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We are bringing you an inside look at some of the incredible CEO's and Founders that make up the tech ecosystem of the Innovation Corridor (Waterloo Region to Toronto). We are using this as a launch pad to give our TOWR Tech Companies more exposure and as an educational piece that will hopefully give other entrepreneurs information on company culture, how to avoid early mistakes and workplace strategy. We are your hosts Todd Cooney and Dean Mariani (Office Corridor Group @ CBRE) and excited ...
 
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Links naar artikelen, video's en podcasts in deze aflevering: De Pivot-aflevering met Kara Swisher en Scott Galloway. De opening van Elon Musk bij SNL Elon Musk legt uit wat Dogecoin is bij SNL De tweet van Musk over bitcoin Studocu-oprichter Marnix Boer vertelt over de fuding-ronde Artikel over Studocu bij MT/Sprout Rutger Bregman over belastingon…
 
In deze aflevering van Studio Scaleup bespreken Remy Gieling en Philip Bueters het jaarverslag van Coolblue, de aanstaande scheiding van Bill en Melinda Gates, spreekt Sprout-redacteur Maarten Keswiel met Orderchamp-oprichter Joost Brugmans, de fittie tussen Facebook en Signal én de faillissementsaanvraag van Eelko van Kooten (ex-Spinnin' Records) …
 
In deze aflevering van Studio Scaleup: - Progressieve scaleup Basecamp verbiedt medewerkers over politiek te praten - De miljoenen vliegen je om je oren: 800 mio voor Messagebird, 200 mio voor Azerion en 250 mio voor Endeit - Spotify-oprichter Daniel Eck doet een Mark Cuban'tje en wil sportclub Arsenal kopen + Voys-oprichter Mark Vletter deelt waar…
 
In deze aflevering van Studio Scaleup: - Bloomon verkoopt zichzelf aan de Britse concurrent Bloom & Wild - Bux haalt 80 miljoen dollar groeigeld op bij internationale geldschieters - Het regent kapitaal voor deelsteps en -scooters - Twitterfittie tussen Jitse Groen en Uber-baas Dara Khosrowshahi + Een les vorstelijke klantgerichtheid van auteur en …
 
In deze aflevering van Studio Scaleup: - Drie miljoen euro groeigeld voor AI-bedrijf Pandora Intelligence - Beleggersrollercoaster bij de beursgang van Coinbase - Verdeelde meningen over Dragons' Den - Elon Musk's Boring Company blijkt inderdaad een tikkie... boring + De ondernemerslessen van Somnox-founder Julian Jagtenberg hoe hij Las Vegas verov…
 
Yusuf Ozdalga is a Partner at QED Investors and a Board member at Fidel API, Wayflyer, GetGround, Capitalise, Weavr, and Rest Less. He’s also a Jiu Jitsu bronze medalist! During our interview we delved into mental health and addiction issues and the Operation Lighthouse initiative: After 1 of their Partners, Greg Mazanec, died from opiate addiction…
 
Emil Gigov, Partner at Albion VC, has been involved in 30 early stage & growth investments during his 2 decades as a VC. We explored: How Europe's VC ecosystem has evolved in the past 2 decades The metrics Albion use to track the ESG (environmental, social, governance) performance of their investments The 3 long-term growth themes that underpin Alb…
 
Parry Malm is the co-founder and CEO at Phrasee – a scaleup who combine natural language techniques with AI and deep learning to optimize marketing across all digital channels in over 20 languages. Funded by Albion VC, Galvanize Capital and Next 15 Communications, Phrasee’s solution is truly revolutionary and delivers major ROI for blue chip client…
 
Pierre Lindmark is the CEO at Winningtemp – 1 of Europe’s fastest growing B2B SaaS scale-ups Winningtemp’s vision is to provide the science behind successful organisations - to forever change how organisations succeed! The company serves 700 clients in 23 countries leveraging advanced AI and providing science-based insights to dramatically reduce e…
 
Eugene Kruglov is co-founder at AppFollow – a European scaleup who help businesses review and analyse their mobile app user sentiment, streamline customer support, and automate competitor and customer analysis to strengthen product roadmaps. Appfollow have more than 70,000 global clients — from small and medium-sized businesses to blue chips like M…
 
