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Web2Ireland event Speaker – Nasser Batley

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Nasser Batley is a Vice President for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein where he heads up the Internet and New Media Investment Banking coverage effort.

He has a specific focus on companies within the Web 2.0 and other emerging technolgy sectors, as well as covering the wider New Media sector which includes the large cap Internet players.

Prior to DrKW, he spent 2 years at Yahoo Inc, where he focused on corporate development and strategic initiatives within the Online Search sector.

Prior to that, he was a Telecoms and Media investment banker, initially at Merrill Lynch, and then at Citigroup.

Calling Irish Entrepreneurs

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Are you interested in starting a new venture ? Maybe you already have ? Does it leverage the power of the Web ?

We recognize that some of you may not be on our radar – but we would appreciate all the Irish web2.0 entrepreneurs to attend our forthcoming Web2Ireland event.

This event promises to be a great opportunity to network, share ideas and to build momentum for Irish entrepreneurs.

If interested in attending event – please contact Mary Boyle at Enterprise Ireland.

Web2Ireland event Speaker – Marc Canter

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Marc is involved in promulgating open standards for new kinds of micro-content; including people (FOAF), media (OpenMedia) and events (OpenEvents.)

Marc Canter

Broadband Mechanics designs and builds digital lifestyle aggregators (DLAs) for customers like Ziff-Davis Media (,, and AlwaysOn Network.

Broadband Mechanics is also working with Laszlo Systems to build hot compelling interfaces for these DLAs (which are the next generation portal.) Prior Marc founded a company named MacroMind which became MacroMedia.

Marc was part of the team that created the first multimedia player, the first cross-platform authoring system and the world’s leading multimedia platform.

After leaving Macromedia in 1992 – Marc started Canter Technology which formed the MediaBand (an interactive music video ensemble), produced the Marc Canter Show (and example of scalable content) and implemented a cyber theme restaurant at his home on Potrero Hill (which was an authoring system for Interactive TV.)

After spending all his money, Marc went to work for others – at SuperBowl XXXII (1998) and designed a digital city for Trieste, Italy (1998.) Broadband Mechanics was founded in 1999 and immediately helped found DigiScents (a smell based platform) and built an interactive TV authoring system for Richard Li’s (1999.) Subsequent projects included designs for Ealing Studio’s Digital Production Studio (2000), a Reuters trading system (2000) and AOL (2001.)

Web2Ireland event Speaker – Daniel Waterhouse

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Daniel Waterhouse, Sector Group, 3i.

Daniel Waterhouse

Daniel joined 3i at the start of 2006 as a sector adviser.

Daniel’s role involves shaping the strategy for investments in internet/web 2.0 businesses. He helps the investment team discover new businesses and is a key memebr of the team reviewing internet related investments around the world. He provides advice to 3i’s existing portfolio of companies and provides introductions to key industry contacts for them. Daniel also builds a network within the sectors corporate players, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Prior to joining 3i, he spent 6 years with Yahoo! in the corporate development, strategy, planning and finance functions. He was involved in the strategic planning of the European business, managed the acquisition process on a number of major deals including the acquisition of Kelkoo (a pan European price comparison site) for $600M. He has experience across the numerous different businesses that Yahoo! are involved in (including search, communications, media, advertising and communities) and also spent time focussing on the underlying technologies and the mobile data space. He was also responsible for the financial planning and management for the business between 2000 and 2002.

Daniel also spent 3 years with PricewaterhouseCoppers in the Management Consultancy practice as part of a specialist business modelling team.

He has a BA and DPhil in Applied Mathematics from Oxford University.

Web2Ireland event Speaker – Jeff Clavier

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Based in Palo Alto (CA), Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech Venture Consulting, a firm providing services to the ??osoftware ecosystem???, primarily early stage consumer Internet startups. Jeff will typically get involved as an advisor, board member or part-time executive, focusing on business development, fund raising, and strategy matters. He is also an active angel investor.

Jeff Clavier

His current areas of interests — both in terms of projects and personal investments – include search, social media (blogging, syndication, aggregation), communities and open source. These are also the primary topics covered on his blog, Software Only, alongside venture capital, startup and industry news,… Software Only is also part of the Web 2.0 Workgroup.

Jeff has spent over sixteen years in the software market, as an entrepreneur, a senior executive and a venture capitalist. Throughout his career, he got exposed to the global market: leading development teams in Europe and on Wall Street, designing products that were sold internationally and investing in software infrastructure startups across the USA and Europe.

Prior to founding SoftTech VC, Jeff was the President of RVC Capital, the firm managing the Reuters Greenhouse Fund – the Corporate Venture arm of Reuters that has invested $560M in 82 companies since 1994, including Yahoo!, Verisign,, Infoseek,… As the Partner in charge of US Operations, Jeff’s focus was on investing and managing the US portfolio, as well as supporting all companies in their commercial and business development efforts. Jeff’s Board involvements included UltraDNS (CA), Tacit (CA) and Pathfire (GA). He was also involved in a number of other portfolio companies: Moreover (UK), Bitpipe (MA), PacketVideo (CA), SpiritSoft (UK), Epicentric (CA), Kinecta (CA), GiantBear (NY) and Epoch Partners (CA).

Jeff joined the Venture arm of Reuters from its product development division, where he was leading the development of the Risk Management and Desktop unit. He had direct responsibly for 250+ staff in Paris, London and New-York, developing a number of leading front and middle office products: the ATW suite of Unix applications, the Kondor+ Risk Management offering, and the flagship Reuters Desktop Kobra/3000 Xtra, that he designed back in 1993. Jeff became instrumental in the development of the Reuters Open Systems product line since the early 1990’s, after its acquisition of Effix Systems, the Paris-based startup company he helped develop in 1989.

A seasoned speaker at events of the VC and Web 2.0 community in the US, Jeff has also been for 3 years the co-producer of the RVC SoftEdge conference, a yearly gathering of the different ??ocomponents??? of software innovation: entrepreneurs, thought leaders, leading technology columnists, CIOs, senior executives of established technology players and venture capitalists. One of the key features of the conference was also to bring innovation from the US, Europe and Israel, hence the choice to organize it in New-York. Most recently, Jeff co-chaired the SDForum Vertical Search Conference, Vertical LEAP and became the founding co-chair of the SDForum Search Special Interest Group.

See Jeff’s blog here

Web2Ireland event Speaker – Judy Gibbons

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Judy Gibbons has over 25 years experience in the computer industry with a focus on software, internet and consumer technologies.

Judy Gibbons

Before joining Accel, Judy was Corporate Vice President of MSN Global Sales and Marketing at Microsoft Corp managing the business across 40 markets worldwide.

Judy joined Microsoft in 1994 to launch MSN in the United Kingdom, and went on to manage MSN Europe. She was promoted to run MSN International covering Asia-Pacific and Japan and then also took on responsibility for US Sales & Marketing.

Prior to Microsoft Judy held various product development and marketing positions at Hewlett Packard, where she spent two years in Silicon Valley, and at Apple Computer where she was involved in the company’s early work in interactive multimedia and PDAs.

Judy has been ranked among the top 20 most influential European business women by the Wall Street Journal Europe for two successive years, and as one of Time magazine’s five “People to Watch in International Business”. She was awarded the Microsoft Women’s Leadership Award in January 2003.

Judy served on the main board of O2, the European mobile network operator, until its purchase by Telefonica.

Judy holds an honors degree in Engineering from Brighton University in England and has undertaken executive education programs at Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Web2Ireland Event… more info.

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More information on upcoming event – check here for more details on registration, and here for information on event