Conference Moderator: Mike Berger
Head of Marketplaces, Styria Media Group, Austria
Mike is CEO of Styria Media Group's Digital Marketplaces and is responsible for the market leading Digital Marketplaces willhaben.at in Austria, njuskalo.hr in Croatia, bolha.com and mojedelo.com in Slovenia as well as for the participation Offerista Group based in Berlin incorporating wogibtswas.at in Austria. Also, he is responsible for the Marketplaces Technology Provider Trikoder in Croatia. Mike has been working in digital media and marketplaces for more than 10 years and played a significant role in defining and executing Styria’s digital strategy in this area. His current focus is on the strategic and financial growth of the existing units as well as on the expansion of the portfolio internationally as well as fostering the innovation of the Digital Marketplaces Group of Styria.
Managing Director, Schibsted Classified Media Hungary Kft., Hungary
Géza Palocsay, managing director of Schibsted Classified Media Hungary Kft., - which operates Jófogás and Használtautó.hu - started his career at the sales department of Sanoma Media Budapest Zrt., where for several years he had been responsible for the entire online sales strategy as the online advertising director of the publishing company, now called Centrál Media Group. The 38-year-old certified economist and businessman then took on a position at one of the leading companies in local e-commerce; Árukeres? in 2010, where he initially served as the International Sales Director before taking on the responsibilities of the position of Operational Director for the market leader portal in several countries.
Palocsay joined the Hungarian subsidiary of the Norway-based Schibsted Media Company in 2014: since taking over the duties of operating Jófogás and Használtautó.hu, the company has grown and strengthened. Thanks to the joint success achieved by a team that today boasts close to 100-members, Palocsay was placed number one on the list of “Top 25 - The Most Influential People on the Local Digital Market in Hungary” in 2017 and 2018.
Marketing Manager at Job Today, JOB TODAY, Luxembourg
Jean-Paul Diaz-Caneja is a Marketing Manager at Job Today, Europe's leading mobile hiring app that helps businesses find staff in 24 hours. Since launch in 2015, the company's apps delivered over 100 million candidate applications. The company has attracted over four hundred thousand businesses to the platform as well as VC funding from world-class investors such as Accel. JOB-Today has succeeded where most have failed in reinventing of a 400 USD billion recruitment industry. JOB TODAY has been tenacious in uncovering customer needs and bringing a team together that created pioneering mobile recruitment products.
Eugen B. Russ
Managing Director, Russmedia, Germany
As MD at Russmedia and former CEO for erento.com, digital innovation is in the center of Eugen’s life - and so are marketplaces. He would describe himself as a digital marketplace and platform entrepreneur and enthusiast. In his free time, he cultivates a passion for skiing and cross-fit and is a frequent traveler.
Eric Finnas Dahlstrom
CEO, JamesEdition.com, Netherlands
Eric Finnas Dahlstrom is the CEO of JamesEdition.com since July 2018. Founded as JamesList more than 10 years ago, JamesEdition is today the world's largest luxury marketplace with more than 100,000 luxury items on display from thousands for sellers globally. Eric has a background in classifieds from Russia's leading and the world's second largest classifieds site Avito. At Avito Eric was responsible for the General Classifieds business unit, covering areas such as business strategy, monetization and marketing for millions of sellers on the platform. Previously Eric has held positions in sales management at the Swedish mobile operator Tele2, working both in Sweden and Kazakhstan. Eric is a graduate from the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm and holds degrees in Industrial Management and Russian.
Co-founder and CEO, Homsters, Singapore
Over 15 years of international experience in online real estate, consumer finance, private equity, venture capital, e-commerce and digital marketing across multiple European and Asian markets. Since founding Homsters, a pro-tech company which builds online marketplaces for the property development segment, Andrew has not only created a market leader of this segment in Kazakhstan,but also led its international expansion through offeringglobal classifieds aSaaS implementation ofHomsters’ technology. Homsters has since secured partnerships with Schibsted and other leading only classifieds. Today the Homsters platform operates in 4 markets and the company is expanding rapidly. Prior to Homsters, Andrew was part of the senior founding team at Platinum Bank (Ukraine), one of the top success stories in consumer finance in Eastern Europe after having generated over $100 million of net capital gain for its international private equity backers. Andrew held several positions in his nine years at Platinum, including the roles of chief sales officer and deputy CEO where he was responsible for leading a 3,000-strong nationwide sales organisation. Andrew brings with him considerable growth capital experience in his previous roles as managing director(Amber Capital, Poland), mentor(EastLabsVenture Capital Incubator), and angel investor and board member for a number ofstart-ups in emerging markets. An active speaker at industry conferences, roundtables, and media programs, Andrew has presented on a wide range of topics, including on marketing strategy, understanding consumer behaviour, and intercultural management. Andrew hold a Master’s Degree in Banking & Finance from Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.
