Speakers

We take pride in selecting top notch speakers from all around the world. Read their fabulous stories on the back of each picture.

  1. ivan-brezak

    Ivan Brezak Brkan

    Founder, Netokracija & Netocratic (Croatia)

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      Eastern European Success Stories

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      15:45-16:15

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    Ivan is a PR & Media Strategist who both "does" the web and writes about it for quite a few well known publications, including Croatia's leading IT magazine Bug and IT business magazine Mreža. Working with both small clients and communicating with other experts within the industry, Ivan strives to put the www in the Web and give as much people the knowledge to make the right decision - online.

  2. vassil-terziev

    Vassil Terziev

    Co-founder & co-CEO, Telerik (Bulgaria)

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      Eastern European Success Stories

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      15:45-16:15

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    Vassil is a co-founder and co-CEO of Telerik, a global provider of Enterprise ALM and collaboration software. Instrumental in growing Telerik from its humble roots to the 600+ person company it is today, Vassil is focused on helping everyone stay true to the corporate promise to “Deliver more than expected”.

  3. jon-bradford

    Jon Bradford

    Co-founder, Springboard (United Kingdom)

    • speech

      Springboard accelerator presentation

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      16:30-16:45

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    Jon Bradford starts start-up accelerators and loves to help start-ups and their founders achieve their true potential. Over the last 2 years, Jon has helped to start 12 multi-company accelerators from Montreal to Moscow.

  4. carlos-espinal

    Carlos Espinal

    Partner, Seedcamp (United Kingdom)

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      Seedcamp accelerator presentation

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      17:00-17:15

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    Carlos co-manages Seedcamp, the most popular seed investment and support program for European startups. His investment focus is on mobile, gaming and networking technologies. In the past, he has been a venture capitalist at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in London.

  5. maxim-gurvits

    Maxim Gurvits

    Associate, Eleven Startup Accelerator (Bulgaria)

    • speech

      Eleven accelerator presentation

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      16:45-17:00

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      #2

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    Maxim has roots in early-stage online products, and has turned his focus to New Europe after 2 years of legal service innovation in the Netherlands. His professional interests are regional M&A and corporate financing, as well as seed and acceleration VC investments in online and mobile.

  6. mike-edwards

    Mike Edwards

    Executive Director, GrowLab (Canada)

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      GrowLab accelerator presentation

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      17:00-17:15

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    A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike Edwards has started and invested in technology companies for over 20 years. Presently, Mike is the Executive Director at GrowLab, a startup accelerator based in Vancouver, BC. Prior to taking the lead at GrowLab, Mike co-founded Initio Group, an early stage venture capital fund and AreaConnect, a localized search directory sold to Marchex in 2006.

  7. elise-sass

    Elise Sass

    Community Manager, Startup Wise Guys (Estonia)

    • speech

      Startup Wise Guys accelerator presentation

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      17:45-18:00

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    Elise is the community manager and "the keeper" at Startup Wise Guys.

  8. chris-kowalczyck

    Chris Kowalczyk

    Co-founder, Gamma Rebels (Poland)

    • speech

      Gamma Rebels accelerator presentation

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      16:30-16:45

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    Chris is a partner at HardGamma Ventures and the co-founder of GammaRebels. He is an early-stage investor in technology startups and strategy consultant (UBIK BC) - with deep expertise in Internet, software and digital media.

  9. diane-bisgeier

    Diane Bisgeier

    Program Manager, Mozilla WebFWD (USA)

    • speech

      WebFWD accelerator presentation

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      16:00-16:15

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    Diane is the Program Manager of WebFWD, Mozilla's Open Innovation Program that helps open source innovators create businesses to change the world. Diane builds brands, partnerships and innovation through program management, events and communications.

  10. rune-theill

    Rune Theill

    Program Director, Rockstart (Netherlands)

    • speech

      Rockstart accelerator presentation

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      16:15-16:30

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    Rune is running the Rockstart Accelerator program out of Amsterdam. Before joining Rockstart, Rune ran his own e-commerce, which he recently sold. Rune is a Jury member at Venture Cup and a Mentor at Lean Startup Machine.

  11. vlad-stan

    Vlad Stan

    Co-founder & CEO, Geekcelerator (Romania)

    • speech

      Geekcelerator accelerator presentation

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      17:15-17:30

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    Vlad is a co-founder and the CEO of Geekcelerator. He is an experienced entrepreneur and business guy. He has been building tech startups for over 12 years, has been involved in business education for 2 years and investing in tech startups for 4 years.

