Previous TOA Speakers
Aaron lives in the spirit of his baseball hero, Jackie Robinson, who said “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” With this ethos, Aaron founded Camelback Ventures, aiming to address the inequities of entrepreneurship by providing coaching, capital, and connections to underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Adam is the Founder and CEO of Academy – UX & Design Thinking Innovation Studio. Having previously overseen the redesign of TIME, Fortune and Money.com, he also serves on the Rutgers University Design Thinking Advisory Board, Working Not Working Members Board, and as a guest lecturer at General Assembly.
Alice co-founded Entrepreneur First (EF) in London in 2011 to support the world’s most ambitious technologists to build their own startups from scratch. EF has offices in London, Berlin, Singapore and Hong Kong and has created more than 100 deep tech startups. EF’s investors include Reid Hoffman, Greylock Partners, Founders Fund, Mosaic Ventures and Lakestar. Alice also set up Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that has taught 5,000 women to code for free while at university.
Amanda is CMO at ConsenSys, a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the Ethereum ecosystem, and co-creator of Ethereal, the leading blockchain event series. Amanda is also the founder of ConsenSys Catalyst, a marketing agency with expertise building blockchain brands. She was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016.
Amir created the first alt Bitcoin implementation libbitcoin, which has the fastest blockchain database of any implementation around, he worked on wallets such as Electrum and Darkwallet, as well as privacy markets and decentralized technologies. Before that he worked for many years on free software. He served in the YPG, and worked on economic development projects for the administration of Rojava for nearly 2 years. Currently he is establishing an academy in Barcelona to train hackers to work on revolutionary technology projects.
Amol co-founded several startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience and Knotel – an innovative flexible office platform which builds, designs, and operates custom office spaces for established businesses. He teaches at Columbia, and is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies.
Amy is President and co-founder of Medallia, the leader in customer experience management software and #7 on Forbes’ 2017 list of top 100 private SaaS companies. Medallia’s Experience Cloud is the only enterprise-grade platform that can wire entire organizations to systematically drive action and win on customer experience. Prior to Medallia, Amy was a consultant with Boston Consulting Group, a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, and Peace Corps Volunteer. MBA, Stanford; BA, Harvard.
André Eggert is a founding partner of LACORE, a boutique law firm almost entirely focusing on the tech and start-up industry. André advises start-ups in financing rounds and exit transaction. He further has a specific focus on the regulatory framework of the blockchain technology, in particular related to Equity Token Offerings.
Harvard graduate Andrea Zitna is the Chief Revenue Officer at Elvie, a British femtech brand developing smarter health and lifestyle technology for women. Andrea joined Tania Boler (Elvie founder-CEO) in early 2015 to help setup all non-product related aspects of the business.
Andy is the Co-founder and CEO of CoinList, a platform for deeply vetted tokens to run their ICOs. CoinList also provides compliance services for many other token sales. Prior to his recent work with CoinList, Andy was the Co-founder and CEO of Sidewire. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Stanford University.
Angel is a full-blood entrepreneur and international expert for co-creative project development – combining digital concepts with mindfulness and indigenous traditions is at the heart of his work. Over the last 10+ years he has supported individuals, groups and organizations to realize and connect with their full potential.
Anisah is the founder of 23 Code Street, a trailblazing new coding school for women based in London. For every paying student on their courses, they teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of Mumbai. Anisah decided not to go to university and instead completed internships around the world and went on to be Operations Director of a leading corporate accelerator.
Building a venture capital fund from the ground up is hard enough – but Arlan Hamilton managed it while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT.
Asher is an American fashion designer and entrepreneur who focuses on the intersection of modern design and emerging technologies. Asher moved to New York in 2006, and launched the eponymous fashion label in 2009 after graduating from business school. The label currently focuses on leather tech, inventing alpha luxury products, while the studio continues expanding its design capabilities in entertainment and technology.
Ashley is a Venture Lead at EQT Ventures, focusing primarily on the German market. Ashley has helped lead EQT Ventures’ investments and ongoing work with Peakon, Anydesk, Varjo and Aifloo. She began her career as a chemist, fascinated with experimentation the mechanics of how and why things work. She is particularly interested in tech that works to improve seemingly unsustainable systems.
Axel is design strategist, future thinker, and since 2015 co-founder & CEO of evrbit, an edge technology start-up from Cologne, Germany. evrbit creates stunning multi user AR, VR and multi-screen group experiences. Axel’s philosophy is: digitization should be accessible for all and suitable for everyday use.
Ba is an artist/entrepreneur who channeled his lifelong love of comics and cartoons into the creation of Bitmoji – the world’s most popular avatar. As CEO and Creative Director of Bitmoji, Ba leads the company’s mission to make digital life more fun, expressive and entertaining by empowering everyone in the world to communicate through cartoons. And it certainly seems to be working – Bitmoji was the fastest growing app of 2016 and the most downloaded app in the world in 2017.
Boyan is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, the foundation that develops advanced systems to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. In February 2013, he decided that the future of our oceans was a more pressing issue than his aerospace engineering degree, and now he dedicates himself full-time to managing the rapid growth of the organization, while also overseeing the team’s technology developments.
Carsten is Founder of Spherity, a scalable, decentralized platform for the fourth industrial revolution providing secure identities and digital twins bridging the physical, biological and digital spheres. If that sounds a little complicated, don’t worry – it is. In simpler terms, Spherity builds applications that link together digital, physical and biological entities on a day to day basis.
As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She is the innovator behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google, and has personally trained over 15,000 Googlers. Prior to joining Google, Cassie worked as a data scientist and consultant. She holds degrees in mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and neuroscience.
Claire is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada Health, an AI-powered health guide that helps people understand their health and navigate to the next appropriate steps in their care. She has advised several health startups throughout her career, and also founded Doctorpreneurs – a global community of over 10,0000 medical professionals who share an interest in health entrepreneurship.
When we heard about the concept for what3words here at TOA we were really intrigued. The idea sounds straightforward enough – assign a unique 3-word code to identify a specific 3m² location. Simple, huh? Executing this on a scale of 57 trillion squares across the globe? Not so much. We are excited to welcome Clare to TOA to learn even more about what3words, as well as her work with NGOs in the UK and abroad.