Abhishek Chatterjee is the CEO at Tookitaki – a disruptive AI scaleup looking to shake up the world of financial and regulatory compliance. Tookitaki raised $20m in funding from the likes of Viola, Nomura and Illuminate Financial - and they’ve deployed their solution at a number of Tier 1 banks in Asia, Europe and North America. In 2019, The World …
 
Eric Friedrichsen is the CEO at Emburse - who humanize work by empowering business travelers, finance professionals and CFOs to eliminate manual, time-consuming tasks. Emburse has 14,000 customers for their AP and expense management solutions - from start-ups to global blue chips like Grant Thornton, Telefónica, Lufthansa and Toyota. We explored Em…
 
Roope Heinila is the CEO at Smarp – a saas scaleup disrupting the global market for employee engagement and communications. We explored Roope's learnings during a difficult first 18 months as an entrepreneur a decade ago, when only his Granny's loan enabled the company to survive! We examined the rationale for Smarp's pivot from edtech to employee …
 
Erin Platts heads up Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) in EMEA and she’s led their growth across the region for over a decade. We discussed the huge transformation in the European ecosystem in last 5-6 years in terms of: Number of repeat entrepreneurs Depth and sophistication of capital Local aspiration & skillset to create global category leaders Diversif…
 
Pete Crosby is Chair of the Manchester Revenue Collective, founding member of the London Revenue Collective, and non-exec at Kluster, a revenue analytics platform. Previously Pete led revenue growth at Ometria and Triptease – 2 successful B2B SaaS scaleups – and he drove commercial operations at Viadeo from Series A to IPO. In a hard-hitting interv…
 
Nikola Mrksic is CEO at PolyAI – a Cambridge University spinout who raised $14m in VC funding for their automated customer service solutions We explored why: society will be so much better off once fully automated CS solutions replace tedious customer service roles true conversational AI is so much more impactful than the "glorified chatbots" most …
 
Mina Mutafchieva is a VC at Dawn Capital – 1 of Europe’s largest venture capital firms who recently raised their 4th fund - a $400m fund investing in Europe’s most promising early stage B2B Saas ventures We explored why: Dawn Capital's #1 criteria in evaluating a CEO is "can they build a great team around them – can they inspire & attract talent th…
 
Nihal Mehta, General Partner at Eniac Ventures, experienced the pain of building a tech venture that failed during the dotcom collapse. He's subsequently founded & exited several successful tech ventures - Nihal was also an early investor in the likes of Uber and Admob – so he’s got a pretty strong track record spotting disruptive companies with un…
 
Emily Bremner heads up operations & scaling at Signal – a UK scaleup who’ve raised $52m in funding from the likes of Redline Capital, MMC Ventures, Hearst Ventures, GMG Ventures & Frontline Ventures. Signal’s solution uses machine learning to help their clients track the competitive landscape & monitor their reputation & key regulatory changes — em…
 
Ricardo Sequerra is a Partner at Point 9 Capital in Berlin. Point 9 invests in early stage b2b SaaS ventures & they’ve backed several unicorns including Zendesk and Typeform! We explored how & why early stage venture founders should: convince VCs of potential product market fit prove to investors they'll be hiring machines hire a Head of People lon…
 
Gareth Capon is the CEO & Founder at Grabyo – a cloud-based video platform working with over 70 premium broadcasters, sports properties & digital publishers including FOX Sports, The Premier League, FC Barcelona, BT Sport and Sky. We explored how Grabyo: raised their funding from soccer stars Robin Van Persie, Thierry Henry & Cesc Fabregas and NBA …
 
Matt Penneycard is co-Founder at Ada Ventures, a $34m London-based venture capital fund investing in overlooked founders. Ada Ventures launched in December 2019 to shake up the “old boys networks” & unconscious biases that dominate the VC world With humility & candour, Matt describes: Ada's desire to invest in founders who are consumed by the need …
 
Dennis Kayser is the founding CEO at Forecast who raised $5.5m in 2019 for their SaaS solution which leverages artificial intelligence to transform project management & professional services. We explored: Having launched the business in Copenhagen, why Dennis chose London for Forecast’s commercial HQ Overcoming Covid’s challenges through flat struc…
 
