Joel Spolsky is the founder and CEO of Stack Exchange (company behind StackOverflow.com), is a globally recognized expert on software development. His website Joel on Software is popular with programmers around the world. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers and most recently launched a group project management sharing tool, Trello. Prior to this, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including "Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent"and worked as a contributing editor for Inc. Magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a Computer Science degree and is also a world-renowned speaker. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper and helped found Kibbutz Hanaton.
Jerry Colonna, together with his partner Fred Wilson, launched Flatiron Partners in August 1996. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early stage investment programs in the New York City area. The recipient of numerous awards and compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna has been named to Upside Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of the New Economy and Forbes ASAP’s list of the best VCs in USA. He is currently a life and business coach and serves on the Board of Trustees at Naropa University. Read more about and of Jerry on The Monster In Your Head.
Piotr Wilam is currently CEO and leading investor at Innovation Nest, the seed and venture fund for global Internet projects that have their base in Poland. He is perhaps best known to many of us as co-founder and first president of Poland's largest Internet portal - www.onet.pl. In addition to these distinguished achievements, he founded Pascal Publishing (which grew to the market leader in travel guides, with more than 50% market share) as well as the digital publishing startup, Optimus Pascal Multimedia, which became Poland's leading educational software publisher.
Uzi Shmilovici is an internet entrepreneur. He co-founded Netcraft - an Israeli web agency in 2003. He was named one of the Top-40 Israeli Internet Startup Professionals by TheMarker Magazine in 2008 (the most prominent business magazine in Israel). Netcraft was later acquired by Tapuz, a leading Israeli internet company.
In late 2009, Uzi moved to Chicago where he embarked on a new challenge to change the boring and obsolete world of business software with Base. The mission of Base is to free business owners from the tyranny of the old age software companies.
Bartek Gola - The Managing Partner of SpeedUp Group, an entrepreneur and innovator. Co-creator of over a dozen technological startups. He is also an author of many publications in the field of marketing and business strategies. For many years he has been the Director of the Stowarzyszenie Marketingu Bezpośredniego (Polish Direct Marketing Association).
Mike Butcher is the editor of TechCrunch Europe. He is also involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub (@TechHub). A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. In 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia’s European Internet Journalist of the Year.
In August 2008 TechCrunch Europe was awarded the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2011 Mike was named as one of London’s 100 ‘Secret Power Brokers’. He’s ranked as in the top five of the UK’s 100 most influential journalists online.
Mike’s personal blog is mbites, while he Twitters as @mikebutcher.
Jakub Krzych, CEO & Co-Founder
Graduated from Jagiellonian University with an MSc degree in applied computer science and a Bch in computational physics. For four years, served as a board member and as the Head of Product at AdTaily, the self-service advertising network that he co-founded and sold to the largest CE media group.
Łukasz Kostka, CTO & Co-Founder
Graduated from AGH University of Science and Technology with an MSc degree in computer science in control and management and, right after graduation, started his PhD research on Smart Cities. A data scientist and hacker who likes to mix cutting edge technology with great design to solve real world problems.
Krzysztof Gonciarz hilarious guy with amazing sense of humor. Krzystof is a journalist who knows everything about gaming. He is also a popular web-videos producer and author of books about Internet (he wrote an Internet guide for Idiots;)). His alter-egos like Gimbus or Krzysztof Kanciarz gather milions of viewers.
Katarzyna Bojanowska. Born in 1986 in Kraków. Always wanted to study industrial design, but at the last moment decided do study graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Did a lot of painting, drawing and silk screen printing but mastered in poster design. Worked as an assistant in the Poster Design Studio in the Academy of Fine Arts for two years. In the mean time did a lot of design projects, won first place in a logo competition for the Polish Prosecution Office. Started to work for Applicake and discovered pair designing with Socha. Designed for two conferences MMConf, and Railsberry and then @elamadej moved letters in the word 'underwear' which was a good joke until it turned into a product idea. Again joined forces with Socha and now become the designer behind Unerdwear.
