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November 6 - 9, 2017
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Web Summit & Expo is a 4 day event being held from 6th November to 9th November 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. This event showcases product from Computer Hardware & Software, IT & Technology industries. This event showcases products like Infomation technology, business, networking, engineering, emerging technology and much more etc. in the Computer Hardware & Software, IT & Technology industries.

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lizc craig

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Bravo to all organizers - VERY ambitious programs - so many simultaneous talks. Please put the most in depth topics on Day 2. It takes 1 day to get a 'lay of the land'. Airport check = smart, easy, great idea; volunteers = fantastic. Love the Live Feeds, I did not go to Centre Stage once. Lisbon is the perfect city for Web Summit - up and coming, collaborative attitude ...very nice people.

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So I just got back from my first Web Summit that took place in Lisbon last week. Before going, as a novice, I had some misconceptions as well as some expectations that turned out to be true. Sure, Web Summit is known as the biggest, greatest tech conference in Europe but there are things that it is and isn’t. It’s important to know why you’re going and what you expect to get out of it before you spend your precious time and money on immersing yourself in the all-consuming experience. Why Go? The Content: If the numerous conferences, talks and panels are what you’re after, then I have some disappointing news for you: they are shallow at best and bet on rather general discussions of global tech trends as well as celebrities than providing you with any actual know-how, knowledge or skills . They aren’t practical whatsoever and for someone who works in tech, the topics and conclusions are mostly common sense so don’t expect any Eureka! moments. Besides, the conference venue is so spread out, it literally takes you 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other. And, videos of all the talks are published throughout and shortly after the summit on the Web Summit Facebook page, for free, and you can watch them at your leisure during the post-summit months. The Expo: Some not so exciting news here too, I’m afraid. The big tech giants are all there to show off and the rest are startups that haven’t yet gained much fraction and for whom every bit of publicity helps. Plus, you can find all the exhibitors, along with their Crunchbase info and website addresses on Crunchbase and contact them, should you have enough LinkedIn InMail credits or be really good at web scraping. Practically, there’s not enough time to meet any meaningful numbers of them in 3 days and you end up distracted by stands displaying self-driving cars, talking robots, 4D printers, revolutionary coffee makers and the likes. The Connections: Bingo, this is the most valuable asset of Web Summit and the reason to go if you go at all. Despite what I said in #2 above, you can and you will meet very interesting people but most of those encounters won’t be planned. As much as you try and schedule meetings with people, you will either have something else to do, end up rescheduling endlessly or you just won’t have the time to meet all the attendees who look interesting (you can search and find their names in the Summit app). What I did was organise a tour for myself and three other conference goers before the conference started and this way we all met some pretty cool and adventurous folks while enjoying the coastal area around Lisbon. Later on, I made a connection that will be useful to me in the future while waiting in line for coffee and in a similar random fashion connected with a guy at the lunch tables, who initially offered me tips on how to eat my leaking hummus taco, then ended up talking about marketing tech. All very inspiring and completely random! The only other scheduled appointments I had were with the ladies from Imaginify as well as a cool Lisboa podcaster named Paula Cordeiro of Urbanista, both of whom interviewed me about what it’s like to be a woman in the male-dominated tech world. A missed opportunity was an interview I wanted to give to intimate, who contacted me for my opinion on the way tech has affected the sex industry. The Parties: If you’re simply going to WS to blow off some steam, who am I to judge? There are plenty of opportunities to network in a less formal setting, every night before, during and after the summit: breakfasts and brunches, sunset summit, night summit, with women only, men only, both men and women, your friends or colleagues or with friendly Lisbon locals, which of course will be hard to find in touristy joints especially during