VivaTech is beginning in a few days, which suggests TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Europe can be beginning on Thursday. So let me introduce you to the final batch of judges that can come to Paris for the occasion.
When you haven’t been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the Startup Battlefield is arguably essentially the most attention-grabbing a part of the present. Earlier than everyone began doing a startup competitors, there was the Startup Battlefield. Firms like Dropbox, Fitbit, N26 and Yammer all launched on the TechCrunch stage.
And we’re bringing proficient buyers and founders to evaluate the startups. Right here’s the third spherical of judges (see half 1, half 2 and half three).
Roxanne Varza, Director, Station F
Roxanne Varza is the Director of Station F, which is the most important startup campus worldwide, backed by Xavier Niel. She can be concerned within the European Fee’s European Innovation Council (EIC) and is on the board of Agence France Presse (AFP).
Previous to her present position, Roxanne was the lead for Microsoft’s start-up actions in France, working each Bizspark and Microsoft Ventures packages for three years. She was additionally Editor of TechCrunch France from 2010-2011 and has written for a number of publications together with Enterprise Insider and The Telegraph.
In April 2013, Enterprise Insider listed her as one of many high 30 ladies beneath 30 in tech. She has additionally been listed in extra rankings by Enterprise Insider, Self-importance Truthful and Le Figaro, The Night Customary and extra.
Roxanne additionally co-founded StartHer (ex Ladies in Tech Paris) and is the co-organizer of the Failcon Paris convention. Extra just lately, she co-founded Tech.eu, a European tech media backed by Dave McClure, Adeo Ressi, Daniel Waterhouse and extra.
Previous to TechCrunch, Roxanne labored for the French authorities’s international direct funding company serving to fast-growing startups develop their actions in France. Roxanne has spoken, moderated, mentored and judged quite a few startup occasions and packages all through Europe and likewise helps European startups with content material and communications.
Roxanne is trilingual and holds levels from UCLA, Sciences Po Paris and the London College of Economics. She can be an epilepsy advocate.
Keld van Schreven, Co-Founder, KR1
Keld is co-founder of KR1, UK’s main crypto funding public firm. First buyers in Melonport, Funfair, Rocketpool and Etherisc. Keld is advisor to IXLedger and beforehand co-founder of a number of internet startups since 1995.
Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, firstminute capital
Brent Hoberman is chairman and co-founder of Founders Manufacturing unit, an bold company backed incubator/accelerator based mostly in London, and likewise of Founders Discussion board, a sequence of intimate annual international occasions for the main entrepreneurs of immediately and the rising stars of tomorrow. Brent is a co-founder and was founding chairman of Smartup, Grip & made.com, a number one European direct-from-factory shopper homewares retailer. Most just lately, Brent co-founded firstminute capital, a London-based pan-European seed fund, backed by a number of the world’s high entrepreneurs. Brent co-founded lastminute.comin April 1998, was CEO from its inception and offered it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Know-how companies he has co-founded have raised over $500m.
Brent sits on the Advisory board for LetterOne Know-how (a $16bn funding fund), the Oxford Foundry and the UK Authorities Digital Advisory Board. He’s a board member of The Economist, a YGL and one of many Prime Minister’s Enterprise Commerce Ambassadors. Brent was awarded a CBE for companies to entrepreneurship within the 2015 New 12 months’s Honour’s Listing.
Yann de Vries, Companion, Atomico
Yann is a Companion at Atomico, based mostly in London, the place he works on the sourcing, analysis, negotiation and due diligence of recent funding alternatives.
Yann focuses on know-how in promoting, logistics and transportation, and healthcare, and works with a number of Atomico portfolio corporations together with Jobandtalent, Teralytics, GoEuro and Lilium.
Yann joined Atomico from Redpoint e.ventures (RPeV), one in all Brazil’s main enterprise capital funds in Brazil, the place he was a Managing Director and co-founder, main investments in Farfetch and Gympass. Previous to beginning RPeV, he was the top of company growth for Cisco in EMEA and Latin America, and spent 5 years in Silicon Valley working in a start-up and enterprise capital. Yann started his profession in engineering and working roles at massive tech corporations throughout Europe and rising markets, together with Hong Kong and Egypt.
Yann holds an MSEE from the Swiss Federal Institute of Know-how in Zurich (ETH) and an MBA from Harvard Enterprise College. Yann is fluent in English and French, and proficient in German and Portuguese.
Sonali De Rycker, Companion, Accel
Sonali De Rycker focuses on shopper, software program and monetary companies companies.
She led Accel’s investments in Avito (acquired by Naspers), Lyst, Spotify, Wallapop, KupiVIP, Calastone, Catawiki, JobToday, Wonga, Shift Know-how and SilverRail. She can be an impartial director of Match Group (public). Previous to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Ventures.
Sonali grew up in Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr Faculty and Harvard Enterprise College.
Matthew Panzarino, Editor-In-Chief, TechCrunch
Matthew Panzarino has been a retail jockey, based an expert pictures enterprise and a information weblog protecting the Apple ecosystem. He has served as Information Editor and Managing Editor at The Subsequent Internet and is now Editor-In-Chief at TechCrunch.
He has made a reputation for himself within the tech media world as a author and editor, relentlessly protecting Apple and Twitter, along with a broad vary of startups within the fields of robotics, laptop imaginative and prescient, AI, trend, VR, AR and extra.
Supply hyperlink – https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/22/announcing-the-last-judges-for-the-tc-startup-battlefield-europe-at-vivatech/