TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Among the many topics we’ll be covering will be a discussion about the state of play for tech investors and entrepreneurs in Europe and the development of the ecosystem.
Joining us will be a great panel of players in the market.
Carlos Espinal co-manages the high-profile venture accelerator Seedcamp. His investment focus is on mobile, gaming, security technologies, and networking technologies.
Prior to Seedcamp, Carlos was a venture capitalist at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in London. Before that he was an engineer for the Advanced Communications Technologies group of The New York Stock Exchange (SIAC) where he focused on the next generation of wireless and mobile trading platforms for the exchange. Prior to SIAC, he was a network security consultant for the professional services division of Baltimore Technologies where he worked with global clients in the telecommunication and data services sectors. He’s currently on the steering committee of the European Venture Capital Network.
Rohan Silva Rohan is Entrepreneur in Residence at Index Ventures and a Research Affiliate at MIT. He was previously Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister David Cameron. Rohan was the architect of the Government’s ‘Tech City’ initiative, and is now involved in boosting the London ecosystem further with a new kind of work space aimed at entrepreneurs, Second Home.
Tine Thygesen is a Danish entrepreneur heavily involved with the tech startup scene in Europe. The CEO and co-founder of Everplaces, she is also co-founder of Founders House (foundershouse.dk), the invitation-only co-working space for tech startups in Copenhagen.
She was previously CEO of 23 (known for 23 Video) and Venture Cup Denmark, she is also an Advisor to the Danish government on entrepreneurship and a board member of the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship.
Jason Whitmire is a Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital where he focuses on Cloud Computing, Analytics, Digital Media and Mobility. He is currently on the boards of EyeEm (Berlin), Socialbakers (Prague), RapidMiner (Boston), Peak Games (Istanbul) and Traxpay (Frankfurt).
Until June 2010 Jason he served as General Manager and Vice President at Wind River Systems, where he founded and managed the company’s high growth mobile business. Following Wind River’s aquisition by Intel Jason advised Intel on its mobile software strategy. Previously Jason was shareholder and Managing Director of open source real-time Linux provider FSMLabs Inc. and played a key role in its acquisition by Wind River in 2007. At FSMLabs Jason ran the company’s global business, growing it to serve over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that Mr. Whitmire co-founded the software business at Infineon Technologies, where he led the global licensing business for Infineon’s wireless software subsidiary, Comneon GmbH. During his four years at Infineon Jason helped build Comneon into one of the fastest growing mobile device software companies in history (100 million devices shipped).
Earlier, Jason served in a variety of director level and management roles at Group 3G UMTS (Telefonica / Sonera MVNO) and Telecom Italia. Before that, Jason served in the US government as a Technology Advisor to the US Department of State under the Clinton Administration. In 1994 and 1995 he received the Department’s exceptional performance awards for work recognized by then-US Vice President Al Gore.
The Disrupt conference in London kicks off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon from 18th to 19th October, followed by two days of on-stage interviews and panels with some of the biggest names in technology.
Startup Battlefield competitors pitch their companies live and on stage to innovators, investors and influencers in the tech community. TechCrunch identifies emerging companies to demo and compete for a prize of £30,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. Last year Lock8, the London and Berlin-based startup behind the world’s first smart bike lock, was the winner and has gone on to launch its product.
Previous Battlefield competitions have launched companies such as Dropbox, Mint.com, Yammer and Fitbit.
Startup Alley offers another way for early-stage companies to gain exposure with a format that encourages both exhibiting and networking, as well as high visibility. Roughly 200 invited startups make up Startup Alley with companies showcasing on the Monday and Tuesday of the event.
Find all the latest information on the Disrupt Europe website.
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