An award-winning global retail analyst and a specialist in retail innovation and technology, Deborah is ranked a top Retail Influencer by Vend for 2017. She is the Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology and is responsible for providing the insight into the tech reshaping today’s global retail landscape.
CEO and Co-Founder, True Capital and TrueStart
Christine Hunsicker is a leading, US-based, entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of Gwynnie Bee, a technology-led clothing rental subscription service for women. Offering 3,000 different styles from over 150 brands, it has grown to 400 staff, shipping over 4 million boxes to customers.
Described by Forbes as the “Netflix of Plus-Size Fashion”, Gwynnie Bee was launched to tackle, disrupt and transform the fashion industry by focusing on an underserved consumer. It is constructing the foundation for a new apparel economy and marketplace.
Christine has an outstanding pedigree of leading successful startups, including as the former CEO of Drop.io, and President and COO of Right Media, which sold to Yahoo! for $850m.
From Leading Edge Forum, Simon has spent the last 20 years defining IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, retail and technologies industries.
Simon sits on the board of multiple startups on the West Coast and the UK and has twice been voted one of the UK’s top 50 most influential people in technology.
“How data and tech are impacting future business models”
Panellist 1 – William Tunstall-Pedoe, founder of Evi (the technology behind Amazon’s Alexa)
Panellist 2 – Dan Webb, Vice President of Engineering, Deliveroo
Panellist 3 – Sam Barton, Head of User Experience, Shop Direct
Panellist 4 – Doug Norton-Bilsby, Global Vice President, Retail and Consumer Products, ForgeRock
Moderator – Richard Anson, Founder of Reevoo
A selection of the latest startups vying for TrueStart funding
Zach was Head of Product for Zappos and responsible for driving the tech agenda that saw the brand become a revolutionary e-commerce retailer, which then sold to Amazon for $1.2bn.
Currently Managing Partner of Las Vegas-based VTF Capital, Zach’s background includes founding several companies that blend technology, real estate and transportation.
VTF Capital focuses on the future of retail brands and commerce technologies and is invested in over 70 active companies across the US.
“The content challenge and social commerce”
Interviewee – Amy Cole, Brand Development in EMEA for Instagram. Amy was the sixth member of the Instagram team. Amy has held the role of head of business operations, developing and launching Instagram’s advertising platform and led market operations for Instagram’s international business expansion.
Interviewer – Simon Calver, Partner, BGF Ventures (former CEO of Lovefilms and Mothercare)
Mark Collin, Group Director of Ventures – Europe, ThoughtWorks
“The Giants’ Views on the Future of the Industry”
Panellist 1 – Susanne Given, Chairman, Made.com
Panellist 2 – Tom Athron, Group Development Director, John Lewis Partnership
Panellist 3 – Sandrine Deveaux, MD Store of the Future, Farfetch
Panellist 4 – Kevin Flynn, Head of Retail – UK, ThoughtWorks UK
Moderator – Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director, Fung Global Retail & Technology