Summit week when the conference takes over the entire city. The connection opportunities are certainly plentiful, whether you’re looking to connect with new friends, new lovers or new clients/business partners: there is the official mobile app, there are meetups, events on Eventbrite, Facebook, numerous Whatsapp and Slack groups on every subject (e.g. Women in Tech, Digital Nomads, Designers, General, etc.) Some attendees also end up working at co-working spaces throughout the city so that’s another opportunity to meet them while checking out a cool new working spot. Everyone’s open to meeting up for coffee/food, networking, sightseeing, clubbing, or… pick your poison. The Weather and The City: I’ll give you that, Lisbon is gorgeous and it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been there, I’m happy to return time and again for some more vinho verde, pasteis de nata and bacalhao. Don’t even get me started on all the cool rooftop bars, miradouros, cool cafés and hipster places. LX Factory, Bairro Alto, Largo di Carmo, Miradouro do Pilar, Jardim Botanico … don’t forget Lisbon’s surroundings: sunny Cascais, inspiring Sintra, wavy Azenhas do Mar, surfer’s paradise Peniche – the West Coast of Portugal might be windy but man, it’s beautiful! If and when Web Summit returns to Dublin, which is a rumour that’s going around, you’d have to not only offer me discounted tickets, Paddy Cosgrove, but actually pay me to be in dreary Ireland in November. Why Not to Go? Registration Lines: I am not sure why anyone in the right state of mind would wait for hours in front of the venue to register on pre-day or on the first day of the summit when just a metro away there was airport registration, accessible to anyone whether they were flying in at that time or coming in at a later time. Nevertheless, this wasn’t well communicated or emphasised enough by the summit crew and if you didn’t catch those news alerts on all the groups, you might have wasted a few hours of previous Lisbon time in lines. Next year, go to the airport and register there – it took me 5 minutes in total on pre-day and there were no lines whatsoever. Opening Night: The much hyped opening night isn’t worth going to or waiting for hours to get into the Altice arena. I suspect the whole reason it’s such a hype is because places are limited and attendance is determined by a lottery principle. If you must see the opening statements it’s best to enjoy it from the comfort of a rooftop bar or your AirBnB, where you can watch it live on Facebook. The Conference Food: It’s basically food trucks with long lines in front of them any time between 11h – 15h when the summit’s 60,000 attendees all need to graze on some chow. It’s annoying to say the least, when you have better ways of spending your time than waiting in lines. Many of them also didn’t take cards so bring enough cash to survive. Alcohol is plentiful, at least, and so are the food choices, including vegan and gluten-free options. The Bathrooms: If you’re a woman, you might as well don a pair of adult diapers, as the lines in front of the bathrooms can take up to 15 minutes before it’s your turn. On day 3 a fellow woman in tech clued me in on the existence of a ‘secret toilet’ near the general ladies’ bathrooms, which I suspect was reserved for staff and thus, not advertised. Not cool, Web Summit! As usual, no lines at the men’s and I often contemplated braving it and perusing said men’s bathrooms at the risk of being ostracised by both genders in a jiffy. The Coffee: No other way to say this but it’s shite! Sure, it’s free but it comes out of these dispenser machines and it’s as bad as it is plentiful. Luckily for all women in tech (reportedly ~40% of all attendees), Booking.com provided free drinkable (barista-made) java in the WIT lounge they sponsored. Lines for the good stuff were understandably humongous as well and some MIT (Men in Tech) were frequently spotted free-loading on the coffee paid for by the gap in women’s wages since… ehh, pretty much the beginning of tech. I didn’t mind as much until some ‘’gentleman’’ cut in line as we were about to be served Portuguese sparkling wine. The Swag: The basics were there: plastic cheapo sunglasses with zero UV protection in four different colours, pens, pencils, notepads, stress balls, stickers, t-shirts (including Web Summit-branded ones you could get in any size or logo colour), USB sticks, etc., yet nothing overly creative. The coolest gadgets I snagged were a camera privacy shutter slider thingy from a Polish company called Bitcraft, phone case rings from Cisco and a marijuana grinder from a cool startup called Budsy (only operational in the U.S. unfortunately). Someone apparently won an iWatch playing some game that I couldn’t even get around to doing, due to… you guessed right, the huge lines. More on https://inadanova.com/2017/11/14/web-summit-the-unathorized-guide/

