Vint Cerf, Larry Cable and Heidi Roizen Speak at ScotlandIS Global Forum

Silicon Valley comes to Edinburgh on Thursday to discuss funding growth and scaling fast with the leaders of Scotland’s digital technology sector.

Assembled by ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technology industry, the lineup for this year’s ScotSoft is stellar.

From the US comes Google VP Vint Cerf, a man credited with co-founding the internet; Larry Cable, chief architect of Salesforce and four of San Francisco’s most powerful female investors and entrepreneurs: Heidi Roizen, Karen White, Ann Winblad and Wendy Lea.

Scotland is represented by Eddie Anderson, founder of Pentech Ventures and John Innes, CEO of Amor Group with over 400 delegates expected to attend the ScotSoft Global Forum on 29 August in Edinburgh.

Polly Purvis, Executive Director of ScotlandIS comments: “Ambitious technology companies face two key challenges. How to scale the business quickly and how to fund that growth.

“We are extremely proud to bring together leading technology entrepreneurs and VCs from both sides of the Atlantic to share the experiences and lessons they have learnt at the sharp end of entrepreneurialism.“
The keynote will be delivered by the legendary Vint Cerf (70), founding father of the internet who will also meet 250 Scottish teenagers who have grown up never knowing a world without an internet.

Eight of Scotland’s brightest startups will take part in one to one mentoring sessions at Informatic Ventures with Heidi Roizen, Venture Partner, DFJ, Karen White, Chairman and CEO of Syncplicity; Ann Winblad, Co-founder and MD of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, and Wendy Lea, CEO of Get Satisfaction.

Salesforce’s Chief Software Architect Larry Cable will look to the future, exploring technology trends current and nascent in Silicon Valley looking at how companies are innovating and delivering mobile applications from the cloud, accessing big data and using open source technologies to accelerate time to market and reduce capital investment.

ScotlandIS is the trade body for Scotland’s digital technology industries. Every year its members come together at ScotSoft – a global forum for discussion and debate about the future of the digital industry and Scotland’s role in its development.

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