Brad Feld has been an early stage investor & entrepreneur for 30 years. He co-founded Foundry Group, Mobius Venture Capital, Intensity Ventures & Techstars. Brad’s also a published author & a long-distance runner who’s completed dozens of marathons! We discussed: Brad's new book - "The StartUp Community Way" - and explored why the theory of complex…
 
Mathew Sweezey, Director of Market Strategy at Salesforce, has developed a radical view of the Future of Marketing with huge implications for ambitious tech ventures. We explored: the crucial differences between the "Infinite Era of Marketing" and the Digital Era why purpose-driven businesses have significant competitive advantages in the Infinite …
 
Marlon Nichols is Managing General Partner at MaC Venture Capital – a West Coast VC investing in technology companies that create infectious products benefiting from shifts in cultural trends & behaviours in an increasingly diverse global marketplace. Marlon’s also on the Board of Directors of Kauffman Fellows, is an Adjunct Professor at Cornell, a…
 
William McQuillan was the youngest Partner of a European VC fund when he co-founded Frontline Ventures in 2012. An early stage venture capital fund with €110m under management, Frontline has made over 40 investments across Europe. We explored: Frontline Ventures “platform” offering - the 1st to be launched by a European VC firm How the platform ena…
 
Faisal Galaria is the CEO at Blippar – a high profile augmented reality venture. Faisal previously held leadership positions at some of the world’s most disruptive technology companies including Spotify, Kayak & Skype. We explored how: Blippar is innovating its way out of the pandemic Faisal decided to join Blippar after the formerly high profile A…
 
Tony Jamous is the CEO at Oyster - a talent platform that enables companies to hire great people anywhere on the planet. Previously Tony co-founded Nexmo – a cloud communications platform – & led them to a $230m exit! We explored: How Nexmo grew from 10m to 100m ARR in 6 years & how leadership style & organisational structure evolved at each stage …
 
Pontus Noren pioneered the "cloud-native" approach as CEO at Cloudreach, the scaleup he founded in 2009 – just after Lehman Brothers collapsed - & led to an exit in 2017. By the time Blackstone acquired the business, Cloudreach was a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, ranked top 25 in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech 100, & ranked by the FT as one o…
 
Janneke Niessen is a serial entrepreneur, investor, board member & mentor for startups and the co-founder of CapitalT, a VC fund investing in software startups using proprietary technology to evaluate entrepreneurial teams. She’s also the co-initiator of InspiringFifty - which aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more vis…
 
Bethany Ayers, CCO at Peak.ai, has a track record leading high-growth SaaS businesses in GTM strategy, rapidly scaling their sales organisations, delivering profitable partnerships & fundraising from VCs. Peak - who raised a $19m Series A from MMC & Praetura - have deployed their enterprise AI solution at bluechips like PepsiCo & Asos to accelerate…
 
Hussein Kanji - Hoxton Ventures co-founder - is a US-born, London-based VC who's funded scaleups like Deliveroo, Darktrace & Behavox & was named by The Daily Telegraph as Europe’s most influential technology investor! Hussein explains why: Entrepreneurs should only approach VCs if they've a hyper-scale startup! Lack of talent with genuine scale-up c…
 
How will the blockchain & the "circular economy" create a better world by 2030? Leanne Kemp is the CEO @ Everledger – an award-winning scale-up who use blockchain, artificial intelligence, intelligent labelling & IOT to increase transparency in global supply chains. Leanne is also Chief Entrepreneur at The Office of Queensland Australia and an Advi…
 
Sakari Pihlava is a General Partner @ Vendep Capital investing in European B2B SaaS ventures. We explored: The advantages of product-led growth strategies versus marketing-led strategies How to identify consumer-like customer segments who can help generate hockey stick growth for B2B Saas ventures How to pivot effectively: Pivots should never be in…
 
Mark McDermott is Co-Founder & CEO at ScreenCloud, funded by Point 9 Capital, who supercharge the way companies display, interact with, & act upon key news & insights. We explored: How to deliver a full platform rebuild whilst ramping your revenues 6x! How to recruit a distributed team across 3 continents & how to flex the culture locally without s…
 
