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The aim is to give the audience a holistic view and experience of the realms of start-ups. The speakers will take the audience on a journey on the theme “Start, Scale, Fail?”. Thus, the speakers will touch upon all or one of these phases: start-up, growth and maturity, including the often-neglected topic of failure. There will be prominent speakers sharing their expertise and knowledge on this hot topic, after which they will take part in a panel discussion and Q&A. The event will culminate in a networking session with drinks and light food.
Rune Bentien is the Business Development Manager for Chrome in Google Cloud for the UK/Nordics at Google. Some of the areas within his skills are enterprise software, Ecommerce and entrepreneurship. Rune also holds a MSc in Innovation from the School of Economics & Management at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is also active as a mentor and apart from being awarded Google Mentor of the Year 2013 at their London Campus he leads the Ex-Googler community, xoogler.co in Europe seeding some
of the next unicorns.
Stefan Backlund is Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Trustly. He has during the past 4 years built a dedicated organisation based on talents in all disciplines in the marketing field. Stefan's passions are strategic communication and digital user experience. Prior to Trustly, Stefan ran the consumer marketing program at Klarna and online marketing at Philips. He is a board member of the Stockholm Marketing Association and studied Interaction Design at the Kalmar Tekniska Högskola in Sweden.
Robert Falck is a serial entrepreneur and CEO and founder of the technology start-up Einride. A former Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Volvo Powertrain, his mission is to develop the next generation's transport solution – cost competitive, safe and emission-free – by taking advantage of recent advances in AI and battery technology.
Jeff Skinner is the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School which is also the school he holds an MBA from. Prior to this, Skinner comes from University College London (UCL) where he worked as Commercial Director and holds a Ph.D. During his time at UCL he took part in building and running their Technology Transfer division and co-founded over 30 technology-based spinouts. He has an extensive experience from the tech-world, amongst others as past President of the leading UK & European tech transfer associations PraxisUnico and ASTP.
Moderator of the event is Kina Zeidler, an established Swedish journalist with articles in papers ranging from the Telegraph to Svenska Dagbladet. She is currently active with her new book, The Swedish Tech Miracle (Det Svenska Techundret) in which she conducts interviews with the founders of Swedish tech unicorns as well as their employees, families and investors. This provides a truly unique perspective and insights on how to build a successful company.
Date: 12 June 2018
Venue: Google UK HQ
Address: Six Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AG
Time: 18.00 - 21.00
Thank you to Gecko Technology Partners, Trustly Group AB, Embassy of Sweden in London, and Northzone for kindly sponsoring this event.
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