MEMBER FORUMS

H2's signature member forums take place every other month across all global chapters in settings that facilitate open, trusted discussions. Cross-chapter event participation is actively encouraged to build member to member relationships across geographies. Member forums utilize a model that gives participants the opportunity to engage in interactive and structured member-led discussions as well to connect 1:1. H2 member events follow the Chatham House Rule.

UPCOMING MEMBER FORUMS | PAST MEMBER FORUMS

H2O

Introduced in 2013, H2's annual global innovation leadership summit, H2O, is held in Silicon Valley every October. Designed as a senior level, invitation only event for H2 Members and invited guests, the summit draws upon H2′s industry operator-focused global network of startup leaders and companies across the world’s digital centers to share expert perspectives on core themes and innovation trends shaping the industry.

2014 MEMBER FORUMS CALENDAR

  • Beijing: Jan 14, Mar 25, May 27, Jul 29, Sep 23, Nov 25
  • Berlin: Jan 29, May 21, Jul 23, Sep 17, Nov 19 
  • India: Jan 29, Mar 26, May 28, Jul 30, Sep 24, Nov 26 
  • London: Jan 23, Mar 19, May 21, Jul 23, Sep 17, Nov 19 
  • New York: Jan 30, Mar 20, May 22, Jul 24, Sep 18, Nov 20 
  • Sao Paulo: Jan 30, Mar 26, May 29, Jul 31, Sep 18, Nov 25 
  • Silicon Valley: Jan 28, Mar 18, May 15, Jul 22, Sep 16, Nov 18 
  • Singapore: Jan 20, Mar 24, May 26, Jul 21, Sep 22, Nov 24 
  • Tel Aviv: Jan 27, Mar 24, May 19, Jul 21, Sep 22, Nov 17
  • Tokyo: Jan 29, Mar 19, May 28, Jul 30, Sep 17, Nov 26 

UPCOMING MEMBER FORUMS

May 2014

PAST MEMBER FORUMS

March 2014

  • Beijing (Mar 25): Emerging Trends in the China Startup Ecosystem; Discussion Lead: William Bao Bean - Founder @ KineticOne, Managing Director @ SingTel Innov8 China 
  • India (Mar 26): Company Case Study: Olacabs & Using Technology to Redefine the Rules and Disrupt an Entrenched Industry; Discussion Lead: Bhavish Aggarwal – Co-Founder & CEO @ Olacabs
  • London (Mar 19): How to Manage Creative People; Discussion Lead: Peter Skillman – Head of Design @ HERE
  • New York (Mar 20): The Role of Digital Media in Creating the Sports Fan of the Future; Discussion Lead: Chris Schlosser – VP, MLS Digital @ Major League Soccer
  • Sao Paulo (Mar 26): Mobile Landscape & Trends in Brazil; Discussion Lead: Fabricio Bloisi – CEO @ Movile
  • Silicon Valley (Mar 18): Company Case Study: Vuclip & Mobile Video Trends in Mobile First Markets; Discussion Lead: Nickhil Jakatdar – Co-Founder & CEO @ Vuclip
  • Singapore (Mar 24): Emerging Trends in Cloud Computing; Discussion Lead: Damian Crotty – President & CEO @ CloudFX
  • Tel Aviv (Mar 24): Strategies for Effectively Hiring & Running Teams in Functions Outside Your Expertise; Tamar Yaniv – Co-Founder & CEO @ Preen.me
  • Tokyo (Mar 19): Emerging Trends in Gamification; Discussion Lead: Koji Fukada – Founder & President @ Yumemi

