Thursday, 28 February 2013



The sold out London Web Summit will be held this Friday (March 1, 2013) at The Brewery, London. For those who miss out, all action on the day will be broadcast live, free on LiveStream:

For the second year running the summit has sold out, with over 1,000 attendees. 50 top names in tech have been announced as speakers, with unmissable keynotes, panels, interviews and sessions taking place throughout the day.

"London is clearly buzzing with startups, and the fact that the Web Summit is sold out for the second time is a real testament to that. We've got the guys who've gone and done it like Mike Lynch, those on the way up like Huddle and plenty more just starting out," said Paddy Cosgrave, organiser of the London Web Summit.

The latest speakers announced include Ben Huh of viral meme-machine Cheezburger Inc, Conor Murphy of relationships automation company Datahug and Andrew Ng of the booming ed-tech startup, Coursera. Also announced is Fabian Heilemann, co-founder of CEO of, which was acquired by Google for a reputed €100m a mere two years after it was founded.

Attendees will hear stories surrounding the process of selling a company, as the Summit will provide the insider point of view from those who know best. Mike Lynch will sit down with the Wall Street Journal's Ben Rooney to discuss one of the most infamous exits in recent years, having sold Autonomy to HP for a staggering $10.8 billion in 2011. Since then, Mike has been investing in the most promising startups through his fund, Invoke Capital. A story not to be missed. Wendy Tan White who recently sold web-host Moonfruit for $29 million to Yell, and Tommy Ahlers who sold PODIO to Citrix will also speak.

From the opposite end of the spectrum, Waze's Di-Ann Eisnor will sit down with TechCrunch's Mike Butcher to address issues surrounding Apple's rumored failed courting of her social mapping app.

Twilio's Jeff Lawson and Oren Michels of Mashery will deliver keynotes on the day, while Spotify's Head of Special Projects, Shakil Khan, will tell his insider story of one of Europe's biggest rising success stories. Founder of Wordpress, Matt Mullenweg, will also guide attendees through his experiences in driving one of the most prolific blogging platform from its foundation, up.

For a little something more practical, Pablos Holma of Intellectual Ventures is set to demonstrate his hacking skills on the audience, while Fabrice Boutain will show off a fork that can control how much you eat. Alex Hawkinson, last year's winner of the Spark of Genius Award at the Dublin Web Summit, will also be on hand to indicate how sensors are set to change how we live through his company SmartThings.

As London is the city it's all taking place in, the cream of the tech hub are set to be out in force. Joanna Shields became CEO of the Tech City investment organisation in January 2013, having previously held senior positions at Google, Facebook and Bebo. She will be giving her insights into London's state of tech, while Adam Pritzker of General will perhaps be sharing some of his plans to improve it. The Summit will also hear from the city's hottest startups about the success and challenges they face going forward. The founders of HouseTrip, Songkick and OneFineStay will discuss life inside the tech hub as a new company. The opposing view of the roundabout will be shared by Eze Vidra of Google Campus and Eileen Burbridge of Passion Capital—the premier seed VC fund in London.

Other hot topics of debate at the Summit include funding models, which puts innovators Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo and Samir Desai of Funding Circle in discussion with traditional VC, Roberto Bonzinga of Balderton Capital. Other panel discussions circulate enterprise, gaming and digital advertising and payments—the future of which is up for grabs, according to Patrick Collison, the 21-year-old founder of Paypal-mafia backed Stripe. He'll be discussing developments on the payments landscape, along with Sebastian Siemiatkowski (Klarna) and PayPal innovator, John Lunn. 

Another industry in the midst of disruption and up for hot discussion at the Summit is education. Coursera is announcing university partnerships on the day. Founder Andrew Ng will be on hand to discuss the potential of education online with 2U founder Chip Paucek, who has a few blossoming partnerships of his own up his sleeve.

Off stage, the Summit will showcase a carefully selected group of the hottest new startups who will battle it out in the startup competition. Last year's winner Seedrs raised €1.5 million after the event, which is judged by top investors on the day. For those who come up short, startup TechTalks from Eventbrite, 99Designs and Microsoft are set to run throughout the day with practical tips on pitching, fundraising and cloud technologies.

Insight from investors is also in abundance, with Saul Klein of Index Ventures, prolific NY investor David Tisch of BoxGroup and full-time investor part-time astronaut, Esther Dyson all taking to the stage for fireside chats.

The full Summit schedule is available here: