iVentures CEO Master Class with David Farquhar

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Date(s) - 10/10/2012
5:00 pm

Earl Mountbatten Building, Heriot Watt University

Informatics Ventures invites you to attend a CEO Master Class taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday 10 October 2012.

This interactive CEO Master Class event will be lead by David Farquhar.

Following the well attended, and over-subscribed, CEO Master Class in May this year, David has kindly agreed to host another event for us on the theme of ‘Why Is Nobody Buying My Stuff?’ and, drawing on aspects of Lean Startup methodology, will discuss the key aspects of how to get the right products into customers’ hands quicker.

The event will start with a sandwich buffet lunch at 1.00 pm to allow attendees to network, with the Master Class presentation and discussion commencing by 2pm, and running through to around 5pm.
Please advise the organiser directly of any special dietary requirements you may have.
This CEO Master Class will be held in room 4.22 of the Sir Alwyn Williams Building, University of Glasgow School of Computing, 18 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQ.

Attendees are encouraged to actively participate in the proceedings.
Spaces are limited to facilitate the interactive nature of this event.
Please register at: http://davidfarquharceomc2.eventbrite.com/

About our speaker
David is a serial entrepreneur, turned angel investor, turned venture capitalist. He is the executive chairman of Stipso( www.stipso.com), chairman of Seebyte (www.seebyte.com), board advisor at Avvio (www.avvio.com), and a Venture Partner at Rock Spring Ventures.

As a veteran of the technology sector he has built a series of international companies in mobile applications, media and enterprise software. His focus is on building companies through the implementation of best practice in Product Management, Product Marketing and Channels.

As an independent entrepreneur David has co-founded or invested in several companies from mobile applications, to drinks brand management, an on-line recruitment service for the film industry and a brew pub chain.
During the 1990s David grew and sold innovative companies in Scandinavia combining mobile & wireless technologies with enterprise software applications. These companies, Iceland Software Inc., and Hugur Group ehf., were founded on the principle of selling through global channels in partnership with major vendors, a route that delivered large wireless deployments of up to $6m each.

As a pioneer of Mobile Enterprise Applications David founded the Idesta Group in 2001 which deployed mobile enterprise applications for multi-nationals such as Interbrew, Mars, Unilever, Pepsi, Getronics and Guinness. David personally led the raising of seed capital followed by a Series A round of €10M from three European VC firms. Idesta grew to be the largest provider of such applications in EMEA within 18 months through an aggressive channel sales strategy, employing 120 people in 8 countries.

From 2003 to 2005 David ran Interactive University, the global higher education e-Learning developer and distributor. IU delivered 4.5 million on-line learning hours per annum to over 80,000 students. Under David’s leadership IU doubled its turnover each year, growing its channel business and opening offices in Dubai, Delhi, Singapore and Beijing. IU won the Diageo 2004 Innovative Business Award.
2in10 was founded by David in late 2005. He led the company until mid-2010 when it was sold to The Company Creators. It has advised over 100 companies, helping them achieve the skills and investment necessary drive international sales growth.

David chairs the Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Dundee’s School of Computing where he also an Honorary Lecturer in Product Management & Marketing. At the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama he created the world’s first strategy in the Performing Arts for Mobile Media.

He was elected to the board of technology trade association ScotlandIS in 2009 and is a Connect Champion, mentoring very early stage technology companies. In his spare time David enjoys mountaineering, beer and village cricket.

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