At the heart of Seedcamp is our network of advisors. Yesterday we announced the advisors who, with a bit of luck (and many frantic emails), will soon be making their way to UCL in London for Seedcamp Week 2008.
So, (drum roll please), here is the list of advisors attending Seedcamp Week 2008.
The mentoring process is an invaluable opportunity for the Seedcamp 22 to learn from the collective wisdom of these eminent experts. Meeting in small groups, the advisors give one-on-one guidance to the teams on all aspects of growing their seed of a business.
Last year, this mentoring process was a huge success, and the title of Seedcamp Advisor has become a respected one. (Perhaps as a result) the list of this year’s advisors is a long one, with over 220 individuals confirmed! let me walk you through some line-up highlights:
Founders & CEOs • Michael Birch, fresh from Bebo’s $850m sale to AOL • Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL • Kevin Cornils, CEO of Buy.at • Jyri Engestrom, founder of Helsinki based Jaiku, now acquired by Google • Lorenz Bogaert, CEO of Netlog, an Alexa top 100 site. • Joe Cohen, Seatwave founder and CEO • Lukasz Gadowski, Spreadshirt founder • Martin Stiskel, Last.fm co-founder and CEO • Richard Moross founder at CEO at Moo • WAYN founders, Peter and Jerome
Product Experts • Taavet Hinrikus, Director of Product Strategy at Skype • Matt Ogle, leads web development at Last.fm • Adam Seifer, founder of Alexa top 20 site Fotolog • Ryan Carson, Carsonified • Matt Jones, founder of Dopplr • Menno van Slooten, from eBuddy
Marketing Experts • Michael Arrington, TechCrunch • Jason Goodman, Albion Founding Partner • Donna Sokolsky, Spark PR CEO • Obi Felten, Google UK, Head of Consumer Marketing • Blake Chandlee, UK commercial director of Facebook • Brent Hoberman, Mydeco.com and founder of Lastminute.com • Jamie Kantrowitz, MySpace – SVP, Marketing & Content International
Technical Experts • Jaan Tallin, Skype lead system architect • Mike Shaver, VP of Engineering at Mozilla • Matt Biddulph, Dopplr • James Aylett, Tartarus • Stefan Magdalinski, Moo CTO • Christian Heilmann at Yahoo • Simon Willison, co-creator of Django • Michael Jackson, ex Director of Ops at Skype • Martin Buhr, Amazon Web Services
Investment Experts • Charles Grimsdale, Eden Ventures • Aydin Senkut, Felicis Ventures, Founder • Robin Klein, TAG • Andrew Weissman, Betaworks • Anil Hansjee, Google • Tal Barnoach, Speed Up • Danny Rimer, Partner at Index Ventures • Fred Destin, Atlas Venture
As you can see, Seedcamp Week 2008 will be populated with some amazing figures from the European tech world. But, it won’t just be the Seedcamp 22 who will benefit in the sage advice of these mentors. Log on to Seedcamp.com all next week for videos, pictures, articles and blogs giving you all the highlights of Seedcamp Week 2008.