Founder Fireside

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Founder Fireside

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Founder Fireside

At TQ's Founder Fireside we highlight people that have founded successful growing companies. We invite them to a curated stage, with only startup founders in attendance, so they can share those important details that will help the next generation of founders get to where they are.

This is a curated event with limited capacity exclusively reserved for founders. For programming relevant to any expertise, see the our event schedule.

Founder: Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten of TNW

Boris is a successful 'serial entrepreneur' and CEO and founder of The Next Web, colloquially known as TNW. Since it was founded in 2006, TNW has grown to become one of the world’s largest online publications focussing on Internet technology, business and culture. TNW also hosts Europe's leading tech festival in Amsterdam, with over 12,500 visitors, in addition to a conference in New York City. 

Before founding TNW, Boris started his first company in 1997 and sold it in 1999 to Fortunecity. His second company was the first Wi-Fi hotspot operator in The Netherlands which was sold to Royal KPN in 2003. It was soon rebranded to KPN Hotspots and you can still use it today and see the logo he designed on a napkin in 2002. 

Founder: Janneke Niessen

Janneke is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, board member and mentor for startups. She has started and sold 2 international tech companies and is currently preparing her third. Janneke is co-founder of Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm, and co-initiator of InspiringFifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. 

Janneke is a also member of supervisory board of UNICEF, advisory board member of FutureNL, member of the investment committee of Innovation Quarter, member of the advisory commission seed capital Technostarters of the government and she writes a column about technology for LINDA, the biggest magazine for women in the Netherlands. Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016, two of many in a long list of honors for Janneke.