  12. Stephanie Kaiser

    Stephanie Kaiser

    Head of Studio, wooga (Germany)

    • talk

      On Magic Numbers and Endless Love

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      16:00-16:30

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    Stephanie is Head of Studio at wooga, 3rd largest developer of social games worldwide and the leading developer based in Europe. Stephanie designed and developed the Facebook title Monster World. Since its launch in April 2010, the team has organically grown the game to now 2m daily active users, making it the biggest monster game on Facebook.

  13. adrian-gheara

    Adrian Gheară

    Co-founder, Neobyte Solutions (Romania)

    • panel

      Angel Investment

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      15:30-16:00

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    Adrian is a consultant and investor in technology startups. He founded several online projects, with successful exits, and he's now helping other local entrepreneurs to grow their business.

  14. andrei-pitis

    Andrei Pitiș

    President, ANIS (Romania)

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      Angel Investment

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      15:30-16:00

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    Active angel investor and mentor to many startups, president of ANIS and associate professor at PUB. Former tech executive with 22 years of experience in tech at all levels, from open source linux kernel programming to startup co-founder to senior director of engineering and country manager.

  15. timo-dries

    Timo Dries

    Product Manager, wooga (Germany)

    • talk

      On Magic Numbers and Endless Love

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      16:00 - 16:30

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    As a kid Timo always wanted to work for Disney. At age 10 he discovered the electric guitar and stopped developing his drawing skills. Today he is a Product Manager at Wooga, responsible for the look and feel of a top-secret unreleased game. He is leading a team of six graphic artists and a sound engineer, driving them crazy with his weird stickman mock-ups and home recorded humming choirs.

  16. irina-anghel

    Irina Anghel-Enescu

    Secretary General, South Eastern European Private Equity and VC Association (Romania)

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      VC investment

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      15:45-16:15

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    Passionate about entrepreneurship and education, Irina is the Secretary General at SEE Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, the President of the Innovation Ecosystem Commission in Romania and also the founder and CEO of an NGO aiming to catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation in EE.

  17. jure-mikuz

    Jure Mikuz

    Managing Director & Partner, RSG Capital (Slovenia)

    • panel

      VC investment

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      15:45-16:15

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    Jure has established the first Slovenia-based VC Fund, raising private commitments mostly from domestic industrial investors. He serves on several boards of the investee companies, including Celtra, TAB Systems and Novitim. Jure is actively promoting entrepreneurship and regularly holds lectures on finance and fundraising procedures for the start-up communities in Slovenia and across the Balkans.

  18. mihai-sfintescu

    Mihai Sfintescu

    Partner, 3TS Capital Partners (Romania)

    • panel

      VC Investment

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      15:45-16:15

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    Mihai is a Partner at 3TS Capital Partners, one of the leading private equity and venture capital firms in Central and Eastern Europe. He specializes in Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions Management. In the past, he was the Founder of Abilito Capital, Senior Partner at Altria Capital, Director and previously an Associate/ Transaction Manager at CA IB and he worked as an Analyst at Capital SA.

  19. sitar-teli

    Sitar Teli

    Managing Partner, Connect Ventures (UK)

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      VC Investment

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      15:45-16:15

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    Sitar Teli is partner with Connect Ventures, an early-stage fund focusing on European internet and mobile companies. Connect Ventures' investments include: Secret Sales, Space Ape Games, Ondango and Citymapper. Prior to Connect Ventures, Sitar was with Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures for seven years and was a board member of SoundCloud, MegaZebra and Handmade Mobile.

  20. gyula-feher

    Gyula Feher

    Co-founder & CTO, Ustream (Hungary)

    • panel

      Eastern European Success Stories

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      15:45-16:15

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    Gyula Feher is the co-founder and CTO Ustream.tv. Previously, he founded and served as CEO of Sorensen-Online Development.

  21. andreas-klinger

    Andreas Klinger

    Co-founder, LOOKK (United Kingdom)

    • talk

      3 lessons learned about pivots

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      17:00-17:30

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    Andreas is a co-founder of LOOKK.com, social software project aiming to change the fashion industry, one of the most renowned Seedcamp winners.

  22. daniela-neumann

    Daniela Neumann

    Senior Product Manager, Rocket Internet GmbH (Germany)

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      Digitizing the world

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      15:30-16:00

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    Daniela is an experienced Product and Project manager, skilled in working in international teams, as well as leading cross-functional teams, justifying new product development investments, determining and documenting the new product requirements, creating and managing project teams.