Daniel Miller is the founder of Mute, a record label launched in 1978 with his own 7” single – ‘Warm Leatherette’ under the name The Normal. Since then, Mute has grown into a global group of companies and today Miller remains heavily focused on Mute’s creative output. Daniel Miller’s recent DJing was inspired by an invitation from Karl O’Connor aka Regis who invited him to perform at Berlin’s Berghain. There he caught the bug and since has been playing regular techno sets worldwide.
Dhruv is CEO and founder of Factmata, an startup developing community-driven artificial intelligence algorithms to reduce online misinformation and promote a quality media ecosystem. A Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in technology for Europe, Dhruv has built startups at Entrepreneur First and Techstars London. He holds a 1st Class MSc in Computer Science from University College London, and a 1st Class BSc in Economics from the LSE.
Dominic is a technology entrepreneur and a long-standing computing enthusiast. He founded the DFINITY project, a public decentralized cloud computing resource, in January 2015, which now has a token cap in excess of $2B. Before switching to the crypto industry in 2013, Dominic created an innovative venture-backed MMO game that he scaled to millions of users, having first devised many of the supporting distributing computing systems himself.
Frank Thelen is a European serial founder, technology investor and TV personality. Since 1994, he has founded and managed technology and design-driven companies, investing in startups like Lilium Aviation, Wunderlist, myTaxi, kaufDA and Little Lunch. In his role as the founder and CEO of the venture capitalist Freigeist Capital, he concentrates on investments in the early phase of development. It’s clearly a winning formula, as their products reach over 200 million customers in over 60 countries.
Friederike Ernst is the COO of Gnosis, a platform for information markets. In today’s digital age, knowledge is power, and the sooner you have that knowledge the better – that’s why at Gnosis, they believe that prediction markets will be the next generation forecasting tool. On top of her work with Gnosis, Friederike is also the secretary-general of the German Blockchain Association, the leading think tank on blockchain policy in Germany.
Fritz is an artist in his heart, an entrepreneur in his mind. Connecting science with art, technology with the body and reason with utopia, he designs how he wants the world of the future to feel like by creating technology, architectures, narratives, and experiences.
Galia is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder of the Bancor Protocol, a standard for the creation of Smart Tokens™, cryptocurrencies with built-in convertibility directly through their smart contracts. In 2005, Galia co-founded Mytopia, the first social gaming company for smartphones (acquired by 888), and in 2010, Particle Code, a cross-platform development technology for mobile applications (acquired by Appcelerator). She is passionate about decentralized technologies, women’s empowerment, consciousness, natural wellness and plants.
Gavin is a General Partner at B Capital Group, a US and Singapore-based Venture Capital firm, focusing on consumers and healthcare. He serves as a Board Director for AIMotive, Atomwise, Bright.md, Fishbrain and SilverCloud and co-manages the firm’s investments in Evidation Health and CXA. Prior to B Capital, Gavin not only invested at Comcast Ventures and managed product at Zynga, but he also served in the Singapore Armed Forces.
Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation trainer and author. He has been a monk for 25 years and has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats. He teaches mindfulness internationally, in business, education and healthcare, working with major clients such as Google and LinkedIn.
Georg Polzer, Chairman, CPO and co-founder of Teralytics is a clearly a man who knows where he’s going – that’s one of the reasons why he was recently listed in “Forbes 30 Under 30” as a rising star in enterprise technology. His company offers incredibly detailed insights into human mobility for cities, transportation operators, car manufacturers and ride-sharing companies to gain comprehensive knowledge on how we move. On top of that, he’s a prolific public speaker – so far in 2018 he’s already delivered a keynote on the main stage at Mobile World Congress and spoke at DLD Munich.
Giri is an economist specializing in defense sector analysis and global macro themes. A former military officer, he has an academic background spanning economics, finance and international relations. He was previously defense economist at the world-leading strategic studies institute, the IISS, based in London and is currently authoring a book on technological change and the future of conflict.
Los Angeles-based sound artist HÄANA utilizes electronic sounds and broken beats, traditional melodies, and improvised instrumental/vocal music. In addition to touring the globe with EDM festivals and as a guest artist for brands such as Intel and Ferrari, HÄANA is also deep in the yoga/music/meditation scene, and performs her original orchestral and intuitive scores at numerous yoga festivals. She facilitates sound meditation experiences with her brand DEEPSØNØS.
Helge Braun was born in Gießen in 1972. After obtaining his Abitur (higher-education entrance qualification) at Liebigschule Gießen and completing compulsory military service in Koblenz, he returned to Gießen where he studied medicine from 1994 to 2001, going on to work as a research assistant in the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at University Hospital Gießen from 2001 to 2009. He completed his doctorate in 2007 on the topic “The impact of intraoperative tachycardia on the postoperative prognosis”. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2005 and then again from 2009. From 2009 to 2013 he served as parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, during which time he was responsible for issues concerning young researchers, research in the life sciences, general and vocational training and the internationalization of education and research. From 2013 to 2018 he served as Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor. Since 14th of March 2018 he has been serving as Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks.
Ida is a Danish entrepreneur and CEO + founder of the world’s fastest growing female health app, Clue. Based in Berlin and founded in 2013, Clue helps women understand their cycle so they can discover how to live a full and healthy life. Today, Clue has more than ten million active users in over 190 countries. So far, Ida and her team have raised €30 million from some of the world’s most renowned investors.
Jamie Metzl is a technology futurist, geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and with the United Nations in Cambodia. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata. His non-fiction book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Revolution and the Future of Humanity will be released in Spring 2019. A former White House Fellow, Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, and an avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner, Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian History from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of Brown University.
After running an extremely successful fashion brand from 1995 – 2005, which culminated in him being named Best Young Entrepreneur of Madrid, Javier grew frustrated with the amount of waste he saw being produced by the fashion industry, embarking on a mission to create an entirely new concept that would combine his design sensibility and understanding of the fashion consumer with the latest in recycled materials. In 2013 he launched ECOALF, named after his son Alfredo.
