Twitter Co-Founder to be a Speaker at Web Summit

He will be supported by the more than 800 speakers, including Aria Stark
26 October 2018   631

Web Summit, one of the world’s largest and most influential technology events, today announced its initial speaker lineup. The 50 speakers announced are a fraction of the 1,200 speakers who will speak in November 2018.

Now in its ninth year, Web Summit has grown from 400 attendees to an expected 70,000 for the 2018 edition. They will travel to Lisbon to hear from the world’s most influential leaders in tech, politics, sport, fashion and entertainment. The event is worth an estimated annual €300 million to the city and local economy.

This will be Web Summit’sthird year in Lisbon. The event grows year on year, increasing not only in scale but in the calibre and impact of what happens on stage. We have CEOs of the world’s most well established bluechip companieslike Nestlé and Allianz speaking alongside the world’s most exciting new companieslike Stripe and Ofo. Web Summit has evolved into something far more influential than just a tech conference. It is a global marketplace where decision makers and world leaders come to do business.

Paddy Cosgrave

CEO, Web Summit

Web Summittop speakers include:

  • Evan Williams - co-founder, Twitter and founder, Medium Evan is a co-founder of Twitter and held the role of President and CEO before leaving in late 2010 to set up Medium. Medium is an online publishing platform and a leader in social journalism combining the work of amateur and professional people and publications. 60 million readers visit Medium every month.
  • Margrethe Vestager - European Commissioner for Competition Returning to Web Summit for a second year, EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager is perhaps the world’s most famous regulator. For four years she has investigated American tech firms ordering them to pay fines totaling €8.472 billion for breaking competition rules. She also ordered Apple to pay €13 billion (plus interest) to Ireland for unpaid taxes.
  • Maisie Williams, Actor, Game of Thrones Maisie is best known for her role as Arya Stark in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones. The show is rumored to be returning for a seventh session in 2019. She is the co-founder of Daisie, a social networking site making it easier for creatives to network, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. 

The full list of 50 is available here

Web Summit to Launch VC Fund

$50 million venture capital fund will be called Amaranthine
09 November 2018   897

Web Summit had become on of the largest tech conferences in the world. 2018 eevent was held in Lisbon, Portugal, and gathered around  2,000 start-ups and 1,500 investors.

 Web Summit organization has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to create a $50 million venture capital fund called Amaranthine. This is reported by Financial Times.

Look, we help some companies in a really huge way for three days. What about the other 362 days?

Paddy Cosgrave

CEO, Web Summit

The fund will be supported by the data, collected at the event, regarding which start ups gather the biggest interest among people and investors. Connections, which were established in 6 six years of around the world events, are being offered to the start ups.

When we talked venture capital 10 years ago, it was all about access to finance. It was a VC choice game. It’s not just about the capital any more, it’s about the value-add. Not all venture capital is created equal. At seed stage, it’s about transformational contacts like customers, advisers to board, building networks and customers.

Siobhan Clarke

Partner, venture capital fund Episode 1

As reported, Amaranthine will be headed by Patrick Murphy, previously of Goldman Sachs and Universal’s venture arm, and Web Summit co-founder David Kelly, according to its website and SEC filing.