Meet the speakers joining us at Turing Fest 2020...

Build Product, engineering, design & data science
Grow Marketing, growth, sales & customer success
Lead Strategy, scaling, leadership & culture
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Nick Marsh

Chief Product Officer, Wonderbly

Nick Marsh is the Chief Product Officer at Wonderbly, the world's leading personalised publisher. At Wonderbly he manages a brilliantly diverse team of product managers, designers, producers, artists and other creatives to create books that fill children with boundless self belief. These books have sold over five million copies since 2014 and have been shipped to over 200 countries.

Before Wonderbly Nick failed successfully to create several of his own startups and he began his career in design and innovation consultancy. He graduated from Goldsmiths University in London in 2006 with a BA in Design and he still lives in south London with his wife, two daughters and far too many bikes.

Eli Montgomery

Head of UX, Cazoo

Eli Montgomery is a product leader and designer passionate about systems thinking and asking questions as a form of continuous improvement.

Eli’s approach to design and ecology has been informed by a varied career including clinical psychiatry, activism and working at various sizes of company from the very small to the very large.

Having worked with companies like AT&T, Amazon and Pivotal on everything from network infrastructure to IoT and machine learning, Eli is now Head of User Experience at Cazoo. Cazoo, founded by serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman (LoveFilm, Zoopla), aims to change the way we buy used cars.

Stewart Whiting

Co-founder & CTO, Current Health

Stewart Whiting leads the tech team at Current Health, a world-leading startup at the intersection of improving healthcare, wearable medical devices, data science, big data, AI and engineering. 

Current Health produces a clinical wearable platform designed to alert healthcare professionals about health deterioration, allowing earlier intervention, reduced care costs and ultimately better patient outcomes.

As one of the fastest growing UK deep science med-tech startups, they've raised $21M+ and grown to 45+ people operating across in-hospital, home care, clinical trial/pharma markets in Europe and the USA.

Grow

 

Areej AbuAli

SEO Manager, Zoopla

Areej is SEO Manager at Zoopla where she focuses on all things technical and on-site SEO. She is the founder of the Women in Tech SEO community which is a global community aimed for women in the technical SEO field. She has been in the industry for the past 6 years and has spoken in conferences such as MozCon, BrightonSEO and LondonSEO.

Luke Carthy

eCommerce Consultant

Having previously held a number of hands-on and in-house SEO and product roles, Luke is a well-seasoned eCommerce consultant and international speaker who parks his butt right in the centre of the strategy, CRO and SEO disciplines.

Having worked with some awesome brands including CAT, Renault and Mayflex, Luke knows a thing or two when it comes to getting c-suite buy-in and delivering smart, scalable eCommerce growth.

April Dunford

Founder, Ambient Strategy

April Dunford is a consultant, author, speaker, and globally recognized expert in positioning. April helps technology companies make complicated products easy for customers to understand and love. Previously, April has run marketing and sales teams at a series of successful technology startups and has launched 16 products into market. She is also a board member, investor, and advisor to dozens of high-growth businesses and is the author of the popular business book Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It.

Rand Fishkin

Co-founder & CEO, SparkToro

Rand Fishkin is the co-founder and CEO of SparkToro, and the founder and former CEO of Moz. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through his blogging, videos, speaking, and his book, Lost and Founder. When Rand’s not working, he’s most likely to be in the company of his partner in marriage and (mostly petty) crime, author Geraldine DeRuiter. If you feed him great pasta or great whisky, he’ll give you the cheat code to rank #1 on Google.

Peep Laja

Founder & CEO, CXL

Peep is a champion of experimentation and optimization, on a mission to fight sameness.

Peep was voted as #1 most influential conversion rate optimization expert in the world, and is devoted to growing the size and quality of the conversion optimization community. Today, he spends most of his time on making top 1% marketing know-how available for everyone through CXL Institute.

Shannon McGuirk

Head of PR & Content, Aira

Shannon is the Head of PR and Content at Aira where she oversees all content creation and link building for clients using what she's learned in her previous traditional PR roles. She's worked with some well-known household brands such as Vouchercloud, RS Components, Goodyear Tyres, TravelSupermarket, AXA PPP healthcare and Poundland.

Aaron Ross

CEO, Predictable Revenue

Aaron Ross is the author of From Impossible To Inevitable and Predictable Revenue about sales systems that helped Salesforce.com, Twilio, Zuora and other companies create billions. Aaron is married with 10 children (half through adoption.) He’s Co-CEO of PredictableRevenue.com.

Aaron was also an EIR (Entrepreneur-in-Residence) at Alloy Ventures, a $1 billion venture capital firm. Aaron was CEO of LeaseExchange, an online equipment leasing marketplace.  He graduated from Stanford University, and is an ex-Ironman triathlete and graduate of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School.

Chris Savage

Co-founder & CEO, Wistia

Chris Savage is the co-founder and CEO of Wistia, a web-based software solution designed to help marketers use Brand Affinity Marketing to grow their businesses. As CEO, he focuses on developing innovative and creative strategies to help guide the company.

Recently, Chris and Co-Founder Brendan Schwartz turned down an offer to sell Wistia and took on $17.3M in debt instead, which allowed them to buy out their investors, gain full control of the business, and take the path less traveled in the tech industry. This decision has resulted in more profitability and creativity for the company, and led to not only the creation of a new category, but the creation of a new arm of the business—Wistia Studios.

Today, more than 500,000 businesses across 50 countries depend on Wistia's products to build their brands and grow their businesses, including HubSpot, Mailchimp, Sephora, Starbucks, and Tiffany & Co.

Lead

 

Geraldine DeRuiter

The Everywhereist

Geraldine DeRuiter is the voice behind the James Beard Award-winning Everywhereist blog and author of the memoir All Over The Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft. While ostensibly a travel writer, Geraldine also writes about feminism, pop culture, and politics. TIME Magazine described her blog as “consistently clever” and The New York Times said her writing was “dark and hilarious”. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Refinery 29, and The New Yorker's Daily Shouts.

When not on the road with her long-suffering and infinitely patient husband, Rand, Geraldine can be found in Seattle, usually fighting with people on the internet.

Andrey Vinitsky

Co-founder & CEO, Graphy

Andrey Vinitsky is co-founder and CEO of Graphy, the easiest way for teams to work with data.

Graphy is a place for your team to create beautiful and interactive dashboards, loaded with data from the apps you already use and love.

Turing Founders

 

Fred Destin

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.

Check Warner

Francesca (Check) Warner is an early-stage VC. She is currently a partner at Ada Ventures, a venture capital firm which invests in overlooked founders and markets. Previously, she was a venture advisor at Seraphim Capital, the only global space tech fund, and spent two and a half years at Downing Ventures, investing in over 30 early-stage technology businesses.

Check is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, the world’s first nonprofit dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in venture capital. In May 2017, Diversity VC produced the first ever study on the number of women in VC, in partnership with the BVCA. Diversity VC’s work was highlighted in the UK government's November 2017 budget.

Before moving into venture, Check worked for the global advertising agency, AMV BBDO. She graduated from Cambridge in 2012. 

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