Vlado started his career programming spreadsheets at IBM, soon after got a lead tech support role on a VoIP project within IBM and parallely worked on a hardware asset management on IBM’s data centers in Frankfurt. Beside involvement in corporate world, Vlado is an early Bitcoin adopter, was part of distributed storage project Storj, and externally consulted Blockchain (blockchain.info) on market strategy related topics. His education background involves Economics and Computer Networks. Vlado speaks 5 languages and likes to spend time cycling in the mountains and usually he starts his day in the swimming pool.
Guillermo has been using computers since a very early age, when he started drawing and sketching on his family's computer. Year after year he kept practicing and discovering new software and tools. After finishing his studies on Graphic Design, he has been succesfully working as a graphic and web designer for different Spanish companies. Cryptocurrencies came to his interest recently and he teamed-up with several startups from the cryptocurrency scene as a web developer. He also enjoys spending his time traveling, riding his bikes or diving. He defines himself as a strange mixture of colors and numbers, very passionate with whatever he is doing and a little bit geeky.
Paul has over 25 years experience working in technology startups in the US and in Europe. He has been responsible for partnerships, channel and direct sales, market entry and marketing strategy for open source, content management, analytics and IoT businesses.
Advisor to multiple crowdfunding campaigns, Paul with NEEO completed the most successful Smart Home crowdfunding campaign ever on Kickstarter. Currently, Paul is Entrepreneur in Residence at the School of Business in Fribourg, Switzerland developing and delivering digital disruption and FinTech courses and co-founding the FINTECH Circle Lab @HEG FR. In his spare time, he is also investor and mentor actively working with startups in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK.
In the 20+ years since founding KSP Capital in 1996, Wayne has held the title of “Founder & CEO” at 4 consecutive startups. KSP introduced slightly under $1B of investor capital to a short list of hedge funds and FOFs. His second startup, Financial Interactive, created and developed from scratch a leading hedge fund CRM platform called Fundrunner. In 2008, he founded Opus Music Ventures, and in 2011 Magnifi.fm, two music-centric startups for which he raised over $20M in combined seed capital. (“Music is tough” is a true statement, he has learned.)
Wayne began to study bitcoin and blockchain in mid 2015 as a prospective hedge to personal investments. He soon realized that bitcoin and a host of other cryptocurrencies, tokens, platforms and protocols are poised to massively disrupt finance and other entire industries - cloud storage, title/land registry, advertising, digital rights management, VC and crowdfunding, even social networks…. The list goes on and on.
Rob van Kranenburg (1964) wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs and the founder of Council. Together with Christian Nold he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. He currently works as Community Manager at the EU Project Sociotal, and Ecosystem Manager of the Horizon 2020 Project TagItSmart. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access.
Reinaldo Normand is an accomplished entrepreneur with extensive experience in founding and running bootstrapped and venture-backed technology startups, as well as in doing business abroad. He has been featured in media outlets such as NBC, Business Week, Venture Beat, Monocle, Le Monde and others.
Reinaldo has been invited to speak about technology and entrepreneurship at events around the San Francisco Bay Area and Brazil at companies and universities such as UCSD, CSUEB, FGV, Salesforce.com, Comgas, InnovaLab, Softex, Stefanini, Votorantim, APEX, CNI etc.
His book about Silicon Valley and its culture reached more than a hundred thousand readers in LATAM. He also has a course at Udemy, Silicon Valley for Beginners, targeted to foreigners willing to come to Silicon Valley, and a program about innovation in Canaltech. His videos reached more than one million people in 2015.
Reinaldo holds a BSc in Computer Information Systems, an MBA and speaks five languages.