Success in business is about thinking big and embracing change. So why shouldn’t the same apply to conferences? Once a year, Snowball brings together tech leaders and innovators - creating something special in somewhere snowy. Our objective is to find inspiration in a unique community and build friends and allies for our businesses.
Snowball is a meeting of minds designed to foster collaboration and creativity. A chance to build new relationships and cultivate old ones. Over the years, we’ve seen businesses born and funded. We’ve seen new ideas floated, new technologies embraced, and individuals flourish. There are no presentations, only two-way conversations. There are no attendees, only active participants.
Everyone you’ll meet at Snowball are leaders in their fields – a diverse group drawn from an array of sectors, with a shared enthusiasm for technology.
Everyone has been personally invited by the Snowboard and when it comes down to it the criteria are simple – great people, with great minds, who are fun to be around.
Snowball is informal and welcoming, yet highly productive. Time away from your normal business life, with this carefully curated group, produces alchemy.
As well as the skiing, we organise lunches, dinners and après ski drinks at some of the best hangouts, interspersed with thought-provoking discussions hosted by knowledgeable experts from the group. The activities are designed to bring everyone together so you get to meet as many people as possible.
If you’re not a skier, we provide an alternative range of activities; from driving your own dogsled and dog team, to a trip on the brand new Skyway Monte Bianco with a glacier walk.
The delightful Italian resort of Courmayeur has been chosen for Snowball 2016. It’s a relatively short (90 minute) transfer from Geneva which is also only 90 minutes from London.
At the foot of Mont-Blanc, Courmayeur (1,224m) is a charming 17th-century spa town at the top of the Aosta valley. Pretty buildings with slate roofs line the traffic-free cobbled streets of the old town. The central Via Roma is bursting with bars, delicious delis as well as quality shopping like Gucci and Hermes. You’ll also find some of the best restaurants in the Alps both on and off the mountain.
As for the skiing – there’s something for everyone - from the bunny slope behind our hotel to the challenges of off-piste and the famous Vallée Blanche. Friday night will be spent up the mountain at the legendary Maison Vieille and we’ll arrive there on skidoos.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Our home this year is the Grand Hotel Courmayeur. This 5-star glass palace with view of Mont Blanc, opened last season and is a short walk from the centre of town.
Minimalist in design, the hotel features dark alpine wood and local stone to compliment the large expanses of glass. Bedrooms are spacious, airy and come with both soundproofing and super-soft robes. The central ‘chalet’ which houses the reception, lounge bar and restaurant, is linked over three floors by a large atrium with an impressive feature staircase. And it’s all ours.
The stunning spa has an indoor pool, Sauna, Turkish bath, and multi-sensory showers. Behind the hotel is a private nursery slope complete with a magic carpet lift.
Chosen for their long list of friends and contacts, meet the curators of content and purveyors of invitations.
Having devoted much of her career in and around the startup ecosystem, most recently as the Venture Capital/Emerging Business lead at Microsoft UK where for five years, she lead BizSpark in the UK. She focused on how Microsoft could drive success for early-stage technology companies as well as being responsible for working alongside the UK Investor Community, including Venture Capitalists and Angels on behalf of Microsoft. She also sits on many Industry Advisory Boards, and has recently been appointed a trustee for Startup Weekend Europe.
Her previous role at Microsoft was as a Business Productivity Advisor, where she was responsible for managing relationships with business decision-makers in the UK Financial Services Sector. She worked to deliver on the benefits and business value of investing in the latest Information Worker technologies.. Prior to Microsoft, Bindi worked as Associate Director in Interregnum, a UK-based Technology Merchant Bank; as Business Development Manager at Trayport Ltd, a successful commodities trading technology start-up; as Strategy Management Consultant at PwC Consulting; and as Senior Business Analyst at Datamonitor.
