Time for TechCrunchTalk and the ChristmasCrunch Party

TechCrunchTalk and ChristmasCrunch Party in London has been put together by TechCrunch UK with the able assistance of Twisted Tree Productions and Rassami PR. We have close to 400 people coming now with all speakers, guests, press and tickets sold. That is capacity and there are no tickets left. It should be fun.

The official Twitter/Flickr tag for the night is #tcuk

Location, in case you’re forgotten:

Digress City, City Point, 1 Ropemaker St, EC2Y 9AW. Map: http://tinyurl.com/6yrlf5

TechCrunch Talk start at 3pm
ChristmasCrunch evening networking party starts form 6.30pm till late

The following startups will be pitching at the end of the panel sessions:

BookingBug (UK)
CardCode (UK)
Jupidi Date-Coach (Germany) jupidi.de
Rendezviewonline (Iceland)
Socialibrium (UK/US)
Soundcloud (Germany)
Quick.tv (UK)
Worldeka (UK)

The event comes to you courtesy of the following speakers and sponsors.

Gold Sponsor: Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark—Turning today’s most promising Startups into tomorrow’s most successful businesses: BizSpark is an innovative new program that unites Startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal of supporting and accelerating the success of a new generation of high-potential Startups.

Pitch Sponsor: UKTI

UK Trade & Investment is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. For further information please visit www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000.

Drinks Sponsor: Bootlaw

Bootlaw is a free boot camp for emerging technology, internet and digital businesses and the professionals working in them who want to learn more about the legal issues they face. Its brought to you by Barry Vitou and Danvers Baillieu the friendly lawyers at Winston & Strawn in London. For more information go to www.bootlaw.com

Gift Sponsor:Iperium Consulting

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Iperium have an empathetic understanding of the entrepreneurial nature
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• Experienced in the successful recruitment of multi
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relationships with emerging technology start ups.
• Social Networks, Enterprise 2.0, Mobile 2.0, Multimedia,
Semantic Web, Technology Convergence.


Stephan Uhrenbacher, Qype
Stephan Uhrenbacher is the founder and the executive director of Qype. On Germany’s largest assessment portal for local news, its users exchange tips and recommendations about stores, service providers, gastronomy and free time activities all over Europe. In the late 90s Stephan Uhrenbacher established the travel portal TravelChannel for Gruner+Jahr. In subsequence followed the supervision of the Northern European market for Lastminute.com in London and he created the reorientation of Bild.de for Axel Springer. At the despatch pharmacy DocMorris he was responsible as its COO for the growth of the corporation in 2003.

Simon Murdoch – Investor / Angel / Entrepreneur
Dr Simon Murdoch is co-founder and partner of Episode 1 Partners Ltd, an early stage technology investment company and a ‘business angel’ having invested in and advised companies such as Betfair and LoveFilm. Simon was VP Europe of Amazon.com He oversaw huge growth following the founding of his own Internet bookselling company, Bookpages, in late 1996. This was acquired by Amazon.com in April 1998, who used the company as a vehicle to launch as Amazon.co.uk in October 1998. Ultra-high growth was experience from 1999 onwards.

Charlie Muirhead t5m.com
In 1996 Charlie founded and ran Orchestream, the market leader in IP Service Activation software customers such as AT&T, Vodafone and Energis. In June 2000, when Charlie was just 24, Orchestream listed on both the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ and was valued at over £1bn. In May 2000, he founded iGabriel NV, an angel investment network of 30 business leaders providing start-up companies with capital and access to a network of industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Charlie has been featured in numerous publications such as Red Herring, the Financial Times, was referred to as a “Born Entrepreneur” in the Wall Street Journal. In 2004, Charlie was named European Technology Forum’s ‘Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.’

Jerome Touze – Co-Founding Director, WAYN.com
Jerome Touze is the Co Founding Director of WAYN.com. With over 7 million members worldwide, WAYN.com is the number one traveling social community online with members from over 220 countries. Jerome has been deeply involved in the latest Web 2.0 technologies and gained invaluable insights into the various means online businesses are emphasizing on their brand awareness and developing a strong user base by using the so called “Self Generated Content Strategies”. Prior to founding WAYN.com, Jerome was a Consultant in Telecommunications and High Tech at Accenture, working primarily on CRM solutions for major accounts such as British Telecommunications and Microsoft.

Angel Gambino, Angel investor
Angel is an entrepreneur and former Global VP, Music & Content at Bebo where she was responsible for Bebo’s global music strategy, product and partnerships. Gambino joined from her previous position as VP, Commercial, Strategy & Digital Media for Viacom UK, Ireland & Nordic where she was responsible for MTVN’s business strategy & development across the 11- channel portfolio of MTV, VH1, VH2, TMF, Nickelodeon and Paramount Comedy brands, with particular focus on growing MTVN’s P&L through digital media. Prior to MTVN, Angel was at the BBC where she held the position of Controller, Business Development & Emerging Platforms. She was responsible for extending the BBC’s four television and nine radio channels to mobile, broadband and on-demand. Before the BBC, Angel was Director of Broadband at gameplay, having previously consulted to a number of Fortune 500 companies in the area of online transactions. In Angel’s earlier career she served as Director of Legal and Business Affairs for NGOs.

