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75+ Speakers & Startups To Follow At The Dublin Web Summit

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With the Dublin Web Summit just a week away,  you might be looking forward to seeing the many high profile speakers or the numerous startups fighting for the Spark Of Genius. But these events are also for networking, meeting new people from different professions and generally getting your name out there. While the Dublin Web Summit has a comprehensive list and because it's always good to know in advance who attending, we've picked out who we think you should keep an eye on. Ranging from marketers to bloggers to startup founders, there's something for everyone.


1) Marketers

2) Developers

3) Tech

4) Cloud

5) Startups


Alan Coleman

Company: Wolfgang Digital


Twitter: @wolfgangdigital

After failing to make his fortune selling smoothies & porridge at music festivals, Alan fell in love with Google AdWords & set up digital marketing agency Wolfgang Digital on his kitchen table. Four years later, Wolfgang Digital has won a bucketload of industry awards such as Gold Medals for "Best Digital Marketing Agency” & "Best Search Marketing Campaign” and lists Groupon, Zurich & Trinity College Dublin among its clients.

Alan has a contagious enthusiasm for digital marketing & will talk about the most exciting innovations of 2012!

Andrzej Moyseowicz

Company: Saatchi & Saatchi


Twitter: @on_jay

Andrzej drives compelling content solutions for clients. His remit includes emerging trends, media, and creative content across present and future platforms. His hybrid experience across technology, creative, and communications includes work for Toyota, European Tour, T-Mobile, VISA Europe, NSPCC, Pampers, Ariel, Head & Shoulders, Vestas, Olympus, Cadbury, Weight Watchers, Novartis, Guinness and more.

Hubert Grealish

Company: N/A

Website: N/A

Twitter: @HubertGrealish

Hubert is - by his own admission - neither guru nor pundit, instead a forward thinking ideas and digitally minded marketer with unique perspectives on connecting people through technologies, media and brands. Working right across the industry spectrum, he has grown business in hard-working sectors from startups to IPO, consumer electronics and technology to lifestyle to health & wellness.

His strengths come in executing strategies that combine technology, media and end-user experience, with tried and tested tactics of timing, tone and even location. All for the best brand impacts. His talk is entitled ‘Broadcast Reversal – Brands in the hands of consumers'.

Joanna Lord

Company: SEO MOZ


Twitter: @joannalord

Joanna Lord is the VP of Growth Marketing at, a leading SEO software company out of Seattle, WA. While she currently heads up SEOmoz's lifecycle marketing efforts for Moz's 20,000 member customer base, she is also a well-known social media enthusiast and frequent conference speaker. Her diverse experience in performance marketing, inbound marketing, data analysis and retention programs enables her to provide tactical strategies that work.

Soyaya Dorabi

Company: Foodspotting


Twitter: @sorayadarabi

After completing an English and Art History degree at Georgetown University, Soraya began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times. While there, she taught journalists and chief executives alike how to best leverage social media.

Following her time at The New York Times, she served as Product Lead for which was acquired by Facebook, and then helped found the mobile application Foodspotting. Foodspotting was named by both Apple and Wired as an app of the year. Soraya has been featured on the cover of Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business” issue, named one of Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30,” and included in AdAge Magazine's "25 People in Media to Follow on Twitter”.

Rachel Tipograph

Company: Gap


Twitter: @racheltipograph

Rachel considered herself amongst the digerati since the moment she became an eBay power user at 13. As Director of Global Digital & Social Media at Gap, she oversees strategy, implementation and measurement. Previously, Rachel was Strategist at Undercurrent, a digital strategy firm based in NYC, working with clients such as PepsiCo, Levi's, GE and Disney. Rachel is a graduate of NYU where she studied Entertainment Business and New Media.

Brian Wong

Company: Kiip


Twitter: @brian_wong

Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced "keep”), a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising. It does this through an innovative platform that leverages "moments of achievement” in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers and advertisers. Backed by Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date. Kiip has been listed by Forbes as one of the "4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List", and been named to the Dow Jones FasTech50 List. 

Scott Belsky

Company: Behance


Twitter: @scottbelsky

Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to help organise creative people, teams, and networks. Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to organize and empower the creative world.

Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work, and serves as the backbone for AdWeek, LinkedIn, and thousands of other portfolio sites and online galleries of creative talent. Millions of people use Behance to display and find talent every month. Behance also runs 99U, a think tank and annual conference for creative leaders focused on the execution of ideas.