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This year it was chaotic. Rude staff. Sexism. Can't even describe everything. It was also very ableist.

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It was my first time and as much as I enjoyed it the mammoth size of the place and distance you had to cover to get to and from talks was truly exhausting. Think 5 football pitches worth of space plus a huge arena to give you some perspective. Many popular talks overlapped or clashed across opposing ends of the (massive) venue. If your interests were varied it was difficult get to different talks in time. In future, they should try to run several instances of certain talks so that there are more opportunities to attend. Many of the zones were not referenced in the maps which was very unhelpful (e.g. PT Meeting Centre). The volunteers weren't knowledgeable enough to locate certain areas but this is a reflection on the organisers for not preparing them enough. It was good to see a lot of inclusiveness; disabled, people of colour, women (42% attendance rate) and mothers with babies in attendance. Unfortunately, there was no thought around toilet facilities. Often the disabled toilets were locked for one lame reason or another. This was disaster obviously for the disabled, baby changing or mothers alone with a young child/baby. The baby changing facilities were badly located within women's toilets (near the door and not practical with the queues). I suggest that there are some mother and baby zones created and perhaps creche facilities on site next year. Despite my criticism it was a fantastic opportunity to learn, explore, try new tech and network on a global/international scale in ways beyond imagination.The camaraderie within the Women In Tech lounge was fantastic. Kudos to booking.com for sponsoring that section! Here are my tips: 1. Don't wear heels, high or otherwise. It has to be trainers/sneakers/sports shoes for all the walking you will be doing between stages and sections all day long! Even flat shoes will get uncomfortable after a while. Converse became my footwear of choice after a few hours in flat shoes on day 1. 2. Do take a coat that is easy to keep with you as the cloakrooms are chaotic. Who wants to queue up for ages to leave after queueing to get in?! Don't leave luggage at the venue either for the same reason. It was more practical for me and my friend to leave luggage at our accommodation and go back for it before heading to the airport on the last day. We couldn't risk missing a flight because of Web Summit delays! 3. Do allow approximately 30 mins to get into the venue because of security and the sheer numbers of attendees. 4. Do carry water. There are many water fountains throughout the venue where you can fill up through the day. 4. Do buy your lunch early, preferably late morning. The lunchtime queues are eye watering. I waited an hour on day 1 and learned my lesson! 5. Do carry plenty of business cards. You just know who you'll meet and the valuable connections you can make. 6. Do carry a powerful power bank for your phone and tablet. Everyone will be scrambling to charge their phone so available sockets will be sparse. 7. Don't forget your converter for your plug. 8. Do carry a notebook for important takeaways from talks and getting details information down when your phone battery dies. 9. Do ignore warnings not to attend opening ceremony when you have every to be there. Attendees registering at the airport were given conflicting information. I was told they were over subscribed and strongly discouraged by staff at the point of registration. I later heard that others got in who had registered after me and were guven different information. I was very annoyed and disappointed to have missed what would set the tone for the event because of poor planning decisions and no capacity considerations. Web Summit don't you understand that 80% of people would naturally want to attend the opening event? If you wanted to limit numbers be consistent in the information your staff disseminate.

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Best tech event of the year

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Too broad and big. Rather go to something more specific. Nice vibe and crowd!

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Good

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Opening night lottery system was totally disappointing and the support was inadequate. When we ask our questions I waited too long to get a response.

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Big fancy show avoiding real life challenges. Exciting as it is one has to sober up after coming back to the real world. Web summit team do not be afraid to go deeper and face issues of standard. Forget politicians, actors and all the star people that have no value. Do we cheer to see them? Yeaa..but do they give value. Nope. Waste of time. Wherever you guys are heading with this..for me has no substance with lot of sugarcoating. Viktor

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It is impossible to interact, you feel like you are a sheep with a number and no body cares. You can't ask questions to the speakers, there is lines for everything, toilet, food, metro, moving from one space to another... I have a 3 days pass and I would love to sell it because I dont wanna come back after the experience of the first day.

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poor content too much hype

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Great event to get to learn trends, would like to see biotech more represented but I guess out of scope for this event? . Too many things going on at the same time and too many people but other than that, quality talks, interesting people and products.

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Too much of a show, too little of bysiness and good networking.

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I love Web Summit from the venue to the speakers line up, quality content. Web Summit is for me a well oiled machine,with perfect organization, skilled team and provides a great value for money. Definitely recommend to next years goers.

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Very nice venue with lot of inspiring people on the stage. But it is too overcrowded, you have to wait for everything and in such a crowd it is not easy to find right people for your business.

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Fantastic array of speakers. Very inspiring and motivational. Forefront technological innovation and networking opportunities at its finest; a no-brainer for those in the startup world. The sheer volume of people can be overwhelming at times, but easily compensated for by the welcoming Lisbon aura.

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My first time attending websummit this year and to be honest it will probably be my last time. There were so many people that it felt almost impossible to find relevant people to speak to, and content was difficult to curate in a meaningful way for such a diverse audience. Having said that, there were many interesting, high profile speakers, and a great atmosphere around Lisbon.

