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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 monthly Community Events are not your average webinars but a chance to personally engage with the brightest startup minds and share with your peers that are currently tackling similar challenges in their business. We pride ourselves on avoiding the platitudes and providing you with brutally hands-on and painfully honest advice straight from the source. Learn more about how we do it and join us on Nov 17–19 as we bring the Node by Slush community together for the third and final time in 2020.

“This is 10x better than real-world events: it’s more focused and content-oriented – thanks to moderation & Q&A it feels much more direct.”

Jeremi Yak
Head of Communications, Neufund

COMMUNITY EVENT #3 – NOV 17–19

This month we’re focusing even more on facilitating startup-investor connections through our new concept Matchmaking Sprint, bring you Mentoring Sessions, Roundtables, and Workshops from builders and backers of world-changing companies and Firesides and Keynotes from the brightest startup minds. On Nov 17, we are also presenting a day full of Side Event by our Partners.

 

We’re inviting 100 startups from Pre-seed to Growth to take part in the Matchmaking Sprint with 25 investors looking for their next portfolio company. During the Sprint each startup will able to meet with at least two investors for 15 minutes to pitch and/or demo and get to know their investment thesis. To make the most out of the meetings, the team at Slush will hand-pick the attendees to create the best startup and investor matches.

Sonali de Rycker has worked with some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs of our time. In this fireside with Jonas Nordlander, founder of Avito, the second-biggest classifieds site in the world and one of Europe’s largest internet properties, Sonali explores lessons on leadership from the front line. From building strong teams to keeping that laser focus on the vision, this heart-to-heart fireside unveils what happens behind the scenes to create a powerful and enduring business and culture.

Andrew Chen is a leading voice in Silicon Valley on growth, mobile, and metrics. In this fireside for founders and investors alike, Andrew discusses the current consumer investment landscape (from creator marketplaces to entertainment and gaming), how successful consumer teams think about metrics and growth levers, and why he believes “social” platforms are approaching their next renaissance moment.

Sequoia Capital, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has recently opened its first office in Europe. We are thrilled to give you two partners leading Sequoia’s strategy for Europe: Luciana Lixandru and Matt Miller, in conversation with TechCrunch reporter Steve O’Hear. The firm has a legendary track record of backing companies like Apple, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe, and European category leaders, including Klarna, UiPath, and Graphcore. Now, with boots on the ground, Sequoia is on a mission to partner with founders across Europe as early as possible and help build the next generation of global companies. What makes Sequoia a desirable partner? What strengths of the European startup ecosystem will they build on? What are the future investment trends they see coming over the next year and beyond? Tune in and find out.

The Helsinki-based delivery platform Wolt has expanded to 23 countries and over 100 cities in just 5 years from launch. Originating from Finland, which is a hard market for a delivery service, as the population is small and spread out, the company had to build its foundation on technology, efficiency, and customer experience. This has become the company’s competitive advantage, which allows it to operate in different sized cities around the world, from Kouvola to Tokyo. We couldn’t be more excited to lift the lid on the story behind this success with Wolt’s Co-founder and CEO, Miki Kuusi, and Amy Lewin from Sifted. Wolt has the potential to become a truly global brand – so what direction will its leaders take the company now? Tune in to find out.

Different businesses require different growth strategies. In this hands-on fireside, Casey Winters takes a look at growth models that have been defining the tech landscape in the last years. With experience leading marketing and product teams at GrubHub, Pinterest, and now Eventbrite, while advising companies like Airbnb, Reddit, or Canva, Casey is the ultimate expert on scaling products. Tune in to hear his best tips on startup growth and find out what growth models could disrupt the industry in the future.

 

The Metaverse, or spatial internet – a future augmentation of the internet through shared and interconnected virtual realities is fast-approaching. For this thought-provoking session, Lakestar is bringing on three entrepreneurs from across their portfolio who are building some of the vital pieces of infrastructure needed to bring this to life: Identity, Money and Fashion. They will be joined by three senior members of Lakestar’s investment team.

 

For this session, Mosaic Ventures is bringing together some of the deepest fintech expertise from across their team and portfolio. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities created by COVID and their advice for early-stage founders on how to navigate these.

2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for all of us. However, it’s also been the seedbed of new opportunities that founders shouldn’t overlook. To that end, the session will cover how to steer your business through choppy waters, but also, how to seize the window of opportunity created by phenomena like accelerated tech adoption and changes in consumer behaviour.

