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Mondays 4:30pm @ Hewlett 201 Auditorium [ @Europreneurs ] Stanford Engineering's 'European Innovation & Entrepreneurship' (ME421) is a weekly speaker series - now entering Year Seven - that presents industry leaders from Europe's hitech startup, venture finance, corporate, university research & technology commercialization communities to share their insights and experiences with aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.
Ukraine & Russia - Startups Under War, Invasion
CEO & Founder, Happy Farm (Ukraine)
CEO & Founder, Keen Systems (Ukraine | USA)
Managing Partner, TEC Ventures
(Russia | USA)
CEO, Stealth Bitcoin Startup; ex- Venture
(Russia | USA)
Investor, TMT Investments
(Russia | USA)
CEO & Co-Founder, InvisibleCRM
Scotland & Norway - Startups in Oil Economies
Managing Director & Co-Founder, CodeBase (Scotland)
General Partner, Alliance Venture (Norway)
European ETL's first Winter session kicks off with a speakers panel that examines the emerging startup and accelerator scene in Ukraine. We will also discuss how recently adopted policies, laws and regulations of the Russian government are undermining and weakening the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Russia.
* Course Introduction|Overview: Dr. Burton Lee PhD MBA, Stanford Engineering
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Anna Degtereva is the CEO and Founder of Happy Farm, the first American-Ukrainian full-service tech startup accelerator with offices in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Redwood City. Happy Farm has 31 portfolio startup companies from Ukraine, Spain, Italy, China, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Belarus, 8 of which have already attracted seed investments. The Happy Farm network consists of over 100 board members and mentors who are successful entrepreneurs and investors from the USA and Europe, as well as dozens of VC funds and hundreds of business angels from Europe, the CIS and the USA. Anna is also the General Partner of large international conferences - Europe Venture Summit /Startup AddVenture (Kyiv, 1500 participants), Ukraine Tech Gem (San Francisco, 500+ participants) and CCC Startups, the international startup and investor rockstar conference series. Anna is organizing the American Business Safari, a series of educational business tours to Silicon Valley for startups and investors. Anna is the General Director of “Global Management Challenge Ukraine” company (international competition on strategic management), the founder and the organizer of the all-Ukrainian contest “Innovation Breakthrough”, and various other projects.
A Ukrainian-born, Silicon Valley-bred entrepreneur and investor, Vitaly Golomb is an award-winning designer who got an early start first as an intern at the age of 13 and then as the youngest employee in the history of Kinko’s. He is the founder and CEO of PrintMo.co, the local print marketplace. Vitaly is also a General Partner at CCC Fund, a startup ecosystem builder, venture capital fund focused on emerging startups in EMEA, and bridge to Silicon Valley. During the Dot Com boom, Vitaly ran the User Interface design team at a fast-growing startup. He later founded a design and marketing firm that quickly grew to three offices, won several awards, and landed projects with numerous large brands. Vitaly holds a B.A. in Computer and Video Imaging from Cogswell College. Vitaly has guest lectured on design and the startup economy at Stanford and UC Berkeley and other universities. He is a mentor at 500 Startups, Happy Farm, ZIP, Tech Peaks, Etohum, and Innovation Nest accelerators and a conference keynote speaker on startups, design, and angel/venture capital in over 15 countries each year.
Anna is a Managing Partner @ TEC Ventures, a seed-stage fund based in Silicon Valley. She also serves as a Managing Director @ TEC (The Entrepreneurs’ Club), an international network of 10K+ high-tech entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and other professionals in the Valley. As part of her non-profit activities, Anna is the President and a Board member @ AmBAR, growing it over the years from a small local gathering to the largest business network of Eastern-European and Eurasian professionals in the world with 50K+ members. Anna is a Founder @ SVOD - Silicon Valley Open Doors technology investment conference - the premier yearly event in the Silicon Valley bringing 1K+ attendees: local & international start-ups, prominent Silicon Valley angels, VCs, leading technology, business media, and top US tech companies. Previously, Anna was an angel investor with some of her portfolio companies rating as top 10 Russian high-tech startups. She is the author of many articles on entrepreneurship, angel and venture financing.
