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.
Tech’s Diversity Problem - What Does it Really Look Like?
Lead Software Engineer
NED & Board Member
The Access Group
Melissa Di Donato
Suse and Boardwave Patron
It is no secret that the tech industry struggles with diversity. The numbers of women and people from ethnically diverse backgrounds remain low and has done for decades. In this first of a two-part episode of Making Waves we explore some of the problems around diversity in tech, and hear testimony from people in the industry about what it feels like to be the odd one out - whether that be the only woman in the room or the lone black programmer in a software firm. In part two, which will be available in March, we’ll look at the solutions and offer some practical tips for businesses determined to tackle this issue.
Advice on Starting, Growing and Scaling Your Start-up
FELIX VAN DE MAELE
Boardwave Committee Member & Patron
Serial Chair & Investor
In this episode, we hear three software leaders' advice on how to get set up for success in the early days and how to scale once you have achieved “product-market fit”. We also get their thoughts on your first external investment round.
Felix Van de Maele is a Boardwave Nextwaver and CEO of Collibra, which he started at 23 from his bedroom in a university in Belgium. Today, he has built Collibra into one of the biggest success stories in European software, living in New York, building a global leader with $200m ARR and $5bn valuation from his current investors.
Hala Zeine was previously Chief Product Officer at Celonis in Germany, a similarly successful European-founded global business. Hala left to join Blackstone 18 months ago as an investor. (Blackstone are a Boardwave partner & sponsor). Her earlier career was spent in a series of ever more senior roles at SAP.
Jonathan Mckay is a Boardwave Committee Member & Patron, he also a serial Chair and Investor. Jonathan has worked at some of the most successful global software firms in his long career, spending time in both the UK and Silicon Valley. Today, he is one of Europe’s most successful early-stage investors.
Attracting Talent and Retaining Your People in a Post Pandemic World
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.
Managing through a challenging economy
Venture Capital Investor & Venture Partner
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.
How to win big globally against Silicon Valley & the rest
Chairperson & Board Member
Former CEO Hewlett Packard & SAP
Serial Board & Advisory Roles
Focussed around People & Technology
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.