Barry Vitou, Winston & Strawn
Barry Vitou is an English solicitor, qualified in 1994, and a corporate partner in Winston & Strawn’s London office. Mr. Vitou is a problem solver and provides proactive, timely, pragmatic, and commercial high-quality legal advice to clients. He advises clients in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, Internet and Web 2.0, media technology, clean technology, traditional industrial, and manufacturing businesses. Mr. Vitou negotiates, reviews, and drafts all types of commercial contracts and advises clients on regulatory matters. He routinely advises clients in connection with complex transactions according to business needs and frequently handles large volumes of transactions. Examples of transactions in which Mr. Vitou frequently advises on include: mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, strategic alliances, private equity, and venture capital. In addition, Mr. Vitou advises companies on raising money in the public equity and debt markets. He advises and has advised companies in regard to IPO on the London Stock Exchange and Alternative Investment Market, with or without a listing on other international markets.

Stewart Townsend, Manager Startup Essentials – EMEA, Sun Microsystems
Stewart Townsend manages and drives the Startup Essentials programme, across the UK, Ireland and Europe. He is responsible for driving Sun into the vibrant Startup and SMB community, aiding and supporting young companies to get off the ground rapidly at lower cost, whilst building a scaleable futureproof platform. The programme supports this by offering, discounted enterprise hardware, hosting,networking, Introductions, Hot Desks, and free technical support.

Colette Ballou Lamotte, Ballou PR
Colette has over 16 years of public relations experience in both agency and corporate environments in a number of different sectors, specializing in corporate image campaigns, company and product launches, re-positioning and reputation building, and issues and crisis management.Before establishing Ballou Public Relations, Colette was a vice president at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide’s Enterprise Software and Service group in both the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, where she developed public relations strategies and led teams in the execution of domestic and international public relations programs. An active part of the European start-up community, Colette is a judge and mentor at Seedcamp, an incubator-style event for European start-ups held each September in London. She is also a speaker and moderator at industry events including the Microsoft/General Electric Software Academy and the Plugg conference in Brussels.

Ben Tompkins, Eden Ventures
Ben has 21 years’ experience advising and investing in privately-owned and venture capital-backed business in Europe and North America. Ben spent the first 18 years of his career in corporate finance, advising on over 75 transactions and specializing in the software and digital media sectors. Ben worked in London and New York before joining Broadview International (now Jefferies Broadview) in 1993. At Broadview, Ben was a Managing Director in the European office, was Co-head of the software, services and media global market group and led the development of the global digital media group. He has advised on transactions involving Yahoo!, IAC, Vivendi, News Corp, Microsoft, Openwave, Lagardere, British Telecom, Cendant, E*trade and Experian. Ben focuses on the digital media, internet, mobile and e-commerce sectors and is responsible for Eden’s investments in Reevoo (www.reevoo.com), SmithBayes (www.smithbayes.com), Pixsta (www.pixsta.com) and huddle (www.huddle.net).

Danny Rimmer
Danny Rimer joined Index Ventures in 2002 and established the firm’s London office. His investment interests include Internet infrastructure software and services.
He currently serves on a number of boards including AstleyClarke, FON, Joost, Maggies Cancer Caring, Oanda, Sky (BSY), Spot Runner, Stardoll, Trialpay, Viagogo and Woome. He previously was a director of KVS (Symantec), Last.fm (CBS), Lovefilm, MySQL (Sun), Neoteris (Juniper) and Skype (eBay).
Prior to joining Index, Danny was a general partner of The Barksdale Group, where he invested in a dozen companies including CrossGain (BEA), Ofoto (Kodak) and TellMe (Microsoft). Prior to joining The Barksdale Group, Danny was Managing Director in Hambrecht & Quist’s (JP Morgan) Equity Research Group and was responsible for the firm’s Internet practice. At H&Q, Danny was the underwriting analyst for companies including Amazon, Netscape, and Verisign. He also sponsored direct investments in over 20 companies.
He holds an A.B from Harvard College.

Azeem Azhar, Angel investor
Former UK Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer for Albert-Inc; Founder and CEO of eSouk.com and Board Member of Planetout Partners and Another.com; Former strategy manager for the BBC with responsibility for BBC Online; Former Technology Correspondent for The Guardian before moving on to become the Business Correspondent for The Economist

Madhuban Kumar, Ereni Partners
Setting up a company, presently in stealth mode…continue to work with growth and financing of technology start-ups having closed a £3m deal and working on a roll-up of a Finnish and US/UK company. Worked as advisor for Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures…and prior to this was with a mobile start-up that was acquired by First Data..where I built and headed up the EMEA Prepaid Products group. Was with Siemens Venture Capital, evalgelised and helped set them up in India…while there advised SAP Ventures on setting up in India..and a long time ago in 1999 was responsible in setting up one of the first India-US funds which was the Asian arm of Insight Venture Partners with Microsoft, MSD Capital (Dell’s PE arm) as investors. Joined the fund when it was still an idea.

Sean Seton-Rogers, Balderton
Prior to joining Balderton Capital, Sean spent four years with Commonwealth Capital Ventures, an early-stage technology venture capital firm based in Boston. While at Commonwealth, Sean drove pilot investments in EDA software, Internet infrastructure, and enterprise software. Sean’s experience also includes time at BEA Systems, a leading application infrastructure software company, where he focused on strategic sales into large, multinational corporations. Before that, Sean worked as a consultant in London for Bain & Company.