Jeanette J. Epps (Ph.D.) was selected as an astronaut in 2009. She has been assigned to her first spaceflight, Expedition 56/57, scheduled to launch in May 2018. Her training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalk training, robotics, T-38 flight training and wilderness survival training. The New York native was a NASA Fellow during graduate school and authored several journal and conference articles. Dr. Epps worked for Ford Motor Company where she received both a provisional patent and a U.S. patent. After leaving Ford, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Technical Intelligence Officer before becoming an astronaut.
Jeff Wilson is founder of the award-winning micro housing company Kasita. Named one of Inc’s 25 most disruptive companies in the World in 2017, Kasita homes are 400 sq. ft., incredibly smart, affordable and beautifully designed. Wilson has authored dozens of scientific articles, was named the University of Texas System’s top assistant professor, and did his post-doctoral work at Harvard. Wilson’s work on sustainability, minimalism, and social experimentation has been featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, NY Times and The Washington Post.
After writing an M.A. thesis on the use of blockchain technology in the art ecosystem and working at Sotheby’s helping collectors to bid at auction, Jess co-founded Codex Protocol, a decentralized title registry for art and collectibles. She previously spent six years in the private equity and finance industry.
Joachim is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, and now co-founder and CTO at KRY. He has 12 years experience in tech startups in the fields of multiplayer online games, social networks and ad-tech. Before founding KRY, Joachim was VP Engineering at Videoplaza, which sold to Telstra/Ooyala in 2014.
John Graham-Cumming is CTO of Cloudflare, a company specializing in data protection and security. As a programmer, he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004, and he is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, and many more.
Julian Teicke, a passionate businessman and founder, was heavily influenced by his entrepreneurial father from a very young age. After completing his studies in Switzerland, he moved to London where he played a leading role in building the fastest growing company of all time – Groupon. In 2014, he founded FinanceFox (currently wefox), an insurance platform, which achieved the largest investment round in the insurtech sector in 2016. In September this year ONE, the first 100% digital European insurance company, was launched.
Holding an MA in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics, Julian is a leader and entrepreneur willing to change the world for the better. His first attempt to do so was as an economist running a think-tank and a policy analyst for government, but at some point he realized that technology is what can really make a difference. Since then, Julian has been running imapp, with a world-class team and an agenda to build software projects that will advance all of us.
Juliane Löffler (1986) is a reporter for LBGT* and Feminism at Buzzfeed News Germany. Before she worked as an editor at the weekly newspaper “der Freitag”, partner of the Guardian.
Julie Hansen is the U.S. CEO of Babbel, Inc., spearheading the U.S. expansion of the #1 best-selling language-learning app in the world. Before joining Babbel, Julie was the COO and President of Business Insider, which became the most visited business outlet on the internet under her leadership. Prior to Business Insider, Hansen held top management roles at sports site NCAA.com, Condé Nast Publications, and Time Inc.
Kaave Pour is a 28-year-old award-winning creative and cultural entrepreneur, who started his first company at the age of 14. He currently is Creative Director for SPACE10, IKEA’s future-living lab. He is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, sharing his thoughts and experiences about innovation and design with global brands and universities, promoting a curious, open and playful approach to doing business.
Kerry Trainor is responsible for leading the strategic direction of Soundcloud and driving its ongoing mission to fuel the platform’s one-of-a-kind, creator-driven listener experience. Prior to joining SoundCloud, Trainor was CEO at Vimeo, where he oversaw development of the video-sharing site into a leading global platform. In addition to his professional roles, he currently serves as a Board Director for Fender Musical Instruments and a Board Advisor to The Artists Den.
The work of artist Kevin Abosch is driven by his interest in the nature of identity, value, and human currency. Kevin’s works in photography, sculpture, installation and film have been exhibited throughout the world, in museums and civic spaces including The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia, The National Gallery of Ireland and The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Krisana has been an expert in leading personal development workshops and trainings worldwide since 1998. She is a co-founder of Tantric Energetics – a ‘platform for transformation’ as she describes it, specializing in life coaching, consultancy, meditation and therapy – supporting individuals to regain their own self-empowerment and self-healing, by aligning oneself with integrity, will and the cultivation of awareness.
Lily is a non-practicing physician and product manager for a team that works on applying deep learning to medical data, especially medical imaging. Before Google, Lily was a product manager at Doximity, the “LinkedIn” for physicians, and a co-founder of Nano Precision Medical (NPM), a medical device start-up developing a small implantable drug delivery device.
Maegan is the co-founder of Lucid, a Berlin-based ritualistic gathering. She has been passionately weaving music, dance, ritual & community into 3D spaces for over 20 years, and is a skilled ritualist specializing in dance meditations. Maegan is a trailblazer in blurring the boundaries between a wide spectrum of (dance/music) scenes: creating spaces with her music, events & rituals to touch a wide range of souls, hearts & feet.
Magnus is the world’s most controversial art economist. He is a serial entrepreneur and bestselling book author. In 2016 he started the Magnus App, which works like Shazam for Art. Leonardo DiCaprio is an investor and advisor to the company. Magnus holds a Ph.D. in economics, lectures at Columbia University and studied at Harvard, the London School of Economics and the University of St. Gallen. He is author of five books on the art market.
Mal Harrison is a clinical sexologist, eroticism philosopher, TEDx speaker, & founder of the Center for Erotic Intelligence. In 2011, she revolutionized our understanding of the female orgasm with her research on the internal clitoris. As a lecturer on desire, consumerism, & power dynamics, she explores how the erotic mind can empower our everyday lives, offering fresh insights on cultivating erotic intelligence amid ever-evolving technology.
Marc is a serial entrepreneur who previously built up three startups, worked at Team Europe, and studied at University of St. Gallen & HEC Paris. He founded CodeControl in 2015 with the aim of building an infrastructure for the future of work. Today it boasts a community of 350 top freelance developers, designers and PMs, who work with companies such as Lufthansa, Accenture, and mymuesli.
Marc is a consummate optimist with an entrepreneur’s mindset who believes the future is beautiful. Since founding A Hundred Years 15 years ago, Marc has helped large corporations, NGOs, philanthropic organizations and social enterprises challenge their existing models and systems. Outside of the studio, Marc teaches design thinking and design for impact at UCLA, and has spoken on innovation and design thinking at TEDx Phoenix, TEDActive, the National Art Education Convention, and the Museum Next Conference.
