Speakers

Start-up Day brings together some of the most interesting and passionate entrepreneurs not only from Scandinavia, but from around the globe. This year's program is set, but we are always looking for inspiring entrepreneurs and contributors for future events. marie [dot] sundstrom [at] sses [dot] se (subject: Speaker%20suggestion%20for%20Start-up%20Day) (Let us know) if you would like to recommend a fantastic speaker.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Terrence Brown is a writer, researcher, consultant, entrepreneur and lecturer on creating value. He is currently the Head of the Royal Institute of Technology’s department of Business Development and Entrepreneurship, and the founder of Cogeneration, Startup Academy and growthstrategies.Terrence holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Organizational Management and a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Strategy from Rutgers University.

Terrence will be moderating startup pitches in The Gallery.

Louise Eriksson is the CEO and co-founder of Vint, a marketplace for private training. Vint connects you with local athletes by the touch of your phone to help you and your friends to a better workout. Vint launched in january 2014 in Stockholm but have ambitious, global plans to be executed within soon. Previously Louise founded AdProfit, Scandinavia’s largest b2b ad network and media house representing business and finance sites such as Linkedin and BBC with offices around Scandinavia.

Hampus Jakobsson is the co-founder and CEO of sales productivity company Brisk.io. Before Brisk.io Hampus co-founded and built user interface company TAT, which was acquired by Blackberry in 2010 for $150m. He has also invested in over 25 companies in the Nordics. Apart from loving startups, Hampus has three kids, a MSCS degree, and an enormous passion to learn things.

Björn Jeffery is the CEO and co-founder of Toca Boca, a play studio that makes digital toys for touchscreen devices. Since 2011, they have released 22 products that has sold in over 160 countries worldwide, and downloads of over 60 million in January 2014. Previously, he was Director of Future Media & Technology at Bonnier R&D, founder and CEO of the strategic web agency Good Old and involved in launching the Japanese figure puzzle Sudoku in Sweden.

Sanna Nilsson, Lovisa Levin and Rosalyn Knapp are the founders of the success story Cody Coder. They met during their studies at Hyper Island where they studied the Digital Data Strategist program. Collectively they have competencies within PR, journalism, law, online marketing and design, which was the root to getting an international hit with their e-book that teaches HTML to children. Together, they have experience from companies like Acne, British Chamber of Commerce, CREATETHE group, Metro International, Spotify and Whyred.

Julika Lamberth is a business development manager focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship at Stockholm Business Region Development, the official investment promotion and economic development agency. During 2014 the city will put an intensified focus on what makes Stockholm globally attractive in order to be able to attract even more entrepreneurs to Stockholm. Previously, Julika worked at the Swedish Trade Council, assisting Swedish business on the French and Danish market.

Julika will be moderating one of the parallel tracks at Start-up Day.

Guillaume Leygues is Cloud Evangelist at Google Northern Europe, based in Stockholm. He helps start-ups develop, launch and run their products and services on Google's Cloud Platform. Guillaume moved from Paris to Sweden 15 years ago and started multiple business units within small and large global companies like CGI, iPass and Verizon. Prior to Google he was a Senior Solution Architect at Verizon Terremark, a global cloud and IT Security provider.

Joy Marcus is the newly appointed CEO of Bloglovin and a Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures. She was General Manager, US for Dailymotion, acquired by Orange for $180M in 2011. Joy is a veteran executive of Time Warner (AOL) and Barnes&Noble.com, the latter which she helped take public. Joy was a Hollywood Reporter Top 50 in Digital in 2009 and 2010 and on Forbes's "40 women to watch over 40" list in 2013. She will be honored as a Woman of Power and Influence by the National Organization for Women this June in NYC.

Emma Rose Metcalfe is co-founder of How.Do, a community of creatives sharing instructions for the beautiful things they make. Leading the product team in Berlin she is happy to geek out over shaping experiences. As a designer she has a liberal view of her craft, having worked with a variety of disciplines from ceramics to health-care to Opera performances.

Emma will be moderating the talks on the main stage at Start-up Day.

David Noël is the Evangelist for SoundCloud. As one of the first ten team members, David has played an integral role in growing SoundCloud’s community of engaged users, heading the global Community team. He now applies these community-building principles as the company’s evangelist, an internal communicator and connector, and an external teller of the SoundCloud story. David was named Best Startup Mentor/Advisor of the year at TechCrunch Europe’s The Europas in 2011 and was awarded SXSW Interactive’s Best Community Award in 2013.

