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Making Waves is the exclusive podcast series from Boardwave. Each 30-minute episode is issue led. Designed to be thought-provoking, occasionally controversial and entertaining, we address topics that are requested by, or relevant to, our Members and Leaders of the European software industry. You will hear from global leaders, emerging talent and special guests – all experts in their field.

 

It's a conversation starter to a debate we expect to have in our live Members-only events.

Episode 3:

Attracting Talent and Retaining Your People in a Post Pandemic World
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CHANO FERNADEZ

Co-CEO
Workday

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ABAKAR SAIDOV

CEO
Beamery

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ANASTASIA LENG

CEO
CreativeX

The world of work, looks very different today than five years ago. The Pandemic combined with the “War for Talent” in European software have catalysed a change in working practices.  

What’s the best way to recruit, retain & engage staff in a turbulent and troubled economic climate? And why is there such a war for talent in the European software industry?  

In our upcoming “Making Waves” podcast we look at what companies need to do to retain and engage their staff following the years of upheaval caused by the COVID pandemic. Also, what role does the employer have, in the near term, in supporting their employees when there is a “cost of living squeeze” as we are seeing now across Europe.

We are joined by Chano Fernadez, Co-CEO of Workday, one of the world’s largest and most successful Enterprise Software companies and a Boardwave Nextwaver, Abakar Saidov, CEO of Beamery and Anastasia Leng, CEO of Creative X to discuss these important issues.

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Episode 2

Managing through a challenging economy
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ANASTASIA LENG

CEO
CreativeX

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MARTIN GIBSON

Venture Capital Investor & Venture Partner
Accel

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VARUN SUNDERRAMAN

Partner
Arma Partners

Changes in the way we worked during the pandemic forced organisations to invest in new software systems to support, amongst other things, hybrid working. As software became even more of an essential business tool than before, valuations in technology companies reached new heights.

Now, just as the world begins to shake off the pandemic, we face new macro-economic headwinds caused by, amongst other things, a terrible war in Ukraine. In the last nine months, software and technology valuations have gone into reverse as we enter an inevitable global recession. In this second episode of our podcast series, Making Waves, we look in more detail at the consequences of a challenging economy for European software with our three guests. We are joined by Anastasia Leng, CEO of CreativeX and a Boardwave Nextwaver, who having faced previous business challenges, has a pragmatic stance as she leads the growth in her business and recently concluded a successful investment round. We also get a view from the Venture Capital world, as we talk to Martin Gibson, Venture Partner at Accel. The episode starts with a view of the market from one of Europe’s leading tech bankers, Varun Sunderraman, Partner at Arma Partners.

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Episode 1

How to win big globally against Silicon Valley & the rest
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LEO APOTHEKER

Chairperson & Board Member
Former CEO Hewlett Packard & SAP

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ADAM HALE

Serial Board & Advisory Roles
Focussed around People & Technology

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LINDSEY ARMSTRONG

Board Member & Advisor
Former EVP International salesforce.com

The very first episode of Boardwave's podcast series. In episode one, we discuss how the European software industry can build more world-class companies with our Boardwave Patrons, Leo Apotheker, Chairperson & Board Member, Former CEO Hewlett Packard & SAP, and Adam Hale, Board Member & Advisor, who as CEO of Fairsail successfully sold his business to Sage. We also talk to Boardwave Founder, Phill Robinson, and Lindsey Armstrong, Board Member & Advisor to several European software firms including Aforza (UK) and nfinite (France). In her earlier career Lindsey ran the international business of two large US software firms, Salesforce.com and Symantec. We take a look at the issues and look at our strengths and weaknesses compared to the crucible of software, Silicon Valley, as well as the emergence of Asia as a software powerhouse.

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