Max Skibinsky is well known angel investor and serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. In the past he was founder & CEO of Hive7 (sold to Playdom/Disney) and investor to many companies incubated at YCombinator and 500 Startups. In 2013 he joined as an investment partner in Andreessen Horowitz, one of the top tier venture fund on Sand Hill road. Right now he is a founder & CEO of stealth Bitcoin startup.
Igor Shoifot founded and co-founded several successful startups, such as Fotki.com, a top 500 internet Website in mid-2000 with 20M users and billions of shared photos, was CEO of Microsoft WebTV's largest entertainment portal, Epsylon Games (70+ games), and founded and sold vInternship to Manhattan Institute. His articles and interviews were published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Venture Beat, and in other media. He's an investor in over 20+ successful startups, such as Wanelo, Backblaze, Wrike, ShareThis, Gild, etc., and represents TMT Investments venture fund in the US. Igor is also the chairman of the largest internet incubator in Ukraine, Happy Farm (40+ startups) and writes for San Francisco Examiner and Forbes Ukraine. He taught at New York University, UC Berkeley, UCSF, and lectured at Stanford and other schools in several countries. Igor has an MBA from Boston University and a PhD from The Russian Academy of Sciences.
Based in Kiev and Silicon Valley, Vlad Voskresensky is CEO and co-founder of invisibleCRM. He was also co-founder and CEO of Afortio, an offshore software development company. Voskresensky is experienced in executive management, new business development and is responsible for the company’s overall strategy and key management director. With a strong technology background and superior analytical skillset, Voskresensky is positioned as the ideal technology leader for invisibleCRM. Voskresensky has two Masters Degrees with honors in International Business Relations and Informatics.
Session Two features an indepth look at how Europe's leading oil-based economies are building out their emerging startup sectors against the backdrop of historical dependence on petroleum extraction. Our Scottish speaker will also touch on how Scotland's recent push for independence from the UK has impacted the broader entrepreneurship environment.
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Dr. Jamie Coleman is Managing Director of CodeBase, the UK's largest
tech incubator with companies such as Kotikan, MiiCard, Rightscale,
Cloudsoft and Float as tenants. He is also currently founder and
Director of the Turing Festival; a Board member of The Edinburgh
International Festival; Director of Biospoke, an open medicine
technology company and a Board Member of ScotlandIS, the Software Trade
Body in Scotland. Jamie began his career in Cardiovascular Disease and
Diabetic Pregnancy. He has been involved for many years in
biotechnology and commercialisation within the Life Sciences. He has
founded and acted as Director in companies involved in science
animation, educational software and medical data.
Arne Tonning has been a General Partner at Alliance Venture since
2008. Alliance Venture is a venture capital firm investing in
early-stage tech companies from its main base in Oslo, Norway. Arne is
currently the Investor in Residence at Nordic Innovation House in Palo
Alto, where he is looking for new investment opportunities and is a
hands-on resource for the Alliance Venture portfolio companies to
connect with the tech industry and start-up ecosystem in Silicon
Valley. He currently serves on the BoD of poLight,
Novelda and Encap Security,
and was the COB of Integrasco (sold to Confirmit). Arne holds BSc and
MSc degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from
Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.
Our third session presents two very 'hot' gaming and IoT startups
out of Belgarde and Krakow in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Our first
founder out of Serbia leads a young company that is an excellent
example of how many European gaming startups have been able to
bootstrap themselves around early adopters in Europe and emerging
markets, thereby avoiding the need to come to Silicon Valley for
venture capital or new customers.
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Based in Belgrade and Dublin, Branko is the CEO and co-founder of
one of the fastest growing European gaming companies – Nordeus. Over
the previous 4 years bootstrapped Nordeus have grown from 3 to 150
people, pioneering the cross-platform game development & publishing
and becoming one of the most successful social and mobile gaming
companies world wide.
