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January 7

Czech Republic: Startups & Tech Ecosystems in Central Europe

Hubert Palan - ProductBoard (CZ | USA)

Session #1 of our 2019 season showcases Prague's leading enterprise software startup and the Czech Republic's emerging tech ecosystem. Backed by Kleiner Perkins, ProductBoard maintains operations teams in Chechia and Silicon Valley, and is an example of world-class excellence in software development and platform deployment that is found today in Central Europe and the Visegrad Region. Our speaker will discuss the path to growth taken by ProductBoard in European and US markets, challenges in managing distributed teams and company cultures, as well as major trends in Central Europe's tech startup community.

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January 14

Berlin : Consumer Fintech Unicorns & EU GDPR Personal Data Privacy Update

Nicolas Kopp - N26 (NYC | DE)
Mirena Taskova - Fieldfisher (Silicon Valley)

In Session Two we present Europe's newest unicorn - and Germany's leading consumer fintech startup - along with an update on the status and impact of the European Union's GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) personal data privacy rules issued last May 2018. Based in Berlin, N26 is a premier example of Germany's emerging consumer tech sector centered around Berlin's high-growth software & data ecosystem. Following a period of rapid expansion in the European consumer banking market, the company is now entering the US mobile banking market from its New York City US headquarters. Fieldfisher is a global law firm with a leading practice in GDPR compliance in Silicon Valley and Europe; our speaker and her colleagues advise numerous Silicon Valley and European companies in international privacy law and regulations.

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Sponsors 2019

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Mind The Bridge Foundation (MTB)

Time | Directions

Mondays 4:30 - 5:50 pm | Winter Quarter
Hewlett Teaching Center | Auditorium 201
Stanford University, Engineering Campus
370 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

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Schedule 2019 - Year Ten

January 7

Czech Republic : Startups & Tech Ecosystems in Central Europe

Course Introduction & Logistics
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Hubert Palan - Prague | Silicon Valley

CEO & Founder

@ProductBoard || @HPalan

January 14

Berlin : New Mobile Banking Unicorns & EU GDPR Data Privacy Update

Session #2 Introduction & Logistics
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Nicolas Kopp - NYC | Berlin


@n26 || @NiccKopp
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Mirena Taskova - Silicon Valley

Senior Associate & Privacy Advisor

@Fieldfisher || @MirenaTaskova

January 28

Flanders : Growing Enterprise Software Startups in Belgium

Session #3 Introduction
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Pieterjan Bouten - Gent BE

CEO & Co-Founder

@Showpad || @Pieterjan
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Dirk Wauters - Leuven BE

CEO (2002 - 2007) | Media & Software Executive

Siemens Networks Belgium

February 4

Turkey : Wellness Startups, University Accelerators & Family Enterprises

Session #4 Introduction
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Miray Tayfun - Silicon Valley | Istanbul

CEO & Co-Founder

@VivooApp || @MirayTayfun
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Ege Ertem - Silicon Valley | Istanbul

General Partner

Zorlu Ventures
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Aysegül Ildeniz - Silicon Valley

Chair & Founder | COO

TÜSIAD Silicon Valley Network (Turkish Industry & Business Association) | Silver Spring Networks
@TusiadUS || @AyseIldeniz
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Elif Ceylan - Silicon Valley | Istanbul

Managing Director, North America

ITÜ ARI Teknokent - Innogate

February 11

European Corporate Venture Capital : Aerospace & Energy

Session #5 Introduction
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Luka Tomljenovic - Silicon Valley


Airbus Ventures
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François Badoual - France


Total New Energies Ventures USA
@Total || @FrancoisBadoual

February 25

Slovenia : Bitcoin Consumer Payments & GDPR Compliance Case Study

Session #6 Introduction
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Dejan Roljic - Slovenia

CEO & Founder

@EligmaCom || @Tibute
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Polina Zvyagina - USA

Counsel - Product Privacy


March 4

Madrid : Cybersecurity Startup Exits, VC & Spain's Tech Ecosystem

Session #7 Introduction
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Julio Casal - Madrid ES

Founder & CTO || CEO & Co-Founder

4iQ || AlienVault
@4iQ || @AlienVault || @JulioCasa4iQ
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Nico Goulet - Madrid ES

Managing Partner

Adara Ventures
@AdaraVentures || @NRGoulet

March 11

Growing Europe's Software Industry : Opportunities & Challenges

Session #8 Introduction
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Broy - Munich (Invited)

Founding President & Scientific Director

Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern
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Kwame Yamgnane - Silicon Valley | France

Co-Founder | Managing Director

Ecole 42 USA
@42SiliconValley || @Kwame42
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Reshma Sohoni - London UK (Invited)

Founding Partner

@SeedCamp || @RSohoni
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Andy Bechtolsheim - Silicon Valley (Invited)

Co-Founder & Investor

Sun Microsystems || Arista Networks
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Burton Lee - Silicon Valley

Lecturer - European Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stanford Mechanical Engineering
@Europreneurs || @BurtonLee

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