January 2014

  • Beijing (Jan 14): Developing in China for China; Discussion Lead: Norbert Chang – CEO @ Lekan
  • Berlin (Jan 29): Emerging Communications Strategies & Considerations for Startups; Discussion Lead: Kirsten Maynard – H2 Partner Lead & Director @ Sparkpr (special guest speaker) 
  • India (Jan 29): Company Case Study: Nazara & Global Trends in Mobile Gaming; Discussion Lead: Nitish Mittersain – Founder & CEO @ Nazara
  • London (Jan 23): Strategies for Driving & Surviving an Acquisition; Discussion Lead: Jason Keane – President @ Saffron Digital
  • New York (Jan 30): Successfully Navigating the Transition from Corporate to Entrepreneur; Discussion Lead: Nora Abousteit – Founder @ Kollabora
  • Sao Paulo (Jan 30): Emerging Trends & Applications in Big Data; Discussion Lead: Frederico Hohagen – Co-Founder & Commercial Director @ MapLink
  • Silicon Valley (Jan 28): Driving Strategic Value & Accelerating Growth through Partnerships; Discussion Lead: Karen Appleton – SVP Global Alliances @ Box
  • Singapore (Jan 20): The Maturing Southeast Asia Startup Ecosystem - Lessons from the Ground; Discussion Lead: Vinnie Lauria – Managing Partner @ Golden Gate Ventures
  • Tel Aviv (Jan 27): Hiring & Building Hacker Teams for Lean Innovation; Raphael Ouzan – Founder, CTO & Head of Product @ BillGuard
  • Tokyo (Jan 29): Company Case Study: istyle & the Beauty Vertical Opportunity in Asia; Discussion Lead: Kei Sugawara – Chief Financial Officer @ istyle

November 2013

  • Beijing (Nov 26): Fundraising Across Borders: Strategies & Considerations for Startup Leaders; Discussion Lead: Bertrand Schmitt – CEO & Chairman @ App Annie
  • Berlin (Nov 27): Strategies for Managing Organizational Scaling & Health During Growth Cycles; Discussion Lead: Marc Strigel – COO @ SoundCloud
  • India (Nov 20): Mobile in India: Trends & Implications from VAS to Data; Discussion Lead: Beerud Sheth – Co-Founder & CEO @ GupShup
  • London (Nov 20): Raw Innovation: Models for Incubating Your Vision One Day at a Time... Will the Final Chapter Take Care of Itself?; Discussion Lead: Liz Rice – Co-Founder @ Tank Top TV (part of Telefonica's WAYRA incubator)
  • New York (Nov 19): Spotify, Hulu & Emerging Trends in Online Entertainment; Discussion Lead: Jorge Espinel – Head of Global Business Development @ Spotify
  • Sao Paulo (Nov 27): Company Case Study: Locaweb & Emerging Trends in Web Hosting in the Age of Cloud Computing; Discussion Lead: Flavio Jansen – CEO @ Locaweb
  • Silicon Valley (Nov 18): Company Case Study: Udemy & Disruptive Innovation in Online Education; Discussion Lead: Dennis Yang – President & COO @ Udemy
  • Singapore (Nov 18): Company Case Study: RedMart & the E-Commerce Landscape in Southeast Asia; Discussion Lead: Roger Egan – Co-Founder & CEO @ RedMart
  • Tel Aviv (Nov 24): Company Case Study: Adotomi & Building Trusted, Open Relationships on the Path to Acquisition; Discussion Lead: Joe McCormack – Founder & CEO @ Adquant
  • Tokyo (Nov 27): Company Case Study: Rovio & Global Trends in Mobile Gaming and Entertainment; Discussion Lead: Antti Sonninen – Country Director, Japan @ Rovio