Engineer by education, gamer in heart, Branko grew up playing sports,
enjoying video games and coding. Not much has changed since. Nordeus is
best known for Top Eleven, one of the most popular sports video games
in the world with more than 5 million players on a daily basis and
legendary Jose Mourinho as the official face of the game.
Based in Krakow and Silicon Valley, Jakub is co-founder and CEO of
Estimote, Inc. a sensor-based analytics and engagement platform for
Prior to founding Estimote he co-founded AdTaily, the largest
self-service ad network in Poland where he served as Board Member and
the Head of Product. At that time, CNBC Business magazine considered
AdTaily one of the 25 most innovative European companies. In 2009,
AdTaily was sold to AGORA - a leading CE media group. He stepped down
in 2012 to become a minority shareholder and Supervisory Board Member
Jakub graduated from the Jagiellonian University with a degree in
Applied Computer Science and Computational Physics.
In Session Four, we present senior executives from leading New York
and Silicon Valley startups (3D printing and B2C e-commerce) that are
currently entering or expanding into the European market. Our
speakers will discuss 'lessons learned', why and how they entered
Europe, costs and benefits of expanding in Europe, the different
approaches and channels used, and what advice they would give to new
Valley tech firms who plan to move beyond the North American market in
the next year.
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Jennifer Lawton was named CEO of Makerbot in 2014. She has been with MakerBot since 2011 and has been responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company, including strategic partnerships, product development, and retail. In addition to her work with MakerBot, she is a respected company builder, technologist, and advocate for fostering entrepreneurship. In 1991, Lawton co-founded Net Daemons Associates (NDA), an information technology consulting firm. With Lawton as CEO, NDA was recognized on the 1998 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held U.S. companies, and on the Deloitte and Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists for 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Net Daemons was acquired by Interliant Inc. (formerly Sage Networks), where Lawton served as a senior vice president. She later worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence with Softbank and Mobius Venture Capital.
Bastian is currently in charge of global Growth/performance marketing at Home Services marketplace Homejoy.com, which is currently expanding to three European markets. Previously, Bastian - a German native - worked for four years for the European incubator Rocket Internet as one of their leading experts on Growth and Digital Marketing. Rocket Internet is the leading online venture building outside the US and China, recently went public in Germany, and is famous for its execution and fast international expansions. At Rocket, Bastian was an early member of Citydeal, which grew the daily deal model into 40 countries, including all of Europe, before selling to Groupon. He then helped Groupon establish their market-leading brand in Japan and Korea. After 2 years at Groupon, Bastian joined South-East Asia's largest online fashion retailer Zalora.com as Chief Marketing Officer. Zalora now has several million users and received more than $200 million in outside funding. In 2013, Bastian started his MBA at Harvard Business School, but left the program last summer in order to join Homejoy.
For this fifth session, we present for the first time a panel of leading European tech journalists from top print and online media outlets who cover the technology startup and innovation scenes in Silicon Valley and major European countries.
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Mike Butcher is TechCrunch's "Editor At Large." As such he has a roving brief to write about Startups, Venture Capital, technology trends and emerging markets. A former grunge rock drummer, he became a long-time journalist, and has since written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. Mike is also a co-founder and shareholder of TechHub, a service company for startups with several locations in Europe. Mike is the founder and on the steering committee of Coadec, the Coalition for a Digital Economy, which works to lobby for legislation that fosters a sustainable and innovative digital economy for the UK. He also serves on the Mayor of London’s "Smart London" Board, advising on Smart Cities and Entrepreneurship.
Matthias Hohensee ist US-Korrespondent der Wirtschaftswoche und lebt seit 1998 im Silicon Valley. Dort beobachtete er vor Ort den Aufstieg von Unternehmen wie Yahoo, Ebay, Google und Facebook und so ziemlich jeden einflussreichen Internet-Unternehmer interviewt. Für die Printausgabe schreibt er seit rund zehn Jahren die Kolumne "Valley Talk", die Trends, Geschäftsmodelle und Unternehmer aus dem kalifornischen Hightech-Eldorado vorstellt. Für seine Reportagen über Google und den Silicon Valley Unternehmer Andreas von Bechtolsheim erhielt er den Georg von Holtzbrinck Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik.
