Speakers 2014

Benjamin Bak


Ben is co-founder and CEO of LOVOO. The company started at the end of 2011 with a team of 8 people and the simple idea to build an location based mobile app which brings people better together. 
Today 60+ people are working at 3 locations for a bunch of apps operating in 10 countries. LOVOO is the only social app in the world with the live-radar used daily by millions and with tens of thousands joining every day.

Dan Bender

Rocket Internet

Before joining Rocket Internet’s product department, Dan worked as a freelance full-stack web developer and UI engineer in Berlin and San Francisco. He holds an MBA from TU Munich. He co-founded an award-winning startup in digital publishing space. 

Ivo Betke


Ivo Betke is the founder of webcrowd, a job & service agency for internet professionals. Ivo started as a PHP freelancer round about 10 years ago and has moved into the IT recruitment field in 2010. His idea with webcrowd is to build a partner for developers instead of another headhunters business. Thus the sole focus lies on development ranging from frontend to backend technologies and mobile development and product management. 

Dr. Johannes Bohnet

Software Diagnostics

Dr. Johannes Bohnet is CEO and founder of Software Diagnostics. His educational background is physics and software engineering. In parallel to his research activities at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute, he worked as a consultant and trainer for a renowned IT consulting company. Both his research results and his experience from consulting for medium to large-scale enterprises were the foundation for successfully launching Software Diagnostics.

Tilo Bonow

piabo medienmanagement

Tilo Bonow is the founder and CEO of piâbo public relations, the lead agency of the digital and tech industry in Europe. He is an enthusiastic driver of success for entrepreneurs with a global network. Along with his team he successfully supported international tech companies within Europe, such as Groupon, facebook and LinkedIn. His company has also driven the development of European startups like last.fm, withings and myvideo.

Dr. Philipp Bouteiller

Tegel Projekt

Born 1968, studied in Berlin and London, PhD in International Management & Social Psychology (London School of Economics). Worked as a senior consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc., then as an IT-Entrepreneur and independent strategy adviser. CEO of Tegel Projekt GmbH since April 2012. Main focus: high tech & innovation management, infrastructures, mobility and renewable energy.

Gilli Cegla


Gilli Cegla is founder and Managing Director at Novawind.com. As a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in marketing, business development and hands-on innovation he focuses on Western European markets where he is involved in the building of new digital related businesses. To him, innovation is all about enabling his customers to benefit from it rather then become disrupted by it.

Brian Fabian Crain

Epicenter Bitcoin

Brian Fabian Crain is a Berlin-based economist and entrepreneur. Besides organizing the Berlin Quantified Self group, Brian has been involved in various Bitcoin-related projects since June 2013. He is the founder of Epicenter Bitcoin – a leading podcast, which focuses on the most important news and developments in the Bitcoin world. Brian is also the founder and organizer of Bitcoin Startups Berlin.

Lea-Sophie Cramer


Lea-Sophie Cramer is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Amorelie.de, the Berlin-based online lovetoy shop that sells high-quality products for a fulfilling and even more fun love life. She established Amorelie together with Sebastian Pollok at the end of 2012. Previously, in her role as Vice President International at Groupon, she was responsible for the Asian market. 

Andreas Dölker

Schürmann Wolschendorf Dreyer

Andreas Dölker is Assocciate of the law firm Schürmann Wolschendorf Dreyer. His areas of expertise particularly include IT and data protection law. Due to his experience as a system administrator, he mainly consults companies in the digital sectors. Andreas Dölker is appointed data protection officer of several companies.

Steli Efti


Steli is CEO and Co-Founder of Close.io and ElasticSales, where he helps thousands of startups (including the likes of Foursquare and General Assembly) succeed in scaling their sales efforts. He’s a Y Combinator alumni who is considered a thought leader in Silicon Valley when it comes to sales and the art of the startup hustle. 

Dr. Axel Flasbarth

Mobile Event Guide

Axel Flasbarth is CEO of Mobile Event Guide GmbH, Germany's leading provider of event apps. Prior to that, he was CEO at fotocommunity GmbH (selling the company to WEKA) and worked for eBay and at McKinsey & Company.

Robert Gentz


Robert is one of the two founders and Member of the Management Board of Zalando, Europe’s market leader in fashion eCommerce. He’s responsible for the divisions Sales, Onsite Management, Brand Marketing as well as Business Development. He holds a Diploma in Business Administration from WHU and founded Unibicate, a social network in Latin America, prior to founding Zalando in 2008.

Achim Grothaus

Ernst & Young GmbH

Achim is a Director at EY Law where he is heading the corporate M&A department in the Berlin office. Achim is the contact partner for legal support to Berlin's internet start-ups, including transaction support. He has been involved in a number of incorporations, financing rounds, and other transactions involving internet and other start-ups. Achim has vast experience in cross-border transactions. 

