Sari Stenfors - Executive Director of Augmented Leadership Institute
Sari Stenfors is a serial entrepreneur, scientist and consultant. She is passionate about helping our society to take a leap to the future with disruptive technologies like blockchain, virtual and augmented reality.
She holds a PhD in Business Technology with emphasis on AI, algorithms, data governance, distributed ledgers and digital organizational behavior. She is also a social anthropologist, and been doing anthropological studies on cyborgs. She believes one day all of us will be cyborgs, able to connect with machines and even other human brains to allow work become more decentralized. Your personal data will be the most valuable asset in the future, and a potential source of income if you choose to sell your data.
As a digital world citizen, Sari divides her time between two different places she calls home - San Francisco and Helsinki. In her pursuit for improving our society, she is also involved in social entrepreneurship in Afghanistan and Somalia, impact investment, and game changing economic and political concepts.
We are psyched to hear her thoughts on the scaling up at Startup Extreme this year.
Ari Helgason - Principal at Index Ventures
Ari is a former entrepreneur with both an operating and investing background. He’s excited about the way software fundamentally reshapes industries and his investment focus is on enterprise software / SaaS and fintech across all stages. He especially enjoys working with founders as they navigate the early stages of scaling a business.
Before joining Index, Ari was at Dawn Capital in London where he invested in and worked with SaaS and open source companies in Europe and the US. Prior to that, Ari co-founded both the SaaS workflow management company WOAH Sales and ecommerce startup Fabricly—the former right out of university.
Ari holds a B.Sc. in International Relations (first class) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is an alumnus of Y Combinator and regularly spends time in San Francisco and New York. He is also a Silicon Valley regular where he has extensive relationships. He served as a Director of CRATE Technology GmbH until March 24, 2017.
Louise Fritjofsson - Founder & former CEO of Vint
Louise Fritjofsson is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and adventurer from Sweden. Last few years she has been located in San Francisco to disrupt the fitness industry on a global level with her 3rd company Vint. Louise loves adventurers and has climbed some of the highest peaks in the world with the 7 summits as a life-long goal. Marathons and horse polo is her everyday passion hobbies.
Recently she stepped down from her position as a CEO of Vint and is a VC in the Danish VC-firm. She will be talking about international expansion in B2C. How her Swedish company made it to the USA.
David Helgason - Founder & Board Member of Unity Technologies
David is a technologist, founder of the unicorn company Unity, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.
David’s background is in programming, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. He served as CEO of Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with an unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry.
David will attend Startup Extreme and talk about challenges of scaling up a company being based in the Nordics.
Carl Fritjofsson - Partner at Creandum
Carl is a battle-scarred entrepreneur and investor who has seen many sides of the tech ecosystem. He runs Creandum’s San Francisco office where he serves as a bridge to our European founders as their companies expand into the US.
Carl started his career in management consulting and went on to co-found the digital ad network AdProfit, bootstrapping the business into one of the leading digital channels for b2b advertising in the Nordics. Following this he joined Creandum as a member in the investment team but soon left to co-found Wrapp, which became a portfolio company of not only Creandum but also prominent VCs like Greylock and Atomico. As COO of Wrapp, Carl was responsible for scaling the company internationally across 18 markets and raising an aggregate of $27M in VC funding.
After close to 4 years with Wrapp Carl left to work with the world’s most active seed investor 500 Startups in San Francisco, coaching and mentoring early stage companies through an intensive 4 months accelerator program. In parallel to this Carl was a part-time Venture Partner with Creandum supporting its portfolio in the US market. In 2016 Carl scaled up to a full-time role with Creandum being responsible for the firm’s US operations.
Carl is also part of the global venture capital society Kauffman Fellow, and particularly interested in the future of jobs, food tech, as well as any products leveraging data transparency and collaboration.
Ralph Echemendia - The Ethical Hacker
Ralph Echemendia, is a world-renowned cyber security expert, known as “The Ethical Hacker”. For the last 25 years, as a computer hacking consultant, Echemendia has taught major corporations and sectors of the Federal Government how to better protect themselves from digital threats as well as security breaches. He consults for a number of Hollywood entities and individuals on how to reduce the impact of security breaches. His last projects were TV-show Mr.Robot and Snowden by Oliver Stone.
