Head of Marketplaces - Styria Media Group AG, CEO - Styria Digital Marketplaces GmbH, Styria Group, Austria
Mike is Managing Director of Styria Media Group's Digital Marketplaces and is responsible for the market leading digital marketplaces willhaben.at and wogibtswas.at in Austria, njuskalo.hr in Croatia, bolha.com and mojedelo.com in Slovenia as well as 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 setting up 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 and driving innovation.
Head of Technology, Homegate AG, Switzerland
Patrick Birkfellner is Head of Technology for Homegate AG. He has been working in classified property portals for the last 12 years after originally starting his career in software engineering. Patrick worked as CTO for Immobilien.NET, before moving on to Immobilienscout24, overseeing the product strategy as well as the expansion of the Austrian market segment.
Head of PR, Gumtree UK, United Kingdom
Fergus has spent 14 years working in communications and marketing roles for a variety of brands and businesses in the UK and abroad, both in PR agencies (Blue Rubicon and Golin) and now in house at Gumtree – part of the eBay classifieds Group. In his role at Gumtree he is focused on building the profile and reputation of the business within the UK, and rebutting misperceptions of the brand, by building proactive consumer and corporate campaigns.
While these activities are broad in nature – ranging from creating physical activities which bring the sharing economy to life, or showing tech-savvy audiences how a mature trading platform like Gumtree can help you get a job, declutter your home, or find a new flatmate – consistent to all is a fundamental belief that Gumtree is in the business of helping people. Fergus also sits on a number of industry groups and associations.
Manager, Sharing Economy UK, United Kingdom
Jenna manages Sharing Economy UK which is the trade body championing and supporting the UK’s sharing economy industry – from the world’s most influential sharing economy businesses to innovative and industry-defining start-ups. The sharing economy uses digital technologies to connect groups of people, enabling them to share assets, information and services, and reducing the need for ‘ownership’. Jenna’s background is in financial services and public policy and is based at the CBI, a UK business lobby group. She will be co-moderating the general classifieds workshop together with Fergus Campbell.
Managing Director, Netwheels Oy, Finland
Ville is a digital business leader who has been in IT and digital business for 20 years. He is running an IT company Netwheels which is part of Sanoma media corporation. Netwheels is providing software services to Finnish automotive sector and one of those services is Autotie.fi car portal. Ville´s background is from web and IT-service and digital business. He has managed datacenters as well as IT consulting business and business process outsourcing business. Ville likes to challenge existing business models and always try to find new business possibilities in order to enable maximum growth.
Sales Manager Europe & North America, Besedo, Sweden
Lucas joined Besedo in 2017 as the Sales Manager for Europe & North America. In this role, Lucas is working to develop relationships with customers across major classifies, dating and share economy sites. Lucas started out as a journalist in Vienna and has since then been working with marketing, consulting and sales in game development, and financial data industries.
CCO and founder, nexta.io, Denmark
Martin Jensen is founder of nexta.io – nexta.io provides a OMNI channel marketing platform to support SMB´s needs to do advertising across Paid Search, Social Media and display in one stop shopping soultion. Prior nexta.io Martin worked 12 years publisher and classified background Build the first programmatic network in Denmark DPN in 2014, Responsible for managing and driving 10 M euro in revenue via marketing automation. Joined adform in 2015 as VP EMEA of publisher solution
Co-founder, Apartment Ocean, United States
As the CEO of Apartment Ocean, Nick oversees the strategy and business development. He has been involved in the real estate tech for many years, working with real estate companies to improve the communication with their customers and to make the process of buying/renting properties more efficient. Previously working in the finance industry, Nick uses his understanding of business and skills in team building and leadership to grow and develop the company and establish strategies for its success. Passionate about real estate and technology, he is always looking to connect with real estate professionals.
Partner and Chief Business Officer, Squad, United States
Recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30, Rishabh previously worked in venture capital, investing in startups in India and Latin America.
Currently, he’s a partner and the Chief Business Officer at Squad, a San Francisco headquartered startup.
Squad was started with a vision to build the ultimate ‘future-of-work’ platform by combining artificial and human intelligence together. Using this platform it currently solves the challenge of Internet Safety related to content and user behavior. With its commitment towards high-quality user experience, trust and safety for its customers, Squad is not just driving strategic competitive advantage but also laying the foundation for healthy and active platforms. By using machines and humans together, Squad is in a unique position to build self-improving solutions that accrue tremendous long-term advantages.
CTO & Co-Founder, Spotahome, Spain
Born in Costa Rica, he has also lived in Spain and Belgium. Bryan is an IT and software engineer, having undertaken his studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universitélibre in Brussels. He has various years of experience in the infrastructure and business intelligence sector and has worked as a freelancer in large companies such as Mapfre. A business-minded person, whilst he was working at Mapfre he worked as CTO and co-founder alongside Spotahome CEO & Co-Founder Alejandro Artacho in a company focused on international career mobility. Amongst his number of years of experience, he moved to Lisbon to work in the real estate sector as a software engineer. Shortly after he joined Alejandro to found Spotahome in 2014.
