Presenter: Boris Veldhuijzen Van Zanten
Description: Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten will talk about how the future of technology is not about the bits and bytes or hardware and software but about the humans behind it. The emotions that are triggered, the lives that are impacted and the effects on society. Through anecdotes and stories Boris will provide a view on how we can be innovative and digital, yet stay human.
Boris is a successful serial entrepreneur, who co-founded TNW (The Next Web) and has been its CEO for the past 14 years. Boris dropped out of school aged 14, applied and graduated from circus school and for a while was the only individual in the Netherlands who could successfully juggle seven balls at the same time. He also attended art academy and graduated cum laude before starting his first internet company. He founded his first Internet company in 1997 which got acquired in 1999. In 2005 he founded the first WiFi hotspot service in The Netherlands which was acquired by Royal Dutch KPN within its first year of existence. Boris co-founded, and was a shareholder in, several other companies and speaks regularly about startups life and innovation.