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As a developer I was expecting the talks to be similar to RISE (which is more towards the business side) but the calibre of speakers (particularly the fullstk track on day 3) just blew me away. There's something for everyone at web summit, not just marketing and business types. Also check out the parties after - it's where half my contacts came from.

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First day: Opening session: Poor. Flop. People outside, wifi broken, guests missing, a PM with a very poor english, not a single translation.

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Matthew Hubble

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WebSummit seemed well organized up until the opening night. Thereafter, it felt unprepared for the volume of attendees and this created an unpleasant environment. It was extremely difficult to find and network with potential connections because it created a high-stress atmosphere.

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Though a 50,000+ tech conference sounds great on paper, the actual reality/experience of being in one is far different from the fantasy when the registration process, food service, facilities management, people flow management etc etc are all sub-par. This is what happens when too much time is spent on marketing & promotion and too little on logistics & operations. After this, I'm sticking to smaller, more intimate, more focused conferences. Less is definitely more.

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Way to many people. Long lines for getting in, eating, and going to the toilet. Missing really good speakers when waiting in lines for everything. This is not ok...

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Second day. 9.18 pm. Over 1km of lines outside. First attendees were still waiting to get in at 9.05. Most will miss initial speakers (the reason I paid to come). Fortunately Portuguese are polite. In any other city you would have a riot. Organisation seems incapable to handle big crowds. Sad.

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Interessanting parallel events, too expensive tickets. Great melting pot.

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Interessanting parallel events, too expensive tickets. Great melting pot.

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Nowhere near as focused as it used to be.....risk of losing momentum and interest...far too diluted, anything and everything goes.

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not worth. thanks

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Fares Hadj Ali

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Eugene Shevchenko

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Thomas Cort Hansen

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Really great event for meeting fellow entrepreneurs, while exploring new trends in IT and not least meeting interesting people and expanding network

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This event was very unorganized and seriously oversold with attendees. The one entrance was a hot mess and this event was so overbooked that the sessions were standing room only and packed where you were rubbing up against the person next to you. Serious planning flaws! I know it was their first year in Lisbon so hopefully they will get this all sorted out in the future. Also after numerous issues that was raised to Paddy, the founder of the event, he made it clear to me that he thought the United States was a joke (In writing!). Unprofessional and surprising that someone of his stature would make statements about a country that is probably more than half of his revenue.

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Michael Faye

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Mars Cyrillo

  • CI&T
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George Hotz

  • Comma
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Kahina Bouagache

  • Tetra Pak
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Thomas Ermacora

  • Machines Room
  • Founder, Creative & Strategic Director
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Jonah Goodhart

  • Moat
  • Co-Founder & CEO
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Katherine Oliver

  • NYC Media Group
  • President
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Mathew Honan

  • BuzzFeed
  • San Francisco Bureau Chief
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Garry Kasparov

  • Avast
  • Security Ambassador
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Vic Shao

  • Green Charge Networks
  • Founder & CEO
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Neil Waller

  • My Destination
  • Co-Founder
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Erin Griffith

  • PandoDaily
  • Writer
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David Nihill

  • FunnyBizz
  • Founder
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Ben Goertzel

  • Humanity+
  • Vice Chair and Treasurer
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Eric Schurenberg

  • CBS MoneyWatch
  • President & Editor in Chief
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John Hall

  • Influence & Co.
  • CEO
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Nicole Quinn

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Partner
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Zeevi Michel

  • Senexx
  • Founder & CEO
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Stephen Plumlee

  • R/GA
  • Global Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner
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François Chopard

  • Starburst Ventures
  • CEO
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John Rampton

  • Due
  • Founder
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Guy Standing

  • SOAS, University of London
  • Professorial Research Associate
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Jean Lin

  • Dentsu Aegis Network
  • Global CEO – Isobar
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Horace Luke

  • Gogoro
  • Founder and CEO
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Francisco Melo

  • Avery Dennison
  • Vice President and General Manager, Global RFID
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David Sable

  • Young & Rubicam
  • CEO
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Ethan Imboden

  • frogVentures
  • Head of Venture Design at frog
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Jacob Benbunan

  • Saffron Brand Consultants
  • CEO
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Louay Eldada

  • Quanergy Systems
  • CEO & Co-Founder
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Yaron Galai

  • Outbrain
  • Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Ana Kasparian

  • The Young Turks
  • Host and Producer
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Evelyn Webster