Joanna Socha (unerdwear). Born in 1985 in Tarnobrzeg. At the age of 16 got prize in Motorola web development contest (mostly because of the design), then thought that graphic design is great and went to study architecture. Worked *a lot* as an architect in Krk, Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam. Designed couple of nice buildings (still in production). Worked along as a graphic designer for Applicake & Railsberry. Switched to graphic design entirely (execution is faster than in architecture), moved to Ecuador... ending as a YC alumni in silicon valley, meanwhile invented pair designing with Kasia. Co-founded and worked at software startups before @elamadej moved letters in the word 'underwear' which was a good joke until turned into a product idea. Again joined forces with Kasia and now become the designer behind Unerdwear.
Natalia Berdys, an avid gamer and computer tinkerer, earned a degree in Beat Generation poetry, but then decided to become a developer from scratch. Her first ever iOS app for toddlers, Wesole Warzywa (Jolly Veggies), has had an exciting launch and won a Generation Mobile 2013 award. She loves quaint logic, oddball indie apps and power pop, and is about to found her own super-cute mobile development company, Coconut Frog.
Jana Boruta is one of the happiest people you will ever meet. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that she loves what she does. Her two biggest passions are marketing and building communities. She’s been lucky enough to indulge both passions at startups like Engine Yard, StackMob and, most recently, Prismatic. When Jana isn’t working, she loves attending music festivals and dancing till the sun comes up.
Aitor is founder of Linking Paths, a web company obsessed with creating simple and useful web services, and Pro Bono Publico, the main non-profit advocate of Open Data in Spain. Adding to his 15 years experience as developer (including award winning mobile apps), he is now a CIID Summer School alumnus. He lives in Reykjavík, where he is actually marvelling at how software predates every human experience, how the digital/physical boundary collapses and how awesome his wife is. He telegraphs 140 chars messages too often and maintains a digital commonplace book.
Bart Kiszala, co-founder of Applicake, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Future Simple - startup based in Krakow and Chicago that builds Base - the first Post-PC CRM. Base raised $6.8M in Series B funding led by Index Ventures - VC firm behind companies like Dropbox, Skype, Soundcloud and Last.fm.
Micah L. Sifry, Co-Founder at Personal Democracy Media
Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and editorial director of Personal Democracy Media, which produces the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference on the ways technology is changing politics, and TechPresident.com, an award-winning blog on how politicians are using the web and how the web is using them. In addition, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. He is a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation. He is the author or editor of six books, most recently Wikileaks and the Age of the Transparency (OR Books, 2011), and in the spring of 2012 he began teaching at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Micah was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. You can follow him on Twitter at @mlsif.
Andrew Rasiej, Co-Founder at Personal Democracy Media
Andrew Rasiej is a professional doer, futurist, social entrepreneur, and Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which produces Personal Democracy Forum and other events about how the intersection of technology, politics, and civil society is empowering new levels of citizen engagement. He is also the Founder a not for profit organization called MOUSE.org focused on 21st century public education, Co-Founder of Mideastwire.com, which translates Arabic and Farsi news and opinion pieces into English, and serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC focused on using technology to help make government more transparent. Andrew is the Chairman of the NY Tech Meetup, a 24,000-member organization of technologists, venture funders, marketers, representing start up and more mature companies working in the technology industry in New York City which is currently experiencing a renaissance.
You can follow Andew on Twitter at @rasiej
Peter Berger is the current Program Manager at Tagged overseeing all major engineering projects and is the former CEO of Topicmarks, which sold to Tagged in December 2011.
At Tagged he led the effort to revive the recently acquired hi5 social network halting the networks rapid decline and greatly improving its daily usage. While at Topicmarks, he replaced one of the founders as CEO in June 2011, improved usage from 60,000 documents uploaded annually in July, to over 1,000,000 documents uploaded monthly by the end of August.
