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Community Events are a series of highly curated mentoring sessions, workshops as well as firesides and keynotes delivered by the brightest minds of the startup world. We’re hosting three Community Events throughout the Fall to meet and learn together.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE WEBINAR
Our Community Events are not your average webinars but a chance to personally engage with the most accomplished founders, operators, and investors and share with your peers that are currently tackling similar challenges in their business.
Mathilde Collin is the co-founder and CEO of Front, which gives teams the power to meaningfully connect with customers and transform their work into impact. Front serves more than 6,000 businesses and has raised $138 million in venture funding from Sequoia Capital, Threshold Ventures (fka DFJ), and Uncork Capital, as well as executives from Atlassian, Okta, Qualtrics, and Zoom. Mathilde mentors aspiring entrepreneurs through All Raise’s Female Founders Office Hours and the Pioneer Fund. She has been recognized in Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startups 2019, Forbes 30 Under 30: Enterprise Tech 2017 and Inc.’s Rising Stars 2018. Based in San Francisco, Mathilde is from Paris, where she earned her Masters in Entrepreneurship from the HEC School of Management in 2012.
Brad Bao is the Co-Founder and Chairman at Lime. He recently served as the Managing Director of Kinzon Capital (Fosun Group), a cross-border fund that invests in early stage technology companies in both the US and China, focusing on mobile and internet related investments.
Prior to founding LIme, Brad served as the General Manager of Tencent America, and VP of BD of Tencent Games for over 8 years. During that time Brad built the Tencent US branch from scratch, and was responsible for the overall P&L including investments, strategy, globalization, BD, and operations. He led and participated in investments including Hi-Rez, Fireforge, Zam, and served as board member of several.
Fredrik is one Europe’s most experienced investors and one of the most trusted advisors to the Creandum portfolio companies. Fredrik is an early backer of several companies that have grown to dominate their respective markets, among others Spotify, KRY / LIVI, depop and Kahoot!.
In 2018, he was ranked #5 on the European Midas List and in 2020, he made it as one of the very few European investors to the global Midas List.
Ilkka Paananen is the CEO and co-founder of Supercell, the Helsinki-based mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom 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.
Kelly has 10+ years of experience working with external counsel and internal legal teams. In previous roles at Axiom and Knowable, she’s worked alongside clients to implement parts of the ACC Maturity model and has a unique view of the challenges that legal teams and law firms face when it comes to implementing new technology for legal operations.
Kelly is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Onna, the world’s first Knowledge Integration Platform. At Onna, she works directly with corporate clients and partners, like Slack, Dropbox, and Facebook, to make data accessible, useful, and private, for use cases like Compliance, Information Governance, and more.
Jordi Romero is an entrepreneur and computer engineer from Barcelona. He’s the founder and CEO of Factorial, an HR Software startup with thousands of customers around the world, over a hundred employees and some of the world’s best investors. He’s also a partner at itnig, an early stage investment fund. Previously he was CTO and VP Business Development at Redbooth, a project management start-up that started in Barcelona and moved to San Francisco.
Ross McNairn is the CPO at TravelPerk, a corporate travel management platform based in Barcelona. He is a qualified lawyer, self-taught engineer, and sold his first startup to Skyscanner, where he ran their business-travel products until they exited to CTrip in 2017 for $1.7BN.
On route to TravelPerk he led Letgo’s production engineering organisation to a unicorn valuation through a $500M raise and when away from a keyboard you will find him on his mountain bike either in the hills of Catalonia or back in Scotland.