Alexis Dormandis

Company: Love This


Twitter: @adormandy

Alexis Dormandy is founder of LoveThis, a selfish (as opposed to social) recommendations service. He ran his first business for Richard Branson aged 26 and quickly rose through the ranks at Virgin to become a Group Director before the age of 30. He then moved on to become Chief Marketing Officer at Orange followed by a stint as Chairman of Bono's charity, Red, in Europe.

Alexis is also chairman, manager and investor for a variety of European tech and consumer businesses.

Leonard Brody

Company: nowPublic


Twitter: @lbrody

Leonard Brody currently serves as CEO of NowPublic, one of the largest citizen journalism firms in the world. Brody has been involved with many companies in the past, having taken part in the financing and sale of several large organizations.

Brody also serves as a Venture Partner at GrowthWorks Capital, works with other venture capital funds, and is on the board of multiple companies including Infowave and CanWest Global.

Victoris Ransom

Company: Wildfire


Twitter: @victoria_ransom

Victoria has been an entrepreneur since her early twenties and has developed three successful companies. As founder & head of Wildfire, a social media marketing technology provider recently acquired by Google, Victoria has built the company to tens of thousands of customers, nearly 400 employees, and eight offices worldwide. Clients include 30 of the Top 50 global brands and agencies such as Pepsi, Unilever, Sony, AT&T, Ogilvy, Publicis and Digitas. Wildfire is a two-time winner of the fbFund;

Joshua March

Company: Conversocial


Twitter: @joshuamarch

Joshua March is the co-founder and CEO of Conversocial, a venture backed SaaS company whose social customer service software is used by Sephora, Groupon, Hertz, Tesco, Net A Porter, McDonalds and more. It helps them manage the fast-growing flow of customer service enquiries they are receiving on Facebook and Twitter. It grew out of iPlatform, the UK's leading social app development company (and the first official Facebook Preferred Developer Consultants in the UK), which he co-founded in 2008, which has built major social campaigns for Big Brother, The Economist, Swatch, ITV and Facebook themselves.

From 2008-2010 Joshua was the Chairman of the Facebook Developer Garage London, an official Facebook event running monthly for developers, entrepreneurs and marketers working on the Facebook platform, which he helped found in 2007.

Joe Stepniewski

Company: Skimlinks


Twitter: @digijoe

Joe Stepniewski is co-founder of Skimlinks, a content monetization platform that helps websites get rewarded for the purchase intent created in their content.

Skimlinks works with 18,000 retailers around the world, and over 20,000 web publishers: blogs, forums, mobile apps, social shopping sites, content networks and publishing platforms. Skimlinks' technology turns product links and product references into trackable affiliate links, and provides valuable analytics into the shopping preferences of a publisher's users.

Joe previously founded an ‘internet property development' startup called Siterefinery which acquired under-performing websites to redevelop their traffic, functionality and monetization.

Jon Myers

Company: Marin Software


Twitter: @jonmyers

Jon Myers is Commercial Director, EMEA, for digital ad management platform Marin Software. He is recognised for his experience and thought leadership within the European online advertising industry as a regular speaker and moderator at conferences worldwide.

Prior to joining Marin Software, Jon was leading Yahoo's search and display account management teams. Myers joined Yahoo after 12 years on the search and digital marketing agency side as a director at both MediaVest and Latitude. He also sits on the Global Search Engine Strategies (SES) Advisory Board and regularly contributes his opinions to trade press as well as industry bodies such as SEMPO, IPA and the IAB.

Aubrey Sabala

Company: Sailthru


Twitter: @Aubs

Aubrey has worked for some of the largest brands in technology - including Google, Facebook, Digg and AOL - and currently works at Sailthru, a behavioral communications company helping make the web more relevant. Previously, she helped lead Facebook's Consumer Marketing Team, serving as the executive producer for Facebook Live, which featured livestreamed interviews including Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama to its audience of over 50 million viewers.

She helped build up AOL's West Coast office and Product Marketing Team, and created and produced Digg's widely popular Digg Dialogg video series, the first to harness the power of community, crowdsourced interviews.

Bas Van Der Beld

Company: State Of Search


Twitter: @basvandenbeld

Bas van den Beld is a web/search strategist, much asked speaker, trainer and well-respected publicst and the owner of, winner of the "Best European Search Blog Award”. In his talk Bas will show how the human mind is influenced and how online and especially Google is acting on this.

