Speaker lineup

The world's leading speakers are coming to Amsterdam to inspire you, share their insights and to spill the secrets of their success.

Speakers 2014

Meet the first of 50 speakers

Some of the world's most powerful innovators are coming to discuss web technology and share their invaluable insights.

David Allen

David Allen

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.

Justin Kan

Justin Kan

Partner, Y Combinator

Justin is best known for founding Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform; and Exec, an on demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014). He is currently a partner at Y Combinator.

Tucker Max

Tucker Max

Author, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell

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.

Mark Randall

Mark Randall

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.

Brian Solis

Brian Solis

Principal, Altimeter Group

Brian is a digital analyst, sociologist and currently principal at Altimeter Group. His new book, What’s the Future of Business, explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish in four distinct moments of truth.

Evan Sharp

Evan Sharp

Co-founder, Pinterest

Evan is the co-founder of Pinterest, where he leads all design efforts. A former architect, Evan finds inspiration from pinning interesting maps, science facts, architecture, vacation plans, and fonts for his design projects. Before Pinterest, Evan worked at Facebook as a product designer.

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

Partner, Google Ventures

Kevin Rose is a Partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on early-stage investments. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Kevin co-founded Milk, Digg and Revision3. When the internet is off, he climbs rocks, drinks tea/wine and reads thenextweb.com.

Luis von Ahn

Luis von Ahn

Co-founder, Duolingo

Luis is an entrepreneur and a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the inventor of CAPTCHAs and reCAPTCHA, which sold to Google in 2009. He is also the founder of Duolingo, a free language-learning and crowdsourced text translation platform.

Jennifer Healey

Jennifer Healey

Research Scientist, Intel Corporation

Dr. Healey is a Research Scientist at Intel Corporation where she works on developing the next generation of wearable sensors. She has spent over a decade working on real world deployments of wearable sensing systems for accurately measuring emotions and health.

Brewster Kahle

Brewster Kahle

Founder, Internet Archive

Brewster is a 'digital librarian', he founded the Internet Archive and has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five years. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet's first publishing system, WAIS. In 1996, he went on to found the Internet Archive.

James McQuivey

James McQuivey

Author, Digital Disruption

James is Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and the leading analyst tracking the development of digital disruption. He develops consumer models to help companies understand the power of digital consumers and helps them implement new strategy models.

Ancilla Tilia

Ancilla Tilia

Privacy Activist, @ncilla

Ancilla is a public figure, presenter and one of Europe's best-known fetish and glamour models. She worked as an activist for Bits Of Freedom, a Dutch non-profit dedicated to online privacy and last month she ran as a candidate city councillor for the Pirate Party Amsterdam.

Jessica Lawrence

Jessica Lawrence

Executive Director, NY Tech Meetup

Jessica is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup, the world’s largest meetup group and a non-profit building a sustainable and diverse technology ecosystem in NYC. She is also the creator of the Work Revolution Summit, and writes about technology, organizational development, and work.

Aral Balkan

Aral Balkan

Founder, Indie Phone

Aral is designer of a new category of open technology called Indie Technology. He is the founder of Indie Phone, an experience-driven free and open consumer phone that empowers mere mortals to own their data and thereby protect their privacy and civil liberties in the post-Snowden era.

Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal

Author, Hooked

Nir writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.

Morten Lund

Morten Lund

Tech Entrepreneur & Investor, ML

Morten is the kind of guy that accomplishes more in a month than most of us do in a lifetime. As a self-described neo-classical serial entrepreneur, Morten’s impact on the world has left an indelible mark. He has founded and invested in over 110 tech start-ups including Tradeshift and Skype.

Wyatt Jenkins

Wyatt Jenkins

VP of Product, Shutterstock

Wyatt is currently VP of Product at Shutterstock. He’s grown the product organisation from a single development team to 15 cross functional teams spanning product development from Search algorithms to A/B testing, customer experience, Video, Mobile and more.