September 2013

  • Beijing (Sep 24): Company Case Study: CMUNE & Building a Global Company from China; Discussion Lead: Ludovic Bodin – Co-Founder & CEO @ CMUNE
  • Berlin (Oct 31): Emerging Trends in Mobile Advertising; Discussion Lead: Dirk Freytag – CEO @ YOC
  • India (Sep 24): The Realities of Building & Running Startups in India vs. Silicon Valley: Perspectives from an American Entrepreneur in India; Discussion Lead: Valerie Wagoner – Founder & CEO @ ZipDial
  • London (Sep 26): Selling without Sex - How to Succeed in the Youth Mobile Apps Market; Discussion Lead: Celia Francis – CEO @ WeeWorld
  • New York (Sep 26): Company Case Study: Etsy & Building Online Marketplaces on a Global Scale; Discussion Lead: Kruti Patel Goyal – VP, International @ Etsy
  • Sao Paulo (Sep 25): The Evolution & Future of Online & Mobile Payments; Discussion Lead: Mario Mello – Head of Latin America @ PayPal
  • Silicon Valley (Sep 24): Organic vs. Inorganic Expansion & Build, Buy, and Partner Considerations; Discussion Lead: Emilie Choi – Senior Director, Corporate Development @ LinkedIn
  • Singapore (Sep 16): Company Case Study: Jana & Connecting Global Brands with the Next Billion Through Mobile; Discussion Lead: Nathan Eagle – Co-Founder & CEO @ Jana
  • Tel Aviv (Sep 16): The Role of Talent in Building World Class Companies & Keys to Managing High Performance Teams; Discussion Lead: Barak Rabinowitz - CEO @ Win
  • Tokyo (Sep 24): Simple Ways to Localize and Go Global; Discussion Lead: Rob Laing – Co-Founder & CEO @ Gengo

July 2013

  • Beijing (Jul 23): Insights from the CASEE Acquisition & A Practical Guide to M&A in China; Discussion Lead: Ye Xin – Founder @ CEO @ Casee; former CTO @ Sohu
  • Berlin (Jul 24): Company Case Study: Fab & Emerging Trends in Ecommerce; Discussion Lead: Roman Kirsch – Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications @ Fab
  • India (Aug 7): Insights into Social Media Usage & Trends in India; Discussion Lead: Kirthiga Reddy – Director of Online Operations and Head of Office India @ Facebook
  • London (Jul 24): Selling Technology to SMEs & Lessons Learned; Discussion Lead: Rob Swerling – COO @ Livebookings
  • New York (Jul 25): Company Case Study: Squarespace & Building High Performance Company Cultures; Discussion Lead: Jesse Hertzberg – COO @ Squarespace
  • Sao Paulo (Jul 24): Company Case Study: HelpSaude & The Impact of Digital on the Healthcare Sector; Discussion Lead: Gustavo Guida Reis – Founder @ CEO @ HelpSaude
  • Silicon Valley (Jul 23): From Mobile First to Mobile Only: Designing for the Next Billion Online Users; Discussion Lead: Simon Davies – Founder & CEO @ Yakatak; Co-Founder & Director @ Snaptu
  • Singapore (Jul 15): Emerging Trends in Content Discovery and Distribution; Discussion Lead: Anthony Hearne – Regional Manager, SE Asia @ Outbrain
  • Tokyo (Jul 30): Disruptive Innovation in Online Music; Discussion Lead: Hannes Graah – Director of Spotify Japan

May 2013

  • Beijing (May 28): Challenges and Opportunities in Building an Ecommerce Category Leader in China; Discussion Lead: Lu Dong – Founder & CEO @ La Miu
  • Berlin (May 22): Company Case Study: Project A & the Evolving Incubator/VC Landscape in Berlin; Discussion Lead: Florian Heinemann – Co-Founder & Managing Director @ Project A
  • India (May 22): The Evolution & Future of Online Classifieds and its Role in Multi-Category e-Commerce; Discussion Lead: Pranay Chulet – Founder & CEO @ Quikr
  • London (May 22): Beyond the Snaptu/Facebook Acquisition & the Developing Social Mobile Landscape in Emerging Markets; Discussion Lead: Simon Davies – Founder & CEO @ Yakatak; Co-Founder & Director @ Snaptu
  • New York (May 21): Decision Making: Instrumenting Products and Organizations to Make Smart(er) Decisions; Discussion Lead: Hilary Mason – Chief Scientist @ bitly
  • Sao Paulo (May 22): Company Case Study: Fashion.me & Strategies and Considerations for US Market Expansion; Discussion Lead: Flavio Pripas – Founder @ Fashion.me
  • Silicon Valley (May 21): The Role & Impact of Platforms in Major Technology Market Shifts; Discussion Lead: Mike McBride – Vice President, Platform @ Lookout; former Vice President, Platform @ DeNA
  • Singapore (May 20): The Evolving Advertising Technology Landscape & Changing Role of Agencies; Discussion Leads: Jason Kuperman – Vice President, Omnicom Digital, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East and Africa @ Omnicom Group & Patrick Rona – President, Asia Pacific @ Tribal DDB Worldwide
  • Tokyo (May 29): Emerging Trends in Online Travel; Discussion Lead: Ken Mishima – General Manager of Expedia North Asia and RD at AirAsia Expedia Japan KK

