Hana Abaza is the Director of Marketing for Shopify Plus, the commerce platform that powers the world’s fastest-growing brands to Fortune 500s including Unilever, MVMT, The New York Times, Allbirds, Fashion Nova, Rebecca Minkoff, Kylie Cosmetics and thousands more. Prior to joining Shopify, Hana led marketing and growth in a variety of industries with a proven track record for scaling teams, revenue and customers. Beyond her daily routine, Hana is also a seasoned speaker and contributes to various industry podcasts and publications like Entrepreneur.com, CMO.com, Fast Company and others.
Manager, Product Management, Pivotal
Gabrielle Bufrem is a Manager of Product Management at Pivotal in San Francisco.
She is originally from Brazil, has lived in 9 countries across the world, and has built products across North America, Europe, and Asia. During her time at Pivotal Labs, Gabrielle worked across five industries helping companies digitally transform effectively.
She is an international speaker in the product management community. When she is not building products or speaking about product management, she loves to travel, try new restaurants and coffee shops.
Danae Shell is Chief Marketing Officer at Care Sourcer, the UK’s first comparison and matching site for care. A native Tennessean, she is a programmer-turned-marketer who has been part of the Scottish tech scene for 15 years, working at successful scale-ups Barrie & Hibbert and FreeAgent before their successful exits. After previously building teams to manage content, data science, PR, events and social media, Danae is now focused on scaling Care Sourcer's marketing strategy and building a team to help solve one of the UK's biggest societal issues.
Director of Engineering (London), Intercom
With over 19 years of experience in the software industry, Maria Gutierrez is the Head of Engineering and co-site lead at Intercom London. Maria was formerly the VP of Engineering at Edinburgh-based FreeAgent, one of the UK's largest and most popular online accounting software providers. She previously worked at LivingSocial leading globally distributed teams, and at Adobe where she worked in the developer technologies group. Maria is one of the directors of the Women Who Code Edinburgh network.
Natalie Novick is a sociologist and ethnographer researching the people, places and practices of Europe's startup ecosystem. For the last several years, she's been crossing Europe interviewing entrepreneurs, freelancers and community builders for a project that began as her PhD research, but has since to encompass much more. Her work aims to communicate the motivations and needs of today's entrepreneurs with policymakers and academia to help build better cities to live and work in.
In summer 2018, she joined Tech.eu, the online home for Europe's startup ecosystem, to assist with their research and outreach activities. She also serves as the Research Director for the European Startup Initiative, a non-profit research group working to facilitate mutual understanding between municipalities and their startup ecosystems.
Head of EMEA, Silicon Valley Bank
Erin Platts is the incoming Head of EMEA and President of the UK Branch at Silicon Valley Bank. She is currently Head of Relationship Banking, Europe. She oversees a number of teams including those covering Client Acquisition, Entrepreneurial Banking, Accelerator & Growth Banking, Debt portfolios, Healthcare & Life Sciences and Working Capital Finance.
Erin and the broader team are dedicated to providing financial services, specifically debt financing, to early, growth, and late stage technology businesses, with a particular focus on venture backed businesses. Erin is responsible for developing new relationships and overseeing the continued growth of the portfolio, as well as taking an active role in the development of the external eco-system.
Erin has been with Silicon Valley Bank for over 10 years, beginning her career in SVB’s Boston office. She moved to London in 2007 and has worked with a wide variety of technology and life science businesses, providing flexible and innovative financing solutions at all stages of growth. In her previous role as a Director, she was responsible for the team managing the financial analysis, structuring and management of debt relationships with technology businesses throughout the UK.
Erin was recently selected by Management Today to appear on the top 35 Women Under 35 list.
Erin earned a BA in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Special Ops, Yoast
Jono is a digital strategist, marketing technologist and full-stack developer with nearly two decades of experience in web development, SEO, analytics, brand and campaign strategy, lead gen and eCRM, CRO and more.
He’s worked with startups, agencies and international brands to fix websites, implement growth strategies, prepare for the future, and win markets.
Jono currently manages special projects at Yoast, and was previously principal consultant at respected SEO agency Distilled. Prior to that, he was global head of digital and head of insight at SEO platform Linkdex, and head of SEO at award-winning agency twentysix.
