The Marketplace Conference is a one day event focused on all things marketplaces and unites marketplace entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts. It provides a platform for exchanging knowhow and best practices and attracts marketplaces entrepreneurs and investors of all stages.
The event series was initiated by Dan Hoffer of Autotech Ventures and Speedinvest Network Effects who premiered the first The Marketplace Conference in San Francisco in early 2018 followed by a European edition in fall of the same year. Battery Ventures, Point Nine Capital and Market One Capital are among the early supporters and partners of the conference. Today, The Marketplace Conference is a semi-annual event between San Francisco (spring edition) and Berlin (fall edition) that gathers over 1000 marketplace aficionados each year. It is supported by smaller, ancillary The Marketplace Meetups events across different cities in the world.
Speedinvest Network Effects, in short Speedinvest x, is a focus fund under the Speedinvest umbrella that focuses on pre-seed and seed-investments in marketplaces, platforms and their enabling technologies. The vision of Speedinvest x is to be the preferred partner of entrepreneurs building tomorrow‘s network effect-driven platforms and technologies. The fund invests between €100'000 to €1'000'000 as first institutional investor into European and North American marketplace-startups. The Speedinvest x team consists of 7 investment professionals with deep domain expertise supported by Speedinvest's portfolio services platform. Read more here.
Autotech Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm (seed through Series C) focused on the global $3T ground transportation market. With a portfolio focused on marketplaces, fintech, SAAS, and deeptech, the firm partners with large corporations from the transportation industry who represent over $500B in market capitalization who actively contribute to the success of its startups. Autotech Ventures prides itself on being a ‘value-add investor’ and leverages its industry focus to build a powerful network and deep expertise in understanding how connected, autonomous, shared, and electrified vehicles and related mobility services will disrupt the incumbent ground transportation sector. Autotech Ventures’ portfolio can be found here.
Co-Organizer: Battery Ventures
Battery Ventures is a global, technology-focused investment firm that strives to invest in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including software and services, Web infrastructure, consumer Internet/marketplaces, mobile and industrial technologies. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at stages ranging from seed to private equity and invests globally from offices in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Israel and New York. Follow the firm on Twitter @BatteryVentures or learn more at Battery.com.