March 2013

  • Beijing (April 16): Company Case Study: Bubble Motion & Trends in Mobile Social Messaging Across the Rest of Asia; Discussion Lead: Thomas Clayton – CEO & President @ Bubble Motion, Co-Chair @ H2 Singapore
  • Berlin (March 20): Company Case Study: Wer liefert was? & the B2B Supplier Search Opportunity; Discussion Lead: Peter Schmid – CEO @ Wer liefert was?; former CEO @ PARSHIP,  Vice President @ eBay Classifieds
  • India (April 16): The Future of Urban Mobility & Opportunities to Disrupt the Automotive Industry; Discussion Lead: Mohit Dubey – Co-Founder & CEO @ CarWale.com
  • London (March 20): The Evolution of Data Driven Advertising Technology or Everything You Wanted to Know About the Luma Landscape (But Were Afraid to Ask); Discussion Lead: Gianluca Carrera – VP International & MD Europe @ PubMatic
  • New York (March 21): The Evolution & Future of Online Video; Discussion Lead: Tim Shey – Director, YouTube Next Lab @ Google; Co-Founder & President @ Next New Networks
  • Sao Paulo (March 21): Emerging Trends in Digital Marketing; Discussion Lead: Roberto Eckersdorff – President & CEO @ Aunica
  • Silicon Valley (March 27): The Emerging Role of Context-Driven User Experience in a Cross-Platform World; Joseph O’Sullivan – Design Director, Design Innovation Group @ Intuit
  • Singapore (March 19): Company Case Study: McDonald’s & The Integration of Digital into Retail; Discussion Lead: Andrew Knott - Vice President, Media & Digital @ McDonald’s Corporation; former Chief Digital Office, Asia Pacific @ Euro RSCG
  • Tokyo (April 17): The Evolution & Future of Online & Mobile Payments; Discussion Lead: Jonathan Epstein – Country Manager @ PayPal Japan

January 2013

  • Beijing (January 29): Company Case Study: LightInTheBox & Global Trends in E-Commerce; Discussion Lead: Alan Guo - Founder & CEO @ LightInTheBox; former Chief Strategist @ Google China
  • Berlin (January 31): Company Case Study: Twitter & Building Market Success in Germany; Discussion Lead: Rowan Barnett - Market Director Germany @ Twitter
  • India (January 23): The Fast Changing Digital Advertising Ecosystem; Discussion Lead: Prashant Mehta - CEO @ Komli Media; former VP and Head of Advertiser & Partner Group, Emerging Markets @ Yahoo!
  • London (January 30): Company Case Study: LinkedIn & EMEA Expansion; Discussion Lead: Ariel Eckstein – Managing Director EMEA @ LinkedIn
  • New York (January 29): When Governments Meet Innovators – Tragedy, Comedy, Drama, or Love Story?; Discussion Lead: Andrew McLaughlin - Entrepreneur In Residence @ betaworks; former VP @ Tumblr, Deputy CTO of the United States, and Director of Global Public Policy @ Google
  • Sao Paulo (January 31): Company Case Study: Digipix & Learnings from Brazil’s Largest Digital Printing Operation; Discussion Lead: Marco Perlman – Founder & CEO @ Digipix
  • Silicon Valley (January 31): Growth, Engagement & Virality Cycles: Developing Successful Consumer Products; Discussion Lead: Othman Laraki - Entrepreneur; former VP of Growth & International @ Twitter, Founder @ Mixer Labs
  • Singapore (January 21): Lessons on Developing Technology Platforms for Asia Markets; Discussion Lead: Robbie Hills – Head of Media Technology Solution (China, India, and South East Asia) @ Google
  • Tokyo (January 23): Company Case Study: Peatix & Building a Global Ticketing and Events Service from Japan; Discussion Lead: Taku Harada – Co-Founder & CEO @ Peatix