  23. andrei-alexandrescu

    Andrei Alexandrescu

    Research Scientist, Facebook (USA)

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      May You Live Interesting Times

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      14:00-14:30

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    Andrei is a Research Scientist at Facebook, specializing in all aspects of designing and implementing software systems, as well as Machine Learning. He authored three best-selling books and numerous articles and papers on wide-ranging topics. Andrei holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University "Politehnica" Bucharest.

  24. david-bizer

    David Bizer

    Talent Geek, HackFwd (Germany)

    • talk

      The Culture Club

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      14:00-14:30

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    David is HackFwd’s Chief Talent Geek. He ensures HackFwd is finding the 1% of the best talent with the best ideas, and helps HackBoxes grow and develop. He is a pioneer in global internet recruiting with a unique bi-continental background discovering talent from Silicon Valley to the technology hubs of Europe.

  25. alex-barrera

    Alex Barrera

    Chief WOWness officer, press42.com (Spain)

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      Angel Investment

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      15:30-16:00

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    Alex is currently CEO and Founder of Press42.com, a site that wants to bring startups to the right bloggers, editor for Spain, Portugal and Latam for The Kernel (kernelmag.com), founder at Inkzee.com, co-founder and curator of Tetuan Valley, startup mentor at HackFWD, Gamma Rebels, Startupbootcamp Europe, Springboard or Wise Guys, partner at Okuri Ventures, Sandbox network Madrid Ambassador.

  26. fadi-bishara

    Fadi Bishara

    Founder & CEO, blackbox (USA)

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      Born global startups

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      16:45-17:15

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    Fadi matches human capital and venture capital needs across the globe. With 20 years experience helping talented technology entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, Fadi is the Founder & CEO of Blackbox, a globally focused accelerator based in the heart of Silicon Valley.

  27. lucian-todea

    Lucian Todea

    Founder & CEO, Soft32 (Romania)

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      Eastern European Success Stories

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      15:45-16:15

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    Lucian is the founder and CEO of ITNT (producer of Soft32), an online publisher and provider of digital content, being actively involved with various other technology & internet projects. He was named one of the "The 1000 most important businessmen" in “Who’s Who in Business Romania – The 1000 most important businessmen" by ZF (2008, 2009 and 2010), "Top 100 young managers" by Business Magazine (2007).

  28. shmuel-chafets

    Shmuel Chafets

    Managing Director, Giza Polish Ventures (Israel)

    • talk

      VC in CEE - lessons learned investing

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      14:30-15:00

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    Shmuel joined Giza Venture Capital in 2009 as Director of Business Development and is also a member of the Giza Internet Investment Team and focuses on consumer facing internet companies.He is also a partner and member of the investment committee in GPV, a Giza sponsored Warsaw based early stage venture capital fund.

  29. andy-budd

    Andy Budd

    Founding partner & CEO, Clearleft (UK)

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      Using design for competitive advantage

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      14:30-15:00

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    Currently the founding partner and CEO of Clearleft, Andy helped pioneer the adoption of web standards in the UK through his client work, his blog (one of the highest trafficked in the UK at the time), and the publication of his best selling book - CSS Mastery: Web Standards Solutions. In 2010 Wired Magazine named Andy as one of the 100 most influential people in the digital sector.

  30. emi-gal

    Emi Gal

    Board Director, Digital Catalyst Fund (Romania)

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      Angel Investment

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      15:30-16:00

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    Emi is a co-founder and the CEO of Brainient, successful Romanian startup creating an interactive video platform. He is also a Board Director on the board of Romanian seed fund Digital Catalyst Fund.

  31. christian-boos

    Christian Boos

    Founder & CEO, arago AG (Germany)

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      Particle Collision in Code Space - API meets Big Data

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      13:30-14:00

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    Chris is the founder and a board member of arago AG. He is the author of many academic and business publications, focusing on automation in IT operations, computer networks, IT security and information management. Chris is also active in several boards and supports the European startup scene as a HackFwd referrer.

  32. lyuben-belov

    Lyuben Belov

    Co-founder, LAUNCHub (Bulgaria)

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      LAUNCHub accelerator presentation

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      16:45 - 17:00

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    Lyuben is a successful entrepreneur and one of the pioneers of the Internet sector in Bulgaria, having exited Net Info to Sanoma Magazines International in 2008, a transaction that represents the highest valuation achieved in this sector in Bulgaria. . After the exit, he has focused on investing and developing digital businesses within the SEE region and recently co-founded LAUNCHub.

