Learn from the Best
The world's leading speakers are coming to Amsterdam to inspire you, share their insights and to spill the secrets of their success.
Werner is Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company's technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of Amazon's customers at a global scale. He has held the positions of Research Engineer, VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handle the transition of academic technology into industry.
ex-Vice President, European Commission
Neelie Kroes started her political career over 40 years ago. After a long period of working on the board of commissioners of several multinational corporations she returned to active politics when she became the European Commissioner for Competition for the Barroso Commission. She now has a new role as Special Startup Envoy of the Netherlands.
Author, Getting Things Done
David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the international best-selling author of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity; Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life; and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life.
VP Infrastructure, Google
Eric is Vice President of Infrastructure at Google. His pioneering “CAP Theorem” covers basic tradeoffs required in the design of distributed systems. Eric Brewer was recently named a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum and “most influential person on the architecture of the Internet” by InfoWorld.
Executive Creative Director, VICE
Mark Chalmers was born in the deepest countryside of the South of England – it took him a full day to cycle to the nearest shop – and later lived in Brixton, London, for 12 years. He studied architecture, but started a career in advertising in the 90’s at HHCL + Partners in London – he was brought in to take campaigns beyond traditional media. He is currently Executive Creative Director at VICE.
Amy Jo Kim
Amy Jo is a world-renowned social game designer, community architect and startup coach with deep experience in early-stage innovation and collaborative game design. Her design credits include Rock Band, The Sims, eBay, Netflix, Cover Fashion, indiegogo, nytimes.com, Ultima Online, Happify, Pley and numerous startups. Recently she developed Getting to Alpha - an online coaching program to turbo-charge your early product design.
VP Creativity, Adobe
Mark’s career conceiving, designing and marketing innovative technology spans nearly twenty years and three successful tech start-ups. As Chief Strategist, VP of Creativity at Adobe, Mark Randall is focused on infusing agile thinking at the software giant, developing and leading Kickbox, a new innovation process to turn big ideas into reality.
Adam, an architect and artist, a maker and facilitator, spent the last decade creating innovative technologies and artistic projects which facilitate the creativity of others - ranging from mixed reality interfaces and DIY smarthomes to institutions and workshop methods for innovation. In 2007, he co-founded Kitchen Budapest media lab with Peter Halacsy. He wrote his first prezi in 2001.
Corinne played a leading role in growing TomTom from a small business into a global player in the consumer electronics market. She was the driving force behind the development of the TomTom brand and in defining global sales and product strategies. Today, Corinne runs TomTom’s Consumer business. Her team designs and develops innovative products that play a meaningful role in people’s lives.
Head of Trends & Insights, Trendwatching.com
David Mattin, Head of Trends & Insights at trendwatching.com, has over 12 years experience in writing and speaking about technological, social and cultural change. David’s career began at the features desk of The Times. Since then, his business, innovation and trends journalism has appeared everywhere from Fast Company to the Guardian to Google Think Quarterly.
Head of EMEA Marketing, Dropbox for Business
Xabier is the Head of EMEA Marketing at Dropbox, overseeing all marketing initiatives, raising awareness for Dropbox for Business, and growing the company's presence in key international markets. Prior to Dropbox, he served as Head of UK Marketing at Salesforce. Xabier is a Harvard graduate with a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IESE Business School.
VP Digital, McDonald's
Luke is VP Digital, Europe at McDonald's, leading the brand's digital transformation programme - changing the way consumers interact with McDonald's from the digital experience in the store to engagement through digital media outside it. Prior to joining McDonald's, Luke was at retail giant Tesco leading product and design for the company's next generation mobile experience.
Founder & CEO, Kiip
Brian is the founder of Kiip, which has been recognized by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List,” and listed on Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies.” Once the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce at 18.
CEO & Co-founder, Socialbakers
Jan is a lifelong entrepreneur who established his first business when he was 15. A prolific speaker, Jan appears at over 100 events annually, including LeWeb, Ad:tech and Social Media Week. He has also spoken at high profile institutions such as NATO, Harvard Business School, Stanford University and many others.
General Manager EMEA, Evernote
Cristina is currently heading up Evernote's EMEA operations. She started her career as a radio editor in 1996 at Pro Fm, the first private Romanian radio station. After graduating from summa cum laude Transilvania University in Brasov (BA English and French), she moved to Switzerland and continued her studies in public relations and corporate communications at the Swiss Public Relations Institute.
Director Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group
Deborah represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s 12-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries. Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market.
Sam is responsible for all customers who process on the Adyen platform. After starting his career as a commercial lawyer in New Zealand, he moved to the online payment industry in 2010. Sam has built substantial experience in payments and has worked with many of the leading global e-commerce companies in assisting them with their international payments roll-out and optimisation of payment processes.