Mark is one of three co-founders of Verdigris and its CEO. He was recognized as one of the 40 under 40 in 2017 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, and previously served as principal engineer for a number of famed Silicon Valley technology startups, including NexGen (now AMD), Pasemi (now Apple), and RMI and NetLogic (now Broadcom).
After starting his career at Daimler in 1998 and rising up through the ranks, Markus became Head of DigitalLife@Daimler in 2011, promoting a digital transformation strategy from a holistic and corporate perspective. Markus focuses on four pillars: strategy, innovation culture, employee networking and corporate culture – with people at the center. To Markus, digitization is all about the people, not just technologies.
Dr. Martin Ebeling is a philosopher – though he prefers to refer to himself as an ‘Instigator of Ideas’, who firmly believes that philosophy holds many lessons for our lives. Working closely with business leaders, politicians and more, Martin encourages them to open their eyes to new perspectives on familiar issues, and to view the world through a different lens.
Martin is a serial startup entrepreneur and has first hand experience in building highly scalable useful and usable software products. While he honestly admits he has managed to fail five startup ideas before co-founding Pipedrive, he has efficiently tied his skills of planning, organizing and coordinating development processes to results that help over 50,000 sales teams globally get better organized and more productive.
Martin is a Spanish entrepreneur who has founded eight companies in the USA and Europe in the past 25 years, all of which are based on new technologies that he identified in their infancy and helped grow. Martin has applied this same approach in creating Prelude, a comprehensive fertility company. Prelude began in September of 2016 and by the end of 2017, it was at a run rate of $120 million in revenue.
Mat is a man of many talents – he’s a musician, an artist and a researcher, working solo and in conjunction with creative partner Holly Herndon, and the record label PAN. He teaches at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, and serves on the board of the music streaming platform co-operative Resonate.is.
Mathias Döpfner started his career as a musician, and segued into music journalism in 1982. Since Mathias became CEO of Axel Springer SE in 2002, he has focused firmly on digital transformation – and it’s worked. Revenues from digital activities increased from €117m to €2.5bn, and EBITDA from digital went up from €-12m to €582m. Mathias is also on the Board of Directors of Time Warner and Warner Music.
Matthew Adell has dedicated his career to connecting people with the music they love, beginning as a teenager working at a record store in suburban Chicago, to holding key positions at several influential music companies. As Chief Digital Officer of Native Instruments, Matthew now oversees the digital transformation of the music technology powerhouse to create seamless and accessible experiences for creators of all skills and styles.
Mazen holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, researching Consciousness and Physical, Emotional & Mental Health, and works in the fields of Emotional & Psychological Education, Music Therapy & Sound Healing, Energetic Healing, Trauma and Meditation. Mazen co-founded Tantric Energetics with Krisana Locke, a platform for transformation which specializes in individual self improvement and self-healing.
Neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen is passionate about understanding mental health and well-being. He is co-founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a venture that unifies immersive arts, psychotherapies and intelligent technologies into a new model of care. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Imperial College London, and his pioneering research champions the central role of music in psychedelic therapy. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, TEDx, Nature News, San Francisco Chronicles and Vice Motherboard.
29-year-old Martin Bohmeyer has been living on a self-imposed – and crowdfunded – basic income for the past half of a year. After seeing its effects firsthand, Bohmeyer is now crowdfunding even more to finance other peoples’ basic incomes. His radical initiative, “Mein Grundeinkommen” has already raised enough for almost two full basic incomes of €12,000 per year.
Michael John Gorman is Founding Director of BIOTOPIA, a major new museum linking life sciences, art and design currently in development in Munich. Previously, Michael John was Founding Director of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, and in 2012 he became founder and CEO of Science Gallery International, tasked with the goal of bringing Science Gallery experiences to a global audience, with Science Gallery spaces now being established in London, Bangalore, Melbourne and Venice.
Michael is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and designer. In 2009, he founded the strategy and design practice, Sub Rosa. Sub Rosa’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, institutions such as the United Nations and the Obama Administration, as well as some of the world’s most progressive start-ups. In addition, Michael is a practitioner of indigenous medicine, helping others bring these powerful traditions into a modern life and workplace.
Mona El Isa, former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, was promoted to Vice President by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. She moved to the Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology.
Mounira Latrache is an internationally acclaimed ‘Mindfulness in Business’ trainer. She brings 15+ years of leadership experience at international brands like Google, Red Bull and BMW. A certified ‘Search Inside Yourself’ trainer, she gives mindfulness and compassion keynotes and trainings all over the world.
Nico explores the intersections of contemplative practices, embodied compassion and social transformation. Bringing 15 years of dedicated yoga, dance and meditation experience, he is passionate about creating novel pathways of wisdom unfolding in unexpected environments in today’s world of possibilities. Equipped with a Ph.D. in art education and a scientific understanding of the benefits of meditation, Nico has brought mindfulness to universities, museums, conferences and other professional environments.
Nina spent the past decade in San Francisco and co-led an organization that focused on the importance of human connection for purpose and growth in people’s personal and professional lives. She now lives in Berlin and continues to create experiences for individuals and groups to connect deeply with themselves and others in an increasingly digital world.
As of January 2012, Olaf Koch has been Chairman of the Management Board at METRO AG. Prior to joining METRO, Olaf had a tenure at Daimler Chrysler AG, where he occupied a number of managerial positions. As Member of the Board of Management of the Mercedes Car Group he was responsible for Finance, Controlling and Strategy.
Oskar Smolokowski is the CEO of Polaroid BV. He has been with Polaroid Originals (previously The Impossible Project) since 2012, and served as CEO of the company from 2015 to 2018. He was born in Poland and is 28 years old.
Parneet is the Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs, a San Francisco-based company building wiser workplaces using the science of mindfulness, resilience and compassion. A Harvard-trained physician, she works at the intersection of lifestyle medicine, behavior change and technology, focused on prevention. She has written for the Harvard Business Review, is a TEDMED scholar and has been featured on the cover of Mindful magazine.
Pascal is a repeat entrepreneur in technology. Over the years, he has raised over $60M in equity for the start-ups he founded, has established partnerships with the major players in electronic manufacturing, consumer software and music industry markets. He’s a software engineer by trade, and is the recipient of several awards, including CNBC’s Upstart 25 (in 2017), Deloitte Fast 50 (five times), Entrepreneur of the Year Ernst & Young, and CEO of the Year.