November 2012

  • Silicon Valley (November 29): Company Case Study: Dropbox & Global Trends in Cloud Storage; Discussion Lead: Ramsey Homsany - General Counsel @ Dropbox; former VP & Deputy General Counsel @ Google
  • Beijing (November 27): Social Media Trends in China; Discussion Lead: Alan Du - VP of Corporate Development @ Renren; former Co-Founder & CEO @ Z Entertainment Network
  • Berlin (November 29): Regional Market Entry Strategies & Considerations - Satellites vs. Central HQ, Country vs. Functional Responsibilities; Discussion Lead: Gerrit Mueller - President Europe @ Justfab; former CEO, COO & GM International @ MyHammer
  • India (November 27): Company Case Study: One97 & Emerging Trends in Payment Services; Discussion Lead: Vijay Shekhar Sharma - Founder & CEO @ One97
  • London (November 28): Company Case Study: InMobi & Global Trends in Mobile Advertising; Discussion Lead: Rob Jonas - VP & MD, EMEA and Global Business Operations @ InMobi
  • Sao Paulo (November 28): Company Case Studies: RevMob and Abril Media & Mobile Sector Opportunities in Brazil; Discussion Leads: Guilherme Schvartsman - Founder & CEO @ RevMob, Manoel Lemos - Chief Digital Officer @ Abril Media
  • Singapore (November 19): Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship; Discussion Leads: Daryl Arnold - Co-Founder & CEO @ Newton Circus, Grace Sai - Co-Founder @ The Hub Singapore
  • Tokyo (November 21): Company Case Study: Metaps & Global Trends in Mobile Monetization; Discussion Lead Katsuaki Sato - Founder & CEO @ Metaps

September 2012

  • Silicon Valley (September 27): Strategies & Considerations for Expansion into Asia w/ Company Case Study: reQall; Discussion Lead: Dr. Kuo-Yi Lim - CEO @ Infocomm Investments
  • Berlin (September 24): Company Case Study: betterplace & International Expansion Key Learnings; Discussion Lead: Till Behnke - Founder & CEO @ betterplace
  • India (September 27): Crowdsourcing the India Digital Landscape – The Insiders' Views; Discussion Lead: Mahesh Murthy - Founder & Pinstorm, Co-Founder @ Seedfund
  • London (September 25): Strategies & Considerations for Expansion into Asia w/ Company Case Study: Skyscanner; Discussion Lead: Dr. Kuo-Yi Lim - CEO @ Infocomm Investments
  • Sao Paulo (September 20): Company Case Studies: Baby.com and MoIP & E-Commerce Opportunities in Brazil; Discussion Leads: In Hsieh - Co-Founder & COO @ Baby.com, Igor Senra Magalhaes - Co-Founder @ MoIP
  • Singapore (September 19): Singapore Government Entities & Ecosystem Building Programs w/ Company Case Study: Lakshya Digital; Discussion Lead: Dr. Kuo-Yi Lim - CEO @ Infocomm Investments
  • Tokyo (September 20): Strategies & Considerations for Japan Market Entry; Discussion Lead: Catherine Porter - Acting Japan Country Manager @ LinkedIn