Brendan Gahan

Brendan Gahan

Youtube Expert, brendangahan.com

Brendan Gahan is a YouTube expert helping Fortune 500 brands with their YouTube influencer and community building campaigns. He was named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising and one of the 25 Top YouTube Business Power Players for 2013.

David Weinberger

David Weinberger

Author, Too Big to Know

David Weinberger, Ph.D., writes about the effect of the internet on ideas. He is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. His latest book, "Too Big to Know", looks at the networking of knowledge and expertise.

Leo Kouwenhoven

Leo Kouwenhoven

Physics Professor, Delft University

Leo is professor in physics at Delft University of Technology. He's interested in employing the quantum behaviour of fundamental particles at much larger scale. Kouwenhoven is also founding director of the new center on quantum technologies called QuTech.

Rahul Sood

Rahul Sood

General Manager, Microsoft Ventures

Rahul Sood is General Manager of Microsoft Ventures. His team operates startup accelerators and outreach around the world. They also run a strategic fund that makes seed investments in startup companies from their portfolio and others. Rahul joined Microsoft in January of 2011.

Shira Abel

Shira Abel

CEO, Hunter & Bard

Shira is the CEO of Hunter & Bard - a full-service marketing, design and development agency and has been working in the tech startup industry for over 15 years. Shira is a thought leader and teaches Marketing for Startups at Tel Aviv/Jaffa Academic College and mentors at several accelerators.

Eze Vidra

Eze Vidra

Head of, Google Campus London

Eze launched Campus London, Google’s first startup hub, providing entrepreneurs with work and event space, mentorship, and educational programs as well as access to a vibrant startup community. Before Campus, Eze spearheaded Google’s commerce strategic partnerships in EMEA.

Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens

Founder, UnCollege

Dale left school at the age twelve to become an unschooler. Today at twenty-two, Dale leads UnCollege and is a sought-after education expert appearing on major news networks including CNN, ABC, CBS and Fox. His book, Hacking Your Education, was published by Penguin in 2013.

Jonathan Wisler

Jonathan Wisler

General Manager, SoftLayer, an IBM Company

Jonathan has over 15 years experience in technology and has scaled small startups to international market leaders. Jonathan was the first SoftLayer employee in Europe, now scaling as the IBM Company. Prior, he spent 8 years at Kodak Gallery.

Scott Brinker

Scott Brinker

CTO, ion interactive

Scott is the co-founder and CTO of ion interactive, a marketing software company in Boston. He is also the author/editor of the Chief Marketing Technologist blog, chiefmartec.com, which focuses on management and culture at the intersection of marketing and technology.

David Shing

David Shing

Digital Prophet, AOL

David is AOL’s digital prophet. Shing provides both historical perspective and current context as he lays out his vision of the brave, new world of marketing to come - one he believes will belong to those willing to embrace change, and one that he dearly hopes will suck a great deal less.

Dadara

Dadara

Artist, Exchanghibition Bank

Dadara is an artist from Amsterdam. A few years ago as an artist he started his own bank - the Exchanghibition Bank. Last year he became 'a real guru of a fake religion' with his new Like 4 Real project, which deals with our real connectedness in nowadays virtual age.

John Martin

John Martin

CEO, Sanoma Learning

Martin spearheads Sanoma’s initiatives to support pupils and teachers in realizing excellent learning outcomes. Passionate about innovation in learning, science and media, Martin is leading international businesses through the transformation of the digital future.

John Lunn

John Lunn

Global Senior Director, PayPal

John Lunn oversees the global developer network for PayPal and Braintree. Lunn spends his time primarily focused on innovation, ensuring that developers around the globe have access to the features, functionality and feedback they need from PayPal and Braintree.