Yannick Porter is a co-founder of 100in1day Cape Town. 100in1Day is a global citizen-driven movement manifesting citizen’s dreams for their city. He is the co-founder and is currently leading Good For Nothing Stockholm, a growing volunteer community of smart folks collaborating to help social entrepreneurs accelerate their work and grow their impact. He uses his skills from the Kaospilots in process design and facilitation, consulting clients such as Greenpeace.

David Rowan is editor of WIRED magazine's UK edition. He travels extensively to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs who are changing our world, and his recent WIRED cover stories include long features on Google, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Spotify and Facebook. As a speaker, he has keynoted on technology, trends and innovation themes, and has chaired and moderated high-profile conferences for the UK and French governments, for Google Zeitgeist and TED Global, and for international banks and Fortune 100 businesses.

Jane Ruffino is CMO of data visualization startup GetBulb, tech columnist for Ireland’s Sunday Business Post, and lapsed archaeologist. Jane is originally from Boston, and spent 15 years in Ireland working in archaeology, media, and tech startups, before moving to Sweden last December.

Yuval Samet is Chief Product Officer at Klarna, where he leads a group of 25 Product Managers and Product Designers, who are busy reinventing the way people buy online by fixing broken checkout experiences. Yuval joined Klarna following the acquisition of Analyzd, a boutique risk analytics and modeling shop he co-founded, aimed at supporting high growth businesses in building and fixing risk and product strategies and teams.

Corrado Tomassoni is Global Head of Start-ups, Accelerators and VCs at PayPal. He is “Seedcamp”, “StartupWeekend”, "StartupBootcamp", “Le Camping” and “Launch48” mentor and a frequent speaker at top start-up events. Previously, he led the PayPal Developer Network team in Europe, Middle East and Africa and before joining PayPal, he worked in the “Developer and Platform Evangelism” group at Microsoft and as Technology Consultant for Accenture. More recently, Corrado drove a startup focused on Digital Brand Management for global celebrities.

Sandra Uddbäck is building communities, chasing journalists and setting the overall marketing strategy for Tink; the app that makes it fun, beautiful and convenient to keep track of your money. Before taking the role as “Chief Sticker Officer“ at Tink Sandra was successfully pursuing a more traditional career in finance at the industrial giant Atlas Copco in Luxembourg, USA, and Australia. In 2013 she decided to leave the ergonomic desk, generous pension plan and regular office hours to make the exciting jump into the startup world.

Gregg Vanourek is Course Director at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Instructor at the Royal Institute of Technology in the Division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Gregg is co-author of three influential books: Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives and Charter Schools in Action. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Management (MBA), London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc), and Claremont McKenna College (BA).

Gregg will be moderating startup pitches in Fogelström.

Rhett Weiss is Executive Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, Cornell University. A serial entrepreneur, Rhett has been involved in $35+ Billion of transactions and numerous startups. From 2005 to 2010, he was Senior Team Leader - Strategic Development at Google, leading project and deal negotiations in various parts of the world.  He has conducted negotiations training for 20+ years.

Nils Westerlund is co-founder of How.Do, a community of creatives sharing instructions for the beautiful things they make. With the US community taking off Nils is currently heading up the New York office. His previous endeavours include music production which lead him to business development at an early SoundCloud.

Investor Panel

Harry Briggs has been a venture investor with Balderton Capital since 2009. Balderton is one of Europe’s largest VC funds, and an early investor in e.g., Betfair, MySQL, Lovefilm, Wonga, Wooga and Natural Motion. Prior to Balderton, Harry co-founded Firefly Tonics, a health drinks company, in 2002. From the initial idea – a healthy alternative to an energy drink – he grew the business into a premium brand with customers in 35 countries.

Malin Carlström is an Investment Manager at Industrifonden with more than seven years of experience from investment operations in the Nordic market, ranging over a number of industries, mainly ICT and Cleantech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Energy Technology, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Kent Business School. Malin was formerly at One Crown AB, SEB Venture Capital and Verdane Capital Advisors, has broad experience as a board member and has also started her own company.