Digital marketing executive David Atlas recently joined the team of Persado to serve as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for cross-channel marketing leader StrongView. Before that, Atlas was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Goodmail.
Scott Smith is the founder of Changeist, a lab, research tank and consultancy created to identify and make sense of weak signals of change. His work is built on over 20 years’ experience tracking social, cultural, technological and economic trends, and helping organizations navigate complex futures.
Gabe is the chair of GSummit, where top gamification experts across industries gather to share knowledge and insight about customer & employee engagement and loyalty. He is also an author and entrepreneur whose new book, The Gamification Revolution looks at how leaders are leveraging gamification strategy to crush the competition.
CEO, Book in a Box
Tucker Max received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. His first book, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, spent five years on the list, and has over 2 million copies in print. His second book, Assholes Finish First, and his third book, Hilarity Ensues, are also NY Times Best Sellers.
Co-founder & CEO Blacklane, Blacklane
Dr. Jens Wohltorf is the CEO and co-founder of the global professional driver service Blacklane. Blacklane conveniently connects passengers with the spare capacities of licensed, regulated and insured professional drivers in over 50 countries around the world. Blacklane guarantees low and all-inclusive fixed rates at the time of the booking and provides real-time service control of quality cars.
VP Business Development, Cashmere Agency
Nick is the VP of Business Development at Cashmere Agency. Nicholas’ core responsibilities at Cashmere include pursuing major endorsement deals and licensing opportunities, and developing creative campaigns for the company’s surging list of clients. His role with Cashmere has proven pivotal in taking Snoop Dogg from international recording star to a social media pioneer.
Global Innovation Director, Philips International
Hugo is currently the Global Innovation Director at Philips International and has over 10 years of experience driving Innovation and Design for leading corporate organisations. He's an expert in Lean-Startup methodology and Agile/Scrum development for Innovation and Marketing departments.
Founder & CEO, Vooza
Vooza is a mobile web app that steals data from your phone so they can sell it to Eastern European spammers. Alright, alright…that’s not really what they do. Vooza is actually a video comic strip about the startup world and Matt is the brilliant and extremely hilarious CEO in charge of the entire operation.
Co-founder & COO, BlaBlaCar
Nicolas is co-founder & COO of BlaBlaCar. He leads the company’s international growth and operations. Naturally pragmatic, he uses fast iteration to uncover high-growth opportunities. Nicolas is a strong advocate of local teams and acqui-hire, a strategy he implemented to expand BlaBlaCar’s footprint to a global scale. He also led BlaBlaCar’s $100m financing.
Vice President, Forrester
Martin is VP, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy. He leads the development of Forrester's Digital Business Transformation Playbook, which focuses on how consumer adoption of multiple touchpoints is driving the need for firms to abandon channel-siloed strategies to become more customer-centric and more agile in how they embrace change.
Executive Director, FutureCast
Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet company. He is the currently the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast and a columnist for CNN. Andrew is also the author of two hugely popular and controversial books, The Cult of the Amateur and Digital Vertigo.
Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank
Bindi currently focusses on Silicon Valley Bank’s early stage banking efforts in Europe. She is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe, and has recently started to focus on Corporate VC and Emerging VCs as part of her remit. In 2014, London Evening Standard named Bindi as one of 1000 Most Influential Londoners.
Bas van Abel
CEO & Co-founder, Fairphone
Bas van Abel has developed a wide variety of projects based on open design principles. As Creative Director of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab, he initiated projects such as the community fabrication laboratory Fablab Amsterdam and opened his own open-source restaurant. He is co-editor of the book Open Design Now, which seeks to transform design into an open and shared discipline.
Des Traynor is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Intercom, and was previously a Co-Founder of Exceptional (now a part of Rackspace). Des leads Intercom's customer-facing teams responsible for customer happiness, and uses the insights gained through daily interactions with customers to influence the company's product roadmap.
Head of New Media Ventures, UTA
Robyn has over 15 years of experience working with early stage Internet companies. Her expertise is in business model development, launch planning and execution, strategic partnerships, and fundraising. Robyn now heads up New Media Ventures for United Talent Agency, where she works closely with UTA's portfolio of early-stage companies.
Herdmeister, Herd Consultancy
Few - apart from That Nice Mr Zuckerberg - have done more in business to champion the science of our fundamentally social nature. With books like HERD and I'll Have What She's Having and work with clients from corporations like Unilever and Sony, Mark is unrelenting in his enthusiasm for "we" over "me". Mark will preview his new book Copy Copy Copy.
Startup Lead, Microsoft Ventures Europe
Roxanne is currently the startup lead for Microsoft in France, running both Bizspark and Microsoft Ventures programs. Prior to joining Microsoft she was the Editor of TechCrunch France. More recently, she co-founded Tech.eu, a European tech publication, which is backed by several high-profile tech investors like Dave McClure and Adeo Ressi.
CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and owning and producing the world’s largest annual innovation tradeshow, the International CES®. Shapiro authored CEA’s New York Times bestseller “The Comeback” and “Ninja Innovation", released in January 2013.
Gahan works with Fortune 500 brands on their YouTube influencer and community building campaigns. He was named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising, invited to the White House as one of the nation’s youth leaders to advise on how to get the word out about the Affordable Care Act, and was named one of 25 Top YouTube Business Power Players for 2013.
Global Head of Developer Evangelism, PayPal
Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book “Programming Social Applications”, and the head of North American Developer Evangelism at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts, hardware to web interconnectivity, as well as data mining techniques, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.
CEO & Co-founder, Mendeley
Dr. Victor Henning is the CEO & Co-Founder of Mendeley, VP of Strategy at Elsevier, and a Startup Investor & Advisor at Rockstart, the Amsterdam-based accelerator. After launching Mendeley in 2008, he led its growth into a global research platform with 4 million users in 180 countries and institutional customers including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. In 2013, Mendeley was acquired by Elsevier.
Sophie in ‘t Veld
D66 Delegation Leader, European Parliament
Sophie is a Member of the European Parliament for the social liberal party Democrats 66 as part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. These past years Sophie has made a strong case for improving privacy regulations, both offline and online. As representative for the new European privacy laws she strives for better protection of our digital identities.
Managing Director, Techstars
Cody is Managing Director for Techstars in Los Angeles where he is working along with The Walt Disney Company to deliver Disney Accelerator, a mentorship-driven investment program for technology-enabled media and entertainment startups. In prior roles, Cody operated as Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon, Vice President of Product Management at Yahoo!.
VP Chat API, Nexmo
Chris heads Nexmo’s Chat App API Business, where he leads global strategy and partnerships with the global messaging apps. Prior to Nexmo, Chris held executive roles with Velti, Yahoo, Vodafone and Openwave, where he built and managed business divisions in the US, China, Japan and Korea in the areas of mobile advertising, mobile marketing, mobile analytics and messaging.
Executive Editor, Wired
Greg is Executive Editor at Wired, a content creator and a strategist who has spent the past two decades delivering award-winning work for media companies and brands. He's interested in what's coming next, developing a culture of innovation, building the content models of the future and understanding the ideas and technologies that will shape the future.
Co-Founder & CEO, Naritiv
Dan founded Naritiv, a platform focused on connecting brands to Snapchat for native marketing / programming through their influencer network (3B+ views/month) and analytics tools. Brands utilising include P&G, GE and Fox and their investors include Disney and Greylock. Dan previously founded YPO @ University, a platform connecting college students to leaders in their communities active at 40 schools worldwide.
Ivo is co-founder of IT solutions company Perpetuum Mobile and Croatia's premier startup program, ZIP. Formerly an editor at The Kernel, he regularly writes columns for Forbes Croatia and is currently finishing up his new book called the European Startup Revolution in which he interviews European startup founders. He is also a cofounder and contributing editor of Tech.eu
Consultant, Digital Strategy
Chris is a true innovator, having gathered comprehensive experience by leading the International Developer Relations at Twitter, and previously driving developer adoption leading the OpenSocial, Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect and Google+ Developer Relations teams at Google.
Aaron Shapiro is CEO of Huge, where he helps companies reimagine how they interact with their customers and manage their businesses in the digital economy. Since 2005, Aaron has driven the firm's growth from a small startup into a full-service interactive agency operating out of the United States, Europe and Latin America.
General Manager EMEA, SoftLayer an IBM Company
Jonathan Wisler is a technology veteran who has been driving innovation, profitability and international expansion in technology companies for close to 15 years. Prior to SoftLayer he was a principal at Magnify Consulting where helped technology startups with international expansion and develop scalable operations.
President and CEO, Growth Machines
Samir Patel is President & CEO of Growth Machines and Growth Mentor at 500Startups. In the last decade, he has revolutionized Quantitative Growth Marketing for Startups and the Fortune 500's. He is a keynote speaker on Growth Hacking in conferences around the world.
CEO, Takeaway / Thuisbezorgd
Jitse is the founder and CEO of online food take-out service Takeaway.com and Thuisbezorgd which he founded back in 2000. After expanding further into Europe Jitse recently raised €74 million in funding led by Macquarie Capital and Prime Ventures; the largest funding round for a Dutch startup ever.
Author, The Elements of User Onboarding
Samuel Hulick is the author of The Elements of User Onboarding. He’s combined UX savvy and a cat-like curiosity for measuring UX impact to become an expert in onboarding. His approach is shaped by over a decade of web experience, theories taken from behavioral psychology, video game design, and even filmmaking.
Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL.
Co-founder & CEO, Festicket
While he was a student and later a banker in NYC and London, Zacharie traveled the world to fulfil his passion for live music. He attended countless festivals and concerts around the world where he realised the need for better access to information. His creativity, social network, and his amazing experience of music festivals are a competitive advantage for the growth of Festicket.
Founder & CEO, Uplike
Emmanuel is an Internet Pioneer with over 15 years of experience as founder and manager. He created his first Internet Company, Creanet, in 1995. He loves to build B2C products (Overgame, TopFinance, etc...). Millions of happy users later he founded Uplike. Now the time has come for C2C.
Partner, Lean Investments
Tim Jackson, is partner at Lean Investments and one of Europe’s leading technology entrepreneurs, investors and commentators. He has been an active early-stage investor since 2000 and an advisor and non-executive director to a number of private companies. He served as managing director of a $700m European technology venture fund formed by the Carlyle Group, a US private equity firm.
Co-founder & CEO, Freespee
Carl brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial telco & software leadership experience to Freespee. Carl launched cloud services for the Nordic Next Gen telco, IP-Only.se. As a senior consultant at Ascade.com, he spent a couple of months at each of the telco Giants as Swisscom, Belgacom, Telenor, Allstream, One, Telecom New Zealand.
Co-founder & CEO, PackLink
Packlink.com is an online delivery service that offers B2C and B2B customers a fast and easy way of booking deliveries with the world's top couriers, at a discounted price. PackLink is live in Spain since 2012 and in Germany since July 2013. Soon we will be in France and Poland.
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
CEO, The Next Web
Boris is a blogger, speaker and serial entrepreneur. He co-founded The Next Web but also V3 (sold), HubHop (sold), Twitter Counter and several other companies. He is one of the members of the Startup Europe Leaders Club, an organisation set up by Neelie Kroes within the European Commission to stimulate a better startup climate in Europe.
Redactiecoördinator RTL Z Digitaal, RTL Nederland
Karin first started on the path of journalism while she was still in high school. For over 8 years she worked as a freelance journalist for several leading publications while simultaneously finishing up her studies Journalism and Communication Science. After that she joined Sprout and progressed on to Editor in Chief. Now she's made a move to RTL to head up the new website of RLT Z.
Stefan is best known for his quirky startup PR involving fallen 80’s movie stars. He is the only known startup founder to have been successfully sued by David Hasselhoff. Stefan previously started Soocial (acquired in 2011) and is currently CEO of PR.co which is pushing the boundaries of how companies execute their communication and pr.
Amanda Ann Connolly
Editor, The Next Web
Amanda is The Next Web's UK Reporter and is currently in the middle of relocating from the beautiful city of Dublin to London. Formerly of the Web Summit press and editorial team, her real passion lies in reporting technology news with a particular interest in creative and lifestyle tech.
International Expansion Lead, WeWork
Rajdeep is international expansion lead for WeWork and is currently overseeing WeWork's expansion into Europe. Her previous jobs before WeWork included Business Development positions at eBay and Rocket Internet amongst others. She's passionate about spreading creativity, the impact of technology and and all-things related to entrepreneurship.
Marvin is a Partner at seed VC firm & startup accelerator, 500 Startups. Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. where he spent more than 10 years in a wide range of roles from sales and business development to ad operations and marketing, Marvin now also serves on the boards or advisory board of 8 internet advertising and ad technology companies. He also contributes his time as a mentor for 20 different accelerator programs around the world.
Engineering Manager, Uber
Conrad Whelan is a Computer Systems Engineer at Uber and studied Electrical & Computer Engineering where he earned a Masters Degree relating to simulation of Maxwell's Equations of Electromagnetic Physics for the purposes of device design. He made the jump to Uber in 2010 where he furthered his experience into iPhone, database and real time systems development.
Founder & Artistic Director, Boom Chicago
Pep Rosenfeld is one of the founders of Boom Chicago where he wears every hat you could imagine: writer, performer, director, trainer, stand-up comedian, public speaker, host, facilitator and developer of new corporate products. His passion is making people laugh in just about any situation and he will be joining us to moderate TNW for the second consecutive year!
Director of Developer Programs, Bottlenose
Justin is a hacker, master of ceremonies, conference organizer, team leader and an all round charming personality with a life long passion for web development. Mainly focussing his time and energy on startups, he currently occupies the role of Director of Developer Programs at Bottlenose.
Partner, LDV Capital
Evan is an early stage investor with experience as a serial entrepreneur and digital media expert for over 20 years. He mentors at Seedcamp, 500Startups, Mind The Bridge, NYSeed, and Founders Institute. Evan's international expertise ranges from assisting technology startups in raising capital, business development, marketing, content development, and product development.