Cindy Gallop

Company: If We Ran The World


Twitter: @cindygallop

A charismatic and passionate speaker, Cindy's speech on how pornography has distored the sexual expectations of young men was one of the most talked about at TED in 2009. Since then, Cindy has founded 'Make Love Not Porn' as well as her new venture 'If We Ran The World'. This new venture aims to turn good intentions into positive action, by coordinating "microactions” of people, brands and companies.

Born in the UK, Cindy studied English in Oxford. Although starting work life in the theatre business, her unparalleled sales ability soon led her to a life in advertising. She started with Bartle Bogle and Hegarty, and was soon heading up their first American branch in New York with award-winning aplomb.

Jane Loring

Company: Glam Media


Twitter: @janeloring

Loring is responsible for managing the Glam Media UK organization including Sales, Publishers/Editorial, Marketing and Ad Operations.

A digital sales veteran, Loring was most recently Director of Specialist Sales at Microsoft Advertising one of the leading digital teams in the UK. Under Loring's watch, MSN was nominated for Media Week Sales Team of the Year. Her focused expertise on women in digital began at where she was responsible for commercial strategy and driving revenue to profitability that ultimately led to the sale of the company. Prior to that, Loring spent ten years at IBM technology sales before entering the digital space.

Niall Harbison

Company: Simply Zesty


Twitter: @NiallHarbison

Niall is an entrepreneur who founded his latest business Simply Zesty in 2009 and sold it to UTV three years later. The company, which now employs 30 people and has offices in Dublin, London and Belfast, was founded in his spare bedroom with just €10,000 in start-up capital. The company helps brands such as Vodafone, Samsung and Sony with their social media strategies developing creative campaigns on platforms like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. 

Niall is also an angel investor backing small Irish companies to help them create jobs and achieve the same success as Simply Zesty.


Rachel Andrew

Position: Founder of




Rachel Andrew is a front- and back-end Web developer, author and speaker. Her books include the bestselling CSS Anthology for SitePoint, and she is a regular contributor to a number of publications, both on and offline.

Jonathan Gottfried

Position: Developer Evangelist at Twilio




Jonathan Gottfried is a developer evangelist at Twilio and one of the organisers of the Hacker Union. Before Twilio, Jon worked as a consulting web developer for various startups and public companies and even founded his own small startup Lemonade Stand, which was a semi-finalist in the 2011 StartupBus competition at SXSW.

Anna Dahlström

Position: Co-founder of byFlock




Anna Dahlström is the co-founder of byFlock, an ideas hub that brings creative and innovative people together. As well as working on the company's first products, Anna freelances as an IA and UX designer focused on strategic UX and cross channel experiences and writes about UX and startup life.

Taso Du Val

Position: CEO of TopTal


Twitter: N/A


Taso Du Val is an entrepreneur and software engineer who has been part of multiple successful ventures including Slide (acquired by Google 2010, $228m), Fotolog (acquired by HiMedia, $100m) and SideChat (acquired by investors). He is currently the CEO of TopTal, a marketplace for top developers and companies.

Eray Baser

Position: Co-founder of 9elements




Eray Baser is the co-founder of 9elements, a critically acclaimed software boutique based in Germany.  He has also co-founded several spin-offs and startups such as popular video bookmarking app Watchlater and publishing tool

Mitchell Baker

Position: Chairman of Mozilla




As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organising and motivating a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers. She served as CEO of Mozilla until January 2008, when the organisation's rapid growth encouraged her to split her responsibilities and add a CEO.

Josh Elman

Position: Principal at Greylock




Over the past 15 years, Josh Elman has worked in product and engineering roles at some of the leading companies in social, commerce and media. Currently a principal at Greylock, Elman was a product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, and worked on the platform at Facebook.

Renaud Visage

Position: Co-founder & CTO of Eventbrite




Renaud Visage is the founding technical architect and CTO of leading online event management company Eventbrite. He founded it in 2006 with Kevin & Julia Hartz, allowing people all over the world to plan, promote and sell out any event.

Matt Mickiewicz

Position: Co-founder of 99designs & DeveloperAuction




Matt Mickiewicz co-founded 99designs, a company which has hosted more than 158,000 design contests and paid out more than $39 million to designers. He also co-founded and has been named in both Forbes Magazine and INC Magazine's "30 under 30" in 2012 and 2011 respectively.