Bindi has been on the Wired UK Top 100 Digital Power Broker list from 2010 – 2012, on the 2012 Girls in Tech Euro 100 Women’s list, named as one of the Six Most Connected Women in the UK by the IoD in 2011, shortlisted as a finalist for Asian Business Woman of the Year in the 2010 AWA Awards. She was also given a special mention in the 2010 TechCrunch Europas Awards as Best Startup Advisor/Mentor & nd re-nominated in 2011. She is a regular speaker and judge at Technology Events, and most recently spoke at TEDxAthens 2012.
Having grown up in Western Canada , Bindi now lives in London, and her hobbies include competing in Adventure Races, running marathons/duathlons, and skiing.
Specialties:Strategic Business Development and Sales, Strategic Consulting and Advisory, Networking, Rainmaking, Programme Management
Belinda (or B as she’s often known) has spent the last 18 years adding sparkle to live events in the often dreary technology sector.
Having trained as dancer and a PR exec, B knows a thing or two about presentation and stagecraft. Her repertoire of skills enables her to achieve remarkable things such as:
– Generating fabulous audiences of gagging prospects.
– Morphing tedious content into spellbinding theatre.
– Plucking Oscar winning performances out of amateur presenters.
She does all this without pain or brutality – instead a word of praise here, a lifted eyebrow there and a lot of hard work.
B’s deep knowledge of the tech sector has been forged by working with companies such as: AT&T, BlackBerry, BT Global Services, Cisco, Hitachi and Microsoft. Along the way, Belinda has collected a clutch of awards and accolades for her ingenuity and creativity, ruthless attention to detail and focus on client objectives.
In 2010, Belinda became one of the two founding partners of Forgather – a company that sets out to deliver intelligence, exuberance and fun to the events business. Forgather is doing pioneering work enhancing live human interaction.
Forgather’s first event in March 2010 was the Snowball ‘retreat’ for 60 European investors and entrepreneurs. Feedback from participants included such comments as:
• ‘The business benefit far outweighs anything else I do’
• ‘Hands down the most useful conference I have been to’
• ‘Belinda Raynes rocks’
Last year, Forgather launched Collision, www.colisn.com, a series of events that explores the opportunities for knowledge transfer between Adland (the established communications sector),Techville (technology entrepreneurs) and brands.
Forgather co-creates and manages programmes for clients including Microsoft (BizSpark European Summit for 4 years), Essence (seek.essencedigital.com), and works with organisations championing entrepreneurism, including Young Enterprise, TEDx Parliament and SVC2UK.
Experienced entrepreneur, team leader, and digital media/imaging expert.
Specialties: Product Development/Strategy, ECommerce, Professional and Consumer Imaging Business & Technology, Digital Photography, Digital Media Search, Internet Marketing, Software as Service (SaaS), Digital Asset Management, Business Development, Raising Capital, Photographer
Frequent speaker, moderator and tech conference Master of Ceremonies at technology conferences such as The Next Web/Amsterdam, BizSpark Euro Summit, IDCEE/Ukraine, Pirate Summit/Germany, Seedcamp Investor Day and others around the world.
Prior to setting up my own company I was part of the executive team that grew a technology recruitment business from a team of 30 to a listed, international business of over 500 people with a market cap at peak of £250M.
In 2007 I left to start La Fosse Associates to fulfill a long held belief that there was a need in the market for a full service, values based technology recruiter able to recruit at all levels from the board downwards.
Everyone in our team has a slice of the equity and this has helped to attract top talent, drive a great team ethic and establish a collective pride in being the best we can.
Our vision is simple; to lead by example to achieve a step change in the standards of candidate care within our industry.
The first six years have been great fun. Word of mouth recommendation has driven our growth on average by over 60% per annum and we’ve won numerous awards along the way.
