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Mikkel Svane, Zendesk
Mikkel Svane, Founder and CEO, Zendesk. After an inspirational trip to San Francisco in 1995, Mikkel launched what was one of Denmark’s first horizontal community portals. Less than a year later the portal was acquired by a Danish newspaper and Mikkel founded Caput, a software company specializing in standard software components for community building and social networks. Serving as its CEO until 2002 he became General Manager for the German service management consulting group Materna. His tenure there reunited him with former friends and colleagues Morten and Alex with whom he founded Zendesk and launched it in October 2007. Mikkel holds a BSc(Econ) in Market Economics from Denmark, is a frequent Twitter user and loves spending time with his wife and kids when not working with his awesome team and Zendesk customers.
6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
Hosted By Denise Terry, Director of Startup Grind San Francisco
Marketing, Partnerships & Social. Help people and startups succeed. 10 startups, 3 acquired. Mom of twins, wife of serial entrepreneur.
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Hosted By Derek Andersen, Director of Startup Grind San Francisco
Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like the Godfather, Burnout, and Mirror's Edge. He left in 2009 to found Vaporware Labs, a company that has tried and failed many times, but successfully launched products like Startup Grind, Commonred, and Steve Young Football (iOS). He's also a contributing author for Techcrunch and Business Insider and lives in Palo Alto, California.
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