Co-Founder and COO, Job Today, United Kingdom
Polina Montano is the co-founder and COO of JOB TODAY, the UK’s number 1 hiring app with a mission to bring efficiency and immediacy to hiring in the retail, hospitality and service industries - all notorious for their high churn rate. A serial entrepreneur with a background in retail, Russian-born Polina has a history of implementing her ideas and running her own businesses. Since its launch in 2015, JOB TODAY has processed 65 million applications, seen 500,000 listings, and become the number 1 hiring app in the UK and Spain. Monthly, this converts into 1 million hiring conversations. Polina’s presentation will look at how social technology can be used in the recruitment process, and the benefits of social hiring for recruiters.
Founder and CEO, European Internet Ventures, Switzerland
I have spent the past 11 years buying, selling and raising capital for online classifieds and marketplaces throughout the world. Firstly, as Head of M&A at Naspers, then at European Internet Ventures, the Swiss-based advisory company for classifieds and marketplaces. My journey has touched hundreds of real estate, automotive, and recruitment classifieds businesses, from Brazil to China, from USA to Switzerland, from Cameroon to Singapore. Generalists, aggregators, transactions platforms. App only platforms, auctions and fixed price marketplaces. And the really exciting part is yet to come...
My earlier work was about building up telecoms network operators in Europe, through product management, marketing and business development roles - including 5 years as an Executive Director of Sunrise in Switzerland, which later IPO'd for $3billion.
Principal Architect, Reed.co.uk, United Kingdom
Trust and Safety Architect, Sift Science, United States
Jeff Sakasegawa is a Trust and Safety Architect for Sift Science. He has spent over ten years fighting fraud for Google, Facebook, and Square. In addition, his last two years at Square were spent managing teams covering BSA/AML reviews, quality assurance, identify verification, and host of other compliance related matters. He has a passion for cross functional and scalable solutions that delight as opposed to simply deliver.
VP of Product Movinga, Germany, Movinga, Germany
Tomasz Staniak 35, is leading the product department and the future of technical tools at Movinga. He has a strong technical and digital background and worked as CTO at Dot360 a polish start up which is specialized in "360 degrees" full service solutions. His passion for reading and publishing articles drives him in 2013 to co-found Openbooks.com, a startup which was revolutionising the ebook market with unique business model. After 3 years of working at Openbooks.com he leaves Poland to join the Berlin Start-up scene and starts working at Movinga a vertical integrated logistic tech company. He is currently working as a Vice President for Product and revolutionize a worldwide fragmented market with technical solutions to bring moving back into the 21th century based on automation and machine and deep learning algorithms.
VP of Product Mature Markets, Schibsted Marketplaces, Norway
After more than 7 years in willhaben it is not an easy step for me. When I arrived I was the only product manager and believe it or not, theses were days when we did not even have one mobile version of our product. I am extremely grateful for that journey with a fantastic team. Together we invested brains and hearts into making willhaben a true gem for our users. We managed to grow willhaben into the biggest marketplace in Austria, with a monthly reach of 53%. We achieved market leadership in three verticals and have fantastic app ratings of 4,5+ on both platforms. Plus, we had loads of fun." Mirjam studied business management and then quicky moved into media, as an excecutive assistant in Styria Media Group (50% shareholder of willhaben). For 4 years she was heading various digital initiatives within the media group before she joined willhaben as head of product management in 2010.
Founder & CEO, gebraucht.de, Germany
Stefan is founder and CEO of gebraucht.de, a fast growing next generation marketplace for used and handmade products. Prior to gebraucht.de Stefan was managing parts of the European operations of Auto1 as Global Director. Before that he was working as Head of Business Development of the recommence giant reBuy, managing new revenue streams and internationalization. Stefan studied at WHU in Koblenz.
Martha de la Torre
Co-founder and CEO, EC Hispanic Media, United States
Martha de la Torre is the Cofounder and CEO of EC Hispanic Media. Founded originally as El Clasificado, a weekly Spanish language classified publication serving U.S. Latinos, the publication has evolved into a multi-platform marketplace helping small and medium sized businesses reach Hispanic communities throughout the U.S. and in Latin America. EC Hispanic Media provides low cost custom and self-serve marketing solutions for businesses who need print, web, mobile, social media and event channels to connect with the growing U.S. Latino niche markets. Martha co-founded and launched El Clasificado in 1988. Today, the company has revenues over $22 million, a weekly circulation of 745,000 and 160 employees. She has been an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist for Greater Los Angeles area and SBA Small Business Person of the Year as well as SBA Champion for Small Businesses.
CEO, MatchWork, Ofir & Brandero, Denmark
Karsten is in the classifieds industry for 13 years on both the supplier and operator end with a particular focus on the online recruitment / job board advertising industry. He has international experience working with clients and partners all around the world. Currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark as CEO of MatchWork, Ofir and Brandero he is building market leading online job ad / recruitment software, running the second largest job board in Denmark and launching a new startup employer branding product.