White Bull 2010, Pathways to Exit in Barcelona 20-22 September

From Farley Duval

To give you an overview of what White Bull is doing… we want to fill a gap that exists in the conference space in Europe. When I relaunched the Red Herring Europe conferences in Europe in 2005, there was a lack of support for early stage firms and the entrepreneurs pushing hard to build an ‘innovation ecosystem’ in Europe.
But over the past 5+ years, incredible support has appeared for seed/early stage firms; TechCrunch Europe, SeedCamp, gov’t and privately supported incubators, Plugg, LeWeb, to name a few. But most of the attention goes to the sexy, emerging firms. So what happens to these rising stars over the next years…especially the Growth-stage firms? We want to talk about how firms (from seed to growth-stage) should be positioning themselves from Day One until that potential liquidity event (IPO, trade sale, etc.).
White Bull will bring together 200+ of Europe’s “movers and shakers.” Serial entrepreneurs/innovators, investors (angel/VC/Private Equity), CorpDev/M&A from large public corps, financiers (bankers/M&A boutiques), and all the rest (legal/audit/exec search), they all have a part to play. We want to present an intimate, invitation-only atmosphere, where people can really network and discuss what is going on in Europe and how to succeed globally. Again, between the ‘mega’ events like Mobile World Congress and LeWeb, and the smaller local events, I think there is a need for a pan-European, high-level gathering of the industry’s best and brightest.  Have a look at: http://www.whitebull.com
Thus far, the industry has been very supportive of what we are doing. The theme of ‘Exits’ is on everyone’s mind and the industry needs to solve liquidity issues for early stage firms. My Advisory Board (Sherry Coutu, Anil Hansjee of Google, Roberto Bonanzinga of Balderton, Yann de Vries of Cisco, Bernard Gander of Logitech, Manish Madhvani of GP Bullhound, Joerg Sievert of SAP Ventures, Ray Skoglund of McNamee Lawrence, Mark Veverka of Barrons, Falk Mueller-Veerse of Cartagena Capital, David Einstein of Forbes, Robin Wauters of TechCrunch, Christophe Maire of txtr, Stewart Townsend of Oracle/Sun Startup Essentials, and Peter Zaboji of INSEAD) has helped shape the speaker program and many of them will be speaking at the event. HotSheetJuly-3

 

Select attendees include:
360 Capital
Amiando
Astutia Ventures
Atomico
Balderton Capital
Barrons
Brown Rudnick
Cisco
Draper & Co.
Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson
ETV Capital
Forbes
Google
Google Ventures
GP Bullhound
Hasso Plattner Ventures
Hommels Holdings
IBM Venture Group
Index Ventures
Intel Capital
Jefferies & Co.
Logitech
McNamee Lawrence
Microsoft
Mooreland Partners
Nokia
Oracle
Qualcomm Ventures
Robert Bosch Venture Capital
SAP Ventures
SEB Ventures
Spotify
Straub Ventures
Team Europe Ventures
TechCrunch
UBS
Van den Ende & Dietmers
Ventech Ventures
Vivat Ventures
Vodafone
Woodside Capital

 

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