– 4th Best Company to work for in the UK. Sunday Times 2013 Small Company Category
– 23rd Fastest Growing company in the UK. The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 2011
– Shortlisted for Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ 2013
– Shortlisted for ‘most people focused CEO ‘ HR Magazine/Best Companies 2013
– 13th in “Top 50 rising stars” XL Magazine 2011
– Finalist “The Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year” National Business Awards 2010
– Winner “Recruitment Consultancy of the Year” Computing Awards for Excellence 2009
– UK’s No.1 senior IT recruiter [Nielsen Media Research]
Specialties: Technology recruitment and Interim Management digital
Chairman with exemplary track record of scaling and internationalising world class technology business to create and realise outstanding shareholder returns.
Specifically focused on aligning management, investors and founders around clearly defined common objectives.
2011 – Present Just Giving: Chairman
2011- 2013 Ubiquisys: Chairman – Sold to Cisco for $310m
2009 – 2011 Fizzback: Chairman – Sold to Nice for $88m
2007- 2010 Oblicore: Chairman – Sold to Computer Associates (undisclosed sum)
2004- 2013 Tribold: Chairman – Sold to Sigma Systems (undisclosed sum)
2003 – Present Exony: Chairman
2001 – 2004 Cramer Systems: CMO/ Board Advisor – Sold to Amdocs for $440m in 2006
1999 – 2000 Sun Microsystems: V.P/ G.M
1997 – 1999 Forte: CMO/ COO – Sold to Sun Microsystems for $810m
1992 – 1997 Sybase: European Sales Operations
Pre 1992 Variety of roles with StorageTek and Sperry Univac
Set up first business in music importing in school days: became Orbis Records, grew to be one of the UK’s largest record importers. Post MBA Marketing Director for Goodman Graham / Norman Broadbent – technology executive search firm. Headed marketing for the EMC at Price Waterhouse. Set up the European Technology Forum in 1997, sold to CNET Networks in 2003 and joined Ernst & Young in 2005
Awarded the MBE in 2013 Birthday Honours List for services to young people
Stefan Roever has a broad entrepreneurial, software, and finance background. He is CEO and founder of Genia Technologies, a next generation DNA sequencing company based in Mountain View, CA. Genia was sold to Roche in June 2014 for $350 million. He’s also founder and Chairman of gBox, a video monetization and distribution platform. He is an active private equity investor and currently serves as Chairman of WRS Materials, a roll-up of wafer reclaim companies.
Stefan was Co-Founder and CEO of Brokat Technologies, an encryption banking software company. Brokat reached a several billion dollar market cap and went public in 1998 on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on NASDAQ in 2000, but the company ultimately tanked when the bubble burst. Stefan was honored with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Germany. Stefan also is a two time award holder of Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. He earned degrees in both economics and law from the University of Tübingen.
Stefan’s personal interests include sports, political sciences and philosophy. He describes himself as an atheist anarchist and supports libertarian causes. He likes a good debate, especially about his favorite subject of how technology can be used to free individuals from interference by the state.
Nenad Marovac has more than 20 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in the media, telecom and technology sectors.
Nenad is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital, which is a media and technology early stage and growth capital investor with offices in London and Palo Alto. His investments include Apsmart, Datanomic (Acquired by Oracle), Eyeka, Mister Spex, Shazam Entertainment, Tbricks, Windeln, OLX (sold shares to Naspers) and JacobsRimell (acquired by Amdocs).
Nenad founded DN Capital in June 2000 after leaving Advent International, one of the world’s leading global private equity houses, where he was a Partner in the London office. At Advent International, he spent five years investing in European media, IT services, Internet and telecom companies. His investments include Synergon (IPO: LSE/BSE), Hogart, Internet Securities (acquired by Euromoney) and @Entertainment (IPO Nasdaq: acquired by UPC).
Prior to Advent International, Nenad was a Financial Analyst in the leveraged buyout group of Bankers Trust in New York focusing on media and communications.
