Paul Bragiel is a co-founder and managing partner at i/o ventures, an early stage startup accelerator which operates out of a funky workspace+cafe in San Francisco. Previous he has founded and served as the CEO of 3 companies including: Lefora, a product bringing forums into the 21st century, proudly hosting over 100,000+ unique communities. Meetro, the first location based social network. Paragon Five, a game development studio specializing in console and mobile content with offices in Chicago and Krakow, Poland. He often advises governments on entrepreneurship and policy that encourages startup ecosystems.
Johnny "Diggz" Higgins
Johnny "Diggz" Higgins, is an entrepreneur, musician, filmmaker and founder of Geeks Without Bounds. In 1999 Diggz co-founded Voxeo and serves as Chief Evangelist for Voxeo Labs’ flagship cloud communications platform, Tropo and its community of over 250,000 developers. Diggz is also a professional dueling piano player and will perform at the slightest arm-twist.
Jeroen Kemperman is founder of Treeveo, a Msc Information Sciences graduate, and an MBA IESE business school student. Jeroen had his own start-up during his graduate degree in Information Sciences before being hired by his main client and then transfered to the corporate strategy department in Paris. Jeroen then launched his second startup (Treeveo) during the second year of his MBA at IESE in Barcelona. Passionate, driven and extroverted, lover of organizing things.
John Webb is Marketing Director for Startups & Developers at Rackspace - The Open Cloud Company, having previously led Marketing at Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Red Dead Redemption), Yahoo! and Heinz, amongst others. John advises teams on how marketing can empower startups to gain market traction and drive real, sustainable growth; building brand relevance, engagement and value across the customer journey to maximise investment, sales and customer experiences. He blogs on marketing strategy and innovation at http://in2-marketing.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter @WebbJS
Lisandro Bril is the Managing Partner of Ax Ventures-Pymar Fund. An early stage venture capital fund focused in technology projects for innovative and high growth entrepreneurs based in Argentina, that targets and escalates toward regional / global markets. Pymar Fund is a USD 22 Million Fund sponsored by Fundación Empresa y Crecimiento, the Multilateral Investment Fund of IDB, CAF, Cofides, and argentine private investors. As its Manager in Argentina, he is currently screening projects in mobile applications, telemedicine, internet, clean techs, and software applications.
Lisandro is a pioneer VC and entrepreneurial development activist since the 90s. As Manager of i5 (a Hicks Muse Venture Capital) he established the firm’s presence, invested in early stage companies within a deal flow of 450 business plans and more than 1000 initiatives received in one year, achieving a highly successful exit in the software company Amtec (now NEORIS), multiplying by twenty the original Angel investment.
Ken Goldman is an accomplished executive with extensive financial, operational and business management experience and a solid track record of success. He currently serves as CFO of Fortinet Inc, a network security company, which he helped take public in November, 2009, representing the 3rd company he has taken public. Ken served as senior vice president, finance and administration, and CFO of Siebel Systems from August 2000 until the close of Oracle Corporation's acquisition in January 2006. Prior to that, he held CFO positions at Excite@Home, Sybase, Inc., Cypress Semiconductor and VLSI Technology. Additionally, his experience includes board director, audit committee chairman, and financial advisory roles at several leading public and private technology companies. Ken holds a bachelor degree from Cornell and MBA from Harvard.
Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, one of the first Western ventures fund focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. In addition to helping lead fund formation and fundraising, Alex worked with portfolio companies in the enterprise software, consumer web services, digital media, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and e-commerce domains. Prior to DFJ Aurora, Alex was the first employee and Director of Business Development at ooma, a venture-backed company in the consumer electronics, VoIP (voice over IP) space, where he led his company's initial product roll out, customer acquisition and retail distribution strategy. Alex was also co-founder of Say-Hey-Hey.com, one of the web's first free video dating sites, where he was in charge of all product development, fundraising, and business development efforts. Alex also serves as a key advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage start-ups, as well as the Global Technology Symposium - the premier investor conference on emerging markets.