In this high-paced workshop, Draper Esprit will run through a startup’s fundraising journey from Seed to IPO, focusing on tangible must-understands from along the way. The session will kick off with three pithy keynotes by Christoph Hornung, Jonathan Sibilia, and Will Turner – all Draper Esprit Partners, and each focusing on the stage at which they primarily invest. Beyond the 30-minute mark, the session will split into intimate breakout room discussions with the speakers. For this part, startups are assigned to rooms according to their current stage of growth. After the session, Draper Esprit will set up an email address that all participating startups are welcome to use to reach out to their team.

Whether running a Seed or Series A stage company, ramping up enterprise sales is always a challenge. In this workshop, we share insights on avoiding classic pitfalls of enterprise sales, how to utilize best-practice solutions to build sales organizations, and how your next investor will evaluate your sales success.

With this year bringing both a cultural and biological pandemic, the need for us to work together to effect social and environmental change has never been more obvious. European tech is going from strength to strength, but how do we ensure we are creating sustainable and inclusive businesses?
 Magda Lukaszewicz, Investment Principal at Balderton and co-lead on Balderton’s ESG team, will open up the conversation, sharing Balderton’s own “Sustainable Future Goals”, and speaking to two incredible founders from Balderton’s portfolio about their own approaches.
 Fanny Moizant, President and co-founder of Vestiaire Collective, will explain how Vestiaire has kept a focus on sustainability as it built a fashion community of over 10 million members across 100 countries, and Rickard Carlsson, CEO and co-founder of Detectify, will explain how the cyber-security startup began its major diversity push to move forward from its all-white, all-male founding team.

“To build a legendary company you need a legendary category not only a legendary product. “ This is the crux of category design. It’s a business strategy and a discipline that helps companies create, develop, and dominate new categories of products and services. The concept is the subject of the book Play Bigger and is a foundational, strategic approach to assessing the company’s potential, to frame its value proposition, and ultimately to create an unfair advantage. This is your chance to learn the basics of category design, the foundational principles, and how they apply to your company; you’ll come away with a clear idea of how to kick off the strategic planning phase of the design process and be armed to identify the new category you’re creating and its potential.

For this Matchmaking session, Slush & Helsinki Business Hub are looking to connect promising early-stage Finnish companies with Finnish & European angel investors. After an introduction for the whole group, the session will split into intimate roundtables between 2 investors and 5 startups. Startups are asked to prepare a 2-minute pitch, after which they’ll have the chance to ask the angels questions about fundraising and their business.

In this session, Caroline and Dan from Atomico provide practical advice on people management for early-stage startups. Partners at one of the most prominent European venture funds, they bring with them years of experience in helping founders hire, grow, and retain talent. They will give insight into how Atomico helps their portfolio companies grow and scale teams so that you, as an early-stage founder, can avoid the most common startup mistakes.

How should you plan your Series A fundraising to successfully attract and lock investors? In her capacity as Principal at Balderton Capital, Cayetana Hurtado daily works with early-stage founders pre- and post-deals. In this session, she pulls from her experience to share concrete steps to landing your A round, starting with the overall strategy for your fundraising process, thinking about your fundraising plan, and understanding and presenting your key unit economics.

Angel investors can be a great asset for early-stage founders looking to raise their first rounds. In this session with Bindi Karia, a Venture Partner at Draper Esprit, you will learn how and where to find angel investors, how to conduct your due diligence, what are acceptable terms that you should be considering, and what role can angel investors have in your startup post-deal. The focus will be on building a strong (angel) investor network and long-term successful relationships with them. Bindi Karia is a Venture Partner at large London-based VC Draper Esprit. Throughout the last years she has held positions in and around the tech industry including advisory roles across a number of organizations (Startup Europe, Techstars Startup Weekend, European Innovation Council, WEF).

Understanding your customer, while undeniably key to finding a P/M fit, remains a challenge for many founders. In this session with Hannah Meiton, mentor at one of the top European accelerators, you will explore building a customer journey A-Z: nailing customer personas and relevant value propositions, creating a go-to-market strategy, and finally building your organization around your customers. It’s time to take an outside-in approach to fuel your startups’ growth. Hannah has many years of experience developing software companies, primarily in Silicon Valley, most recently as COO of Soundtrack Your Brand and as VP Sales at iZettle.