Kerstin Cooley is CEO of MOOR, Kaj Hed’s private investment company, focused on early stage companies in the digital economy. Prior to MOOR, Kerstin held several positions within SEB’s hedge fund practice, investing in start-up hedge funds and developing investment products for institutional clients. Kerstin started her career in the financial/IT industry 1995 with Silicon Valley-based Echelon. In 1998 Kerstin co-founded PR firm Cognito. Kerstin also spent eight years at Trema Group, heading the company’s US consulting business. Kerstin holds a Master of Science from USBE.

Miriam Grut Norrby is an Investment Manager within the Schibsted Growth team where she invests in and manages a portfolio of +25 European fast growing digital companies, including Hitta.se, Prisjakt, TV.nu, Lendo, Compricer, Shpock, Prêt D'union and many more. Miriam has over 10 years of experience working with Digital Media and Internet and Consumer Services. Both as an entrepreneur, as a management consultant and in several operational positions, for example as CEO of a SaaS startup and most recently on the Global Marketing Solutions team at Facebook Inc.

Staffan Helgesson is General Partner at Creandum and brings significant company building experience from the many ventures he has been associated with. He also has extensive international management experience from McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble and IKEA, in Europe, USA and Asia. Staffan was previously founder and Managing Partner of Startupfactory and started Creandum in 2003. Staffan holds a B.Sc. in Managerial Economics from Lund University and is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Sofia Hmich is Associate at Index Ventures, a multi-stage international venture capital firm with deep sector expertise based in London, San Francisco and Geneva. Index has invested in ASOS, Climate Corp, Dropbox, Etsy, King, MySQL, Skype, SoundCloud, Sonos and Supercell, among many others. Sofia joined Index in 2013 from Deezer and focuses on early stage consumer and SaaS companies in Europe including e-commerce, marketplaces, mobile and financial services.

Frank Meehan is the co-founder and General Partner of Sparklabs Global, a global early stage fund, and a Partner at SparkLabs Korea, one of Asia’s premier accelerators. SparkLabs specialises in helping great teams and products scale globally, with partners on the ground in the US, Asia, Israel and Europe. Frank was selected as one of Wired’s top 100 people in tech in 2012. He is a former board director representing Horizons Ventures with Spotify, Summly, Siri, Affectiva, Bitcasa, Fixmo, Magisto and many other innovative start-ups.

Anette Nordvall is a Partner and Investment Committee Board Member with Stockholms Affärsänglar, where she specializes in early stage seed investments in ICT, telecom, music/live streaming and consumer products.
Anette is a serial entrepreneur with extended experience in Marketing/Sales and Communication, International Business Consulting in Real Estate, Telecom and ICT. She spent 17 years on the East coast of USA, before relocating to Stockholm in 2010.

Nikolaj Nyholm is General Partner at Sunstone, a North and Central European early-stage technology venture capital firm. Nikolaj most recently served as CEO of the people-photo-tagging service Polar Rose, sold to Apple in 2010. Nikolaj is in Stockholm on a monthly basis as an advisor to the founders of Mojang, the company that built Minecraft.

Per Roman is an investor and one of Europe's best-known technology investment bankers. He is a co-founder and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound LLP since 1999 and has worked with successful companies such as Apertio, Avito, CLX Networks, Cramer Systems, DeliveryHero, King.com, Klarna, Nanoradio, Navteq, Neonode, Tobii, TradeDoubler, Shazam and SteelSeries among many others. He has also lead proprietary investments in many companies including Swedish companies such as Instabridge, 13th Lab, Vint, Mathem, Klarna, Avito and Spotify.

Marta Sjögren is an Investment Manager at Northzone, where she focuses on early stage consumer and enterprise plays across Northern Europe. Prior to joining Northzone, Marta was an early stage investor with DN Capital (London and Palo Alto), where she worked on a wide range of digital media investments in Europe. Marta's background is in consulting, research and policy building within the area of entrepreneurship.

Christian Thaler-Wolski is an Investment Manager with the Digital Media and Software team at Wellington Partners, a leading pan-European VC. He started his career at ORACLE, the global leader in the software industry and joined Wellington Partners in 2009. Wellington Partners is an investor in Spotify, Readmill, HowDo, EyeEm, Livebookings, Hailo and many other great companies. Christian holds an MBA from INSEAD.

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