Fred is the founder of Stride.VC, a seed-stage fund based in London, which he started with Harry Stebbings (the Twenty Minute VC) and Pia d'Iribarne. Prior to Stride, Fred was a General Partner at Accel and Accomplice. Of 17 investments he led, 10 have exited and 4 are active value drivers, including 3 companies in excess of $1bn in value (Zoopla, Deliveroo and Pillpack). His portfolio has a total enterprise value of more than $9bn and he has returned over $500m to investors.
At Accel, Fred was the lead investor and board member at Deliveroo, Pillpack (acquired by Amazon for $1bn) and Carwow. At Accomplice (previously Atlas Venture), he invested in and served on the board of Pillpack, Zoopla (IPO), Secret Escapes, Integral Ad Science (acquired by Vista for $850m), TheCurrencyCloud, Kinvey (acquired by Progress), Lagoa (acquired by Autodesk) Dailymotion (acquired by Orange), PriceMinister (acquired by Rakuten) and others.
Fred grew up in Belgium and graduated from the Solvay Business School, University of Brussels.
Joe Chernov is VP Marketing at product cloud Pendo. Previously, he was CMO of Robin Powered, a venture-backed Boston startup that’s modernizing the open office, and CMO of InsightSquared, a sales intelligence company. He’s been a marketing leader during two successful IPOs (Eloqua, HubSpot.) The Content Marketing Institute awarded him “Content Marketer of the Year” and AdWeek named him one of the 100 most creative people in advertising. Joe serves on the board of advisors for several tech startups and is part of Flybridge Capital's advisor network.
VP Growth, HubSpot
Kieran Flanagan is the VP of Growth at HubSpot, a marketing and sales software company. He is responsible for the growth of HubSpot's freemium products, monetization of their freemium funnels and optimization of their global web strategy.
GM Europe, Scout
Eamon is a veteran of 20 years developing and building product, leading teams, and creating communities. He is currently GM, Europe at application monitoring platform Scout. Eamon sold his last startup to Engine Yard, Inc., a Bay Area cloud company, where he served as VP Engineering.
Over the years Eamon has hosted numerous conferences, organised hundreds of meetups, and brought countless people together to collaborate, create value, and do good things.
He builtCohortto help you find the people you need through the people you already know and trust.
Managing Director, Techstars London
Eamonn Carey is the Managing Director at Techstars London. He was previously MD at Techstars Connection in partnership with AB InBev in New York, and has been a long term mentor, advisor and angel investor in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.
In the past, Eamonn started, succeeded and failed with several startups in Europe and the Middle East — including Farmvillain — an app which some described as the 'South Park of Facebook'. He first started building games (as an eight year old) to impress girls in the late 1980s. His efforts were unsuccessful. His love for technology lived on in spite of that fact.
Principal Systems Engineer, Intercom
Brian fixes problems through building things and growing teams. He works in Intercom's Dublin office, helping teams make products and teams that are both resilient and delightful.
Co-founder, The Coloring In Department
A nice guy, who talks too much, has a borderline marketing addiction, and lives in airports. He’s worked with loads of brands, mainly globally, in shaping and delivering their digital and advertising strategies – not to neglect making sure those strategies stick, with a ton of up skilling. To date, he’s been involved in campaigns producing 20+ awards, from the Cannes Lions to the Webbys — he currently judges both. He’s also also taught 65,000 people, across 80 countries.
He loves events and broadcast media. Likely to be online somewhere in the world at all times, doing something of that sort. Would really like to be a talk show host, ideally, if this whole internet thing doesn’t work out. Fair to say he’s also been involved in some seriously catastrophic failures along the way, you know what they say about omelettes.
He’s currently spending a great deal of time nurturing the marketing needs of a variety of brands, as co-founder of The Coloring In Department, a Xoogler of the education variety, as part of a crack team of General Assembly tech folk, and as a presenting & training gun for hire. He definitely doesn’t work for an agency, but can be found in their company often enough. He will absolutely never wear a suit.
Most importantly, he loves what he does, and anyone who tells you different is a damn liar, and definitely can’t be trusted.
Founder, Love Your Customers
Claire Suellentrop loves getting inside customers' heads, uncovering what those customers really care about, and using these juicy details to create great marketing.