Alex holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was co-President of the Venture Capital Club, a leader of a Global Study Trip, and a Board Fellow. He also holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford. During his time at Stanford, Alex was a Mayfield Fellow and led major technology centered research projects at General Motors and IBM for Stanford's Center for Work, Technology, and Organization.
Kate Kendall is a digital thinker and doer who’s been working in the social web space since 2007. She’s writes, speaks and consults on marketing, product strategy, communications and community engagement. She's the founder of The Fetch – a what's happening guide to your city's digital, business and creative community. She's listed as one of 15 recommended-to-follow Australians by Twitter, was named as one of Brazen Careerist's Top 20 Young Professionals to Watch in 2012 and one of The Age Top 100 Influential People of 2011 in Melbourne. She can be found in Melbourne, San Francisco and her new-love Berlin.
Vanesa Kolodziej, from Argentina, has done it all. Mom to a one-year old baby, she started a number of tech companies in the last decade, for example e-commerce site Comunia. She also worked in venture capital, and is the co-founder of Palermo Valley (already mentioned in our previous story). Loving to connect with other people, she is extremely proud of this network, which has a crucial role for the Argentine startup scene. Many deals have been closed at the events it organizes, and the model has been replicated in several other Latin American countries.
Victoria Lennox is the first Canadian and one of the youngest recipients of a Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. Victoria won the award for having pioneered a grassroots youth entrepreneurship movement both in the UK and globally that has taken on a momentum of its own with a membership of more than 45,000 enterprising students across over 80 universities within 12 months. As the Founder and Chair of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Co-founder and Chair of ICUE, Co-founder of Enterprise Alliance UK, Entrepreneur in Residence at London Metropolitan Business School and former President of Oxford Entrepreneurs, Victoria has built enterprise networks, stimulated public discourse and developed meaningful political and policy inroads to further the entrepreneurship agenda.
Reshma is a Partner of SeedCamp, a new kind of incubator which aims to provide a catalyst for Europe's next generation of entrepreneurs through the provision of seed capital and a world class network of mentors. Before joining SeedCamp's executive team, Reshma was part of the Venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions. Reshma started her career in the US in investment banking (Broadview) and venture capital (Softbank).
Duane began his career in London. In the noughties he founded and ran a youth media consultancy and print magazine in London. He went on to train thousands of young people in filmmaking, event organisation and publishing over nine years. In 2005 he co-founded the world’s first Commission for Youth Social Enterprise, working in conjunction with the UK’s Office of the Third Sector.
After working as a trends scout for PSFK.com he turned his focus to digital media, marketing and entrepreneurship in Asia. Now based in Singapore working in social media and events he has worked as an advisor and consultant for a range of blue-chip and governmental clients. That along with a rich experience working at the cross section of media, marketing and social enterprise has equipped him with the nous to open up new opportunities in the on and offline entrepreneurial spaces.
Mike Sigal has 15 years of success in building technology-based businesses for existing and emerging global businesses. He recently returned to the U.S. after three years of living and working in Europe, where he provided strategic trans-Atlantic marketing and business development services to technology companies. Prior to his experience in Europe, he spent nearly 10 years in the U.S., providing strategic advisory and interim management services for such companies as Daily Mail General Trust, Fresher Information Corp, IDG, Office Depot, Pacific Bell, Philips Electronics, Synoptics, and the U.S. Postal Service. As director of DASAR, producer of the annual European Technology Roundtable Exposition (ETRE) conferences, and as Co-producer and managing director of DEMOeurope for IDG Executive Forums, Sigal built communities which fostered relationships among technology industry executives and investors.