Finn Age Hänsel

Epic Companies

Finn Age Hänsel is in charge of marketing, business intelligence and strategic positioning as CMO at EPIC Companies. Prior to EPIC, Finn was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and afterwards became MD of Rocket Internet Australia. He also co-founded and managed THE ICONIC, Australia’s leading online fashion shop.

Philipp Hartmann

Rheingau Founders
Thanks to his background as founder and CEO of several online startups, Philipp can fall back on his extraordinary network in the European media scene. In his function as Managing Partner of the professional co-founder Rheingau Founders, he supports various portfolio companies especially in the areas of strategic marketing, sales and co-operations.

Florian Heinemann

Project A Ventures

Florian Heinemann is co-founder and CEO of Project A Ventures. He is mainly responsible for Marketing, CRM and Business Intelligence. Before founding Project A he was CEO of Rocket Internet GmbH from 2007 to 2012. During his time at Rocket Internet he focused strongly on the growth of Top Tarif, eDarling and Zalando

Thomas Janson


Thomas Janson has a BBA degree in Design Marketing from the Parsons School. He worked in advertising before switching to the industry side of the business, including for Hugo Boss. He started a company in 2001 that later sold to Spreadshirt, following it up with a second company sold to Zapak, the Indian market leader in casual gaming. Today he is working on 4 startup projects following the Lean movement.

Onur Kabadayi


Onur Kabadayi is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Boomads, an international content marketing company with offices in Berlin and Istanbul. Boomads operates the largest blogger network in Europe with over 30,000 participants from five countries. He is an expert in pioneering strategic partnerships with leading European media companies (eg. Axel Springer) and has attracted 100+ global brands to the platform (e.g. Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Adidas). 

Roman Kirsch


Roman is founder & CEO of Lesara, the first Online Premium Discounter in Europe. Roman’s greatest passion is building and growing businesses. He had his first company selling souvenirs at the age of 15. In 2011 he founded Casacanda, a European based design e-commerce company, which was acquired by Fab.com in February 2012 .

Andrea Kolb

ABURY Collection

Andrea is the founder and CEO of ABURY, a fashion business with a social mission. ABURY is pioneering fashion and design in combining traditional, old world crafts with modern designers to create a new generation of luxury style that fosters intercultural exchange and preserves world crafts. Before founding ABURY in 2011, Andrea was working in marketing and communication. 

Sven Külper


Sven Külper is co-founder and CMO of mytaxi. Launching the world’s first taxi app in 2009, he and his partner became global pioneers in the area of mobility, mobile payment and instant delivery. mytaxi is an on-demand taxi service which disrupted the entire taxi industry. With mytaxi Sven Külper and his partner Niclaus Mewes have built up an international company with more than 150 employees in six countries.

Nicole Kunas

Ernst & Young GmbH

Nicole is a Partner in EY's Berlin Business Tax Advisory practice. From 2008 through 2010 she worked at the German Tax Desk of EY in New York. She is a specialist in international taxation, tax structuring and tax planning. Working in the Business Tax Advisory Group in Berlin Nicole provides advice to her clients on all aspects of foreign investments into Germany as well as on German investments abroad. 

Peter Lennartz

Ernst & Young GmbH

Peter is a partner at EY where he is heading the technology, media & entertainment sector in GSA. Peter is also responsible for coordinating EY’s support for internet start-ups, including transaction support, valuation, exit readiness, legal, national and international tax, human resource, accounting as well as various assurance services. Peter has been involved in various digital transformation projects and roundtables. 

Dr. Dominik Matyka


Dominik Matyka is Co-Founder and CEO of Plista where he is responsible for Corporation & Business Development and Investor & Partner Relations. Already at a young age he knew that he wanted to found his own company one day. Plista the third company that he has founded. The media company for targeted advertising now employs more than 120 people and active in 5 countries. 

Jan Miczaika


Jan Miczaika is COO at Wooga, a leading developer of social mobile games. With employees from over 40 countries the team creates games for over 50 million active players every month. Jan is responsible for Marketing, Business Development, Operations, Partnerships etc. Additionally Jan is a non-executive board member of Hitmeister, an e-commerce marketplace he co-founded in 2004. 

Eva Missling


Eva Missling is the General Manager of Europe for 99designs, the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace. After 8 years of experience in digital agencies, Eva founded 12designer, a leading marketplace for graphic design in Europe that got acquired by 99designs in 2012. She currently oversees the European market at 99designs, that served to date over 285,000 small businesses, agencies and non-profits.

Florian Mück

Boosting your Charisma

Florian Mueck worked as a consultant at KPMG for almost a decade. Since he joined a chapter of Toastmasters International in Barcelona in 2005, public speaking has become his passion. In 2009, he turned his passion into a successful profession under the FLORIAN MUECK brand. He offers communication seminars, presentation and keynote coaching, and event moderation.