  • Time Inc.
  • Executive Vice President and Group President, Lifestyle Group
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Pete Cashmore

  • Mashable
  • Founder & CEO
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Dominic Smales

  • Gleam Futures
  • CEO
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Lin Dai

  • Hooch
  • CEO, Co-Founder
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Tomas Diez

  • Fab Lab Barcelona
  • Director
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Steve Case

  • Revolution
  • Co Founder
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Rand Fishkin

  • Moz, Inc.
  • Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Sarah Moran

  • Girl Geek Academy
  • CEO & Co-founder
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Ashwarya Singh

  • Drivezy
  • CEO
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Patrick Llewellyn

  • 99designs
  • President & CEO
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Manu Gupta

  • Lakestar
  • General Partner
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Steve Huffman

  • Reddit
  • CEO
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Curt Cronin

  • Kaizen International
  • CEO
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Karen Tierney

  • SilverCloud Health
  • Creative Director
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Paul Harkins

  • Billaway
  • CEO
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Jon Matonis

  • CoinDesk
  • Contributing Editor
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Pat Gelsinger

  • VMware
  • CEO
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Bas Wouterse

  • Telm
  • Co-Founder & CTO
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Joe Sullivan

  • Uber
  • Chief Security Officer
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Noelle Acheson

  • CoinDesk
  • Editorial Producer
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Jeff N. Maggioncalda

  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • President and CEO
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Vitaly Ponomarev

  • WayRay
  • Founder & CEO
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Philippe Botteri

  • Accel Partners
  • Partner
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Terrell Owens

  • NFL
  • Athlete
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Elli Kaplan

  • Neurotrack
  • Co-founder/ CEO
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Martin Swant

  • Adweek
  • Staff Writer
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David Siegel

  • Investopedia
  • CEO
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Juraj Vaculik

  • AeroMobil
  • Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Blake Irving

  • GoDaddy
  • CEO
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Jay Reinemann

  • Propel Venture Partners
  • Partner
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Shradha Agarwal

  • Jumpstart Ventures
  • Founding Partner
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Howard Morgan

  • First Round Capital
  • Co-Founder & Partner Emeritus
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Kara Swisher

  • Recode
  • Co-Executive Editor
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Jason Phipps

  • Guardian Media Group
  • Head of Audio
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Dave O'Flanagan

  • Boxever
  • Co Founder & CEO
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Rolf Schrömgens

  • trivago
  • Co-Founder
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David Breslauer

  • Bolt Threads
  • Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder
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Ismail Ahmed

  • WorldRemit
  • Founder & CEO
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Steve Blank

  • Ava
  • Mentor
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Melis Guctas

  • Modacruz
  • Founder
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James Joaquin

  • Obvious Ventures
  • Managing Director
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Eric Auchard

  • Reuters
  • Europe, Middle East & Africa technology correspondent
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James Meeks

  • MOVE Systems
  • President & CEO
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Maciej Dziergwa

  • STX Next
  • CEO
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Kamila Markram

  • Frontiers
  • Co-Founder & CEO
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Martin Hofmann

  • Volkswagen Group
  • Chief Information Officer
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Eva Kaili

  • Bankera
  • Board of advisors
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Jeff Arnold

  • Sharecare
  • Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Susan Credle

  • FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding)
  • Global Chief Creative Officer
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René Cotting

  • ABB
  • Head of Operations, Innovation and R&D ABB Group & Chairman Technology Ventures
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Ross Mason

  • MuleSoft
  • Founder
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Jason Trost

  • Smarkets
  • CEO & Founder
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Benjamin Males

  • XO
  • Founder & CEO
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David Gorodyansky

  • AnchorFree
  • CEO and Co-Founder
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Roy Pereira

  • Zoom.ai
  • Founder
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Alejandro Artacho

  • Spotahome
  • Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Tim Brooks

  • The LEGO Group
  • Vice President, Corporate Responsibility
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Robin Wauters

  • Tech.eu
  • Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
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Tim Davie

  • BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
  • CEO, BBC Worldwide & Director, Global
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Khaliya Aga Khan

  • The World Economic Forum
  • World Futures Council Expert on the Future of Health and Healthcare
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Janet Scardino

  • Saban Brands
  • COO
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Boris Batine

  • ID Finance
  • Co-founder
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Jon Wadelton