Andre Francois is the CEO & co-founder at Happy at Work who's digital solution helps organisations measure & monitor their well-being and create sustainable work environments - rather pertinent in 2020 when people, businesses and society are suffering immense health and wellness challenges! This episode was recorded in late April 2020: Andre was in…
 
Rav Dhaliwal, now a Venture Partner @ Crane Venture Partners, has 20 years of leadership positions in hypergrowth enterprise software ventures like Slack, Zendesk & Yammer. We explored why enterprise technology CEOs & leadership teams must: ensure customer success is everyone's priority - hence there is (or should be) no such thing as post-sales! c…
 
Mark Roberge is the MD @ Stage 2 Capital, Prof @ HarvardHBS, former CRO @ HubSpot & author of best seller "The Sales Acceleration Formula" We explored: Lessons from the 2008/2009 crisis & the bold decisions business leaders must make in 2020 The premature obsession with revenue growth versus go-to-market fit & customer retention How to hire a CRO w…
 
Alun Baker, CEO of Clario Tech – a disruptive cybersecurity venture - has decades of experience building & leading to exit tech ventures across a diverse range of industries including cybersecurity, ERP & IT infrastructure. We discussed: Why the COVID19 pandemic has massively increased our vulnerability to another pandemic: cybercrime threatens eac…
 
Alston Zecha is a Director at Eight Roads - a global VC who’ve invested $6bn in the past 12 years. Formerly with Apax Partners, Alston also founded & led the mobile payments venture Payleven who merged with SumUp 5 years ago. Alston reflected on: The resilience & focus he's seen from experienced entrepreneurs in the portfolio who’ve taken tough dec…
 
Alexandre Pelletier is a Partner at the French B2B VC fund Cap Horn. He invests in enterprise software & SaaS ventures like Powell Software, Reach Five & Saagie Prior to becoming a VC, Alexandre had leadership roles at Tata Communications and Microsoft. We discussed: The advice Cap Horn is giving to their portfolio to help them survive the COVID19 …
 
Mikael Johnsson co-founded Oxx VC in 2016 to help bridge the gap for European B2B software companies who have great traction but need capital to scale up. On 11 Feb 2020 Oxx closed a further $133m in funding to back Europe’s most promising SaaS ventures. Mikael's completed over 30 equity transactions and sits on several boards including the potenti…
 
Eyal Malinger, Investment Director at Beringea - a transatlantic early stage tech VC - invests in B2B Saas, VR/AR & blockchain. He sits on the boards of Poq, Zoovu, Festicket, Aistemos, Papier & MPB.com. We discussed: Why VCs should consider investing in rhinos - the unicorn’s ugly, but real, cousin🦏 The potential environmental benefits of the next…
 
Martin Adams is the CEO & Co-Founder at Codec who’s Audience Intelligence Platform enables marketing decisions to be driven by data & evidence, rather than instinct. Codec were the winners of the Best Artificial Intelligence Product in Marketing at CognitionX 2019 and they’re backed by some of the world's largest investors including 500 Startups & …
 
Paul Coggins is the CEO at Adludio who's revolutionary 'Sensory Ad Science' technology delivers 10x results for blue chip clients - like Unilever, Nestle & PayPal - compared to traditional mobile advertising solutions. Adludio is 1 of the UK's fastest-growing B2B software scale-ups: having quickly launched in 3 continents, delivered ad campaigns in…
 
After 20 years in the tech sector - including running Google’s European Enterprise Business Thomas - Thomas Davies founded Temporall to disrupt cultural analytics & help businesses unlock & measure the true value of their people. Since launching in 2017, Temporall have deployed their solution at dozens of blue chips including Rakuten, Google, Dyson…
 
Sampo Hietanen - the founding CEO at MaaS Global - is delivering a revolution in transportation! MaaS Global - who’ve raised €50m in funding from various VCs and corporate investors including Nordic Ninja, Mitsubishi & Toyota - are the world’s first “mobility as a service company” offering a paradigm change in transport services. Sampo discusses Th…
 
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