Torsten Müller


Torsten Müller is the co-founder and CMO of Tame, a Berlin-based IT-startup, where he manages marketing, PR and sales. Torsten has three years of professional experience as a freelance journalist for online and print and as a PR Trainee in the ICT sector, plus international internships and freelancing in newsrooms, marketing and advertising. 

Sarah Joy Murray


Sarah Joy Murray is a Texas native now living in Berlin, where she helps lead the global marketing and communications strategy for Sociomantic from its Kreuzberg home base. As Sociomantic's second employee four years ago, Sarah had the honor of helping to grow the company from a small-team dream to a quickly expanding global force of over 200 online marketing experts across 16 offices.

Kjetil Olsen


As VP International, Kjetil has the strategic and operational responsibility for growing the Elance-oDesk footprint throughout international markets. Prior to joining us, Kjetil held the position Group Director M&A and New Business at StepStone, Europe’s largest job board. Kjetil joined StepStone from the acquisition of Scandinavian e-recruitment platform EasyCruit.

Niklas Östberg

Delivery Hero

Niklas Östberg is Co-Founder and CEO of Delivery Hero, which started in 2008 when he built the food delivery site in Sweden. His goal was to build a service that would simplify people’s lives by enabling a more convenient way to order food. In 2010 he convinced German entrepreneurs Nikita Fahrenholz, Claude Ritter and Fabian Siegel and Team Europe to bring the concept to the German market under the name of Lieferheld.

David Pelletier

piabo medienmanagement

Bringing 10 years of PR, Marketing, Business Development and Branding throughout North America and Europe, David leads the international team at piâbo public relations, the lead agency of the digital industry. As a cross-cultural communications specialist, he provides Tech, Mobile, App, Lifestyle and Digital companies the localized and international PR and Business Development they require.

Stefanie Peters


Stefanie Peters is a versed expert in digital business with a focus on growth topics, mainly strategy, business development, internationalization, and branding. After working for The Boston Consulting Group in Munich, New York, and Paris for more than seven years, she started her own consulting business, advising Internet companies entering the German/European market.

Katie Rae


Katie Rae is the Managing Director of Project 11, founder of Startup Institute Project and Chairman of Techstars Boston. Katie loves to work with founders to assist them in building great companies true to their vision. Katie has spent her career building significant Internet businesses in the community, self-publishing and search spaces. Most recently she was the Head of Product for Microsoft Startup Labs.

Cristina Riesen


With more than 10 years of experience in international mass-media and communications, Cristina is General Manager of Evernote in Europe. During her studies at the University of Lugano in Switzerland and UCLA in Los Angeles, she has been completely immersed in the world of digital communications and involved in social media and online community management projects for several international companies.

Franziska Schäfermeyer

Tengelmann Social Ventures GmbH

Franziska Schaefermeyer, Investment Manager at Tengelmann Ventures, has internally built up a new investment strategy called “Impact Investing”. Under the newly founded venture arm Tengelmann Social Ventures two investments in Social Businesses (e.g. KIDDIFY) have already been done. Before joining Tengelmann Ventures, Franziska worked for several start-ups, SMEs and a leading media company with a focus on marketing and sales. 

Kathrin Schürmann

Schürmann Wolschendorf Dreyer

Kathrin Schürmann is Partner of the law firm Schürmann Wolschendorf Dreyer and specializes in the growing market of E-Business and E-Commerce. She supports startups and large corporations in the field of data privacy and data security, commercial and trademark law. Main focus of her work is Online Marketing where she supports one of the largest E-Commerce companies in Europe.

Albert Schwarzmeier


Albert Schwarzmeier is CEO & Managing Director of ad2games, a leading and innovative marketing platform for online games. Prior to ad2games he was founder and CEO of mysportgroup and developed it to the online sports retailer with the biggest assortment in Europe. Schwarzmeier collected ample experience in the startup and tech industries as Managing Director of Groupon Germany, consultant at Zalando and Roland Berger. 

Jonty Sharples


Jonty is Design Director at Albion, a creative business partner for entrepreneurs. In 15 years as a designer, Jonty has been involved in the creation of digital products and services across a wide range of outputs - for museums, console and mobile device manufacturers, financial institutions, emergency services, transport networks, charities, educational establishments, government departments, and international corporations. When not engaged in arm-crossing and beard stroking, Jonty enjoys showing clients what happens when they really listen to their users. 

Fabian Siegel

Global Founders Capital

Fabian Siegel co-founded European payment service ClickandBuy (sold to Deutsche Telekom) where he served as CTO for 7 years, founded personal finance startup Strateer, ran operations at browser technology company kikin.com and was Co-CEO at Delivery Hero, a global leader in online food ordering, from 2010 to 2013. Fabian holds a masters in economics from University of Bonn, Germany.