Paul has been managing the aluminum processing company GUTMANN ALUMINUM DRAHT for more than 20 years. After the global economic crisis of 2009, he began the cultural transformation of this company to a “purpose driven organization” – committed to autonomy and individual truthfulness of each actor in the enterprise. True to his word, he handed over the management of the company to his successor this summer. In the future, he will act as a mentor for similar processes in other organisations.
Peter is the Executive Director of the Web3 Foundation, where he works on supporting the development of the next generation of distributed technologies. As a principal engineer at Parity Technologies, he contributed to the Parity Ethereum Client development, in particular looking at consensus algorithms, as well as driving enterprise solutions built on the Parity technology stack.
In 2012, Phil was tasked with rejuvenating the legendary IBM design program, spearheading a broader transformation of how the company solved complex problems. Through 2017, more than 1,600 professional designers have been hired, and IBM has certified more than 100,000 others in IBM’s Enterprise Design Thinking framework. Phil is also co-chair of IBM’s Global Women’s Executive Committee, and is an acknowledged expert on topics of corporate change, enterprise design governance, strategy and culture.
Phoebe Kiddo is a Berlin-based mindfulness teacher whose life-long passion for creative and contemplative arts has informed 11 years professional teaching with a focus on creative applications of mind-body practices. Phoebe is the founder of The Dream Haus – a contemporary mindfulness studio in Berlin, where she facilitates mindfulness, yoga, teacher trainings and retreats in Berlin and internationally.
Chosen as one of 2016’s most influential high-potentials in German media, Pia Frey, 27, is co-founder of Opinary – a venture-backed startup that empowers users to share their opinion online with engagement-technology. Opinary helps publishers and brands to interact with their audiences, understand user’s affinity and collect engagement-based insights. Before she started working full-time for Opinary, she founded „Pressekompass”, a tool that interactively visualizes opinions and debates.
Rachel is a creative strategist, experience designer and multimedia artist, exploring the relationship between story and experience. She is Lead Artist of the AI-powered immersive theater project “Frankenstein AI: a monster made by many”. On top of all that, she also leads strategy and partnerships for the Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL) exploring future forms and functions of storytelling, at the intersection of play, performance, emerging technology, collaborative practice and social impact.
Early 2017 Ralf took on the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Delivery Hero, in which he is responsible for group strategy, investor relations and corporate comms. Ralf is the founder and former CEO of the foodpanda group, that was acquired by Delivery Hero. Prior to this, he was COO at London based Skrill Holdings, and before SVP Business Development at Jamba.
Rebecca Clyde is the co-founder of Botco.ai, a conversational marketing platform that enables businesses with AI chatbots. She is passionate about advancing women in tech and currently serves as the director for Girls in Tech Phoenix. Previously, Rebecca founded a digital marketing agency and served as strategist at Intel.
Fascinated by how Generation Z interact with content to define identity, Rory infuses his passion for youth culture, music, technology & communities into creating products which shake up the current industry status quo. JAM is the next big innovation story in a post-streaming world. Rory has previously held leadership positions in London, working at StrategyEye, Orange France-Telecom TripAdvisor, during which time Rory led global business development & mobile partnerships driving audience growth to 500M installs.
Before hackathons and open-innovation, Ruha was already busy banging on CEO’s doors saying that collaboration was the way to solve complex problems. Her company’s projects have been highlighted by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and won the World Bank 2011 Sustainable Development project of the year. In her latest venture, MENSCH, she works with fortune 500’s in the space of innovation design, rapid prototyping and people analytics to support companies in accelerating their impact and innovation.
Sarah is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods. Sarah started her career at Microsoft, and served as the Vice President of Product and Marketing at Epinions and Shopping.com. Under Leary, Nextdoor has grown from a single neighborhood in California to more than 185,000 neighborhoods in 5 countries.
In 2005, Sebastian co-founded Klarna to provide safe and smooth online payments, and currently serves as its CEO. Over the past decade, he has overseen the company’s rapid growth across Europe and more recently into North America. Klarna is a now fully licensed bank with over 60M customers. Sebastian has received multiple awards for his leadership, including Leader of the Year by Adecco, and European Entrepreneur of the Year Award by TechTour.
Sissel Tolaas has been working/researching and experimenting intensively with the topic of smell since 1990. Sissel is a pioneer and unique in her approach to smells and has developed a wide range of revolutionary projects worldwide with smells based upon her own knowledge – organic chemistry, linguistics, and visual art. Sissel established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin in January 2004, supported by IFF Inc. Her research and projects have won recognition through numerous national andinternational scholarships, honors, and prizes. She is very capable at collaborating intensively with and among other disciplines. Sissel has showed her project in multiple museum and institutions i.e. MOMA, NGV, DIA, CCA and worked with universities among others Nanyang Technical-, Harvard-, Oxford University. Sissel has done 52 City SmellScape research projects since 1996, of, for and with major cities, all over the world. She has build up several types of smell archives and is currently working on smell molecule preservation /conservation archives on i.e. The Worlds Oceans and Decay in Detroit, Lascaux Cave, Historical buildings in UK, Australia’s Indigenous Past. Tolaas total collection of smell-molecules and smell-structures are, per 2018, are up to 10.000.Since 2014 Tolaas is part of various start-ups in the field of the senses and technology.
Sky Deep is a Producer, DJ, Musician, Live Performer and award-winning filmmaker. Based in Berlin, she has lived half her life in NYC and Los Angeles. She has been a touring DJ/performer through Europe and USA for the last several years. She runs Reveller Records and is curator of Reclaim the Beats Festival, an event series in Berlin with DJs and live performers.
Stefan is the CEO of VICE DACH and in authority for the expansion of the leading youth mega brand in the German-speaking area. He is one of the key persons for the success of VICE in Europe: 2007 Stefan launched Vice in Austria with Nico Alm, 2010 he opened the VICE offices in Zurich and Prague, 2011 then in Warsaw, and from 2013 Stefan was CEO of VICE CEE and led the expansion of VICE in the Central European region.
