Soho House x YouTube Creative Tech Summit
18 November 2016
Soho House, in partnership with YouTube, is hosting Intersection, a one-day tech summit examining the relationship between creativity and technology. It will explore the transformations and trends in how we work and play, travel and trade, share and socialise, create and connect.
A day of workshops, keynote talks, panel discussions and screenings exploring topical issues at the heart of creative technology and innovation, from the impact of artificial intelligence on human creativity to the sex-tech revolution, plus Dragon’s Den-style pitching and the business of ‘bots’.
The Edit UK Startup Showcase
In this curated showcase of the hottest startups in London, the founders tell their stories and demo their products.
Hosted by Seedcamp.
Brand Director, ADAY
Alexis is brand director at ADAY, a technical apparel brand reimagining classic staples. Originally founded in London but now based in New York, Alexis has spent the past 18 months evolving ADAY into a category defining brand, known for its 2000 person long wait lists and hyperversatile staples.
Founder and CEO, Kano
Alex Klein was inspired to create Kano by his sixyear-old cousin Micah, who asked for a computer “I can make myself, as simple and fun as Lego”. Before Kano, Alex was a journalist at Newsweek and New York Magazine. Alex made Forbes’ standout ‘30 Under 30’ in Education list and is a CNN Emerging Thinker.
VP, Venture and Foresight at Schibsted Media Group and Curator, Exponential View
After a career as a technology journalist for The Guardian and The Economist, Azeem founded PeerIndex, a venture-backed startup which applies machine learning to large-scale social graphs to make predictions about social web users. Azeem has also been involved in a number of startups including PowerSet (Microsoft) and Evi (Amazon). Exponential View is his newest project.
Chief Unicorn Wrangler, Unicorn Hunt
Benjamin is the co-founder of 3beard and Unicorn Hunt. Currently serving a life sentence within startups, he’s also a mentor for Rockstart Accelerator in Amsterdam, where he lives, an occasional musician and was formerly the Deputy CEO of TechCityUK.
Carlos is a partner at Seedcamp, a fund that provides seed stage companies with financial help to make their products market-fit. In 2015, Carlos published The Fundraising Fieldguide book and was listed as Wired Europe’s 100 Most Influential in Digital, British Interactive Media Association’s Hot 100 Digital People and TechCity Insider’s 100 List.
Co-founder, The Happy Startup School
Carlos is co-founder of the Happy Startup School, an organisation on a mission to help a new breed of entrepreneurs act with purpose and realise their dreams. Carlos followed an eclectic and non-conventional career path: he wanted to be a space explorer, found his first serious job at a party in Soho and started a company his oldest friend Laurence.
With a background in architecture, Chloe Macintosh’s love of design led to the creation of Made.com, the second fastest-growing tech company in the UK. Chloe is now creative advisor at Soho House & Co, working across brand, product and design, with a focus on technology. She has also joined the Board of Advisors for Felix Capital, the venture firm for the creative class.
Co-founder & CEO, what3words
After ten years in the music business, Chris was constantly frustrated with musicians and suppliers not being able to find site entrances. After addresses and GPS co-ordinates failed him, what3words was born. The global address system consists of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique 3 word address. Alongside its consumer app and website, the technology is integrated in over 100 partner apps and services around the world.
YouTube Filmmaker, YouTube
With more than three million subscribers, Colin Furze’s YouTube videos have been viewed nearly 350 million times. A former plumber, Colin now creates amazing inventions and record-breaking vehicles from his shed. With world records for the biggest bonfire, longest motorcycle and fastest mobility scooter, all of Colin’s record attempts take place on 14 October – his birthday.
Founding partner, ONE Luxury Group
With clients including Louis Vuitton, Selfridges, Ray Ban, MTV and Xbox, Damian Mould is a renowned brand-building expert. He recently founded ONE Luxury Group, an investment vehicle whose mission is to build brands in the millennial luxury space. Damian is also the founder of Inventa, the first mobile video content company in Europe, and founder of Slice.