July 2012

  • Silicon Valley (July 23): Emerging Trends in Monetization; Discussion Lead: Gokul Rajaram - Product Director of Ads @ Facebook; Former Product Director of AdSense @ Google, Founder & CEO @ Chai Labs
  • Berlin (July 27): Company Case Studies: Kayak, Skype and Spotify & Lessons on Building Global Successes; Discussion Lead: Faisal Galaria - Former VP & Global Head of Corporate & Business Development @ Spotify, Managing Director of International @ Kayak
  • India (July 25): Catalysing Startup Talent Ecosystems - Key Learnings from Asia for India; Discussion Lead: Thomas Clayton - Co-Chair @ H2 Singapore, CEO & President @ Bubble Motion; Former GM Worldwide Telecom Business @ BEA Systems (Oracle)
  • London (July 25): Company Case Study - foursquare & the Evolution and Future of LBS; Discussion Lead: Omid Ashtari - Business Development Director @ foursquare; Former New Business Development Manager and Search Properties Lead EMEA @ Google
  • Sao Paulo (July 26): Company Case Studies - Buscape and Ci&T & International Expansion of Brazilian Technology Companies; Discussion Leads: Rodrigo Borges - Co-Founder & VP of Product and R&D @ Buscape, Cesar Gon - Founder & CEO @ Ci&T
  • Singapore (July 23): Company Case Study - Living Social & Global Trends in Group Buying & E-Commerce; Discussion Lead: Varsha Rao - VP, Asia @ Living Social; Former CEO @ SingTel Digital Media
  • Tokyo (July 19): Company Case Study - Twitter & Building Market Success in Japan; Discussion Lead: James Kondo - Japan Country Manager @ Twitter

May 2012 – 2 Year Anniversary (partners: Accel Partners, 500 Startups, Seedcamp)

  • Silicon Valley (May 30): Mentoring Sessions + Main Event: Company Case Study - MoPub, Discussion Lead: Jim Payne - Founder & CEO @ MoPub; Sector Discussion - Mobile, Discussion Lead: Rich Wong - Partner @ Accel; Partners: Accel Partners, 500 Startups
  • Beijing (May 23): Next Generation Ad Exchanges; Discussion Lead: Reza Behnam - Founder & CEO @ adz, H2 Singapore Co-Chair
  • Berlin (May 14): Perspectives on Managing Growth; Discussion Leads: Jens Begemann - Founder & CEO @ Wooga, Arne Bleckwenn - Founder & CEO @ Wimdu
  • London (May 16): Mentoring Sessions + Main Event: Company Case Study - GoCardless, Tom Blomfield, Matt Robinson, and Hiroki Takeuchi - Co-Founders @ GoCardless; Sector Discussion - Mobile, Discussion Leads: Max Niederhofer and Adam Valkin @ Accel; Partners: Accel Partners, Seedcamp
  • Sao Paulo (May 17): Company Case Study - foursquare; Discussion Lead: Holger Luedorf - VP & Head of Business Development @ foursquare
  • Singapore (May 28): Payments in Emerging Markets; Discussion Leads: Ganesh Bangah - Co-Founder & CEO @ MOL Global, Craig White - President of Global Operations @ MOL Global
  • Tokyo (May 16): Mobile Sector Trends; Discussion Lead: Jeff Merkel - Director of Mobile @ Google, Founder & Director @ H2; Former VP APAC & LATAM @ AdMob

March 2012

January 2012

  • Silicon Valley: Data's Defining Role in Web 3.0 - DJ Patil
  • London: Daily Deals - Fatally Flawed or Marketing Revolution? - Glen Drury
  • Singapore: Leveraging Paid, Owned, and Earned Media on the Social Web - Ken Mandel

November 2011

September 2011

  • Silicon Valley: M&A Led International Growth Strategies – Tanguy Peers
  • London: “Corporate” vs. “The Field” – Joe Cohen
  • Singapore: Angel’s Gate Case Study – Ash Singh, mig33 Case Study – Steven Goh

May 2011 – 1 Year Anniversary (partners: Greylock, Index & Neoteny Ventures)

March 2011

January 2011

October 2010

July 2010

  • Silicon Valley: Central vs. Regional, Hiring Local Talent
  • London: Central vs. Regional, Hiring Local Talent
  • Singapore: Central vs. Regional, Hiring Local Talent

May 2010 – Launch

  • Silicon Valley: Product Localization, Market Prioritization
  • London: Challenges in International Expansion
  • Singapore: Digital Trends in Asia