Stefan is the CTO of Ripple, the San Francisco-based blockchain company powering frictionless payments across the globe. Prior to joining Ripple in 2013, Stefan worked as a developer in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK, and as an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin. He recently worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open source, ILP-enabled national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets.
As Chief Innovation Officer Stefan is responsible for Mobisol’s Innovation Strategy and IT Agenda. Stefan has over 15 years of experience in software development. He is a fully trained lawyer with a Master of Law (Staatsexamen) from Humboldt-University Berlin/ Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, a proud father of two and resides in Berlin, Germany.
Stephane is a mindfulness coach for business contexts and personal development, with a background in Asian mindfulness and traditional Chinese Medicine. For more than 30 years, Stephane has taught and explored the path of Qi Gong and Kung Fu, the main practices taught in Shaolin Monestaries. He became European Champion in the Vietnamese martial-art Kwan Ki Do multiple times and grew into a renowned teacher of methods enhancing concentration, effectiveness and positive mind-shaping.
Stephen is an multiple award winning, senior creative, strategic marketing and content professional armed with an unparalleled track record of creating engaging 360 degree campaigns that truly resonate with global youth audiences. At Boiler Room he leads a new division with teams across marketing, communications, film, production, music programming and creative. He previously held roles at LADbible Group, VICE, i-D and MTV.
Tom is the co-founder of HolacracyOne, the organization that developed the gold standard for self-organization. Now he’s on to a new venture: self-organizing beyond Holacracy – introducing the For-Purpose-Enterprise as Co-Founder of encode.org.
Tyler is busy man. He’s an Innovation Framework and Leadership specialist, a biomedical researcher, serial entrepreneur, and mindfulness expert. He studies cutting-edge neuroscience, heart-brain communication, cognitive behavior, and mindfulness practices to develop scalable and reliable methodology for leadership development, actionable innovations, and future intelligence.
Uwe founded the investment fund Project A in 2012. With four partners, he invests in startups in Europe and globally from a 250M euro fund, and has built a team of 100 experts who support startups operationally, in addition to providing financial investment. Additionally, together with private equity investors, he supports established companies in their digital transformation efforts.
Whurley is founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup based in Austin, Texas. As Chair of the Quantum Standards Working Group at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he also blogs about quantum computing on superposition.com. His upcoming book Endless Impossibilities brings the realities of a quantum future into the present, helping readers understand and prepare for the coming age of quantum computing.
Yasha Young is the executive creative director of URBAN NATION, Berlin’s unique and worldwide first museum of urban contemporary art. As part of her Vision she created and founded the two internationally renowned exhibition and art projects: Project M / and One Wall which supports young artists and curators on an international level and that are continuously evolving. Since 2001, Young is deeply involved in the international art scene as a curator, innovator, project developer, art career and high profile collection manager.
Ysiad is a seasoned entrepreneur, having successfully built, scaled, and/or sold companies in software, real estate, hospitality, and logistics. Currently Ysiad is the COO of Hustle, the leading peer-to-peer messaging platform that allows organizations to create genuine, human relationships at scale. He built and scaled Hustle’s annual recurring revenue from $0 to $14M in just over two years, and has led their sales, marketing, legal, finance, people ops, and recruiting teams.
Zoe is a serial founder and investor. She is CEO and co-founder at Neufund as well as at Xyologic Mobile Analysis GmbH (exited to Nasdaq-listed venture Digital Turbine Inc.) and Head of EMEA and Executive VP of Group Technology Development at Digital Turbine. Zoe has a strong background in electronics and informatics and 20 years experience as a founder. She’s also a mentor at the Gaza Sky Geeks, supporting technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps introducing Blockchain.
Alexander worked odd jobs for a few years until he realized he’d much rather write a book about working odd jobs than actually perform them. He has since moved on to journalism, first writing for German soccer monthly 11 FREUNDE, then for business & lifestyle bi-monthly BUSINESS PUNK. Alexander has spent a lot of time working in and covering Berlin-based startups, but most importantly of all, he knows the correct word for “foosball table” in many languages. I imagine it’s just ‘Foosball Table’ in different accents, but you’d have to ask him to find out.
Andy is an award-winning researcher and co-founder of Melodrive, an AI adaptive music system for VR and games. On a mission to use AI to extend what human composers can do, he creates music that adapts to users in interactive environments, and transforming interactive media in the process.
Astrid is currently working on a new media venture to be launched soon within WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business magazine. Previously, she led the companies & market desk as well as the innovation desk for WirtschaftsWoche. Astrid has been writing about tech for a decade with stints at manager magazin and Financial Times Deutschland. Astrid is a Stanford ´16 John S. Knight Fellowship alumna and the co-founder of Dverse Media, a platform for innovation and diversity in journalism.
Christoph is deputy editor-in-chief of Business Insider Deutschland, holding responsibility for the business and politics section. He previously served as managing editor and politics editor for HuffPost Germany. Before that he worked as a freelance journalist for several outlets, including Spiegel Online and Westdeutsche Zeitung.
Dr. Dimitri De Jonghe is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. He is also a co-chair of the W3C Interledger community, a blockchain interoperability protocol.
Eric is Founder and Chief Product Officer (CPO) at SoundCloud, the world’s largest open audio platform. As Chief Product Officer, he leads the strategy around all product initiatives, ensuring a clear product vision is in place and aligned across the organization with a focus on the creation and building of products and features that enhance the SoundCloud experience for users.
John is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Eight Equity Partners, working with innovative music technology companies to support growth and provide strategic and operational guidance. He also happens to be a world-class DJ with over 35 years of experience and one of the largest networks in the electronic music community. He co-founded Beatport LLC, and currently serves on the Board of Pacemaker DJ and the Technology & Innovation Committee of the Association for Electronic Music.
Markus is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with a background in business and programming expertise. He has helped build and run some of Germany’s most successful digital start-ups, and as the Digital Partner at McKinsey & Company, currently supports digital transformations with the insights of a seasoned digital entrepreneur and leads their digital business building operations.
Megan is a freelance science journalist who is especially passionate about covering space exploration and archaeology. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, Newsweek, and Science. She is a former news editor of the websites Live Science and Space.com.