Co Founder, Grabble
Dan is co-founder of Grabble, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and the recipient of UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. The mobile commerce enthusiast is a keen public speaker on all things mobile and fashion, and writes a popular blog about the daily struggles of running a consumer start-up. Grabble is the fastest growing mobile commerce app in the UK.
Head of YouTube Spaces EMEA at Google, YouTube/Google
David began his career with Intermedia Film in Los Angeles, before moving to Netflix where he handled original content. After a stint as VP of Content at Dailymotion, David moved to YouTube where he works with the YouTube community to transform entertainment and shape culture.
Dimo Trifonov, the founder of Feeld, is a 26-year-old designer-turned-entrepreneur. He has previously worked with clients including Nokia, Microsoft, Nike and Airbnb and created Feeld mostly as a social experiment. Feeld is not his first startup, but the one made with the most passion. It was an immediate success.
Fashion and lifestyle blogger, DinaTorkia.co.uk
Blogger Dina Tokio posts styling tips, everyday lifestyle vlogs and passionate rants on her self-titled website and YouTube channel. In 2015, she presented her own BBC Three documentary. Dina has previously collaborated with Liberty of London, Virgin Media and, most recently, Monsoon UK.
Co-founder and CEO, Memrise
A grandmaster of memory, Ed Cooke can learn a 1,000-digit number in an hour. He coached journalist Josh Foer to become US Memory Champion in a single year, events that were chronicled in The New York Times bestselling book, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Ed is also the co-founder of language app Memrise.
General Partner, LDV Capital
Evan invests in entrepreneurs building early stage Visual Technologies companies in Europe and North America. With over 20 years experience as a serial entrepreneur, Evan’s international expertise ranges from assisting technology startups in raising capital, business development, marketing, content development, strategy and product development. He’s also a frequent speaker, moderator and Master of Ceremonies at technology conferences around the world.
Fred Destin joined Accel in 2014 and is currently lead investor and board member at Deliveroo, Pillpack and Carwow. Before this, Fred was a partner at Atlas Venture where he worked with Zoopla, Secret Escapes, Integral Ad Science and Dailymotion.
Gabbi has spent over 20 years raising awareness, capital and eyebrows. As an angel investor, entrepreneur and consultant he has built, backed and branded numerous start-ups, scale-ups and global corporations. He’s also chairman of Multiple, a consulting firm focused on engineering scale for tech companies. He likes being tattooed. A lot.
Head of Daydream Business Development, EMEA, Google
In his current role, Greg is leading the rollout of Daydream across EMEA. Prior to this, he was a Strategic Partner Lead for Mobile Partnerships EMEA at Google. Before joining Google, Greg was the Head of Digital for Project Syndicate where he worked on international content partnerships for digital products.
James is on a mission to ‘Make Mental Health Cool’ after burning out with stress and anxiety during his first startup. He advocates treating your mental health the same way as your physical health, in order to become a stronger, better person. As a university dropout who raised $1m for a failed tech startup he now cuts through the smoke and mirrors of the startup world by telling it how it is.
Co-founder and CEO, VILLOID
Together with Alexa Chung, Jeanette Dyhre Kvisvik founded the social shopping app VILLOID, which operates in the intersection between shopping and creativity, and encourages its dedicated community to take pride in their own style. With users in 200 countries, VILLOID was selected “Best New App” by Apple in 2015.
Company Director, Crumbs & Doilies
In 2006, one-woman baking machine Jemma set up Crumbs & Doilies, selling her cupcakes from a market stall on Brick Lane. Fast forward 10 years and Jemma and her baking team make and sell the best sweet treats in the country to hungry Londoners, from the Crumbs & Doilies bakeries in South London and Soho. Her tutorial-based YouTube channel Cupcake Jemma, now has over 830,000 subscribers.
