Founders vs CEOs - A Game of Thrones

Date: 08 Sep 2020, 14:00
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free but registration is compulsory

Founders vs CEOs - A Game of Thrones New Brand

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As 2020 - the year of surreal - turns into the 'new normal', the Royal Academy of Engineering's Enterprise Hub asks who is best placed to lead your tech startups through the uncharted? Should we put our faith in the foresight of revolutionaries or is it time for experience and hindsight to take the helm? The Enterprise Hub will go where HBO and George R.R. Martin dare not: in search of satisfactory conclusions. 

We know all too well that the head of the table can be a battleground. Despite our best intentions, opportunity is turned to ash if friendly fire is left unchecked. On Tuesday 8 September we will discuss the benefits of backing a founding visionary versus an experienced CEO. You'll hear stories of winners, losers and hard-earned lessons learned from those who lived through it all. 

Audience

Tech founders, CEOs and everyone caught in the crossfire. 

Speakers

Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS

Andy’s career in industry has involved co-founding over a dozen spin-outs and start-ups, three of which floated on stock markets. Virata floated on NASDAQ and at its peak had a market capitalisation of $5 billion.

His most prominent successes have come through RealVNC, which won the prestigious MacRobert Award in 2013, and Ubisense plc. Collectively, these two organisations have received five Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

In academia, Andy heads the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory and is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall and Corpus Christi College. Elsewhere, he served as President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology between 2012 and 2013, and in 2007 received a CBE for services to the computer industry.

Andy is co-founder and Chairman of pioneering remote access software developers RealVNC and is also Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996.

Heba Bevan OBE

Heba is a highly motivated business leader with a track record of technical innovation and technology deployment on large infrastructure and construction projects. She is passionate about technology design, STEM education and the expansion of hi-tech manufacturing in Britain and has in-depth knowledge and experience in embedded software markets, networking, wireless sensors and cyber security.

Heba began working for the microchip design company ARM where she was an integral designer of the ARM Cortex processors. Following this Heba went back to The University of Cambridge to do her PhD where she founded UtterBerry. Five years on Heba has multiple patents to her name in a wide range of fields from manufacturing and engineering to Medicine and Sensing. With many awards to her name including the Digital Innovation Award from Chartered Institute of Building in 2014, The Construction Excellence National Award for Innovation in 2015, and two New Civil Engineers Ground Engineering awards, Heba was awarded an OBE for her contributions to technology, innovation, and STEM education 2018.

UtterBerry is a patented intelligent wireless sensor system which works on extremely low power. Fitting in the palm of the hand and weighing less than 15 grams, UtterBerry sensors are the smallest and lightest wireless sensors in the world. Despite their size, they work to sub-millimetre precision, measuring multiple variables; collecting and interpreting data at the source and transmitting information in real time.

UtterBerry is a patented intelligent wireless sensor system which works on extremely low power. Fitting in the palm of the hand and weighing less than 15 grams, UtterBerry sensors are the smallest and lightest wireless sensors in the world. Despite their size, they work to sub-millimetre precision, measuring multiple variables; collecting and interpreting data at the source and transmitting information in real time.

Suranga Chandratillake OBE FREng

Suranga has long experience as an engineer and entrepreneur. He founded Blinkx - an intelligent search engine for video and audio content - in 2004. He led Blinkx as CEO for eight years as well as taking it public in 2007. He is widely regarded as an expert on the convergence of the web, television and online advertising.

Before his work with Blinkx, Suranga was US Chief Technology Officer of Autonomy where he was mentored by Mike Lynch and led the effort to enable Autonomy’s software to work in highly distributed environments. Suranga joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2014.

An accomplished speaker and commentator on the overlap between technology and media, Suranga has been elected by the World Economic Forum as one of its Young Global Leaders. He was also included in the Top 10 leaders in Science and Innovation by The Observer’s Future 500 list, and was a recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal in 2012. Suranga was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012.

Tickets 

This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

After registering your place, you will receive an email that contains login details to join the online event.

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Boggon, Programmes Officer, Enterprise, Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Recording notice

Please note this event will be recorded and published on the Royal Academy of Engineering website. 

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