Echemendia is also a creative and technical consultant to film and television projects. His services have been utilised by corporations such as: US Marine Corps, NASA, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, AMEX, Intel, Boeing, Symantec, and IBM. Although, he has taken part in several behind the scenes projects, Ralph has also been a featured speaker/panelist at events such as Austin’s SXSW, LA Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. His jaw dropping “Hacking Hollywood” appearance has been presented at CAA, DEW Expo, Content Protection & Piracy Summit, as well as the Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit.
Hussein Kanji - Founding Partner of Hoxton Ventures
Hussein Kanji is an American venture capitalist resident in London. He is a co-founding managing partner of Hoxton Ventures, an early-stage investment firm, investing across Europe. He is regularly cited in major news sources for commentary on the European venture capital ecosystem particularly the lack of venture capital availability in Europe.
He is also an occasional instructor of venture capital at General Assembly and participated as an interviewee in a Coursera course on venture capital and startup financing. In 2011 Kanji was cited as the #1 most influential technology investor in Europe by The Telegraph.
He will be talking at Startup Extreme about the problems of hiring tech talent in Europe and how to manage your tech talent inside your organisation.
Monica Vaksdal - Founder & CEO of Think Outside
’One of those that made it out’. Monica has a background as a geologist in the oil industry and made the transfer 2 years back to new pastures after 16 years of oil and gas exploration. She now explores and innovates the outdoors industry, capitalizing on long exposure of cutting - edge technology, nature - knowledge and risk management. She flourishes with and around people, but her best days are still when ascending a peak; on skis, bike or climbing. She is a founder of the startup company Think Outside, that together with co-founder Deborah Karlsen and Kjartan Nesse and the team of very talented specialists are building the Dingo technology; a real smart ski that will help skiers know the snow properties and enable better decisions to be safe in the backcountry.
Hampus Jakobsson - Venture Partner at BlueYard Capital
Hampus Jakobsson is a founder, angel investor and Venture Partner at Blueyard. He is originally computer science engineer and co-founded of The Astonishing Tribe (acquired by Blackberry in 2010 for $150m). He left Blackberry 2012 to found Brisk.io a sales productivity tool which folded 2016. He has angel invested in 80+ companies.
In addition to that he co-founded and ran angel investing firm NordicMakers. He will be talking at Startup Extreme about communications in the growing teams, how to keep people busy and informed when growing the team.
Lars Johan Bjørkevoll - Co-founder ScaleupXQ
LJ is an entrepreneurial, driven growth executive with comprehensive, hands-on national and international experience. He’s successfully built and managed several sales organizations from scratch, within a variety of B2b segments, recently as a part of the Norwegian tech company Xeneta. LJ takes pride in constantly developing the sales approach and processes to reflect current market dynamics, available tech, new knowledge etc. Building for scale is always in focus and LJ’s structured approach to sales brings immediate results to companies looking to sell via outbound sales.
Andrew Steele - Investment Team at Activant Capital
Andrew is on the investment team at Activant Capital, a growth stage venture firm based in New York. Andrew joined the team 2 years ago, and is currently based in London leading Activant’s expansionary efforts in Europe. Prior to joining Activant, he was the founder and CEO of IvyMinded, an online educational company that designed at taught critical thinking curriculums for international students. Andrew graduated from Harvard University, where he studied economics and psychology, and grew up in Northern Ireland. This is Andrew’s third time in Norway.
Justin Hwa - Lead Product Manager at eBay
Henrik Grim - Investor at Northzone
Henrik joined Northzone in 2016. He is based in the Stockholm office, focusing on venture investments across multiple sectors. His main areas of interest are consumer internet, mobile, marketplaces and B2B SaaS.
Before joining Northzone, Henrik found his love for data driven product and business development, working in business performance for the mobile games giant King. Prior to King, Henrik was an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Stockholm, focusing mainly on digital, sales, and marketing strategies across sectors such as retail, telecom and finance.
Henrik holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from KTH in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ingrid Teigland Akay - Managing Partner at Hadean Ventures
Katja Bergman - Partner at Moor Capital
Håkon Øverli - General Partner at Dawn Capital
Bente Loe - Partner at Alliance Venture
Yngvill Hopen - CEO at Henchman & Goon AS
Hilde Indresøvde - General Manager Incubation and Innovation at BTO
Adrian Tan - Program Director at VIISA
Andy Chen - CEO of Weorder & Board Director at Swarm64
Karianne Melleby - Director Corporate Partnership at StartupLab