We are a small, but perfectly formed, team:
Variously described as ‘a world leader in connecting people’ and ‘the one in the terrible shirt’ Mark is the founder of the BLN and one of the best connected people in the UK tech scene.
He has spent 20 years in the tech sector collecting great people and ideas and connecting them to customers. Before the BLN, he was part of the founding team at Library House, an investment research business based in Cambridge serving the global venture capital & banking communities. He led the business development activities for the organisation & built a network of angels, early stage, venture & corporate investors.
Previously, he has worked with university spin outs; run a 40 person consultancy business; & founded a web portal for the CAD community. Mark has worked in the publishing and information sectors & attended Trinity College, Cambridge. He tweets at @marklittlewood
Berenice is our Head of Marketing and has been a notorious troublemaker at previous IoT conferences. You may recognise her from her stage appearance at a non-panel discussion at the IoT Forum 2016. She has been marketing in the fields of IoT, Wireless Comms and Smart Metering for many years and is excited about being part of the event from a different perspective.
With a background in Physics, she loves all things techie and in her spare time writes articles, stage and restaurant reviews, and enjoys musical theatre, which she sometimes also performs in to embarrass her children as much as possible and upstage their acting ambitions.
Nicola is our Operations Executive and all-round office guru and is knowledgeable about all things BLN.
She brings a variety of skills and experience to the team having previously worked as an Operations/Office Manager. If you have any questions Nicola, being very resourceful, is the person to turn to. If she doesn’t know the answer immediately she will find out!
Wendi Labbie is the main reason California is so sunny. Her smile energy and enthusiasm are infectious but behind that welcoming smile is a heart of gold and a brain that was wired to organise anything. Wendi earned her degree at California State University, Hayward in Human Development and frequently calls on what she learned in this time in her interactions with the rest of the team. She knows when we are happy, she knows when we are sad and she always knows how to help. She has worked in the Hospitality Industry for most of her career and has handled all of the logistical aspects of the Business of Software Conference for the past 8 years. If you need contract negotiations, registration, menus, hotel accommodations, AV and any part of the operations, Wendi is your go to person. You don’t ever want to be negotiating with her if you are a venue as she will simply smile and talk her way round to her point of view.
When Wendi is not planning our events she is spending time with her husband and two grown sons, shopping for the hottest new trends and cheering for her favorite sports teams – The San Francisco Giants, the 49ers, and of course the War Hawks at McMurray University for whom her son plays.
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