Barcelona 2013

Hot Topics Events Barcelona

Monday 25th February 2013


25th February

6:30pm - 8pm

Followed by a drinks and networking party from 8pm - 10pm

Debate Topics #1 :

Local Commerce: Disruptive Deals

The rise of the smartphone means the hundreds of billions of dollars merchants spend on local marketing is up for grabs.  Who will grab it?



Debate Topics #2 :

Red Hot Topics

Panel of seasoned TMT investors debate and discuss the hottest developments in the industry.



Debates and panellists

The Hot Topics Events team is pleased to announce the following speakers:

Local Commerce

Nancy Cruickshank - Launch CEO, WEVE
Hill Ferguson - VP of Global Product, PayPal
Tony Grimminck - Director of Strategy & Corporate Finance, StubHub
Daniel Gurrola - VP, Strategy & Business Development,  Consumer Mobile, Orange
Frank Maduri - Senior Director, NFC, Mobile Wallet & Mobile Payments, Blackberry
Brian Wong - Co-Founder and CEO, Kiip

Red Hot Topics

Bob Goodman - General Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Andrew Gardiner - Director, Barclays Global Equity Research
Tracy Isacke - Head of Silicon Valley & Venture Investing, Telefonica Digital.
Miles Kirby - Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures Europe
Shoaib Makani - Partner, Khosla Venture


Debate topic #1

Local commerce: Time for some disruptive deals

Local marketing is ripe for disruption. Most consumers in Europe, the U.S. and other developed markets now carry a smartphone, enabling them to compare prices, search online, seek out deals and communicate with friends on the move. That puts the hundreds of billions of dollars local merchants spend on marketing in play. Major Internet companies, telcos, banks and payment networks are forming alliances to try and carve out a piece of the action. So how will smartphone-wielding consumers choose one restaurant or store over another?  And which mobile commerce platforms and services are best placed to influence these decisions?   


Debate topic #2

Red Hot Topics: Incisive insights on major tech news

A panel of seasoned investors will discuss and debate the very latest developments in the technology, media and telecoms industry.  They’ll look to answer questions such as:

-  How will the big news stories coming out of the major industry events in January and February impact TMT?
-  What will be the fastest-growing tech sectors this year and next?
-  Where is the smart money going in TMT?
-  Which start-ups could be the next Google, Facebook, Skype or WhatsApp?


This panel discussion will be followed by drinks and networking in another area of the venue from 8pm - 10pm. Please contact for more information.

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