Gary Liu

Gary Liu

Global Head of Industry Development, Spotify

Gary uses market trends and insights to evolve Spotify's business strategies. Previously, he was Spotify's Global Director of Ad Product Strategy, leading platform innovation and operations for ads, and working with brands around the world to create unique media programs.

Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux

Host, Freedomain Radio

Stefan is the host of Freedomain Radio, the largest philosophy show in the world. He is an acclaimed public speaker, and has interviewed world experts on moral philosophy, politics and relationships. He also spent 15 years as a software developer, manager and entrepreneur.

Teemu Arina

Teemu Arina

CEO, Meetin.gs

Teemu Arina is a technology entrepreneur and biohacker. He is the founder and CEO of Meetin.gs (winner of The Best Web App at TNW Europe 2013), co-founder of the Quantified Self & Biohacking Finland movement and author of the forthcoming Biohacker’s Handbook.

Martin Mignot

Martin Mignot

Principal, Index Ventures

Martin joined Index in 2010. He specialises in SaaS, marketplaces, bitcoin and mobile. He worked on 50+ transactions to date, including Assistly, BaseCRM, Cloud.com, Flipboard, Just Eat, Notonthehighstreet, onefinestay, PeoplePerHour, TrustPilot and SoundCloud.

Matt Cynamon

Matt Cynamon

Director of Europe, General Assembly

Since joining General Assembly in 2011, Matt has seen the company grow from one campus in New York to operations in over 9 cities around the world. In 2012, Matt moved to the U.K to launch the GA campus in London. Matt graduated in 2009 from the School of Education and Social Policy.

Chris Chabot

Chris Chabot

Head of Developer Relations, Twitter

Chris's passion for connecting people through technology has had him leading teams at Google, founding startups and now leading the International Developer Relations Team @Twitter, enabling companies and developers to redefine the future by connecting to the moment.

Paul Heywood

Paul Heywood

Director of Revenue, Dyn

As DYN's Director of Revenue, Paul is responsible for effective execution of the regional go to market strategy. Prior to joining Dyn, Paul was Head of New Business at Claranet. Paul is a graduate of the University of Wales where he was a member of the Biomechanics PhD program.

Marc Smith

Marc Smith

Chief Social Scientist, Connected Action Consulting Group

Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California.

Matt Ruby

Matt Ruby

Founder, Vooza

Matt is the founder of Vooza, a mobile app that steals data from cellphones from high profile Hollywood celebs and sells it to Eastern European spammers. Well... not exactly, Vooza is a video comic strip about the startup world. We at TNW call it "a must watch" for techies.

Natt Garun Jury member

Natt Garun

Commissioning Editor, The Next Web

Natt Garun is the Commissioning Editor at The Next Web, working with contributors to bring feature stories to channels across the site. If you miss her blogging, you can find some of her articles scattered across the Web on Digital Trends, Business Insider, and Gizmodo.

Stéphanie Cassin Jury member

Stéphanie Cassin

CEO, Group Hubb

At the age of 23 Stéphanie founded her first corporate strategy consultancy. She is now the CEO of the Groupe Hubb by having gradually acquired companies in telecoms, IT and web services. Her latest venture, Hubbicom, is specialized in the creation of social networks.

Adrien Schmidt Jury member

Adrien Schmidt

Co-founder, Squid Solutions

Adrien is CEO of Squid Solutions, which provides a data management platform for companies to perform advanced usage analytics by leveraging big data technologies. He led Squid from inception to the development of large business deals and raised a $3M Series A round.

Roelant Prins Jury member

Roelant Prins

CCO, Adyen Payments

Roelant is responsible for the commercial activities at Adyen. After starting his career as a consultant, he moved on to the online payments industry in early 2000. Throughout the years, Roelant has held various international management roles in sales and business development.

Sangeet Paul Choudary Jury member

Sangeet Paul Choudary

Mentor, 500 Startups

Sangeet is the founder of Platform Thinking Labs, an advisor on platform strategies to the C-Suite at large enterprises. He is a mentor at 500 Startups, featured columnist (HBR, WSJ, WIRED) and a speaker at leading research labs (MIT Media Labs and INSEAD) and business conferences.