Former libel barrister, Priya founded FMCG business Masala in 2008 successfully launching its products into nationwide supermarket chains and independent retailers. The company’s charitable arm has provided over 1 million meals and 35,000 vaccinations to the underprivileged in India and Africa. In 2014 Priya founded CENTURY-Tech, which is set to disrupt the education sector by utilising big data and data mining techniques to improve students’ learning outcomes.
Priya is a member of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum, an advisory board member to the Education Foundation and a founding member of Gazelle Group Colleges. Priya was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.
Ardent is an independent investment banking advisory firm, authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom.
Ardent provide advice to shareholders and boards of companies on a number of corporate finance activities, principally corporate strategy, finance raises, mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs, restructuring, and business development.
Ardent has developed expertise around digital media, with a particular focus on Internet Advertising, eCommerce, eMarketing, Online Gaming, and Online Publishing. Ardent maintains close relationships with a broad set of digital media, internet, and technology investors and companies both in Europe and the US.
Our recent transactions include:
• Tryzens: Management Buy-Out from AIM listed Jaywing plc
• MatchesFashion.com: Partial exit to Scottish Equity Partners and Highland Capital
• FeelUnique.com: Partial exit to Palamon Capital Partners
• VoucherCodes.co.uk: Sale to WhaleShark Media
• Swoodoo.com: Sale to Kayak.com
• FSN.net: Sale to Moneysupermarket.com
• my-wardrobe.com: Private placement with Balderton Capital
• Intela Inc: Private placement with Bestport Capital
• UK Web Media: Strategic advice
• SwapitShop.com: Private placement with Greylock Partners
• Assethouse: Sale to Amino
• UTarget.com: Sale to News Corporation
• Cycling.tv: Sale to JumpTV
• Portfolio of Cineworld Cinemas: Acquisition
• Portfolio of Odeon Cinemas: Acquisition
• UTarget.com: Private placement with Foresight Ventures
• Buy.At: Private placement with DFJ Esprit
Specialties: Origination, strategy, fund raising and business development
Rod founded the technology marketing group, Banner Corporation in 1984 and left it in 2009. It had grown to become the largest Business to Business agency in Europe and boasted the best of the world’s blue chip tech firms as its clients.
Since selling Banner to WPP, Rod became spellbound by the rise of social and marketing technology. He spent time studying, mentoring and investing in a variety of early stage Madtech companies.
In 2014 he made it into the TechCity Insider 100 list and the 2014/15 Fresh Business Thinking Power 100. In 2015 he was chosen as one of The Maserati 100 – A list of UKbased entrepreneurs who are giving back to the next generation. This year, he’s been included in the 2016 Smith & Williamson Power 100.
Rod co-founded Forgather – the events business that’s behind Snowball. Its mission is to build and develop event properties that enhance people’s lives.
His evolving plaything is 3LA.com. Having pivoted a few times, its collective brains and technologies are evolving an Agency of Change – to help businesses grapple with the future. 3LA helps traditional brands confront a tsunami of market changes and opportunities, plunder from the entrepreneurial revolution and foster ‘customer as partner’ marketing strategies.
Rod is also Chairman of Adgistics, a board member at Artesian and an advisory board member to eContext and EngageSciences.
For fun, he’s a Tech London Advocate, a fellow of the RSA, a Freeman in the Information Technologists’ Company, a marketing advisor to the Courtauld Institute of Art, a mentor to the School of Communication Arts.
The Snowball 2016 tour is gathering pace. Delegates confirmed. Content defined. #Snowbible goes out next weekend. Snow looks great too.3 months ago
If you’re fortunate enough to be part of Snowball this year, don’t worry about low snowfall. We have an idea… https://t.co/EGaaHYkO3M5 months ago
Sorry people. Snowball 2016 is completely sold out. Anyone with an invitation is welcome to join the waiting list. #fingerscrossed6 months ago
Snowball 2016 is now sold out.
If you have received an invitation and would like to come, may we ask that you complete the form below to join the waiting list.