Mike is a venture partner at Open Ocean Capital – a venture capital business for data intensive businesses. He co-founded City AI, a global applied AI community in 50+ cities, and World Summit AI – the leading annual applied AI conference in Europe. Mike is the chairman of the Saas company Scoro and previously co-founded and managed the B2B Accelerator Startup Wise Guys (invested in 70+ companies).
Niko dedicates his time to developing the technology and startup ecosystem in Berlin, and connecting it with the world. Founder of Tech Berlin, the city´s first English language blog; Ahoy! Berlin, a 45.000 square feet space for co-working and innovation; TOA (which you might have heard of!) and Openers, a communications agency for tech companies. He also happens to be the biggest foodie you will ever meet.
Robin is a seasoned technology journalist and editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news, data analysis and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.
Samantha Stein leads Startup Battlefield, a department of TechCrunch that predicts which early stage companies globally are most likely to produce an exit or IPO. How successful is Startup Battlefield? The numbers speak for themselves: 750 Startup Battlefield Alumni companies, over 8 billion dollars raised, and over 105 exits to-date.
Who do CEO’s, entrepreneurs and industry innovators turn to when they need advice? Silvia Christmann, that’s who. She focuses on building dynamic frameworks for businesses to implement investment plans, while working with high-achieving individuals and their teams during periods of rapid growth. In addition to her dynamic speaking appearances, Silvia has also been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Inc., and numerous other publications worldwide.
Stephen is founder and CEO of AppSelekt, helping companies leverage the right strategies and SaaS technologies for optimal success. He presents and co-produces the ‘14 Minutes of SaaS’ podcast and blogs in ‘Understanding as a Service’ on Medium. Stephen scales the 2 fastest growth SaaS groups on LinkedIn. Joining Salesforce as a startup, he worked all customer facing roles from running EMEA training to being a key part of the SaaS world’s 1st CSM team.
Susan Danziger is the Founder/CEO of Ziggeo, an award-winning cloud-based video technology company. Named a “Woman of Influence” and “Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,” Susan is an angel investor and contributor to Forbes on entrepreneurship. She previously founded DailyLit, a pioneer in digital serialization. Susan graduated with a BA in Art History from Cornell University and a JD from New York University School of Law. She lives primarily in New York City but hopes to spend more time at her place in Berlin.
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Alexander Schlomberg worked for several years as consultant for McKinsey and Company, and since beginning 2018 is Managing Director of ExpertLead. The Rocket-funded startup based in Berlin is specialised in distributing the top 5% of tech experts to companies.
Alexa Gorman is Global Vice President of the SAP.iO Fund & Foundries in Europe. She is responsible for SAP’s early stage startup investments as well as acceleration and incubation with focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Amaryllis Liampoti is a senior marketing leader with a proven track record driving growth for B2B and B2C businesses. With a passion for technology and a truly global perspective, Amaryllis has honed a wide breadth of skills in her more than 13 years of working in digital businesses.
Senior Full Stack Developer with focus on Python and web technologies and passionate Software Architect. Strong business focus and experienced manager. CEO of Pythonic Media GmbH.
Ana is working as a Digital Transformation Communication Specialist within team of „Innovation & Partnerships“. Together with the team and in close alignment with the DFS Global COM department she is responsible for the internal and external cross-media communication.
Arne Hosemann worked for several years as consultant for Bain & Company and since beginning 2018 is Managing Director of ExpertLead. The Rocket-funded startup based in Berlin is specialised in distributing the top 5% of tech experts to companies.
After being involved in the development of various services at IBM, Atsushi developed multiple large-scale search engines at Rakuten and Infoseek. He founded Couger and developed multiple top-selling online games. He is currently leading the development of “Connectome,” the autonomous gateway utilizing AI, AR and Blockchain.
Ben is an Innovation Driver at Accenture and accelerates the sustainable transformations of bigger companies into the Digital Age. Building world class innovation capabilities, he’s part of the innovation team and has experience in mentoring startups. He is founder of the startup Equality Magazine
Colin is a software investor at Balderton Capital where he has invested in frontier market facing consumer software companies like Frontier Car Group and Luno. Prior to that he led Frontier Markets at SoundCloud. Colin grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
David Roldán, Jr. is a connector, builder of ecosystems, and tech lover. He leads all investor and startup engagement, including the startup programme for all of Europe as part of the Google Cloud organization. He’s based in London when he’s not traveling and geeking out about machine learning and collaborating with founders.
Frank Birzle is co-founder and CTO of ottonova. Prior to joining ottonova he spent many years in leadership roles at Rocket Internet. He focuses on building highly motivated teams and scalable architectures . Previous positions as a CTO include Dafiti in Brasil as well as Zando in South Africa.
Georg took the first steps into coding when he was 12 years old. During the studies in telematics, he developed a passion for connecting computers. Now, as a software engineer at Daimler TSS in Berlin, Georg is connecting cars to the cloud to develop new and innovative mobility services.
István graduated in Management of Technology. Following this, he became founder & CTO of a high-tech startup where he led the development of a physical product with a deep-learning algorithm. He has experience in recognizing technological opportunities that greatly impact missions & strategies.
Janis was born in a state that does not exist. Learned to code at 11 so he could make his own games. Wanted to become a musician, but eventually started doing design. Now developing ASKfm, a global social network, which utilizes every aspect of his experience for the best.
Jasmin Deniz Karatas is the Gamification Chapter Lead Accenture‘s Digital Interactive. Her Epic Raid began many years before as a product designer, when she found a secret treasure in gamification, guiding now her way towards her vision to bring passion and emotions back into the industry
Building for 20+ years large scale IT solutions for multi-national organizations. Within Daimler responsible for projects in the electric vehicle context (Charging, EV-Routing, Power consumption, etc.) and for connected commercial vehicles (Vans).
As Director of International for NIU, Joseph is responsible for growth of the brand, sales channels, and all key global partnerships for new mobility solutions. Joseph has been working in the start-up ecosystem of China for the past 15 years and is passionate about transforming urban mobility globally.
Kaspar is a serial entrepreneur focusing on SaaS and machine learning. He studied Economics at HU Berlin with a focus on computational statistics and took over his first company at the age of 20. Kaspar founded Toladata.com, a company helping NGOs monitor their global operations in more than 35 countries, before founding Humanitec.
