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Dan Lupu

Investment Director at Intel Capital

Dan is an Investment Director at Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization which makes equity investments in innovative technology startups and companies worldwide. There, he is responsible for investments in South-East Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Albania, Moldova).
In the past he was an Investment Executive at SigmaBleyzer and a Chief Analyst in the Equity Reseach Department at Global Valori Mobiliare .

Felix Petersen

CEO and co-founder of Amen

Felix Petersen is CEO and co-founder of Amen, co-founder of Plazes, one of the pioneering start-ups in the context and location based services area. Founded in 2005 it was acquired by Nokia in 2008. Petersen worked as Director Product Strategy for Nokia Services. He´s also an active investor and advisor to companies like Soundcloud and Unlike.net

Dragos Manac

Founder and CEO of Appnor MSP S.A.

Founder and CEO of Appnor MSP S.A., a fully Managed Service Provider operating infrastructure in Europe and USA, Dragos is a consultant to young entrepreneurs in the IT field and help them found, manage and develop new companies.

Andrei Pitis

Serial Entrepreneur

Andrei has been recently described by a Hubb advisor as one of the dinosaurs of the Internet in Romania.
Being one of the first official GNU/Linux contributors in Romania (1993, www.gnu.org/software/gnuit/) and co-founder of RoEduNet (1996, www.roedu.net), the largest network of that time, built by a team of enthusiasts to offer free Internet to all students, he may be just that . Moreover, while at RoEduNet, he was instrumental in convincing Cisco officials to bring the well-known Cisco Networking Academy program in Romania in advance of any other country in SE Europe, establishing RoEduNet as the first CATC in the area, around 1999 a.d.

James Digby

Rockstart

James Digby has over a decade of operational and managerial experience, specializing in early stage funding, marketing expertise and business development.

As an entrepreneur, he has built up a successful consulting business helping Nordic companies that seek to expand their reach internationally. He provides expert assistance to board level for rapid growth companies. As an accomplished corporate strategist, James has increased profits in various different business sectors globally. James is also a senior partner of idea 72, a startup incubator based in Copenhagen, Denmark that helps entrepreneurs and young startups develop their idea with access to seed funding, mentorship, business development services and direct links to an Angel investor network.

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Felix Peterson

CEO and co-founder of Amen

Felix Petersen is CEO and co-founder of Amen, co-founder of Plazes, one of the pioneering start-ups in the context and location based services area. Founded in 2005 it was acquired by Nokia in 2008. Petersen worked as Director Product Strategy for Nokia Services. He´s also an active investor and advisor to companies like Soundcloud and Unlike.net

Vlad Stan

Business Designer, Investor, Tango Dancer.

Vlad is doing business for over 20 years and for 10 years exclusively online. In the past few years, he also became an investor and is investing in internet startups for now.

Dragos Manac

Founder and CEO of Appnor MSP S.A.

Founder and CEO of Appnor MSP S.A., a fully Managed Service Provider operating infrastructure in Europe and USA, Dragos is a consultant to young entrepreneurs in the IT field and help them found, manage and develop new companies.

Dan Romescu

Mobile Social Architect, Augmented Citizen Advocat

Mobile social architect with a clear vision for an open, innovative, green, transparent = sustainable society, with strong interest for Socionetics (Social Network Physics), Augmented Reality, AI and Neurophysics.

Augmented Citizen

Lucian Gramescu

Operation Manager at Junior Achievement Romania

Lucian is Operation Manager at Junior Achievement Romania and a coordinator for START! Business, Global Entrepreneurship Week and JA Innovation Camp. He has a passion for entrepreneurship education through business piloting and for business models and the role they play in both real and educational business contexts.

Daniela Neumann

CMO of PlayMob

Daniela is the CMO of PlayMob, a company that aims to “make games socially good by sprinkling them with ethical virtual goods”. In the past, she was a product manager for XING and Emagister.com.
Daniela is an experienced product and project manager, skilled in working in international teams as well as leading cross-functional teams, justifying new product development investments, determining and documenting the new product requirements, creating and managing project teams.

Bogdan Iordache

Co-founder & CEO - How to Web

Co-founder of How to Web, coolest tech-focused event in Eastern Europe. Founder of Conectoo, co-founder of Stagii pe Bune. Geek and James Bond fan.