  • The Foundry
  • Chief Technology Officer
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Edward-Isaac Dovere

  • Politico
  • Chief Washington Correspondent
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Ralph Echemendia

  • Seguru
  • Chief Executive Officer
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Maria Raga

  • Depop
  • CEO
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Joe Zawadzki

  • MediaMath
  • Co-Founder & CEO
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Bassel El Koussa

  • Quiqup
  • CEO, Co-Founder
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Nancy Lublin

  • Dosomething
  • CEO
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Djamel Agaoua

  • Viber
  • CEO
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Rebecca Lynn

  • Canvas Ventures
  • Co-founder & General Partner
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Julien Codorniou

  • Facebook
  • VP, Workplace
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Brandon K. Hill

  • btrax, Inc.
  • CEO
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Eyal Baumel

  • Yoola
  • CEO
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Christian Sanz

  • Skycatch
  • Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Laurie Segall

  • CNN.com
  • Technology Correspondent - Innovation & Entrepreneurship - CNNMoney
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Philip Rooke

  • Spreadshirt
  • CEO
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Stan Chudnovsky

  • Facebook
  • Head of Product, FB Messenger
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Hiro Saijou

  • Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley
  • CEO
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Minh Tran

  • Particeep
  • Chairman, Europe
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Joel Spolsky

  • Fog Creek Software
  • Founder
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Jane Zavalishina

  • Yandex Data Factory
  • Chief Executive Officer
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Phil Lojacono

  • Advanon
  • Founder
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Stephane Richard

  • Orange
  • CEO
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Emil Eifrem

  • Neo Technology
  • CEO
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Nicolas Brusson

  • BlaBlaCar
  • Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Blathnaid Healy

  • Mashable
  • UK Editor
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Dale Stephens

  • UnCollege
  • Founder
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Alicia Navarro

  • Skimlinks
  • Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Roger Benites

  • Bitinka
  • CEO
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Uyen Tieu

  • Great Big Story
  • General Manager
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Jacques Van den Broek

  • Randstad
  • CEO
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Zander Lurie

  • SurveyMonkey
  • CEO
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Sergio Pereira

  • FutureFuel.io
  • CTO
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Jean-Francois Gagné

  • Element AI
  • CEO
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Domingos Oliveira

  • S.L. Benfica
  • CEO
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Prince Constantijn van Oranje

  • StartupDelta
  • Special Envoy StartupDelta
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Gordon Willoughby

  • WeTransfer
  • CEO
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Tom Davis

  • Forbes
  • Chief Marketing Officer
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Mark Mayo

  • Mozilla
  • Principal Engineer
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Filip Felician Dames

  • Cherry Ventures
  • Founding Partner
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Peter Nelson

  • HBO
  • Executive Vice President of Sports
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Nick Law

  • Smigin
  • CCO
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Jacob Weisberg

  • Slate
  • Editor-In-Chief
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Alexandra Mack

  • Crunchbase
  • Head of Marketing
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Brad Smith

  • Microsoft
  • President and Chief Legal Officer
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Charles Caldas

  • Merlin Network
  • CEO
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Luís Figo

  • Dream Football
  • Co-Founder
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Hamilton Nolan

  • Gawker Media
  • Writer
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Robert Bernard

  • Microsoft
  • Chief Environmental & Cities Strategist
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Lauren Crampsie

  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Worldwide Chief Marketing Officer
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Angie Lee

  • Celmatix
  • Chief Product Officer
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Charlotte Jee

  • Techworld
  • Editor
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Austin Russell

  • Luminar
  • CEO & Founder
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Tommy Otzen

  • KUBO Robot
  • CEO and Co-founder
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Edward Tang

  • Avegant
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Sachin Dev Duggal

  • Shoto
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Ashley Carroll

  • Social Capital
  • Partner
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Eric Poirier

  • Addepar
  • CEO
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Kathryn Petralia

  • Kabbage
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Luis Correia

  • Polaris Sports
  • Chief Executive Officer
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Stephanie Alys

  • MysteryVibe
  • Co-Founder & CPO
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Andrew Pinnington

  • Hailo
  • Chief Executive Officer
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Cenk Uygur

  • The Young Turks
  • CEO & Founder
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Marcus Shingles

  • XPRIZE
  • CEO
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Mitchell Baker

  • Mozilla
  • Executive Chairwoman
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Crimson Rose