Having the right shareholders can be a key enabler to the company’s growth, support network, strategic input, and ultimate end-result in terms of IPO or an acquisition. On the other hand, having the wrong cap table can be the source of frustration, misalignment, and in the worst-case – strategic misdirection. As a former venture-funded entrepreneur, an investor in several unicorns, and now partner & head of Europe at one of the largest Silicon Valley funds, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Rytis will share a perspective and engage in a hands-on, practical conversation on the topic that is relevant to companies at pre-seed stage to pre-IPO stage alike.

“At first I was wondering a bit how Node by Slush would differentiate from the many other startup-investor networks, but after experiencing the stupendous quality of the Mentor Sessions I now see the light!”

Richard von Kaufmann
Founder & Managing Director, Pricetap

PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

These founders, operators, and investors have stepped on our virtual stages during the fall among the other bright minds in startups and venture capital.

Taavet Hinrikus
Co-founder & CEO, Transferwise

Taavet Hinrikus

Co-founder & CEO, Transferwise

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.

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.

Alice Bentinck
Co-founder, Entrepreneur First

Alice Bentinck

Co-founder, Entrepreneur First

Brad Bao
Co-Founder & Chairman, Lime

Brad Bao

Co-Founder & Chairman, Lime

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.

Pär-Jörgen Pärson
General Partner, Northzone

Pär-Jörgen Pärson

General Partner, Northzone

Pärson has been a general partner at Northzone since 2004. At Northzone, his primary areas of focus are disruptive businesses in consumer internet, health and fintech. His portfolio includes multi-billion dollar exits in market-defining companies such as Spotify, iZettle and Avito, as well as Pricerunner, Jasper, Videoplaza, and current companies like fuboTV, Spring Health, Play Dots and others. He appeared several times in Forbes’ Midas List. 

Before joining Northzone, Pärson ran his own investment firm and was a consultant at McKinsey. He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Miki Kuusi
Co-founder & CEO, Wolt

Miki Kuusi

Co-founder & CEO, Wolt

Miki Kuusi is the co-founder & CEO of the Helsinki-based company Wolt. Founded in 2014, Wolt is Europe’s second fastest growing company, known for its food delivery platform. Wolt operates in 23 countries and 100+ cities while the company has raised €267M in funding from investors such as ICONIQ Capital, Highland Europe, 83North, EQT Ventures and Goldman Sachs Growth Equity. Previously, Miki ran Slush as co-founder & CEO, where he oversaw the event’s growth from a local, 300-person gathering in Helsinki to one of the leading tech and investor events in the world attended by more than 25,000 people annually, expanding across Europe and Asia. Wired listed Miki as #32 on their top technology influencers in Europe for 2015, while Forbes featured Miki on their 30 under 30 list for 2016.

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Sonali De Rycker
Partner, Accel

Sonali De Rycker

Partner, Accel

Sonali De Rycker joined Accel in 2008 and invests in consumer internet, software and fintech businesses.

Sonali led Accel’s investments in Avito (acquired by Naspers), Lyst, Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), Wallapop, Calastone, Monzo, Shift Technology, Letgo (acquired by Naspers), Kry/Livi, Soldo, Hopin, and Sennder. Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Venture (now Accomplice). She also previously served on the board of Match.com (NASDAQ:MTCH).

Sonali is from Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.

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Andrew Chen
General Partner, a16z

Andrew Chen

General Partner, a16z

Luciana Lixandru
Partner, Sequoia

Luciana Lixandru

Partner, Sequoia

Luciana Lixandru is a Partner at Sequoia, where she focuses on enterprise and consumer technology companies across Europe. She is passionate about helping founders at all stages unlock their potential and think on a global scale. Prior to becoming Sequoia’s first partner in Europe, Luciana worked at Accel for eight years, where she led investments in UiPath, Deliveroo, Framer, Miro and Tessian. Luciana has also held positions at Summit Partners and Morgan Stanley. She has a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Georgetown and resides in London. 

Quentin Clark
Managing Director, General Catalyst

Quentin Clark

Managing Director, General Catalyst

Jan Hammer
Partner, Index Ventures

Jan Hammer

Partner, Index Ventures

Jan focuses primarily on financial information and data services startups, investing across all stages from seed to venture to growth. He led Index investments in Adyen, Alan, Collibra, Robinhood, SafetyCulture and TransferWise.

Prior to joining Index, Jan worked at General Atlantic in London. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in M&A and capital markets. Jan holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and is a graduate of Oxford University.

According to Forbes Midas List, the annual ranking of venture investors, Jan is the top-ranked investor in Europe.