She's currently the co-founder of three companies: Userlist.io (behavior-based email for SaaS products), Forget The Funnel (SaaS marketing training) and Elevate (SaaS Consulting).
Previously, she consulted on customer insights and marketing for Wistia, MeetEdgar, Death to the Stock Photo, and many other fun SaaS companies. Before jumping into the world of consulting and co-founding, Claire was the Director of Marketing and #2 employee at Calendly.
Tiffany DaSilva is a growth marketing coach and consultant, who has worked with companies like Shopify (where she was Head of CRO) and Achievers. Her consultancy has helped over 50 different small businesses and startups across a variety of industries to grow, and grow fast.
In 2017, she foundedFlowjo with the goal of creating useful marketing tools that will help inspire, educate and entertain you. Flowjo's first product, The Growth Hacking Box, has already sold over 500 boxes and is in the hands of execs at companies like Staples and IKEA. It’s also being used to help startup founders at prestigious incubator programs all over the world.
Presenter & Content Manager, The Anfield Wrap
Neil Atkinson hosts The Anfield Wrap. The Anfield Wrap is a Liverpool FC podcast service which has existed since 2011. In 2015 The Anfield Wrap moved to a paid monthly subscription model and how has over 12,000 subscribers. Neil hosts the podcast and is responsible for the company's direction. He has also co-produced and co-written a feature film.
SVP Global Sales, WP Engine
Matt Schatz is SVP of Sales at WP Engine, responsible for defining and executing the global sales strategy. Matt joined WP Engine in 2013 as the company’s first executive leader of sales. Since then, he has helped the company grow to over $132 million in annual recurring revenue with more than 90,000 customers in 150 countries.
Prior to WP Engine, Matt acquired two decades of senior leadership experience in sales and customer growth, specifically for technology companies with customers around the world. As a key member of the original sales team at Rackspace, Matt was an integral part of the IPO offering; he helped grow the company from 15 employees netting $4M in annual revenue to 700 employees netting over $800M per year. As a leader in both growth and expansion, Matt helped establish and support Rackspace sales teams in both the EMEA and APAC markets. Similarly, as GM of Emerging Markets at Bazaarvoice, Matt drove the company's expansion to Brazil, Australia and Japan.
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Education from Trinity University and is passionate about giving back; he founded Mekon Aid International to build and support orphanages in Burma, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Matt lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters.
Inventor of the hashtag
Chris Messina has spent a decade living on the edge of social technology. He has designed products and experiences for Google and Uber, founded startups, and changed the world by giving away many of his creations, including the hashtag. His skillset is broad, anchored in product and user experience design. Most recently, he lead developer experience at Uber and co-founded Molly (YC W18), a conversational social AI.
Chris has created movements online and off, and acted as catalyst for change in large and small organizations. In 2004, he helped organize the grassroots movement that propelled Mozilla Firefox to its first 100 million downloads. In 2005, he co-organized the first BarCamp and then popularized the unconference event model to over 350 cities around the world. In 2006, he opened the first coworking spaces in San Francisco, giving rise to a global movement. Then in 2007, he brought the idea of the hashtag to the world, changing social media forever and galvanizing social revolutions across the globe.
He has spoken at conferences like TEDx, SXSW, Google I/O, and Microsoft’s Future Decoded, and is frequently quoted in media outlets like The New York Times, Business Week, LA Times, Washington Post, and Wired.
Organiser, Sleeping Giants
Nandini Jammi is founding organizer at Sleeping Giants, the social media campaign making bigotry and sexism less profitable. Through her work, she has been named by Business Insider as one of 23 industry leaders “fixing” digital advertising in 2018 and a DigiDay Changemaker.
She is also a senior copywriter and product messaging strategist working with tech companies.
Chief Technology Officer, Onfido
Kevin Goldsmith has been a senior technology executive for over 27 years. He recently joined identity verification platform Onfido from AstrumU, where he served as Vice-President of Engineering, and was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at legal marketplace Avvo. He has also held positions as Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify and as Director of Engineering at Adobe. With experience spanning computer vision, product development, data and dev ops, Kevin’s role at Onfido is to support and grow the technology, security and research teams as the company continues its expansion.
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