  33. david-noel

    David Noel

    VP Community, SoundCloud (Germany)

    • talk

      How to Build a Community: Three Confessions

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      16:30-17:00

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    David is VP Community at SoundCloud, leading a group of 15 Community Manager and Community Support Specialists with the mission to create and support SoundCloud evangelists around the world by providing a great customer service experience as well as inspiring and engaging community building initiatives. David is SoundCloud’s external voice and its users’ internal advocate.

  34. Alex Lăpușan

    Alex Lăpușan

    CEO & Founding Partner, Zitec (Romania)

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      Origin: Outsourcing; Destination: Success

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      16:15-16:45

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    Alex is the CEO & founding partner of Zitec, one of Romania's important software outsourcing companies, also developing own products and getting involved as investor in some of the developed applications. A great example of this is Zipongo, American startup, for which Alex also plays the role of CTO.

  35. patrick-de-laive

    Patrick de Laive

    Co-founder, The Next Web (Netherlands)

    • panel

      Digitizing the world

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      15:30-16:00

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    Patrick is an internet entrepreneur, based out of Amsterdam. He loves the web, its possibilities and the people creating all the cool stuff. He loves to read about technology, innovation, and tries to keep track of all new and cool stuff. He is a co-founder of The Next Web, leading technology blog, ranked in the top 10 blogs (all-topics) in the world.

  36. Phil Libin

    Phil Libin

    CEO, Evernote (USA)

    • keynote

      The power of innovation

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      10:00-10:30

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    Phil is the CEO of Evernote, the service that's helping millions of people worldwide remember everything of value in their daily lives. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth.

  37. struan-robertson

    Struan Robertson

    Product Director, Natural Motion (UK)

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      Disrupting Mobile Social Games

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      11:00-11:30

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    Struan is the Product Director of NaturalMotion, developer of 3 consecutive #1 games in AppStore. With over 8 years of experience, he has worked across multiple platforms and genres, including sports, MMOs and Serious games across console, handheld and social platforms.

  38. Bill Liao

    Bill Liao

    VC, SOS Ventures (Ireland)

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      Users to Creators

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      10:00-10:30

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    Bill is is currently a VC at SOS Ventures, where he is responsible for pan European investments. He is also the founder of CoderDojo, a world wide movemonet that gets kids into programming computers so they become native digital creators more than just users.

  39. mark-pascarella

    Mark Pascarella

    CEO, uberVU (USA)

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      The pains of growth

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      16:45-17:15

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    Mark is currently the CEO of uberVU, one of Romania's most succesful startups and 2008 Seedcamp winner. He is a proven executive and entrepreneur, focused on building high growth emerging media and technology enabled businesses. He is also the founder of pixip labs, working with entrepreneurs and investors to create and build Internet and Digital Media companies.

  40. Tine Thygessen

    Tine Thygesen

    Co-founder & CEO, Everplaces (Denmark)

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      Going global from the inside out

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      13:30-14:00

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    Tine is the co-founder and CEO of Everplaces - an easy, visual and organized way to remember wonderful places. She is also currently a Board member at Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship and Venture Cap, a referrer for HackFwd and mentor at Seedcamp and Startup Bootcamp. She is in the Top 100 Women in Tech in Europe (list by TheNextWeb & GirlsInTech).

  41. max-niederhofer

    Max Niederhofer

    Partner, Accel Partners (UK)

    • keynote

      Building Big in Europe

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      10:30-11:00

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    Max has been working in the European technology industry for 10 years, both as an investor and an entrepreneur. Since joining Accel, he has been focusing on consumer internet, mobile, gaming and SaaS investments. He is an active angel investor in companies such as OneFineStay, Boticca, Skimlinks, and Last.fm (acquired by CBS).

  42. leonard-brody

    Leonard Brody

    President, Clarity Digital (Canada)

    • keynote

      This Monumental Shift

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      11:00-11:30

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    Leonard is a highly respected entrepreneur, venture capitalist and best-selling author. He has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies to date.

  43. radu-georgescu

    Radu Georgescu

    Founder, Avangate & GECAD (Romania)

    • keynote

      How to make money from software (without busting your bank)

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      10:30-11:00

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    Radu is one of the most famous Romanian serial entrepreneurs and angel investors in technology and internet ventures. He is the founder of Avangate and GECAD Group, with successful exits like the sale of RAV Antivirus to Microsof and the sale of Epayment to e-commerce giant Naspers, currently leading Avangate towards its US IPO.