ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

Meet the entrepreneurship gurus that have contributed to The GuruBook...

Andreas Ehn

Andreas Ehn (Sweden) is a serial entrepreneur and was the first employee and CTO at Spotify. He currently works at Wrapp, where he is both the co-founder and CTO. Ehn is a board member and angel investor in several companies, and he is frequently hired as an advisor by promising internet startups and venture capital funds.

Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie (United States) is a visionary leader and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS and the brand’s One for One® movement. Blake and TOMS have received various forms of recognition, including the Cannes Lion Heart Award.

Brian Chesky

Brian Chesky (United States) is an internet entrepreneur who co-founded the hospitality exchange service Airbnb. Chesky is the CEO of the company and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015.

Camilla Ley Valentin

Camilla Ley Valentin (Denmark) is founder of the SaaS company Queue-it, which supplies an online queuing system designed to manage overload situations on websites in connection with massive end-user peaks. She also serves as the board chairman and board member of a number of IT/internet companies.

Christian Lanng

Christian Lanng (Denmark) is CEO, co-founder, and board member of Tradeshift, the largest platform of its sort in the world. Lanng is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the future of IT software and services, World Economic Forum.

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark (United States) is the founder of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Philanthropies. He is a Web pioneer, a philanthropist, and a leading advocate on behalf of trustworthy journalism, veterans, military families, women in tech, and other civic and social justice causes.

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson (United States) is one of the world’s top global innovation leaders, investors, and philanthropists. He is founder and CEO of WestRiver Group, which provides integrated capital solutions for the global innovation economy. He has also been named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2017 by Goldman Sachs.

Hampus Jakobsson

Hampus Jakobsson (Sweden) has invested in more than 60 companies. He is the co-founder of TAT, which was on 12% of all mobile phones in 2010. He co-founded and is currently running The Ground and Nordic Makers. Jakobsson blogs at www.hajak.se.

Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen

Lars Fjeldsøe-Nielsen (Denmark) joined Balderton Capital in 2015 after roles at three of Silicon Valley’s best known tech companies: Uber, WhatsApp, and Dropbox. As head of mobile at Dropbox, where he was one of the firm’s first 25 employees, his distribution deal-making helped the file-sharing company reach its first 100 million users.

Martin Bjergegaard

Martin Bjergegaard (Denmark) launched his first company on his 18th birthday and is co-founder of the company factory Rainmaking, which to date has created 25 startups, as well as being the daily “home” for over a thousand entrepreneurs in Copenhagen, London, and Berlin.

Mette Lykke

Mette Lykke is co-founder of Endomondo—a social fitness network with more than 30 million users—acquired by athletic apparel maker Under Armour for $85 million in 2015. She currently works as CEO of Too Good To Go—the World’s largest consumer platform for surplus food.

Murray Newlands

Murray Newlands (United Kingdom) is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor, and speaker. He has founded a number of interesting startups and has been named as one of the 50 most influential marketers in the world by Entrepreneur magazine.

Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain (India) is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He is the founder of several successful companies including Viome, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius InfoSpace and Moon Express, where he is currently chairman.

Paavo Beckman

Paavo Beckman (Finland) has been CEO and co-founder at five entertainment and tech companies and led teams in San Francisco, New York, London, and Finland. He is an expert in startups and corporations and an evangelist of lean startup methods.

Pascal Finette

Pascal Finette (United States) heads up the Startup Program at Singularity University, where he grows startups tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies. He has previously started a number of technology companies and used to work as head of eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe and created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD.

Richard St John

Richard St John is an award-winning communicator, success analyst, and author. He loves researching and analyzing complex subjects, then simplifying and communicating them in understandable terms. His best-selling book is The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common, and his talk “8 Secrets of Success” is one of the most viewed TED talks.

Sophie Trelles-Tvede

Sophie Trelles-Tvede (Denmark) is the co-founder of invisibobble and was named as one of Europe’s 30 greatest entrepreneur talents by Forbes. Her products are distributed in over 70 countries and have earned her the 30 Under 30 Europe: Retail and E-Commerce prize.

Theis Søndergaard

Theis Søndergaard (Denmark) is co-founder of Vivino—the world’s most used wine app. He has been an entrepreneur since 2002, when he co-founded the software company BullGuard.

Thor Angelo

Thor Angelo (Denmark) is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and startup adviser. Angelo has a background as co-founder of the international growth company LanguageWire, and today he is involved in interesting companies such as OrderYOYO, MyMonii, GroupCam, and Shoptagr.

Tine Thygesen

Tine Thygesen (Denmark) is CEO of Mesh, Founders House, and Startup Village, and is on a mission to build superior physical locations and networks to empower creators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers. She has started and led five companies and has been named among the Top 10 Speakers on Tech in Europe.