Carolin Silbernagl


Carolin Silbernagl is CEO and co-founder at dotHIV, which supports the global fight against AIDS through the charitable Top Level Domain .hiv. Before the foundation of the association, the political scientist gained extensive experience as advisor and project manager of large corporate foundations at the interface between economy and social engagement.

Mirjam Stolz

Ernst & Young GmbH

Mirjam is a manager at EY. She is a German Certified Public Accountant and holds an M.Sc. in Accounting and Taxation from Mannheim Business School. Her client portfolio consists of public listed companies as well as companies owned by institutional  or private investors of all sizes within in the technology, media & entertainment sector. She is specialized in auditing start-up companies.

Stephan Stricker


Before joining ad2games, Stephan worked at AppLift as Head of Business Development Europe and was responsible for the overall expansion of the European mobile business on the Media Partner and Advertiser side. He also worked for 3.5 years as project manager at KPMG for the Transaction Services and Restructuring department. He was in charge of a wide range of international M&A projects.

Dario Suter


Dario Suter is founder and Managing Director of DCM: film distributor, film production and Business Angel. DCM connect film and internet with this extraordinary mix of three business areas. Prior to that Dario was investor and CMO at StudiVZ and thus involved in the buildup of the platform. He studied Business at the University of St.Gallen and gained work experience at Ringier and Axel Springer. 

Tao Tao


Tao is co-founder of GetYourGuide where he is leading the operational teams. GetYourGuide grew out of a university project by 5 fellow students into what is today the leading travel platform for fun things to do in over 2000 destinations worldwide. The company is backed by PROfounders Capital, Spark Capital, Highland Capital, and the former CEOs of booking.com and Qunar.

Ole Tillmann

PEAK Creative Leadership GmbH

Ole is a professional speaker, speaker coach and design thinking coach. He prepares politicians, managers, tv-presenters, researchers and artists for public appearances. As speaker coach, he has prepared speakers of TEDxBerlin, TEDxHamburg, TEDxMunich for their presentations since 2009. Several of those have made the cut for TED.com, bringing their ideas to an audience of millions.

Leopold von Bismarck

tado° - The Heating App

Leopold von Bismarck joined tado° shortly after the company was founded. He has more than six years of experience working in the internet industry. Leopold previously worked at the early stage venture capital firm and incubator Rocket Internet creating online startups from scratch. Before joining tado° he acted as Head of Online Marketing at Groupon International leading an international team across 40 countries.

Fabian Westerheide


Fabian studied Business at the University of St. Gallen, Münster and Indiana. Afterwards he joined Team Europe and helped to found Berlin's first Venture Capital firm: Point Nine Capital.
End of 2012 he left the VC to create his own company, which became the leading wedding dress site in Germany within a year.

Philipp Westermeyer


Philipp Westermeyer is founder of metrigo, which was sold to Zanox in 2013. He began his career as assistant to the board of Bertelsmann AG. After that he worked as an investment manager at Gruner + Jahr New Media Ventures. In 2009 he founded adyard and is the organizer of Online Marketing Rockstars and Online Marketing Camp. He also runs the job platform OnlineMarketingJobs.de.

Andreas Winiarski

Rocket Internet

Andreas is a passionate media guy. Before joining Rocket Internet as Global Head of Public Relations, he worked for the Chief Editorial Staff of BILD, Europe's biggest newspaper, and for BILD.de. He was Press Spokesman at Axel Springer AG and worked for the Global Public Relations of Bayer Schering Pharma AG. 

Nicolas Wittenborn

Point Nine Capital

First working for the Team Europe Seed Fund as an intern in early 2011, Nicolas came back to Point Nine Capital as Associate after graduating from the University of Mannheim in 2012. He gathered first work experiences in New York and Singapore in real estate management and marketing, then moved back to Berlin to be closer to the lively startup scene and pursue his passion for young technology ventures. 

Nikolas Woischnik


Nikolas Woischnik, Founder Tech Open, Openers & Ahoy! Berlin. Over the last years Nikolas has dedicated his time to helping develop the Berlin technology and startup ecosystem, founding TechBerlin, the coworking and innovation space Ahoy! Berlin as well as the Tech Open Air Berlin Festival. He has further consulted international companies (i.e. Eventbrite, Twitter, Spotify) as well as large German corporates.

Jörg Zätzsch

CMS Hasche Sigle

Jörg Zätzsch is partner of the law firm CMS and is specialised in Venture Capital and M&A deals. According to the German law firm handbook JUVE competitors describe Jörg as "one of the top venture capitalist lawyers in Berlin". With over 15 years of experience, he represents both, investors and emerging growth companies. Jörg has recently advised the sellers on the sale of Berlin based sociomantic labs GmbH to dunnhumby Ltd., a subsidiary of Tesco plc.

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