Head of Content, Blippar
Jeremy works at Blippar; the world’s foremost Computer Vision and Augmented Reality platform. Blippar allows users to surface content from any object in the real world by simply scanning (blipping) an object with a camera phone. Prior to this, Jeremy built and sold the freelance journalism marketplace NewsFixed.com, which allowed media companies to work closely with freelance journalists to cover parts of the world.
Jeremy is a full time angel investor from Singapore, who splits his time between the US, Europe, Israel, and Singapore with a portfolio of 50 startup investments, including Sofar Sounds, Boiler Room, Citymapper and Vinaya. He was awarded ‘Angel Investor of the Year’ at the 2016 Europas. Prior to being unemployed, Jeremy ran two trading desks at Merrill Lynch, and was shouted at a lot as a Lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Kate Devlin investigates how people interact with and react to technologies, both past and future. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality, and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems such as sexual companion robots. Kate is a campaigner for gender equality and wants to improve opportunities for women in tech.
Co-founder and MD of The Smalls
In 2011, Kate co-founded The Smalls, a content marketplace that connects its community of 15,000 filmmakers with brands and agencies looking to make smart, high quality video. By combining advertising expertise and service with boundless creativity, The Smalls offers a streamlined, cost effective way to generate video content.
Marketing director, Vinaya
Previously head of digital marketing at Harvey Nichols, Kerem Atasoy joined Vinaya in August of this year. He’s worked at Google, where he set up and led its luxury practice, running relationships with brands including NET-A-PORTER, Burberry, Gucci and Rolex.
Head of Music Team, Boiler Room
Matt has worked in the music industry for over eight years, joining Boiler Room in 2014. Before this, he worked at Warp Records, Bleep.com and as a music supervisor for television and film, alongside owning and operating a record label and music publishing company.
Founder and Chief Inspirer, The Inspire Movement
Nancy Fechnay’s latest venture, The Inspire Movement, is designed to bring people together to share stories of overcoming life’s greatest challenges. As a founder, investor and mentor, and with her varied background in venture capital, Nancy has a deep understanding of the investment cycle, the key attributes for success, and the pressures on both entrepreneurs and corporates in the new digital era.
Director, Convent Envy Media
Nichi Hodgson is an author, broadcaster and journalist who regularly contributes to the Guardian, Vice and the Telegraph on civil liberties, censorship issues, sex and gender politics. Nichi is fearless in the face of sexual misadventure, emboldened by her stint as a professional dominatrix, which inspired her first book, Bound to You. Her new book, The Curious History of Dating, from Jane Austen to Tinder, is due out in 2017.
Vice president of corporate development, Improbable
Oliver Lewis joined Improbable two years ago on a career break from HM Civil Service after multiple posts in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence. He is a senior research associate at the University of Oxford and an affiliate fellow of the British Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis & Conflict Research.
General Partner, LocalGlobe
Ophelia is a general partner at LocalGlobe, a seed-focused venture capital fund that has backed some of the UK’s biggest success stories, including Zoopla, Graze and TransferWise, and helped build global leaders like Skype, Just Eat and King. Fascinated by user behaviour and experience, she loves working with design-led teams and founders with strong product DNA. In 2016, Ophelia was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 30 Under 30 in Finance.
Patrick is co-founder of Jukedeck, a startup that has developed an artificially intelligent music composer: a system that writes original music completely on its own. This technology allows video creators to make unique, customisable soundtracks at the touch of a button. Jukedeck won the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Competition in December 2015, and their music has been used by Coca-Cola, Google and UKTV.
Lead, Google Creative Lab
Leading projects that range from product development and creation, to global-scale marketing, Peter Semple works in Google’s Creative Lab. Before joining Google, he worked at Anomaly in New York and VCCP in London, creating marketing, events, product and partnerships for a wide range of brands including Nike, Converse, O2, Dunhill and Coca-Cola.