Head of Open API Service at Alcatel-Lucent
VP Business Development at Skout.com
Research/Blog/WorkerBee/Consultant at Dealmaker Media
Joshua Stern is the Executive Director of the technology non-profit Envaya. After graduating from Stanford with a computer science degree, Joshua served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania where he worked to build computer infrastructure and provide fundamental ICT education to local communities. Joshua co-founded Envaya in 2010 with the mission to build and deploy a software platform that provides "the last mile" of connection between grassroots activists and the larger development sector. Built to be easy-to-use and optimized to work in challenging, developing-world environments, Envaya's online and mobile tools empower community organizations to stake out an online presence, connect and coordinate with each other, and directly engage the larger international development sector. In just over a year, the Envaya platform has become the largest online network of civil society organizations in East Africa, and Envaya's supporters include Google, Twaweza, The Digital Opportunity Trust, The Peace Corps, and the Trust for Conservation Innovation. Joshua and Envaya serve as technical advisers to the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology's technology entrepreneurship incubator. Joshua is fluent in Kiswahili, and has extensive media, development, and governmental contacts throughout Africa.
From the US to the UK, a state school to a scholarship to the City of London School for Girls, from the London School of Economics to writing for Cosmo, the only female boxing manager to starting my own businesses. I've been lucky enough to work alongside some incredible people, both in the world of sport (Chris Eubank, Don King, Barry Hearn) and business: Sir Bob Geldof (as part of the founding team of Deckchair.com) and Sir James Dyson, who I am proud to have helped usurp Hoover as consumer champion. In fact, what I learned from them was more valuable than any MBA I could have done, anywhere. Life is a journey and I've found a combination of fiercely focused tenacity, spotting an opportunity and damned hard work gets you further than anything else. Born in Silicon Valley, California, you could say the "web" is in my blood. I am fanatical about the opportunities both the internet and social media make available to small businesses. People, business and the internet — that's me. It is also what has led me to my most important business role so far with Smarta.com.
Arturo Cánez is an entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience engaged in the development, creation and implementation of web-based projects, with relevant experience in travel companies. Mentor at Wayra Perú. Member of the Ecommerce Day Experts Committee since 2010.
Arturo is the director of Lima Valley, the most influential non-profit organization in Peru (and one of the fastest-growing in Latin America) that focuses on growing a community that promotes an entrepreneurial and innovative environment for the peruvian tech ecosystem. He is also the co-founder of Startup Academy (LATAM), the pioneering program on its region that provides business model training and mentoring to help entrepreneurs on their road to success.
María Fernanda Legaspi Yáñez
María has worked in logistics and event planning for Mexico City government, organizing congresses for the UN and cultural events for the National History Museum at Chapultepec’s Castle. Since last year she’s been in Mexico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and started working at a game developer company. She also designed and co founded the first monthly networking dinner in Mexico for entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs, named CoFOUNDer dinner.
On January 2012, she left the company so she could start her own project “Parafernalia Creativa”, where she expects to expand and promote entrepreneurship not only for tech startups, but through creative disciplines.
Nowadays she’s part of the CTIN (Technology and Innovation Center), which is the newest initiative of the Carso Group to develop new projects and ideas by young entrepreneurs. She’s member of the local team of Founders Friday, Startup Labs and the Happy Ambassador of Startup World in Mexico.
Chris Rawlinson looks after Digital Innovation for Ogilvy South Africa, the country’s largest communications agency.
Originally an Englishman he has made Cape Town his home, and has helped grow many top brands in the online and integrated space, such as Volkswagen, SAB, Cadburys, and Audi. He also was a founding member of the ODMA (Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy), as well as helping to start up the 27dinners, and several other online /mobile marketing events.
Frederico Lacerda is one of the founders of 21212, an accelerator of digital businesses based in Rio de Janeiro and NYC. A former professional swimmer and advertiser, he became an entrepreneur and business consultant and then co-founded 21212 to develop the local ecosystem and explore the exploding digital market in Brazil. Today he is responsible, among other things, for operating the acceleration program and growing the 21212 Network.
