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Mondays 4:30pm @ Hewlett 201 Auditorium Stanford Engineering's 'European Innovation & Entrepreneurship' (ME421) is a weekly speaker series - now in 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.

Session 4 - Mon Feb 2 - 4:30pm

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Axel Hafner, Makerbot Europe (Germany)

European Market Entry Strategies for Tech Startups

Alexander Hafner

General Manager, Makerbot Europe (Germany)

Bastian Purrer - Homejoy (Germany)

Bastian Purrer

Head - Global Growth, Homejoy (Silicon Valley)

Session 5 - Mon Feb 9 - 4:30pm

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Mike Butcher, TechCrunch Europe (UK)

European Media & Tech Reporting in Europe

Mike Butcher

Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch Europe (UK)

Rosa Jimenez Cano - El Pais (Spain)

Rosa Jimenez Cano

Silicon Valley Correspondent, El PAíS (Spain)

Matthias Hohensee - Wirtschaftswoche (Germany)

Matthias Hohensee

Bureau Chief - Silicon Valley, Wirtschaftswoche (Germany)

Jérômoe Marin - Le Monde (France)

Jérôme Marin

San Francisco Correspondent, Le Monde (France)

Winter 2015 Speaker Lineup

Date

Speakers
Time-Location-After
Media

January 5

Ukraine & Russia - Startups Under War and Censorship

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 — CEO & Founder, Happy Farm (UA)

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.

 

Vitaly Golomb — CEO & Founder, Keen Systems (UA|US)

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 Dvornikova — Managing Partner, TEC Ventures (RU|US)

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 — CEO, Stealth Bitcoin Startup (RU|US)

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.

 

Vlad Voskresensky — CEO, InvisibleCRM (UA)

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.

 

Jan 12

Scotland & Norway - Entrepreneurship in Oil Economies

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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Jamie Coleman — Managing Director, CodeBase (UK)

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 — General Partner, Alliance Venture (NO)

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.

 

Jan 19

No Class - Holiday

Jan 26

Poland & Austria - Internet-of-Things & Seed Funds

Our third session presents a very 'hot' IoT startup out of Krakow and our first seed fund | accelerator from Vienna. Both companies have established operations here in Silicon Valley while maintaining core technical activities back home.


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Jakub Krzych - CEO & Co-Founder, Estimote (PO)

Based in Krakow and Silicon Valley, Jakub is co-founder and CEO of Estimote, Inc. a sensor-based analytics and engagement platform for retail stores. 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 of AdTaily. Jakub graduated from the Jagiellonian University with a degree in Applied Computer Science and Computational Physics.

 

Markus Wagner – CEO & Founder, i5invest (AT)

Born in Vienna, Markus Wagner has worked in mobile & internet communication from the outset of his career. In 2000 he founded Xidris and acted as the company’s managing director until 2004. Xidris soon became one of Europe’s leading providers of mobile communication services. It was subsequently merged into the 3united AG which was sold to the US company VeriSign Inc. in early 2006. As Vice-President for Product Innovations & Business Development of VeriSign Markus divided his time between Vienna and New York and worked with US media companies such as NBC, CBS, FOX and ClearChannel to launch new interactive and content services. In 2007 Markus founded the business incubator i5invest (CEE). He hold several supervisory board positions in European venture capital funds as well as startups. Markus was awarded as the Austrian Business Angel 2010 and won the Austrian Private Equity & Venture Capital Award 2010. Markus is co-founder of the Austrian web/mobile/high-tech cluster InitialFactor located in Vienna and co-organizer of the STARTUP WEEK.

 

Mario Herger – CEO & Co-Founder, Austrian Innovation Center Silicon Valley (AT)

Mario is CEO and co-Founder of Innovation Center Europe Silicon Valley (ICESV) - originally founded in 2013 as the 'Austrian Innovation Center Silicon Valley' - that connects European startups and companies with Bay Area industry and universities. He also serves as CEO, founder and partner of Enterprise Gamification Consultancy LLC, a strategic consulting group focused on gamification, innovation, social business, and intrapreneurship in the enterprise. He had been Senior Innovation Strategist at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California and Global Head of the Gamification Initiative at SAP where he worked for 15 years.

 

Feb 2

European Market Entry Strategies for Tech Startups

In Session Four, we present senior executives from leading New York- and Silicon Valley-based startups (3D printing and B2C e-commerce) that are currently entering | expanding into the European market. Our speakers will discuss 'lessons learned', why and how they entered Europe, costs and benefits of expanding in Europe, contrast some of the different approaches and channels used, and offer advice they would give to Valley tech firms who plan to move 'across the pond' and beyond the North American market in the next year.


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Axel Hafner - General Manager, Makerbot Europe (DE)

Alexander Hafner is the general manager for MakerBot Europe, MakerBot’s office based in Stuttgart, Germany, that oversees the company’s extensive reseller network in Central and Eastern Europe. MakerBot announced the formation of MakerBot Europe and the appointment of Alexander as the general manager on August 1, 2014, as part of an acquisition of certain assets of HAFNER’S BÜRO, and is seen by MakerBot as a major step in securing a strong foothold in the European markets for MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry. Prior to the formation of MakerBot Europe, Alex led HAFNER’S BÜRO, which managed and sold MakerBot products for several years and had developed extensive relationships with key MakerBot customers, resellers and events throughout Europe. HAFNER’S BÜRO has also been an authorized Autodesk consulting partner and distributor since 1988. Hafner is also the cofounder of AED Stuttgart that is a development association for architecture, engineering and design, as well as a assisting with the development and teaching of 3D printed content for Fishertechnik mechanical and Le Corbusier architectural series. He also has experience as a planner for electrical installations in the industrial construction business.

 

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Bastian Purrer - Head | Global Growth, Homejoy (SF)

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.

 

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Feb 9

European Media & Tech Reporting in Europe

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 - Editor-At-Large, TechCrunch Europe; Co-Founder, TechHub (UK)

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.

 

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Matthias Hohensee - Bureau Chief - Silicon Valley, Wirtschaftswoche (DE)

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.

 

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Jérôme Marin - San Francisco Correspondent, Le Monde (FR)

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.

 

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Rosa Jimenez- Silicon Valley Correspondent, EL PAíS (ES)

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.

 

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Feb 16

No Class - Holiday

Feb 23

Slovakia & Latvia - Accelerators & Infographics Startups

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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Matej Ftacnik - Co-Founder, The Spot (SK)

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Uldis Leiterts - Co-Founder, Infogr.am (LV) [invited]

Speaker Bio to be provided.

 

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Mar 2

Estonia - Big Data Startups; Berlin v Barcelona - Co-Working Spaces

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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Rainer Sternfeld - CEO & Founder, PlanetOS (EE)

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.




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Max von der Ahé - Co-Founder, betahaus Berlin (DE)

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 University London.




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Jordi Subiras - Co-Founder, betahaus Barcelona (ES)

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March 9

Romania & Bulgaria - Gaming Startups + Venture Capital

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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Cristi Badea - Co-Founder, MavenHut Games (RO)

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.




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Max Gurvits - Venture Capital Partner, Teres Capital (BG)

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.




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