Robert Scoble

Company: Rackspace


Twitter: @Scobleizer

Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. He is best known for his popular blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. Scoble joined Microsoft in 2003, and although he often promoted Microsoft products like Tablet PCs and Windows Vista, he also frequently criticised his own employer and praised its competitors like Apple and Google

Scoble is the author of Naked Conversations, a book on how blogs are changing the way companies interact with customers, and is currently working on his new project building43 as an employee of Rackspace Hosting. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.

Kevin Rose

Company: Google Ventures


Twitter: @kevinrose

Kevin Rose is a serial entrepreneur and partner at Google Ventures. Previously, he founded Digg (acquired by Betaworks), Revision3 (acquired by Discovery Channel), and Milk Inc. (acquired by Google) and currently serves on the board of directors of the Tony Hawk Foundation. Rose was named among "Top 25 Angel Investors (#14)” by Bloomberg, "Top 25 Web Celebrities” by Forbes, "Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web” by Time and BusinessWeek magazines, and one of MITs "Top 35 Innovators under 35?.

Ronan Harris

Company: Google


Twitter: @RonanHarris

Ronan Harris is one of Ireland's most senior figures in Google.

He is Director of Google Ireland, and heads up Google's Large Customer Sales division for Google EMEA. Ronan joined Google in 2005 where he has focused on growing the online sales channel for new and existing markets as well as launching online operations for Google Checkout.

A graduate in electronic engineering at University College Dublin, Ronan began his career with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation at their Information Storage Products division in Japan. He went on to spend nine years in Japan working in consulting and technology before returning to Ireland in 2001 to work in private equity and later joining Google.

Alexia Tsotsis

Company: TechCrunch


Twitter: @alexia

At TechCrunch, Tsotsis covers early stage startups, and has had the opportunity to interview everyone from Groupon's Andrew Mason to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Recently, Tsotsis also made the Forbes "30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.”

Tsotsis attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Art, and moved to New York shortly after graduation to work in the media industry.

After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly's Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly's web editor. Before she joined TechCrunch, Alexia also ran the website – staying on top of memes, the tech scene, and human behaviour in the digital age.

Niklas Zennstrom

Company: Skype


Twitter: @niklaszennstrom

Niklas Zennstrom spoke at Dublin Web Summit in 2011 and we're delighted to welcome him back this year.

Niklas Zennström is an internet entrepreneur best known for founding several high profile online ventures including Kazaa, a peer to peer file sharing application, and Joltid, a software company developing and marketing peer to peer solutions and traffic optimisation technologies.

Niklas's most notable success to date is Skype, which he co-founded in 2003 to offer consumers worldwide free software for making superior-quality calls using their computer. He held the position of CEO from its inception in 2003 until September 2007. During this time, Skype became the global leader in internet voice communications, with over 663 million registered users as of 2010. In 2011, Skype was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion.

At present, Niklas runs Atomico, an international technology venture capital firm based in London. To date, he has invested in over 50 companies on four continents, including Madbid, and Rdio.

James Whelton

Company: Coder Dojo


Twitter: @jwhelton

James Whelton is the co-founder of CoderDojo and the founder of the Hello World Foundation. Hacker at heart, Open Source connoisseur and aspiring pro skateboarder in his spare time.

Omid Ashtari

Company: Foursquare


Twitter: @omid

As Director of Business Development for Foursquare, Omid is focused on expanding the European footprint through strategic partnerships.

Before joining foursquare, Omid spent seven years with Google in Dublin, London and San Francisco. During his time with Google, he held multiple positions in sales and business development, working with a broad range of clients and partners across the globe. Omid holds a bachelor's degree in European Business Administration from Cologne Business School Germany and graduated with Honours. He is currently based in London, UK.

Robin Wauters

Company: The Next Web


Twitter: @robinwauters

Robin Wauters is the European Editor of tech blog The Next Web, lead editor of, and a former senior staff writer at TechCrunch. Aside from his professional blogging activities, he's an entrepreneur, event organiser, occasional board adviser and angel investor, but most importantly an all-round startup champion.

Robin lives and works in Belgium. He can often be found working from his home or from the Brussels-based BetaGroup Coworking Space, of which he is a patron. Starting out as Internet marketing manager for a hosting and domain name registration services company called Hostbasket, Robin has worked in the online media industry for many years, including a gig as online media manager for Datanews / VNUnet.