Bas Beerens Jury member

Bas Beerens

CEO, WeTransfer

Bas Beerens is the CEO of WeTransfer, an online file-transferring platform. They are based in Amsterdam and roam the globe with a dedicated team to build the best file-transferring service. They have transferred millions of files safely to practically every corner of the world.

Simon Cook Jury member

Simon Cook

CEO, DFJ Esprit

Simon is the CEO of DFJ Esprit and has been involved with the European Venture Capital industry since 1995. He's been involved with a number of Europe’s most successful technology start-ups such as Lovefilm (Amazon), Cambridge Silicon Radio (IPO LSE) and Virata (IPO Nasdaq).

Kaylene Hong Jury member

Kaylene Hong

Reporter, The Next Web

Kaylene Hong is a Reporter for The Next Web, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin and loves tech, food, travel and dogs. Kaylene graduated from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore but is not yet as geeky as she would like to be.

Ayelet Noff Moderator

Ayelet Noff

Founder, Blonde 2.0

Ayelet has been involved in the social media world before the term social media even existed. She opened Blonde 2.0 back in 2006 and since then it has become the largest global PR company in Israel helping 40+ companies including HP, Microsoft, PWC, Viber, Mobli, Glide, and uTest.

Pep Rosenfeld Moderator

Pep Rosenfeld

Founder, Boom Chicago

Pep is one of the founders and Artistic Director of the famous comedy ensemble Boom Chicago. He writes and performs tailored programs for companies to facilitate change, innovation and creativity with humor. He is on stage each Saturday in Boom Chicago’s own theater in Amsterdam.

Evan Nisselson Moderator

Evan Nisselson

Investor, LDV Capital

Evan Nisselson is an experienced technology investor, entrepreneur, startup advisor and a long-time friend of The Next Web. Evan has a passion for digital media, photography and imaging. After two consecutive editions he's back again to co-moderate The Next Web Conference.

Boris VvZ Moderator

Boris VvZ

CEO, The Next Web

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten is a successful serial entrepreneur and co-founder of The Next Web. He started his first company in 1997 and sold it in 1999. In 2003 Boris started the first Wi-Fi Hotspot operator in the Netherlands and later sold the company to the Dutch Royal KPN.

Previous Speakers

They've spoken at TNW Conference

Some of the most influential minds in technology have spoken at previous editions of The Next Web Conference.

Chad Hurley

Chad Hurley

Co-founder, Youtube

Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz

Co-founder, Eventbrite

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

Founder, WordPress

Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble

Liaison, Rackspace

Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason

Chief Scientist, Bit.ly

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

Partner, Google Ventures

Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia

Co-founder, Airbnb

Tim Ferris

Tim Ferriss

Author, 4-Hour Workweek

Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels

CTO & VP, Amazon

Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford

Professor, Cardozo Law

Willem-Alexander

Willem-Alexander

King of Orange, Netherlands

Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram

CEO, Wolfram Research

Formats

Inspiration & Education

We're bringing authenticity, relevance and variety back to the content on stage with these four new formats.

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Grow


Grow sessions are all about topics related directly to improving, scaling and growing a business. A grow session is a talk full of practical insights and tips you can take home and apply at work the next day.

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Edu


Technology and the web are the driving force behind a big shift in paradigm when it comes to how we teach and learn. The edu track is our go to place for talks and panel sessions that focus on the education field.

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Trend


Trend sessions are the inspiring talks by global thought leaders on the current state and near future of the technology industry. Think of our trend talks as your annual cup of brain-juice!

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Brands On


Brands On is a new type of in-depth session in which a fortune 500 brand takes to the stage to share lessons learnt in a particular area of expertise their brand has proven their excellence and fortitude in.

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