GeeknRolla 2011, March 30, London – Here's our line-up

GeeknRolla [tickets here] is the annual conference to bring together Europe’s technology startups to network with investors and talk about how they create and build themselves. The watchwords are: Launch startups; give investors dealflow.

As with last year there is a special emphasis on launching startups and connecting them with investors, who will comprise our judging panels. There will also be a “DemoRolla” area of demo tables for startups to showcase their products. The venue will be Park Plaza Victoria, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ. The now legendary GeeknRolla Afterparty, which will take place at the amazing, world-famous London nightclub, Pacha, will also help the networking. Ticket holders for the main day-long conference will automatically get in to the after-party, so fear not! We will release a limited amount of After-Party-only tickets shortly. Details of how to get these will be available in due course, so stay tuned to the GeeknRolla Twitter feed and the event web site. For sponsorship opportunities please email events director Aléna Dundas ( alena [@] ) for further details. You can follow any specific updates on the GeeknRolla twitter feed.

I’d strongly advise you get a ticket. Last year we more than sold out. To attend the event, tickets will be only £149. Thus is a stunning price for a conference of this nature. See who we had to speak last year and check out all the video.

Huge thanks to our lead sponsors a href=””>Microsoft BizSpark, Moonfruit, TechHub and our streaming media partner Bambuser.


• 09.00
Mike Butcher, TechCrunch Europe

• 09.05
Dave McClure, 500 Startups
“Startup Pirates”

• 09.30
Martin Varsavsky (founder of Fon) via video skype
“On Europe”

• 09.45
Michelle You, Co-founder Songkick
“Product management for start-ups. 10 things I wish I’d known at the beginning”

• 10.00
Lea Bajc, Northzone Ventures
Michael Jackson, Mangrove Capital
Alex McCracken, Silicon Valley Bank
Bindi Karia, Microsoft BizSpark

• 10.25
“Sorting the Shysters from the Meisters”
(Or – Making the motley crew of mentors and Non-Execs work better for European startups)
Lucy P. Marcus, CEO, Marcus Venture
Reshma Sohoni, CEO, Seedcamp
Jon Bradford, Springboard
Ben Tompkins, Eden Ventures
Moderated by:
Milo Yiannopoulos, Daily Telegraph

• 10.55
Wendy Tan White, Co-founder, Moonfruit
“Money Makes You Lazy!”

• 11.10

• 11.30
Avid Larizadeh, Boticca
Spencer Lazar, Accel Partners
Tom Hulme IDEO/HackFwd
Thai Tran, Lightbox

• 11.55
Josh Williams, Gowalla
Moderated by Jemima Kiss, The Guardian

• 12.20
Azeem Azhar, Peer Index
“The future of social reputation”

• 12.35
“The Demon Seed – Where is early stage and follow-on funding heading in Europe?”
Jeremie Berrebi, KIMA Ventures
Edward Shenderovich, Kite Ventures
Stefan Glaenzer, White Bear Yard
Paul Jozefak, Neuhaus Partners
Moderated by: TBC

• 13.05

• 14.15
We hear the latest news from the last year’s hottest startups.

Panel providing commentary:
Alex Hoye, Angel
Eileen Burbidge, White Bear Yard
Juan Lopez Valcarcel, Pearson Digital
Nic Brisbourne, DFJ Esprit

• 14.35
Morten Lund, TradeShift / EverBread
“The Entrepreneur”

• 15.00
Benjamin Joffe, CEO, +8* – Founding Partner, Cmune
“Asian Eye for the Startup Guy”

• 15.15
Errol Damelin – Founder and CEO, Wonga
“The future of money in a realtime world”

• 15.40

• 16.00
Tariq Krim, Jolicloud
“Cloud apps – what’s next”

• 16.25
“Silicon Roundabout – Mythical hype or Tech City foundations?”
Paddy Cosgrave, Dublin entrepreneur, founder of F.ounders
Hussein Kanji, VC
Elizabeth Varley, CEO TechHub
Anthony Browne, Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor, Greater London Authority
Moderated by: Tim Bradshaw, The Financial Times

• 17.00
“Exit stage left – Exits in Europe”
Iain Dodsworth, Tweetdeck
Brent Hoberman, PROFounders
Rich Martell, Floxx
Tommy Ahlers
Moderated by: David Rowan, Editor, Wired UK

• DemoPit Judges Josh Bell, Robert Dighero report back on “DemoRolla” companies

• Announcement of GeeknRolla Startup Competition Winners
• Closing remarks and end of conference

• 19.30
After Party, Pacha


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TechHub (@TechHub on Twitter) is the new hub for the technology community. Just 10 seconds walk from Old Street tube station, TechHub London is aimed specifically at technology entrepreneurs, startups and developers. Inside London’s main technology cluster and close to the financial heart, it offers affordable permanent desk spaces, a large member-based co-working area, meeting rooms for hire, a large board room and a conference/event space for up to 200 people. You can work all day on the 100mbs WiFi and connect with a great community of TechHub members. TechHub runs its own events as well as being available to hire for tech or developer events, conferences or meetups. Members are already joining TechHub from all over Europe, Silicon Valley, the Middle East and Asia to use TechHub as a base when they’re in London and we’re arranging Member discounts at some of the great bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels in the area too. TechHub facilities include: 30 permanent desk spaces for monthly hire, 100 pre-bookable co-working spaces, meeting rooms for hire by anyone (discounted for TechHub members), A/V, whiteboards, kitchen facilities and printing. Permanent deskspaces come with wifi/wired data, power and a mailing address. Contact us here. Join the mailing list to get regular updates here. Address: TechHub, Ground Floor, 76-80 City Rd, London, EC1Y 2BJ. Old St tube (exit 5) and a short walk from Moorgate Tube, Liverpool Street mainlines station, and close to taxis and buses.


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