Des Traynor

Company: Intercom


Twitter: @destraynor

Des Traynor is a co-founder and COO Of Intercom, a CRM and messaging tool for web applications.  Des writes the very popular Intercom blog, and is a regular conference speaker on topics such as UX Design, customer experience, and the business of start-ups. He is on Twitter as @destraynor, and his previous presentations can be found on Speakerdeck.

Ryan Holmes

Company: Hootsuite


Twitter: @invoker

Ryan Holmes is the CEO of HootSuite, which he founded in December 2008. Ryan guides the overall direction of the company's strategic development and core vision to revolutionise social communication. Prior to HootSuite, Ryan Holmes was the CEO of Invoke Media, a digital agency he founded in 2000 to provide holistic marketing, development, and design services. 

While at Invoke, Ryan and his team conceived of the idea for a social media dashboard that would effectively allow the agency to organise their many social media accounts and networks from one place. Discovering that many clients shared this similar problem, in 2009 Ryan spun off HootSuite into an independent company – HootSuite Media, Inc. – to meet those needs.

Jan Rezab

Company: Social Bakers


Twitter: @janrezab

Jan is the CEO & co-founder of Socialbakers, a company focused on social media marketing and measurement. Jan`s role is to actively push Socialbakers`s global strategy in a company that is one of the largest social media statistical resources worldwide. Socialbakers' goal is to provide the best social profile monitoring possible, and measure every social object there is in the context where it belongs. Socialbakers is also one of the Facebook Preferred Marketing Developers.

Joe Fernandez

Company: Klout


Twitter: @JoeFernandez

Joe is the co-founder of Klout, the standard measure of online influence, and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, Joe provided data solutions to the Real Estate industry as Director of Innovation and Research at OnBoard Informatics. In 2003, Joe co-founded Evalulogix and helped over 5,000 school districts meet their special education reporting mandates for compliance with NCLB and IDEA.

Michael Acton Smith

Company: Mind Candy


Twitter: @acton

Michael has been described by the Daily Telegraph as "a Rock Star version of Willy Wonka” and by the Independent as "a polite version of Bob Geldolf.” He is the CEO, Creative Director and founder of tech startup turned entertainment firm Mind Candy. The company created the global kids hit Moshi Monsters, which has over 65m registered users online and has now expanded offline in to books, toys, music, trading cards, TV and video games.

Mind Candy's first project was a global treasure hunt called Perplex City that played out across different media including websites, text messages, magazines, live events, skywriting and multiple helicopters.

Mike McCue

Company: Flipboard


Twitter: @mmccue

Longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mike McCue founded Flipboard in early 2010 with former Apple iPhone engineer Evan Doll. Together, they set out to build a global service that would let people make all of their news, photos, and videos from across social networks accessible from a single place.

In July 2010, they launched Flipboard for iPad: a social magazine that brings people the most informative, entertaining and amazing stories from around the world and from their daily life. With each flip, people can learn about stories and events that take place thousands of miles away or right at home; see life's great moments in one place; and be inspired by what others share. Today, Flipboard works across iPad, iPhone and Android.

Patrick Collison

Company: Stripe


Twitter: @patrickc

Patrick Collison is a 23-year-old Irish born entrepreneur and former winner of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Patrick dropped out of MIT to found Auctomatic which he sold in 2008 to Live Current Media. In 2010, Patrick cofounded Stripe with his brother John. The company received backing from PayPal founders Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and Sequoia Capital. Stripe is said to be worth €250 million based on valuations from the secondary market.

Gabe Rivera

Company: Techmeme


Twitter: @gaberivera

Gabe Rivera is the founder and editor of tech news aggregator Techmeme, which he started in 2005. Gabe won a 2007 Crunchie with TechMeme for ‘Best Bootstrapped Startup.'

He also enjoys cooking, napping, and encouraging people to fight each other online. He's not a jerk, but plays one on Twitter. He lives in San Francisco.


Maria Molland

Company: Fab


Twitter: @mmolland

Maria Molland is Fab's Chief European Officer, where she develops market entry strategies, executes them, and runs the European business for Fab. Prior to this position, Maria ran her own digital media consultancy and was a partner at London-based venture firm DN Capital. At DN Capital, she worked with early stage digital media companies in the e-commerce, digital children's education, and gaming segments.