Kay joined Bosch SoftTec, since 2018 a part of Bosch Connected Mobility Solutions, in September 2013. Before this, he worked in various mobility divisions and in the solar industry for Bosch. Kay is an ambassador for future mobility solutions and the company’s transformation.
Laurence Bret-Stern, CRO of Pipedrive is responsible for driving awareness and engagement for the leading sales CRM pipeline platform that makes selling simple. Based in London, Laurence heads an international team of professional marketers, sales and customer solutions experts in four different countries.
After a successful career writing low latency financial applications in the City of London, Laurence joined Xain to lead the blockchain team. In his spare time he gives talks, mentors at hackathons, and runs groups related to Decentralised Technology and Artificial Intelligence.
Lenard believes that too often, startups have to live by rules that weren’t made for them. At Allied for Startups – the first global advocacy group for startups – he works to change that. Ensuring entrepreneurs have a seat at the table with governments and international organisations to shape our future digital economy.
Liesa Siedentopp develops and designs business acceleration services for successful companies of the “SME Instrument” program of the European Commission. Since 2014 this unique accelerator program supports market-creating innovation in small and medium-sized businesses demonstrating significant growth potential and global ambitions.
With over 10 years experience in communications and tech evangelism in Berlin’s startup scene, Liz’s passion lies in unearthing great work at the intersection of marketing and tech – and making sure the world hears about it. At DCMN, she’s the voice of the teams building the company’s own marketing analytics and automation tools.
Dr. Marc Schumacher is committed to transform the point of sale to the point of experience. He is a marketing and retail expert and a sought-after keynote speaker. At the age of 34, he became Chief Retail Officer at the TOM TAILOR Group.
‘Marcus is co-founder and CEO of Luno, a leading global digital currency company. Luno makes it safe and easy for people and businesses to buy, store, use and learn about digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Marcus previously worked in private equity, consumer and investment banking across Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, for companies like […]
Markus started his career in financial services, but currently he is heading the Digital Development team in E.ON’s digital unit. He drives the digital product development, the development of E.ON’s IOT and data platform, the global UX competence center and the eon.com website.
Matthias Kröner is the co-founder and CEO of FIDOR Bank AG, the top 50 neobank with the unique positioning of ‘Banking with Friends’. Celebrated by City AM as one of ‘the most influential leaders in fintech’, Matthias is an entrepreneur who has developed many innovative concepts into successful business models.
Michael Thomas is a software engineer, currently working at TerraLoupe GmbH. He is passionate about crafting beautiful technologies, transforming society and has a strong fascination for consciousness and the human experience. At TerraLoupe, he has been designing and managing the core systems right from the start, helping the startup to grow into and maintain a […]
A lifelong musician, creating and releasing music since the late 1990’s. Evolving with the technology which catalyses the creation, distribution and consumption of music. A Music Producer, DJ / Live Performer, Studio Engineer, Record Label Owner and Crypto Fan. Neil is excited about Blockchain’s new era of transparency, control and fairness.
Norbert Richard Meinike started his career in advertising before becoming one of Germany’s leading protagonists of the digital and mobile shift, in various roles at freenet.de, Twinity, mirapodo.de, Zoobe and Telekom. In October 2017 he joined Blacklane to build and execute a global marketing strategy.
Patrick is a senior expert at the European Commission DG Research and Innovation. He is responsible for a financial instrument to finance commercialization of public research results and advice on IP and in the review of anti-trust cases involving technology transfer.
Peter Heidkamp has been working at KPMG for more than 15 years and as a Partner and Head of Technology Germany, he is in charge of technology-driven projects. Among his focus areas are robotics, data analytics, cloud computing, enterprise and IT architecture management, IT transformation (implementation, consolidation, migration) and regulatory aspects such as IT governance […]
Peter manager the €195M investment into Rocket Internet and was a part of management teams in different roles for multiple small launch-stage and large ventures (3-15 MUSD revenues) in both developed and developing markets. He has been launching and setting up teams since he was 18
Popp is a serial entrepreneur who holds Master degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, successfully exited 3 companies within 3 years. At the age of 24, he founded 17 Media, a leading live streaming platform across Asia with more than 5M daily active users.
Rey leads the Airbus BizLab campus in Hamburg, where he promotes entrepreneurship and innovation as well as their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals within the organization. Recently, he designed and launched the #africa4future initiative, which aims at fostering advanced technologies in Africa’s startup ecosystems. Prior to setting up the innovation accelerator for Airbus in […]
Samantha Stein leads Startup Battlefield, a department of TechCrunch that predicts which early stage companies globally are most likely to produce an exit or IPO. How successful is Startup Battlefield? The numbers speak for themselves: 750 Startup Battlefield Alumni companies, over 8 billion dollars raised, and over 105 exits to-date.
Simon Schwerin, Director of BusDev, is an accomplished professional in matters of blockchain and privacy. Having written his Master’s thesis with special attention to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He holds a M.Sc. in Business Intelligence and Process Management from Berlin School of Economics and Law.
Sophia is responsible for Digital Innovation and Transformation Strategy at Daimler Financial Services (DFS) and is driving force of the global Startup Intelligence Center which fosters co-creation between startups and DFS.
Thomas is responsible for the ideation, development and execution of marketing strategies. For a long time, he was interested in the economical and disrupting factor of Bitcoin before gaining a true understanding of the blockchain technology. After learning about Lisk, he immediately joined as one of the first non-developers on the team.
Tom is the CTO at Pythonic Media GmbH, leading the development and architecture of a business that revolves around connecting the blockchain with the gaming world. He is also a passionate Gamer, I need scissors! 61!
Since 2005 Torben has been working in digital business and product Development. Gained a huge knowledge as project, process and product manager and at least CPO within different media industries before he joined mytaxi to take on responsibility for strategic product development and innovations in 2017.
Viktor started working for different marketing agencies in Berlin on concepts for new brands he switched to the client site and worked 2 years for Bacardi Deutschland. Technically he started for abend.net in managing the sales team, where he met Amir and Tom and founded Pythonic Media with them.
Having exchanged ideas and pursued blockchain endeavors with many of the greatest minds, Yanislav is a true veteran of the blockchain space. The “Godfather of Ethereum” envisioned in 2013 to have powerful algorithms on blockchains. Now, with æternity, a new version of his vision is becoming reality again.