Vladimir Oane

Co-founder and CEO, UberVu

Vladimir is the founder of uberVu, a social media monitoring & engagement platform, and he loves building awesome products.

Dan Lupu

Investment Director at Intel Capital

Dan is an Investment Director at Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization which makes equity investments in innovative technology startups and companies worldwide. There, he is responsible for investments in South-East Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Albania, Moldova).
In the past he was an Investment Executive at SigmaBleyzer and a Chief Analyst in the Equity Reseach Department at Global Valori Mobiliare .

Andrei Pitis

Serial Entrepreneur

Andrei has been recently described by a Hubb advisor as one of the dinosaurs of the Internet in Romania.

Being one of the first official GNU/Linux contributors in Romania (1993, www.gnu.org/software/gnuit/) and co-founder of RoEduNet (1996, www.roedu.net), the largest network of that time, built by a team of enthusiasts to offer free Internet to all students, he may be just that . Moreover, while at RoEduNet, he was instrumental in convincing Cisco officials to bring the well-known Cisco Networking Academy program in Romania in advance of any other country in SE Europe, establishing RoEduNet as the first CATC in the area, around 1999 a.d.

Alin Antimia

EO at Engrid.ro

Alin is CEO at Engrid.ro, and believes mobile is the future of B2C. Previously, he was a strategy consultant, managing turnaround and M&A projects for Global Fortune 500 companies in Europe and North America. Through his jobs or start-ups, Alin gained a vast experience in telecom, banking and energy. He received his MBA at Rotman, University of Toronto, specializing in Finance and Business Design (TM).

Mikko Järvenpää

Marketing Geek at HackFWD

Mikko Järvenpää is HackFwd's Marketing Geek. He provides the HackBoxes with practical marketing advice, ideas and education. He also manages the marketing of HackFwd.

Mikko has been immersed in the online industry for over a decade. He has experience from product development and product marketing both in corporate environments and small teams, and he has opened new markets both geographically and through new product innovations. In 2003, Mikko joined Google in Mountain View and moved to the product marketing team in London in 2004, where he specialised in scalable marketing, marketing partnerships and emerging markets, resulting in dozens of partners and tens of thousands of customers. After leaving Google in 2007, he has worked closely with selected European startups and consulted large organisations from banking to media on innovation projects and marketing.

Mikko holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.

Outside of work he immerses himself in sci-fi, philosophy, fast things on two wheels and film on either side of the camera. He lives in London.

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Anca Foster
Mihai Cosmin Rotaru
Mihai Gheza
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Mikko Järvenpää

Marketing Geek at HackFWD

Mikko Järvenpää is HackFwd's Marketing Geek. He provides the HackBoxes with practical marketing advice, ideas and education. He also manages the marketing of HackFwd.

Mikko has been immersed in the online industry for over a decade. He has experience from product development and product marketing both in corporate environments and small teams, and he has opened new markets both geographically and through new product innovations. In 2003, Mikko joined Google in Mountain View and moved to the product marketing team in London in 2004, where he specialised in scalable marketing, marketing partnerships and emerging markets, resulting in dozens of partners and tens of thousands of customers. After leaving Google in 2007, he has worked closely with selected European startups and consulted large organisations from banking to media on innovation projects and marketing.

Mikko holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.

Outside of work he immerses himself in sci-fi, philosophy, fast things on two wheels and film on either side of the camera. He lives in London.

Radu Ticiu

Manager - Timisoara Software Business Incubator

Radu Ticiu is managing Timisoara Software Business Incubator, a West Romania publicly founded organization supporting creation and development of technology startups, since its inauguration, back in 2004. Within the Incubator, beside supporting local tech startups (ca. 30, to date), Radu promotes tech entrepreneurship in local high-school and university students groups, organizes local tech communities, works towards building of a local business angel association organizing pitching events and investor readiness trainings, participates in the establishment and functioning of regional IT&C clusters, frequently organizes networking events for the ITC sector and activates in various regional and global networks of business incubators.

Radu founded in January 2011 and coordinates the activities of Timisoara Mobile Development Group, currently counting for around 130 members, recording 15+ events - meetups, trainings,etc - creating the framework for presentation or launchnand feedback generation for over 20 mobile apps developed by local specialists.

As a passionate social media user Radu initiated and curates www.startupchart.ro, the Romanian chapter of Startup Charts, an emerging discovery and monitoring tool of the European technology startups.

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