Prior to embarking on entrepreneurial life, Maria was the Global Managing Director of Lipper and Digital Ventures for Thomson Reuters, where she developed, launched, and ran businesses in Asia, Europe, India, and the US. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Maria held the title of General Manager of Marketwatch and Barron's Online, two subsidiaries of Dow Jones.

She was previously the Head of Strategy and Business Development at Yahoo Finance, and also worked in business development at Disney Internet Group. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a sports addict and polo enthusiast. She also loves art museums, with a special fondness for Joan Miro and Mark Rothko. Maria grew up in San Francisco, but currently resides in Berlin.

J.P Rangaswami

Company: Salesforce


Twitter: @jobsworth

Rangaswami focuses on helping's European customers think about innovative ways to use the real-time, mobile and social capabilities provided by Salesforce apps and the platform.

Rangaswami joined in November 2010 as's first Chief Scientist. He is tasked with the responsibility of contributing to's product strategy and ensuring that the benefits of cloud computing are being promoted globally.

Prior to joining, Rangaswami spent four years at BT in London. He was previously global chief information officer at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Rangaswami is also chairman of the School of Everything, an educational start-up that teaches a broad range of socially focused topics via the web. He is also a venture partner at Anthemis Group, writes a popular blog called Confused of Calcutta, and contributed a guest chapter to the best-selling business book – The Cluetrain Manifesto. 


Bethann Cregg

Position:  VP For Social Business Cloud Services at IBM




Bethann Cregg currently serves as VP of IBM Social Business Cloud in the IBM Software Group, responsible for delivering Cloud offerings in the IBM SmartCloud Solutions portfolio.

Matthew Prince

Position: CEO of CloudFlare




Matthew Prince is the co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. Today CloudFlare accelerates and protects more than 50 billion page views for more than 475 million people every month.

Ed Byrne

Position: Founder & CEO of CloudVertical




Ed Byrne is the founder and CEO of CloudVertical, a company that helps businesses understand their IT costs and how to get the most effective use of their public and private Clouds.

Dan Levin

Position: COO of Box




Dan Levin Is COO at Box, a leading online file-sharing and Cloud content management service for enterprise companies.

Michael Crandell

Position: CEO & co-founder of RightScale




Michael Crandell is the CEO and co-founder of RightScale, a service that lets you manage all your cloud infrastructure with a single, integrated solution.

Sharon Wagner

Position: Founder & CEO at Cloudyn




Sharon Wagner is the founder and CEO of Cloudyn, an Israel based company whose cost management solution analyzes your cloud usage and spending.

Kasper Hulthin

Position: Co-founder of Podio




Kasper Huthlin is the co-founder of Podio and head of user management. Podio's aim is to solve the way the world works by building a platform where everyone has the power to build their own work tools.

Tony Gauda

Position: CEO & co-founder of Bitcasa




Tony Gauda is a founder and CEO of Bitcasa. Before that, he worked at MasterCard where he designed high-availability fraud detection systems for the credit card and debit card industries.

Marten Mickos

Position: CEO of Eucalyptus Systems




MÃ¥rten Mickos is the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the leader in open source cloud computing platforms for on-premise use.

Richard Hollis

Position: CEO for Risk Factory Ltd


Twitter: N/A


Richard Hollis is the CEO for Risk Factory Ltd, a European on-line information security risk management consulting firm specialising in providing effective, independent information risk management services.


Every big idea has to start somewhere and you could very easily see the next big thing next week competing for the Spark of Genius award. While there are over 100 different startups competing, here are 20 that caught our eye.

Name: Gidsy


Founders: Edial Dekker, Floris Dekker & Philipp Wassibauer

Social Media:@edial, @Floriz & @_philw_

Gidsy is a marketplace for authentic experience, making it easy for people to offer and book any kind of tour, local activity, workshops and anything else that's fun to do.

Name: EyeEm


Founders: Ramzi Rizk, Florian Meissner

Social Media:@ramz & @fmssnr

EyeEm is a free photo sharing app that helps you discover places and things you love, with every photo you take.

Name: Paycento


Founders: Pieter Dubois & Geert Roete

Social Media: @PieterDuboisFl, Geert Route (LinkedIn)

Paycento is a startup which provides an online cloudbased platform that enables you to pay online with your social identity.