Register for Jan’s keynote “Building Tech Giants Out of Europe – Learnings from 33 European Unicorns Gone Global” in Node by Slush 23 September 2020 03:30 PM – 04:00 PM EEST below.

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Matt Miller
Partner, Sequoia

Matt Miller

Partner, Sequoia

Matt Miller is a partner at Sequoia focused on early and growth-stage investments in technology companies. A self-proclaimed nerd from an early age, Matt started building computers and writing code at 12 years old in his mother’s kitchen. He has worked as an entrepreneur, an advisor, and now an investor. At Sequoia, Matt has worked closely with companies like Carbon Black, Confluent, Docker, Graphcore, Hirevue, n8n.io, Okta, Simplisafe, SkyHigh Networks, Tecton, and Tessian. Prior to Sequoia, Matt worked at Goldman Sachs and graduated from Brigham Young University. In his spare time, Matt is wrangling two young kids with his wife and looking for people with whom he can practice his Swedish.

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Casey Winters
CPO, Eventbrite

Casey Winters

CPO, Eventbrite

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.

Fredrik Cassel
General Partner, Creandum

Fredrik Cassel

General Partner, Creandum

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.

Seth Pierrepont
Partner at Accel

Seth Pierrepont

Partner at Accel

Seth Pierrepont joined Accel in 2013 and focuses on enterprise software, cybersecurity, and fintech.

Seth helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in Kry, PillPack (acquired by Amazon), WorldRemit, Soldo, Anyfin, Privitar, Snyk, Shift Technology, CallSign, Chainalysis, Carwow, and FRVR.

Prior to Accel, he invested in European companies with Vision Capital. He previously advised technology and media companies on strategy with Oliver Wyman in San Francisco.

Seth is from Chicago, IL and attended Dartmouth.

Fanny Moizant
Co-founder & President, Vestiaire Collective

Fanny Moizant

Co-founder & President, Vestiaire Collective

Toby Coppel
Co-founder & Partner, Mosaic Ventures

Toby Coppel

Co-founder & Partner, Mosaic Ventures

Dan Hynes
Partner & Head of Talent, Atomico

Dan Hynes

Partner & Head of Talent, Atomico

Dan Hynes is a Partner and Head of Talent at Atomico. He brings his extensive global experience in technology talent and staffing to help portfolio companies find, grow and keep the best employees in their respective fields. Dan is on the board of Ontruck, Bossa Studios, OhBibi and Peakon. Prior to joining Atomico, Dan was responsible for talent and staffing at some of the world’s best-known technology companies including Google, Cisco and Skype.

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Caroline Chayot
Partner, Atomico

Caroline Chayot

Partner, Atomico

Caroline Chayot is a Partner at Atomico where she helps companies hire, develop, and retain the best talent in Europe. Previously she led the EMEA HR team at Twitter, where she supported the leadership team in scaling the business from two to six markets and grew the team from 80 based in London to 500 across the region. Prior to that, she worked at Google in HR for 9 years.

 

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Milda Mitkute
Founder, Vinted

Milda Mitkute

Founder, Vinted

Mathilde Collin
Co-founder & CEO, Front

Mathilde Collin

Co-founder & CEO, Front

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.

Kelly Griswold
Chief Strategy Officer, Onna

Kelly Griswold

Chief Strategy Officer, Onna

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.

Sasha Astafyeva
Partner , Atomico

Sasha Astafyeva

Partner , Atomico

Sasha Astafyeva is a Partner at Atomico based in London where she leads on new investment opportunities in the consumer space. Prior to joining Atomico, Sasha spent three years as a Principal at Felix Capital in London. Before that she spent extensive time as an operator in startups in the UK and Brazil, including Lyst, a London-based online fashion marketplace, VivaReal, an online real estate marketplace in Brazil, and Dafiti, Latin America’s largest online fashion retailer. She is passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs who are building distinctive mission-driven consumer propositions with a strong brand identity and emotional connection with customers, and who are creating customer value through use of data and advanced technologies.

Juan de Antonio
Co-founder & CEO, Cabify

Juan de Antonio

Co-founder & CEO, Cabify

Ross McNairn
CPO, Travelperk

Ross McNairn

CPO, Travelperk

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.

 

Mika Salmi
Managing Partner, Lakestar

Mika Salmi

Managing Partner, Lakestar

Sanna Westman
Investment Manager, Creandum

Sanna Westman

Investment Manager, Creandum

Sanna Westman is an Investment Manager at Creandum. She is hunting down Europe’s most interesting startup companies and the entrepreneurs that run them.

Sanna brings deep experience in e-commerce, payments and M&A. Starting her career at McKinsey, Sanna spent the first years focusing on the Public Sector before heading into working hands-on with growth strategy, and M&A for consumer and retail companies in Scandinavia and China. This led her to a Kinnevik company, Qliro Group, where she was head of business development with responsibility for the Group’s new strategy and M&A, and later led the subsidiaries Bodystore.com and FitnessMarket.

Ilya Volodarsky
Co-Founder and President, Segment

Ilya Volodarsky

Co-Founder and President, Segment

Ilya is co-founder and president of Segment, the world’s leading customer data platform. Segment’s platform democratizes access to reliable data for all teams and offers a complete toolkit to standardize data collection, unify user records, and route customer data into any system where it’s needed. Ilya works on infrastructure engineering, new products, and the Segment Startup Program, which is focused on helping early-stage startups implement analytics and reach product market fit from the get-go.

Articles:

Analytics 101 for startups – best tips from Segment Co-Founder Ilya VolodarskyJune 25, 2020
Alexander Vidiborskiy
Principal, Atomico

Alexander Vidiborskiy

Principal, Atomico

Alexander (Sasha) Vidiborskiy is a Principal at Atomico. He is a quantum physicist by background and specialises in enterprise software including developer tools, cloud infrastructure, and AI/ML applications among others.Before joining Atomico, Sasha was a Senior Associate at Runa Capital. Prior to that he ran Business Operations at Bitcalm, a 1-click backup and recovery SaaS for SMEs. Sasha started his career as a Research Associate at a theoretical physics lab where he built a first-in-class tunable superconducting metamaterials.

 

Johan Brenner
General Partner, Creandum

Johan Brenner

General Partner, Creandum

Fatih Mustafa Celebi
Co-Founder, Meditopia

Fatih Mustafa Celebi

Co-Founder, Meditopia

Fatih was born in 1991 in Ankara, Turkey. He studied economics at Koc University, Istanbul. The fundamental principle of Fatih’s entrepreneurial path is to create products and services for mental health. He loves long-distance running, skiing, kitesurfing, and enjoys jazz music while reading books on history.

 

Jordi Romero
Founder and CEO, Factorial

Jordi Romero

Founder and CEO, Factorial

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.

Heini Zachariassen
Founder & Board member, Vivino

Heini Zachariassen

Founder & Board member, Vivino

Marianne Vikkula
VP of New Markets , Wolt

Marianne Vikkula

VP of New Markets , Wolt

Daisy Onubogu
Head of Network & Community, Backed VC

Daisy Onubogu

Head of Network & Community, Backed VC

Emil Eifrem
Co-founder & CEO, Neo4J

Emil Eifrem

Co-founder & CEO, Neo4J

Jussi Mäkinen
CMO, Varjo

Jussi Mäkinen

CMO, Varjo

Nicola McClafferty
Partner, Draper Esprit

Nicola McClafferty

Partner, Draper Esprit

Jonathan Sibilia
Partner, Draper Esprit

Jonathan Sibilia

Partner, Draper Esprit

Will Turner
Managing Partner, Draper Esprit

Will Turner

Managing Partner, Draper Esprit

Bindi Karia
Venture Partner, Draper Esprit

Bindi Karia

Venture Partner, Draper Esprit

Heini Vesander
Head of Communications & PR, Wolt

Heini Vesander

Head of Communications & PR, Wolt

Sonia Maciuszewicz
Head of Founder Experience, Backed VC

Sonia Maciuszewicz

Head of Founder Experience, Backed VC

Hannah Meiton
Business advisor, Sting Accelerator

Hannah Meiton

Business advisor, Sting Accelerator

Cayetana Hurtado
Principal, Balderton Capital

Cayetana Hurtado

Principal, Balderton Capital

Johan Brand
Founder of Kahoot

Johan Brand

Founder of Kahoot

Johan Brand is a creative technology entrepreneur based in Oslo, Norway.  As a Founding Partner at We Are Human in London he creates purpose driven organisations striving for sustainable social and commercial impact. We Are Human’s most successful venture to date is Kahoot!, one of the world’s fastest growing learning brands with over 70 million unique monthly active users in 200+ countries. Johan was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership Kahoot! grew from a research project to a company that captured more than half of US K-12 classrooms, as well as millions of business and social users.