Principal, Speedinvest x, Austria
Jeroen is an early-stage marketplace investor at Speedinvest x and is focused on funding the marketplace models and platforms of the future. Speedinvest has been an early investor in Shpock and the current portfolio holds companies such as Tier Mobility, Packhelp, Kodit and Admix. Prior to joining Speedinvest, Jeroen was founder and CEO of VC-funded Deskbookers - an online marketplace for work and meeting spaces operating in Germany and the Netherlands.
Dr Fabian Schulz
Partner, Simon-Kucher, Germany
Dr. Fabian Schulz is a Partner in Simon-Kucher?s Frankfurt office. He has been with the company since 2007. He primarily conducts projects for software companies, payment processors, online platforms, and IT service companies. His consulting focus is on monetization strategies, sales optimization, customer-focused management, and digitalization strategies. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a guest lecturer at universities. Dr. Fabian Schulz holds a PhD from the chair for e-commerce at the Goethe University Frankfurt. His research is focused on market research methodologies and consumer behavior and is published in leading scientific journals. He studied at the HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management and the Concordia University Montreal, with a focus on strategy and corporate finance.
Jens Paul Berndt
CTO & Head of Consumer Growth, Homegate AG, Switzerland
Jens Paul Berndt is an online-product-delivery enthusiast. His objective is to be a business leader who’s driving technology strategy and delivering cutting edge, best of breed technological solutions to meet the needs of the business. Jens stepped into the role for serving Homegate AG, the leading Swiss real estate marketplace, as CTO one year ago. In the last 20 years, Jens has become proficient in a broad range of areas in the digital environment. He previously worked for the Berlin office of the Scout24 Group, operators of digital marketplaces for real estate and automobiles. He left there as Head of Technology for the "Developer and New Home Builder" market segment and as Head of Product Engineering in Vienna, after expanding the Austrian real estate portal. Jens will talk about the journey to deliver products designed for the digital world. The digitalization of the newspaper speeded up the search and gave users a way bigger choice while speeding up their search. Voice search combined with natural language processing and some machine learning ingredients will redefine the way how users find their new home in the future. Join us and learn more about Jens and his teams‘ journey on their way to deliver cutting edge search experience in the future.
CEO and co-owner, Junk Mail Media, South Africa
Felix Erken has a long history with classifieds dating back to 1992. He first got involved as a photo agent in the launch of Auto Trader before running the Company as MD 2 years later. ‘Those were incredible days where new concepts, thanks to entrepreneurial flare and new technology, opened the industry up and made it rife for disruption’. ‘We had just launched a credible niche car classified paper when, BAM, the internet came along’. ‘Really’?? Felix later joined the Junk Mail Media group in 1998 as a project manager. ‘The Company was as disruptive as you can get, free classifieds in print taking on the newspaper groups, and we’d already gone online 8 months prior, cannibalising our own print products. ‘There was a great pioneer spirit and a feeling that so much was going to happen in the future’. And happen it did. Junk Mail Media group rapidly expanded print operations and in tandem launched several website equivalents’. ‘It was just a matter of time before this started to turn towards online’. Today the initial publishing empire has completely transformed to digital. ‘We are the biggest pureplay classifieds/marketplace Company in Africa’. All indicators for the future are green lights and the prospects look fantastic for a Company that has not only seen a transformation from print to digital but now from classifieds to full blown marketplaces. ‘I wouldn’t change from this industry for anything’. I’m a qualified fashion designer, but nothing has changed more in 15 years than this industry’. ‘It’s mega and its helluva exciting’ Following a recent management buy-out, Felix is the current CEO and shareholder of Junk Mail media group.
Founder, Dealroom, Netherlands
Yoram founded dealroom.co in 2013. Before that he worked for 10 years in investment banking, advising media, telco and internet companies, at Lehman Brothers between 2004 and 2008 in the Media Investment Banking Group in New York and London, and NOAH Advisors from 2009 to 2013. In 10 years in banking, Yoram advised on multiple transactions with over $10bn in combined value.
Coordinator of Corporate Development, Infostud, Serbia
With 6 years of experience in Infostud, Dušica is currently Coordinator of Corporate Development in Infostud (biggest online company in Serbia with various businesses). Her task is to implement daily usage of AI and Data Science in the company - a challenging task considering the variety and diversity of Infostud's businesses. Working on strategic products (Generalist Job board - no. 1 in Serbia, Poslovi.infostud.com, ATS, and many more), she has experience in product management (both websites and mobile applications), and business development. She was also responsible for launching a classified site Tezga.rs which was one of the first classified mobile application in Serbia. Having a masters degree in Economics, numbers and statistics are her love therefor she is passionate to introduce Data Science to Infostud.
