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Top IBM speaker scheduled at local VC event

Bob Skinstad to MC.

The 2015 Exit Conference (https://www.quicket.co.za/events/9578-exit-conference-2015/#/) hosted by Knife Capital(http://www.knifecap.com/) and Moneyweb has added another illustrious speaker to its star-studded line-up in the form of a leading venture capital (VC) player from Silicon Valley.

 
Deborah Magid, Director of Software Strategy at IBM Venture Capital Group will add international flavour to a conference which is recognised as the forerunner in the VC and private equity spaces.
 
With experience in Europe, the US and emerging markets, Magid scouts for emerging business opportunities, and is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through mergers and acquisitions. Magid will be exploring how early-stage companies can build large, internationally-competing business through partnering with large multi-nationals. How do acquisitions work, why do corporates do it and how can early-stage companies best position themselves to make such a partnership successful?
 
The event which will run alongside the 2015 Money Expo organised by Moneyweb includes a number of other high-profile speakers, including:
  • Bob Skinstad – Seartec – MC
  • Keet van Zyl – Knife Capital
  • Andrea Böhmert – Knife Capital
  • Hannes van Rensburg – Fundamo founder who enjoyed a $110m Exit to Visa – June 2011
  • Franz Struwig – SA entrepreneur who sold his business iKubu to Garmin in January 2015)
  • Pieter de Villiers – Clickatell (Silicon Valley-based); SiMODiSA; The SABLE Accelerator
  • Tobi Oke – Intel Capital
Keet van Zyl, CEO of Knife Capital says: “Local entrepreneurs Hannes van Rensburg (Fundamo) and Franz Struwig (iKubu) who built and sold their high-growth businesses to international corporates Visa and Garmin respectively will take delegates through their amazing journeys. Pieter de Villiers from Clickatell – which is funded by local private equity group: Ethos and Silicon Valley VC: Sequoia Capital – will highlight South Africans impacting Silicon Valley and how that is advancing the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
 
“Being able to attract such high-quality speakers to an event of this nature is a testament to the global-recognised skills of the Knife Capital team,” says Moneyweb Managing Director Marc Ashton, adding: “We at Moneyweb are constantly striving to give our audience access to thought leaders in the investment space and our partnership with this event is evidence of this.” 
 
Sponsors for the Exit Conference include PwC, Ansarada Data Rooms and Microsoft BizSpark.
 
 
 
 
About Knife Capital:
Knife Capital is a Southern African growth equity fund manager and advisor focusing on innovation-driven ventures with proven traction. Through the utilisation of its knowledge, networks & funding the company engineers growth to allow investors and entrepreneurs to share in the upside of scalable African businesses.
 
About The Money Expo 2015:
Hosted by JSE-listed media group Moneyweb, the event aims to be the the leading event in the investment, personal finance and entrepreneurship sectors. The event, which will be taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on August 21 and 22 is expected to attract money-savvy South Africans who are aiming to take control of their personal finances. Supported by a series of workshops over the three days, the event is expected to see more than 10 000 people through its doors.

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