Fabian is the greedy person in our crew. He learned about the great mysteries of Finance and is now collecting doubloons for the EPS. When he is not up to working too much, he boards football stadiums or sings Pirate songs at campfires, accompanied by his guitar. He would kill for a god old bowl of spaghetti and is a radical advocate of non-smoker rights.
If Waldemar would have lived in the time of old fashioned Pirates, he probably would have been a parrot. He loves to communicate whenever possible, especially to the Pirate Summit’s WordPress account and his inbox. In his free time, Waldemar enjoys dunking basketballs in his opponents’ faces.
B. A. at Cooperative State University Stuttgart. M. Sc.-Student (Finance & Mgmt). Founder of Bewertungspilot.de (Online Business-Valuation) and Tinker Consulting (Corporate Finance Consultants). Blogger @ seedfinance.de (about entrepreneurship, start-ups & co.)
B. Sc. (best in class) at Cologne University of Applied Sciences, M. Sc.-Student (Mgmt & Leadership). Four months internship at DuMont Venture in 2009. Works still as Student trainee at DuMont Venture. Co-founds a company in the field of yearbook marketing.
Ruth studied Maths and is currently doing her PhD at an Institute for Industrial Management. Therefore, she likes organised processes and will try to put her knowledge to use on deck. In her free-time, she leaves the sail to do some sports and to see all kind of nice places the world has to offer.
Lars’ biggest problem on a sail is the unstable internet access. He’s online almost all day long, finds all the interesting stuff and spreads word about the EPS. He also likes to improve its look, having his own webdesign and advertising agency C4 – explosive marketing. Onshore, he tries to find time for sports and has a passion for boxing, but is in general a very peaceful pirate.
Alex is the co-owner of C4 – explosive marketing and thus is also spreading the word about the pirate summit. When he’s not busy raiding ships and ports on his hunt for more pirate summit participants he and Lars are preparing a new endeavour – a web based live bidding service.
As an principal at Seedcamp, Philipp Moehring is responsible for portfolio management and support, organisation of Seedcamp events, and management of the application and selection process. Before Seedcamp, Philipp was an Investment Manager at DuMont Venture, a german VC fund, where he scouted investment opportunities and was responsible for investments in the consumer internet space. He also worked with many startups in operational and advising roles, focusing on consumer facing internet technology and media. He occasionally blogs about his thoughts on technology and the startup scene on his blog.
Stefan Menden is a Cologne-based experienced entrepreneur and business angel in the web 2.0, publishing and mobile space.
He has founded three technology companies and is the founder-CEO of the social career network squeaker.net. He has worked as a venture capitalist with Straub Ventures in London and is a co-founder of the European Venture Capital Network in London and Barcelona. His previous work experience includes the strategy consulting firm Oliver Wyman in Munich and Dubai wehre he worked on various growth and turn-around cases in telecoms, retail and private-equity. In 2000 he co-founded Cologne-based squeaker.net and mobile-commerce pioneer DoTank Mobile. He holds a Master’s in Business Management and international management from University of Cologne. He was president of the OFW World Business Dialogue in 1999 and today serves on OFW’s advisory board. He is involved in coaching start-up companies and loves cooking fiery-hot asian dishes and enjoys cooling them down with Kölsch, Cologne’s local brew.
Manuel Koelman. Manuel Koelman is a Dutch lean entrepreneur living in Cologne. He is co-founder and managing director of talential.com an online headhunting service for professionals. In addition to that he is advisor and business angel for several startups and mentor at Seedcamp.
After his first internet company – which he founded during his studies at the University of Mannheim – Manuel worked as a Senior Consultant at a management consultancy firm.
Moritz Delbrueck. Founder and Managing Partner of concern GmbH. Previously management consultant and executive assistant. Interim-founder and adviser to several startups in the areas of New Media / Internet for leading venture capital investors. Double degree in economics and philosophy.
Bogdan Iordache (located in Bucarest, Romania)
Bogdan is the organizer of How to Web, one of the most important web events in Eastern Europe, focused on web entrepreneurship and business on the web.
After finishing his studies he started Stagii pe Bune, the oldest and still the biggest IT-focused internship program in Romania and Conectoo, an email marketing platform targeting online publishers.
Natasha Starkell (located in Bremen, Germany)
Natasha Starkell is the CEO of GoalEurope, the outsourcing advisory firm and a publication about outsourcing and innovation in Central and Eastern Europe.
For seven years she worked at Unisys in the areas of corporate strategy and M&A, corporate finance and outsourcing. In 2003 she obtained her executive MBA at London Business School and founded GoalEurope www.goaleurope.com.