Frequently asked questions

What is Node by Slush?

Node by Slush is a curated community for startups, investors, and ecosystem builders that allows you to make new connections, learn and grow every day. The community is powered by a platform with features such as personal profiles, company pages, as well as search & filtering that allow you to discover and be discovered. Direct messaging, discussion forums, and feed posts enable sharing and collaboration between the members. In addition, we facilitate connections between the members through monthly community events including mentoring, keynotes, and more. Learn more here.

What are Community Events?

Community events are the cherry on the top of Node by Slush. We are talking about a series of highly curated encounters between founders, investors, mentors, and partners topped with firesides and keynotes delivered by the brightest minds of the startup world. Running in the afternoon on Sep 23-24Oct 20-22, and Nov 18-19, they provide a unique opportunity to meet people you need to build, scale, fundraise, or simply get inspired. Everyone is welcome to join  Firesides and Keynotes, whereas the curated sessions are for the only Node by Slush members via application or invitation

What are Keynotes and Fireside Chats?

Keynotes are 30–minute presentations into some of the best-kept secrets in the world of startups. Building on examples and learnings from the most accomplished founders, operators, and investors around, these sessions provide you tangible tools and tips to accelerate your growth. Open to everyone interested, but limited in capacity. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fireside Chats are 30–60 minute moderated discussions with some of the most prominent founders, operators, and investors in the world of startups. These sessions take you from macro to micro with a focus on honest, hands-on advice you can apply to your thinking the very next day.  Open to everyone interested, but limited in capacity. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

What are Mentoring Sessions?

Mentoring sessions are interactive Q&As for a curated audience of 30–50 peers. During the intensive 55 minutes, you will get a deep dive into the topic at hand from a seasoned entrepreneur, operator, or investor, followed by a chance to ask your own questions and learn from those posed by your peers. We curate the audience through invites and applications to make sure that every participant gets the most value out of the mentor and the peers joining.

What are Roundtables?

Startup Roundtables are intimate sessions are for a highly curated audience of 6–10 participants to enable heart-to-heart exchanges. During the intensive 55 minutes, you will receive genuine and in-depth advice from seasoned entrepreneurs, operators, investors, and fellow founders. You will also gain valuable connections with peers and experts that stay with you for the next time there’s a bump in the road. We curate the audience through invites and applications to make sure that every participant gets the most value out of the mentor and the peers joining.

Investor Roundtables are Exclusively available to our investor membership holders, investor roundtables host 6–10 participants, giving you a chance to discuss the world of venture with like-minded peers. Each session will be led by a designated host who’s in charge of framing and moderating the discussion. The topics on offer range from industry-encompassing points of debate to thematic deep dives. Investor roundtables are between 45 and 60 minutes in length.

What are Investor Workshops?

Investor workshops are intimate gatherings with some of the most prominent firms & individuals that invest in European ventures. These sessions offer startups a chance for learning and individual exposure. Over the course of the fall, we’ll run sessions for various job functions and across stages of growth. Each session will be uniquely structured by the hosting fund, and will typically last between 60 and 120 minutes.

Please note that our investor sessions are invitation-only based on criteria set by the hosting fund.

How much does it cost?

Unlock your access to our community platform and events by subscribing to a monthly membership.

Startup –  With a monthly Startup membership you’ll get access to the people directory and direct messages, monthly keynotes and fireside chats, forums and feed, personal profile, startup page and invitations to investor workshops and mentoring sessions. The 1-month membership (Excl. VAT) costs €29.

Investor – With a monthly Investor membership you’ll get access to a personal profile, people directory and direct messages, unlimited startup data downloads, forums, and feed, monthly keynotes, and fireside chats. The 1-month membership (Excl. VAT) costs €109.

Angel Investor – With a monthly Angel investor membership you’ll get access to a personal profile, people directory and direct messages, unlimited startup data downloads, forums, and feed, monthly keynotes, and fireside chats. The 1-month membership (Excl. VAT) costs €79.

Ecosystem – With a monthly Ecosystem membership you’ll get access to the people directory and direct messages, monthly keynotes and fireside chats, forums and feed, and a personal profile. The 1-month membership (Excl. VAT) costs €109.

“Mentoring Session with Casey Winters was awesome. I needed to hear these things right now and I got so much new energy from it.”

Ben Fernström
CEO, Paperini

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