Name: Six3


Founders: Tim Grimsditch, Leigh Middleton & Simon Frost

Social Media: Tim Grimstich (LinkedIn),  Leigh Middleton (LinkedIn) & @spli

Six3 lets you send free video messages to friends and family through your iPhone, PC and Mac.

Name: Copygram


Founders: Linus Ekenstam & Magnus Janson

Social Media: @LinusEkenstam & Magnus Janson (LinkedIn)

Copygram lets users order their Instagram photos as analog photo prints, allowing them to choose from their entire feed.

Name: SponsorHub


Founders: Robert Johnston & Andrew Reid

Social Media: @bobjohnston & @freereid

SponsorHub aims to make global sponsorship simpler and smarter by discovering sponsorships that are the right match for your brand.

Name: Social Fortress


Founders: Adam Ghetti, Christopher Klaus & Phil Dunkelberger

Social Media: Phillip Dunkelberer (LinkedIn)

Social Fortress makes sure your online data is protected, no matter what's shared. Whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, emails, or photos, your content is only seen by the intended recipients.

Name: Tawkon


Founders: Gill Friedlander, Amit Lubovsky & Ori Goshen

Social Media: @GilFriedlander, @amitlubovsky & @origoshen

Tawkon is a wellness phone tracker application that alerts you to high radiation exposure from cell towers or antennas.

Name: Followu


Founders: Alfred Shaffir

Social Media: Alfred Shaffir (LinkedIn)

Followu allows visitors to maintain their online activity on your website and seamlessly move from desktop to mobile, and vice versa, without abandoning your website. 

Name: OneTok


Founders: Ben Lilienthal & Jerry Norton

Social MediaBen Lilienthal (LinkedIn) 

OneTok is a platform that makes it simple for developers to add Voice Recognition Controls to app and other internet connected devices.

Name: Stuffle


Founders: Morten Hartmann

Social Media: @morten313

Stuffle lets users sell anything they want (within reason), like a digital flea-market or garage sale but on your iPhone.

Name: SmartThings


Founders: Alex Hawkinson

Social Media:@ahawkinson

SmartThings makes your world smarter by connecting everyday physical objects to a cloud-based control centre.

Name: 45sound


Founders: Mikel Gainza, Dan Barry & Cathal Furey

Social Media: @cathalfurey, Mikel Gainza (LinkedIn) & Dan Barry (LinkedIn)

45sound makes fan-shot live music videos sound better by replacing the on-camera audio with a high-quality live recording of the show.

Name: GiveForward


Founders: Desiree Vargas Wrigley & Ethan Austin 

Social Media: @DesireeGF & @ethanaustin

GiveForward gives friends and family the power to send financial support to their loved ones as they navigate a medical crisis, and help ease the burden.

Name: SeenBefore


Founders: Vinny Glennon & Derek Organ

SocialMedia: @vinnyglennon & @jeebers 

SeenBefore adds a new option to your Google search, letting you easily find that website you read weeks ago.


 Name: NewsWhip


Founders: Andrew Mullaney & Paul Quigley

Social Media: Andrew Mullaney (LinkedIn) & @paulyq

NewsWhip is a live guide to the fastest spreading news online, tracking all the news published by about 5,000 English-language sources.

Name: Fluid UI


Founders: Dave Kearney & Ian Hannigan

Social Media:Dave Kearney (LinkedIn) & @IanHannigan

Fluid UI is a HTML5 app that helps you create fully dynamic mockups of your mobile design and test them with ease.

Name: Nuji


Founders: Dean Fankhauser & Meryl Nithianandan

Social Media:Dean Fankhauser (LinkedIn) & Meryl Nithlanandan (LinkedIn)

Nuji is a social wish list that helps you save your favourite items from any online store, follow people with similar taste and unlock rewards at your favourite retailers.

Name: Vivocha


Founders: Gianluca Ferrani & Federico Pinna

Social Media:@gferranti & @0xfede

Vivocha is a cloud-based, live engagement software that makes online customer interaction easy.  The service is tailored to help businesses engage their customers and help find the most effective communication channel available.

Name: Bullet 


Founders: John Farrelly & Peter Connor

Social Media: John Farrelly (LinkedIn) & Peter Connor (LinkedIn)

Bullet is an online accounting and payroll software that you can run your business on, taking the hassle and stress out of doing your accounts.

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