Jerome Marin is San Francisco Correspondent for France's Le Monde newspaper since 2012. From 2010 to 2012, he covered Wall Street and the New York business scene for La Tribune newspaper. From 2007 to 2010, he served as a business reporter in Paris covering Wall Street and European business news for La Tribune and Economie Matin.
Rosa Jiménez Cano is the Silicon Valley correspondent for EL PAíS, the leading Spanish language daily, since the Spring of 2014. She covers subjects related to technology which emerge in relation with all the innovations, not only from a purely technical point of view, but also from a human one, with special emphasis on the stories of people and particularly those related to the Latino community. Before moving to San Francisco, she worked as a journalist specializing in technology from the editorial office in Madrid, where her colleagues voted her as the leading ‘change maker’. Since 2010, her work has taken her to the United States, Asia and a large part of Europe in order to cover the latest innovations in gadgets, applications and new narrative forms within the electronic entertainment segment. Her passion for new media led her to publish 'La Gran Guía de los Blogs 2008' and it was then that she was given the responsibility for the EL PAíS Blogosphere, the Cadena SER radio station and that of the AS sports daily, as well as their department of social media and participatory journalism.
For Session Six we continue our focus on Central Europe and feature our first speaker from Latvia in the Baltic Region here at Stanford Engineering.
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Speaker Bio to be provided.
Speaker Bio to be provided.
Our seventh session this Winter Quarter showcases another highly innovative and creative software startup out of Estonia that is a leader in the emerging planetary/oceanic big data sector. We also present our first co-working space enterprise, with operations in Berlin, Barcelona, Sofia and Hamburg; co-working spaces form an essential element of Europe's startup support services sector.
Our Estonian government partner ENTERPRISE ESTONIA - SILICON VALLEY will also present a brief overview of Estonia's extensive innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem around software|computing|security|eGovt.
** Estonia Overview - Andrus Viirg, Director, Enterprise Estonia - Silicon Valley
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A robotics engineer and product developer by training, Rainer is an
experienced Estonian entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, focused on
data-driven businesses that grow enterprise value, and designing human
interaction with data. Prior to Planet OS, Sternfeld led ABB Group to
establish the world’s first nation-wide fast-charging infrastructure
for electric cars. For 5 years, he led ABB Business and Corporate
Development initiatives in the Baltic region. He also serves on the
Board of Directors of the World Ocean Council, is the co-designer of
the Statue of Liberty of Estonia, and has helped to build new
businesses in CAD, product design, and industrial machining.
I am founder and CEO at betahaus, Berlin's original coworking space.
betahaus opened its doors to the Berlin entrepreneurial community in
2009 and continues to be a cornerstone of support and education in
Berlin's growing tech hub.
We now boast 450 members over four floors in our coworking space,
located in the center of Berlin. In addition, the betahaus brand of
coworking has expanded beyond Berlin, to additional locations in
Hamburg, Sofia and Barcelona.
I also take joy in mentoring and advising the community of startups,
makers, freelancers and entrepreneurs -- in betahaus, in Berlin and in
the larger European startup ecosystem. I am a fully qualified lawyer
and hold a L.L.M in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary
Speaker bio to be provided.
In our final Winter Quarter session, we present our second
fast-moving gaming startup out of Eastern Europe - who is also our
first Romanian entrepreneur - as well as a new venture fund being
formed to target deal flow out of Southeastern Europe.
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Entrepreneur in his mid 20s, who is passionate about everything related to business, online gaming and sports. Has been working in the online gaming industry for over 6 years and he is a huge fan of Agile development methods and the Lean Startup movement. He’s now the founder of MavenHut games, a young social gaming startup, that raised over $800k in funding. Solitaire Arena is MavenHut’s flagship title with over 7 million players on Facebook, iOS and Android.
Maxim Gurvits has more than five years of experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and investment banking. He was instrumental in launching the Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund in Sofia, and in building the investment pipeline, deploying EUR 3 Mn across 35 start-ups, and managing key partnerships with educational, investment and media organizations.