She speaks Russian, English and German and blogs relentlessly about new technologies from CEE and CIS countries collectively tagged as Eastern Europe.
Berislav Lopac – (located in Zagreb, Croatia)
Berislav Lopac is a Web developer, entrepreneur and networker based in Zagreb, Croatia. He has founded the Initium a non-profit organization dedicated to advising and assisting technology startups in Croatia and the region. He has also initiated and co-founded the network of business angels CRANE – the first in Croatia and the second in the ex-Yu region (after Slovenia). Prior to that he had organized a number of startup and Web-oriented events, such as Web.Start Conference, BarCamp Zagreb and OpenCoffee Club Zagreb.
In 2011 Berislav has become a Referrer for HackFwd, finding and mentoring interesting startups in the region.
Steve Gotz – (located in Dublin, Ireland)
A passionate Entrepreneur, Innovation Evangelist, Skeptical Optimist, Non-conforming Mind and DIY-guy! Has worn more than a few different hats and most likely will wear a few more.
Currently working @ CNGL, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded research centre, where he gets to work with 150 of the smartest & coolest researchers involved in developing novel technologies that enable seamless interaction between people, content & systems.
Celik Nimani - (located in Prishtina, Kosovo)
Çelik has a Bachelor degree in Engineering from the Technical Faculty of the Universty of Prishtina, and is also on the way for a Master Degree. He is currently working as Project Manager at Athene Kosovo L.L.C, which is responsible for implementing a lot of projects in Kosovo. He is in charge of organizing Prishtina Startup Weekend 2011 for the first time in Kosovo, and also for a matchmaking event between companies in Kosovo and Norway. Çelik has over 5 years solid experience in media production and was the first IT journalist in Kosovo & Albania. Former Editor in Chief of the CIO Albanian Magazine, and former Editor in Chief of the PCWorld Albanian Magazine. He has a good and in-depth relationship with leaders, media, public relations, agencies of IT industry and freelancers all around the market.
Jenny Jung – (located somewhere between Berlin, Germany and San Francisco Bay Area, USA)
Jenny is an opportunity creator, natural networker and writer. She works as Global Partnership Director at Silicon Valley based seed accelerator blackbox, where she establishes strategic international partnerships and scouts for outstanding entrepreneurs from all over the world. Jenny is also the Brand Manager of Berlin`s Factory. Before joining blackbox, she was a consultant with a region development agency in North-Rhine-Westphalia, focussing on digital media markets and hosting events like ADVANCE Conference. As Master of Arts in media science, she is interested in the interrelation of technology and society. As Pirate Jenny, she is enthusiastic about bridging Silicon Valley and Europe.
Stefan holds a BSc in Communication Engineering as well as a MEng in Electrical Engineering and spent some time studying psychology, when he was living in San Francisco. While being a student in Germany he worked as a freelancer developing microcomputer systems. Later on he spents a year in California building self-driving robot cars at Stanford University and Volkswagen Research.
Currently he’s living in Barcelona, where he started to get into mobile application development and created the iPhone and Android version of bliquo – a mobile guide for urban leisure – and later in 2010 I joined the British start-up Siine, where he was the Head of Engineering, responsible for designing and building the next generation communication interface.
In 2012 he decided to take the plunge to start his own company, Mobile Jazz, with the mission to bring mobile applications to the next level.
Georgios Gatos – (located in Thessaloniki, Greece)
An expert in business development and financial analysis of small and medium size innovative companies. Works with startups and innovative technology oriented companies.
Began his career in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida and later worked as a consultant responsible for business planning and raising of funds for innovative companies. Today, he is the general partner of FuIT and investment officer at THERMI Group.
Actively participates in groups fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, business plan competitions and venture academies, curates the Open Coffee Thessaloniki meetings and belongs to the advisors of the Openfund as well as the TEDx Thessaloniki team.
Uldis Leiterts (located in Riga, Latvia)
Co-founder of infogr.am (www.infogr.am), a data visualization software company. Organizer of Mobile Monday Riga (www.momoriga.com). Uldis has experience in news media, working there as graphic designer, editor and business developer for nearly 10 years. He’s passionated about internet, start-ups and innovations.
Wiktor is currently focused on building a sustainable and scalable webdevelopment consulting business with Netguru. Helping clients reach their MVPs as soon as possible and with the most clean and maintainable codebase.
He is also very involved with building the European startup community with very strong connections in Poland and Ireland. He was one of the organizers of Democamp Poznań and Dublin Startup Weekend.
Anton Johansson (located in Stockholm, Sweden)