Disrupt is just around the corner. And this year we are trying something else — we are adopting Disrupt virtual. For this reason, we took this opportunity to invite prominent European speakers to the virtual stage from September 14th to 18th.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the European technology ecosystem. Also, if you’re already familiar with this area, it’s a good way to discover what everyone is thinking about the current situation and who is heading where.
These sessions are available from 10am to 11am (CET) on September 15-18. Immediately after each interview, we will join the speakers and perform live Q, amp; A. So come to your question!
Let’s take a brief look at all the speakers lined up in Disrupt, a special corner in Europe.
Sophia Benz It’s been in the news recently. A few years ago, Spotify’s former Global Director of Marketing decided to move from an experienced operator to a venture capitalist. She worked for VC company Atomico for a while, but announced this summer that she will join the Cherry Ventures in Berlin to focus on seed investment. Given that Benz has also made 44 transactions in the last nine years and was a very active angel investor, no one should be surprised at this move.
Carolina Brochad We are working with some of the most successful VC companies and are still in progress. She became a partner at Atomico in 2016 and surprised everyone when she entered the SoftBank Vision Fund in 2018. A reputable investor has decided to join EQT’s Growth Fund team.
Slanga Chandra Chilake After spending many years in Silicon Valley, he worked on the development of blinkx, an intelligent search engine for video and audio content that has been screened and has a peak market capitalization of over $ 1 billion. He returned to his home country and joined Balderton in 2014 as a general partner.
Sophie Hill I’m busy creating thread styling. She is redefining luxury fashion e-commerce with a radical model. Start-ups use a powerful editing strategy to send recommendations from their favorite chat app on their mobile phone. You can talk to human shopping assistants on WeChat, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and iMessage. And this storeless e-commerce is working really well.
Hussein Kanji He is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, a London-based VC firm. In just a few years, Hoxton Ventures has become a well-known name for the Darktrace, Babylon Health, and Delivery trades. Prior to Hoxton Ventures, he worked for Accel, Microsoft, and several companies based in Silicon Valley.
Tande Kehinde A co-founder of Lidya, a startup that uses AI to lend capital to small businesses in a fast-growing economy. Start-ups are currently operating in Lagos, Warsaw and Prague. He was also the co-founder of Jumia Nigeria, which is currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Met Ricke Co-founded Endomondo, one of the largest fitness and training apps. She led the company until the acquisition by Under Armor. For the past three years, she has been the CEO of Too Good To Go, an app whose mission is to reduce food waste around the world. Restaurants and supermarkets can sell surplus food that would otherwise be wasted through services. And start-ups managed to attract more than 23 million users.
Ilkka Paananen Co-founder and CEO of Supercell, a Helsinki-based mobile game studio that has released super-hits such as Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach, Crash Royal and Broll Star. The company was able to reach 100 million players daily throughout the game. When Tencent bought a majority stake in the company, it valued Supercell at about $ 10.2 billion.
Guillaume Pousaz Founder and CEO of Checkout.com. Checkout.com has been obscured over the years, but within a year the company raised $ 380 million, reaching an impressive $ 5.5 billion valuation. We want to build a one-stop shop to do everything related to payments, such as accepting transactions, processing, detecting fraud, and so on.
If you want to hear from one, two, or maybe all of the speakers above, join Disrupt 2020. The conference will be held from September 14th to September 19th. Buy the Disrupt Digital Pro Pass or Digital Startup Alley Exhibitor Package now. Visit all main stage interviews and extra stage workshops for actionable tips and free AI-powered networking platform CrunchMatch. As soon as you sign up for Disrupt, you’ll have access to CrunchMatch and you’ll be able to start connecting with people right away. Use this tool to schedule one-on-one video calls with potential customers and investors, and hire and interview future employees.