Industry Manager & Data Strategy Lead, Google, Germany
Alexander Hoffmann is a Data Strategy Lead with Google Germany and helps companies succeed by leveraging 1st and 3rd party data for better marketing outcomes. In addition, he works as an Industry Manager and consults companies from the lead generation / classifieds industry (e.g. car, real estate, job platforms). Previous to his time at Google he worked as a consultant for digital strategy and founded two internet platforms.
Director of Solutions Engineering, Shieldpay, United Kingdom
Tin is a Payments and Fintech professional with over 15 years’ experience - spanning from POS to e-commerce, to the new wave of contextual and conversational commerce innovations.
Senior product & business leader, OLX Group, India
Anurag is a senior product & business leader with expertise in building and scaling revenue-generating & market leading products, global cross-functional teams, and lines of business in the consumer Internet domain. During the last 15 years, Anurag has worked globally with leading organizations including Nokia, Microsoft & OLX. At present, Anurag is the Global Vice President of Products at the OLX Group. As a member of the Product Leadership team, he leads the Product, Analytics, User Experience & Research functions out of India for the OLX group. Prior to this, Anurag was an Executive Vice President at Info Edge, India’s leading vertical classifieds company. At Info Edge, he was instrumental in driving the education business’s successful transformation into a consumer-centric, mobile-first business and making it’s education portal the #1 destination for students seeking higher education. Before joining Info Edge, Anurag was with Microsoft in 2013. At Microsoft, he was responsible for global content partnerships and managing the international product strategy to launch Windows 8 consumer apps across platforms. Prior to joining Microsoft, Anurag was a key member of Nokia's Location & Commerce (L&C) leadership team for India & South Asia for over 3 years and led product management and product marketing for the region. Anurag has a MBA from India and a M.S. in Computer Engineering from the US. In his spare time, Anurag pursues his keen interest in traveling, sports, solving puzzles and making strong associations with people from all over the world.
Managing Director, coches.com, Spain
With a degree in Economics (Comillas University, ICADE) and Master in Business Administration (DEUSTO University), Gerardo is Managing Director at coches.com, one of the main Spanish automotive marketplaces. Leading the new car lead business in the country, coches.com also operates in the used car, lease and finance online markets. In the last months has launched paycar.es as the first transactional p2p solution for used cars. In 1999, Gerardo had founded in SpainAutoscout24, the first internet automotive classified marketplace in the country, being Country Manager since the foundation of the company until 2018. Participating also in the automotive industry, is also Vice-president of GANVAM, national association of vehicle dealers and repairers, that represent the automotive distribution industry in front of national authorities as well as European through the membership of CECRA.
Director of Sales & Strategic Alliances, ShieldSquare, India
Arun Manivannan, Director of Sales & Strategic Alliances at ShieldSquare, has been helping business across the globe to protect their web/mobile assets from complex bot attacks. Arun, along with Jan Boesmans(Business Director, Chief Technical Officer at Zimmo.be) will share some thoughts on bot mitigation & how it can support Classifieds portals to prevent scraping of ads and personal data, improve user experience, reduce infrastructure strain, and maximize ROI. ShieldSquare & Zimmo have been fighting bots together & have been long term business partners.
CSO ingatlan.com, founder iroda.hu, Ingatlan, Hungary
Zoltan Kalmar, MBA is a co-founder of iroda.hu, a leading commercial real estate portal in the Hungarian market, founder of Office of the year, Proptech Hungary and several other events. After 10 years successfully sold the company to the leading real estate portal in Hungary, ingatlan.com. In the last 4 years he successfully merged his company into the Big brother, created an event brand, helped in launching a new development real estate site or the new app and managing the sales and business as CSO of Ingatlan.com Zrt.
Co-founder, Luigisbox, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
Gejza Nagy is a co-founder at Luigi’s Box with over 10 years’ experience in e-commerce and conversion rate optimisation. Luigi’s Box is Site Search and Product Discovery Suite for e-commerce and currently is helping more than 150 e-commerce and enterprise businesses in 15 countries to improve their onsite search experience, including major e-commerce sites, marketplaces and classifieds in Central Europe. Thanks to Advanced Search Analytics, lightning-fast Autocomplete and Intelligent Search Engine, Luigi’s Box is used widely by small, medium and large businesses to improve their site search conversion rate. Luigi’s Box received a Search Industry Award for the “Most Promising Start-Up” by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group under the British Computer Society (BCS) in London.
Tech Ops Manager, Njuskalo, Croatia
Boris provides guidance and leadership to company managers on all technical issues. He has continuously been implementing projects that overall help the company and it's end users, be it through technical innovation or system / network improvements.