Founder, Director of Human Focused Digital, Nexus Design
Pete is a digital designer, public speaker, accidental polymath and founder of Nexus Design in London. He speaks globally on creative and social technologies and the physiological and psychological effects on their audiences. A vocal mental health campaigner, he calls for better use of technology to help men, women, children and teens in moments of crisis.
Phil graduated from London’s Ballet Rambert as a dancer and choreographer, before spending four years touring with the experimental Troubleyn Theatre Labatorium. After this, Phil worked as an artistic creative director for Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Cher and Justin Timberlake.
Co-founder and CEO of DICE
DICE allows users to search for, browse and buy tickets to a curated selection of gigs, club nights and festivals, with no booking fees. The start-up won Best Ticket Company at the Music Week Awards 2016. The company now has 43 employees, including data scientists focused on improving DICE’S live music discoverability experience.
Reshma is a partner and co-founder at Seedcamp (see above). Prior to this, she worked in M&A and venture capital across B2B Software and Internet services businesses in the US and India. Reshma also had a helping hand in building MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ) in its formative days.
Chief executive officer, King
Riccardo Zacconi, co-founder and chief executive officer of King, has more than 20 years of experience in strategic management, consulting and e-commerce. King franchises include Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch. Riccardo brings exceptional knowledge and expertise to both the social and casual gaming domains.
Author: The End of Nice: How to be human in a world run by robots
Richard is a writer, entrepreneur and author of Sunday Times #1 The Little Book of Thinking Big. He’s co-founded tech companies in London, Cork and Austin and been a mentor and participant in the Techstars accelerator program. He commentates on innovation for The FT and The Guardian and his latest book The End of Nice: How to be human in a world run by robots is out now.
Founder and CEO, ROLI
Roland Lamb is the founder and CEO of ROLI and inventor of the Seaboard. With wide-ranging interests in music, technology, design and philosophy, he leads a company of creative polymaths who are inventing new ways for humans to interact with technology. Roland grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he was homeschooled. He moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art, where he earned a PhD in design products.
Digital transformation consultant
Simon Gresham Jones is a digital marketer with 19 years of experience in global luxury, entertainment and lifestyle brands. Most recently he was global vice president of digital marketing at Burberry, where he was at the centre of the brand’s digital transformation, and spent seven years leading the digital and social marketing team.
Managing Partner, Connect
In 2012, Sitar co-founded Connect Ventures with partners, Pietro Bezza and Bill Earner. Since then, Connect has invested in 30 companies across Europe, including Citymapper, Typeform, CharlieHR, Boiler Room and Marvel Prototyping. Prior to starting Connect Ventures, Sitar was at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, where she led the firm’s €2.5m investment in SoundCloud’s Series A.
Co-founder and Chief Pleasure Officer, MysteryVibe
Stephanie is a co-founder of British lifestyle brand MysteryVibe. The company develops personalised, luxury pleasure products through user-driven design and cutting-edge technology. The company’s long-term vision is to change perceptions around pleasure in a positive, empowering way. Recognised as a thought leader in sextech, Stephanie has been featured in publications such as the Guardian, CNBC and TechCrunch.
Suli is a spoken word artist from London who uses social media as his platform to engage youth with topics like racism, religion, education and beauty. His innovative wordplay and frank delivery have made him a mainstay in the TEDXHousesofParliament series, where he’s performed two years in a row.
CEO / Co-Founder, We Make Awesome Sh
Syd is a developer and runs We Make Awesome Sh, an award winning creative technology agency that has worked with The Rolling Stones, Kylie, Facebook, Microsoft and Samsung. For the past few years they’ve made bots of various guises, including Hardwell’s Messenger bot, which was featured by Facebook Messenger. Syd’s digital art has also been showcased in the Tate Modern and The Barbican.
Founding Partner, Kindred
Tracy is a founding partner at Kindred, a new early stage venture fund that practices equitable venture. After graduating from Oxford with a Math degree, Tracy co-founded content-led ecommerce site Llustre, which was then bought by Fab.com.