Frederico is also a frequent speaker, mentor and judge at startup events across Brazil, expanding 21212's support of entrepreneurship throughout the large country. Prior to that, Frederico worked in management consulting at Accenture, where he was involved in international projects and methodology development in the telecommunications, finance and IT sectors. He studied Corporate Communications and Marketing at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).
As a lover of international affairs and different cultural approaches, Carolina is the Business Development Director at Start Up Chile. With a background in journalism and strategic communication, Carolina got into the startup scene in 2008 with her own Project called crea-se.com which was her first failure. In 2009 she won the Harvard Venture Challenge with Unidas.
After working in the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Financial Newspaper of Chile, Carolina entered Start Up Chile and today manages partnerships and seeks different initiatives to make a cultural shift in the Chilean and Latin American Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
Carolina also holds a diploma in Management of Cultural Property and Environment and among her publications a book called: "Strategic Communication: Seven Cases for Reflection" and has been a panelist of SXSW representing Start-Up Chile.
Helpless dreamer and adventure collector, journey and book addict, curious about the absurd and fascinating in our lives, happy mom and wife.
Nathalie joined FIAP, one of Brazil's top IT universities, as Innovation Director to identify the institution's future initiatives and transform the educational experience. Responsible for leading key partnership with Singularity University, innovative institution based in NASA Campus in Mountain View and currently SU Ambassador for Brazil.
Committed to bringing more entrepreneurship into our educational programs and to motivating more students to define their own paths. Guest speaker on topics such as innovation, creativity and inspiration. Nathalie previously lived many lives as entrepreneur in São Paulo, and marketing executive working in Central America, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka.
Louise Hart is the founder of Steady On, a brand strategy and marketing consultancy based in Hollywood focused on film, fashion and technology. Being fluent in Japanese has taken Hart on many adventures in television, advertising and film. Hart started her career at the BBC in London working on the team that launched the UK's first digital TV channels, BBC Choice and BBC Knowledge, later rebranded as BBC Three and BBC Four.
After working on various TV productions for the BBC and RDF Media, Hart set up a production division at the boutique London talent agency WSK Artists, representing art directors, stylists and photographers, where she produced high-end fashion and consumer products advertising campaigns.
In 2003, Hart relocated to Los Angeles (where she had spent her teenage years) and became a driving force in the global launch of Blu-ray for Sony and the home entertainment industry. In 2009 Hart connected all of the dots in her journey so far and set up Steady On where she consults on projects with major motion picture studios, independent filmmakers and fashion technology designers.
Nathan Were is the Business Development Manager at the Dar Teknohama (ICT) Business Incubator (DTBi) at the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), in Tanzania. The incubator supports early stage ICT companies through business advisory, finance and market linkages plus guided mentoring and coaching. Prior to this current role, Nathan worked at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic development of Uganda’s – agency – The Microfinance Support Centre Limited (MSC) as a Market and Product Specialist supporting business development services for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He also worked at Equity Bank in Uganda as a Business Development Advisor – SME Development and was instrumental in the banks expansion drive.
Nathan holds an M.Sc in Development Finance from (UniBG) Italy, Diploma in Enterprise Development, Turin Italy and a BA from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Nathan is passionate about entrepreneurship and small businesses.
Public Relations advisor, Alan Weinkrantz has worked with teams who developed the standards that enabled the transmission of data through wireless networks, the development of computer networking, one of the first Internet cafes in the world, the rise of computer security, the commercialization of VoIP, the creation of the WiFi standard, the deployment of IPTV, a new wired home network standard known as G.hn, the world’s first Windows-based true multi-touch tablet PC, and many other transformational technologies that are now considered mainstream.
In addition to applying very traditional PR methods and having or knowing how to cultivate the right type of media contacts, he advises startup and established technology clients on how be content producers and curators in their own right via the Social Internet. His Above The Code method has been presented at leading accelerators in the U.S., Mexico, Palestine and Israel.
Giuseppe Colucci, background in journalism, blogging, and new media. Giuseppe is Berlin City Manager of Ploonge, online platform combining ticketing service & event management system to a social network.