  • Burning Man
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Jeff Holden

  • Uber
  • Chief Product Officer
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  • Yewno
  • Founder and CEO
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  • Co-Founder & CEO
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Jared Cohen

  • Google
  • Director
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Susan Glasser

  • Politico
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Moritz Waldstein

  • mitte®
  • CEO
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Tomer Tagrin

  • Yotpo
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  • 8i
  • CEO
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  • NGP Capital
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  • The Case Foundation
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Mada Seghete

  • Branch
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  • Bloomberg LP
  • Executive Editor
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Frida E Polli

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Tanja Kufner

  • Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy Berlin
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Ida Tin

  • Clue App
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Amit Singh

  • Google
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Lara O'Reilly

  • Business Insider
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Danny Lange

  • Unity Technologies
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Mark Latonero

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Max Tegmark

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT
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Thomas Gonser

  • DocuSign
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Kenny Jacobs

  • Ryanair
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Freya Burton

  • LanzaTech
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Salil Shetty

  • Amnesty International
  • Secretary-General
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Miguel Helft

  • Fortune Magazine
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Giles Trendle

  • Al Jazeera
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Ajay Yadav

  • Roomi
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Leon Ifayemi

  • SPCE
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Oliver Muhr

  • Seerene
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Amy Pressman

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  • Arduino
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  • U.S. Department of Commerce
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  • Citigroup
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  • Curve
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Michael Sorkin

  • Techstars
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Rob Flaherty

  • Ketchum
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Christopher Oster

  • Clark
  • CEO
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Charles Fraenkl

  • Gigaset
  • CEO
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  • Stem Disintermedia
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Tomasz Karwatka

  • Divante
  • CEO
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John Riccitiello

  • Unity Technologies
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Gabriel Otte

  • Freenome
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Anne Boden

  • Starling Bank
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William Murphy

  • Blackstone
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Alex Hope

  • Double Negative
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Carlos Moedas

  • European Commission
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Alix Zwane

  • Global Innovation Fund
  • Chief Executive Officer
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Connie Loizos

  • StrictlyVC
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  • Advertising Age
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Michael Kim

  • Cendana Capital
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Constantin Eis

  • Casper
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Paul van Zyl

  • Maiyet
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Peter Alexander

  • Red Pulse
  • Chairman
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David Perpich

  • The Wirecutter
  • General Manager
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Dustin Moskovitz

  • Asana
  • Co-Founder & CEO
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Erica Chenoweth

  • Waging Nonviolence
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Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan

  • Drawbridge Inc.
  • Founder & CEO
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Beri Meric

  • IVY
  • Founder & Co-CEO
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Matthew Drinkwater

  • Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE)
  • Head of Fashion Innovation
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Sergio Radovcic

  • Healthiest You
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Jeremy Hodara

  • Jumia Travel (formerly Jovago.com)
  • Co-Founder & CEO
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Richa Bajpai

  • Goodera
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Molly Wood

  • CBS Interactive
  • Executive Editor
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Martin Varsavsky

  • Fon
  • Founder
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Susan Herman

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • President
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Sumit Jamuar

  • Global Gene Corp
  • Chairman & CEO
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Ondrej Vlcek

  • Avast
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  • Kespry Inc.
  • CEO & Chairman
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Sasha Havlicek

  • Institute for Strategic Dialogue
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Ahmed Youssef

  • Parlio
  • Software Engineer
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Viktor Calabro

  • Coople
  • CEO, Founder
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Branko Milutinovic

  • Nordeus
  • Co-Founder & CEO
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Steven Bertoni

  • Forbes
  • Associate Editor
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Artur Bergman

  • Fastly
  • Founder & CEO
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Nicolas Dessaigne

  • Algolia
  • Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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John Seifert

  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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Yuki Liu

  • OSVehicle
  • Chief Operating Officer
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Yiping Xia

  • Mobike
  • Co-founder and CTO
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Kit Eaton

  • The New York Times
  • App Smart columnist
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Mood Rowghani

  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • General Partner
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Joe Lazauskas

  • Contently
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David Creuzot

  • Konbini
  • Founder
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Phil Gilbert

  • IBM
  • General Manager, IBM Design
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Derek Mead

  • Vice Media
  • Editor-in-chief of Motherboard
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Julian David

  • techUK
  • CEO
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Duncan Logan

  • RocketSpace
  • Founder & CEO

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