Founder of several companies, he is also an advisor to University of California San Francisco's T1 Catalyst Program, HotShotMedia, Wikiloan and several other stealth start-ups. He is a Co-Chair of the Annual IEEE-ICSC Conference and Organizer of the Silicon Valley Semantic Technology Group.
Jaromir Działo's latest startup, Topicmarks, of which he was founder, was recently acquired by Tagged. He is a highly experienced software engineer and project manager, who has worked with companies in the US, Canada, Switzerland, Poland and Germany. His experience includes projects for the Swiss banking industry, a platform for 95% of the cinemas in Switzerland, two other successful startups and several open source projects. He describes himself as a ‘user experience enthusiast and evangelist with a passion for solving usability issues through applied psychology’. An avid photographer, he also says that he would drive thousands of miles to capture just the right photograph of the sun rising in the desert!
Shachar Gilad - Founder of SoundBetter - the marketplace that connects musicians and audio professionals.
Shachar is a marketing and strategy professional with a specialty in the creative tech industry and experience working at technology companies like Apple Inc, Waves Audio and in the entertainment industry.
Rafał Han is a serial entrepreneur, coach and investor in innovative projects and extraordinary teams.
Founder and CEO of HanBright – Kids edutainment projects such as ciufcia.pl – largest polish website with edutainment games for preschoolers. Founder of BrightBerries – Angel Seed funding group focused on mentoring, advising, sharing business knowledge and promoting early stage startups from eastern and central Europe (webshake.tv, futbolowo.pl, lingapp.com, heartpick.com and others). BrightBerries is especially interested in web and mobile projects.
Rafał works with startups on their ideas, strategic directions, entrepreneurial skills and marketing.
Piotr Konieczny has been helping the biggest Polish and international companies in securing their networks and web applications for the last 7 years. He founded Niebezpiecznik.pl, a consulting company and the biggest Polish portal about IT security. Within Niebezpiecznik.pl Piotr manages the team responsible for penetration testing and security audits of ICT systems.
He also runs a series of popular web application security workshops for programmers.
Nalin Mittal is the co-founder and CTO of Appstores.com - a San Francisco based company backed by - among others - Sand Hill Angels, Alfred Lin (TellMe, Zappos, Sequoia), Dave McClure’s 500 Startups and i/o Ventures.
Prior to Appstores, Nalin started Blu Sky Labs where he created My.Zappos.com - a social shopping experience for Zappos. He's an entrepreneur with passion for creating consumer web based software. Follow him on Twitter @nalin.
Amanda Rose is the Founder of Connect the Dots Foundation; established in 2009 to incubate and craft fresh global campaigns and initiatives that use technology to connect people offline for a good cause. She co-founded Space-2, an innovative film and event locations consultancy where she has coordinated events for British Royalty and the Prime Minister of Canada, the Brit Awards and London Fashion Week.
Amanda is the global founder and architect of a movement called Twestival, an international volunteer effort to use social media like Twitter to raise money for important causes. Twestival has been able to build 55 wells with charity: water and recent efforts with Concern Worldwide will give thousands of students the chance at an education.
Advising technology startups and those with a social good focus keep her energized.
Arek Skuza is the CEO of iTraff Technology (multiple award winning startup, including "Best Polish Startup 2011", ), whose image recognition technology has been likened to a Polish version of the iconic Google Goggles. He'll be talking to us about how mobile technologies using voice, image recognition and gestures could spell the end of keyboard-based interaction for many applications. Be prepared to learn also about Arek's global experience both professionally (Facebook, Google, PennySaverUSA.com) and from his education (ICAN Institute Europe, University of Oxford, Harvard Business School), as well as his previous experience as a startup founder.
Vincent Vergonjeanne is the former CEO & Co-Founder of Kobojo, a European leader in the Social Gaming industry. Kobojo currently hires 70+ people, and was backed by top European VC's in 5.3M€ Series A in April 2011.
He now lives in Krakow, Poland, where he is founding a new Startup specialized in Mobile Gaming for a midcore audience.
Vincent is also a Business Angel, Free-To-Play consultant and a Lean Startup lover.