button. According to weRSM, the like button was pressed on average 4,166,667 times per minute, in 2015. A figure […]
Time to step out with new speakers! The lineup is filling up nicely for #slush18, with many more exciting names to come. Today, we’re talking gamers, investors, inclusion, and anti-harassment action with Kathy Gong, Jillian Manus, and Christof Wittig. To see them live, get your tickets here! Kathy Gong She is the Co-founder and CEO […]
Welcome to Slush Anisha Singh, Managing Director of She Capital, a gender focused fund with a goal to enable high growth women focused businesses to achieve their maximum potential. Anisha is also the Founder and former CEO of Mydala.com. We had the chance to catch up with Anisha before her Slush debut: let’s hear what […]
If you listened to Al Gore when he gave his Opening Keynote Speech at Slush 2017, this shouldn’t be news to you, as he let the secret out while congratulating Andreas Saari on his new position… Don’t remember? That’s fine. As long as you’ll listen more carefully when he talks about climate change, we’re all […]
Slush Tokyo 2018 is back. Speakers have been announced one after another. Today we are announcing the arrival of the CTO of Ripple, Co-Founder of IOTA and the Director of Operations at ConsenSys. These three keynote speakers will share their views on blockchain technology, global cryptocurrency markets, and their explosive growth in Japan. We expect […]
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