TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free Hackathon, which you can apply for here.
But on Monday and Tuesday we’ll have both the Battlefield and many great speakers. Among them will be Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare (You can follow him on Twitter @eastdakota) and co-founder and head of user experience Michelle Zatlyn (@zatlyn).
CloudFlare has risen from almost security to powering large parts of the Web.
Matthew himself has a fascinating background. He wrote his first computer program at age seven when his mom would sneak him into university computer science courses. Thereafter he went on to study English Literature and Computer Science in college before, oddly, skipping out on the first Internet boom to instead attend law school.
After finishing law school, he worked as an attorney for literally one day before joining a Chicago-based tech startup. He went on to co-found Unspam Technologies, an anti-spam startup where he continues to serve as Chairman. Since then, Matthew has been an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School and co-creator of Project Honey Pot, the largest open source community tracking online fraud and abuse. He started CloudFlare with Michelle Zatlyn, and Lee Holloway in 2009.
In 2013, Matthew made the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 under 40 list and CloudFlare was named the most innovative internet and network company by the Wall Street Journal. He is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, winner of the 2011 Tech Fellow Award, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. Along with being a regular contributor to TechCrunch and PandoDaily, Matthew has spoken at the RSA conference, Black Hat Summit, Web Summit, and is a frequent panelist for TechCrunch Disrupt.
Michelle worked at Google and Toshiba along with launching two successful startups prior to landing at CloudFlare. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Management, with Distinction, from McGill University. She also holds her MBA from Harvard Business School and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. Michelle is an experienced public speaker, frequent panelist and sits on the Open Internet Advisory Committee for the FCC.
Michelle was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Top Women to Watch in Technology by the Huffington Post and one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine.
Needless to say, we’re thrilled to have both Matthew and Michelle join us at TechCrunch Disrupt: London.
The Disrupt conference in London kicks off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon from 18th to 19th October, followed by two days of on-stage interviews and panels with some of the biggest names in technology.
Startup Battlefield competitors pitch their companies live and on stage to innovators, investors and influencers in the tech community. TechCrunch identifies emerging companies to demo and compete for a prize of £30,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. Last year Lock8, the London and Berlin-based startup behind the world’s first smart bike lock, was the winner and has gone on to launch its product.
Previous Battlefield competitions have launched companies such as Dropbox, Mint.com, Yammer and Fitbit.
Startup Alley offers another way for early-stage companies to gain exposure with a format that encourages both exhibiting and networking, as well as high visibility. Roughly 200 invited startups make up Startup Alley with companies showcasing on the Monday and Tuesday of the event.
Find all the latest information on the Disrupt Europe website.
Grab a ticket and before they sell out.
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