Fadi Bishara is the founder of blackbox.vc, a program designed to help startups enter the US market. He has been helping talented technology entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley fo the last 20 years. Prior to founding Blackbox, he was the Founder and CEO of techVenture, building teams for early-stage technology startups. He assisted 43 startups, of which 17 have successfully exited. Those include, for example, Zynga, bebo, Lala, Tapulous, CubeTree, MerchantCircle and Apture.
Jörg Rheinboldt founded his first firm “denkwerk” in 1994. Five years later in 1999 he founded the alando.de AG with 5 friends of his. Alando.de was taken over by eBay the same year and Jörg helped establishing eBay as one of the most successful E-Commerce- Firms in the world as a CEO. After six months of parental leave, he founded the M10 GmbH at the end of 2005 and 2007 he was co-founder of betterplace.org.
Thomas Madsen-Mygdal is an IT entrepreneur of the highest calibre. He is a serial entrepreneur who not only has brilliant ideas, but pursues them and gets them to succeed. His passion lies in doing activism, designing, founding and investing to bootstrap change. Thomas has been co-founder and investor in numerous companies such as Chairman of 23, Podio, Kinetik and Socialsquare. He is also well-known for being the founder and host of the annual European gathering for practical digital visionaries, the reboot festival.
Peter Bihr is a digital strategist, Program Director for NEXT Berlin and Editor-at-large, Europe, for an upcoming magazine code-named Project 377. He frequently organizes events like Cognitive Cities Conference, atoms&bits Festival, Ignite Berlin, Likemind Berlin and TEDxKreuzberg. Before, he co-founded Third Wave, a digital strategy consultancy. He studied Communications, Media and Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin and University of Sydney and holds masters degrees from both universities. Peter has lived in Berlin, Sydney and Washington, DC. He blogs at thewavingcat.com.
Philipp von Bieberstein is an experienced online media generalist with a particular interest in new business models and new ventures. He currently works in New Business Development at Google in London, where he organised a large tech/entrepreneurship conference in Cambridge (www.svc2uk.com/cambridge) after completing my MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School in July 2011. Previous to this, he worked for 7 years at Google in various functions and locations, particularly tasked with post-merger integration work for DoubleClick (Google’s largest acquisition to date).