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
Joe is the self proclaimed Head of Marketing at The BLN.
A former SAP Consultant, Joe was rescued from corporate living, and catapulted into a life of helping people learn from leaders and meet others doing business for all the right reasons. Over a year into life at The BLN, Joe is helping create, and letting people know, about an environment where great people get to meet and discuss cool stuff.
Joe is a graduate of Durham University, having graduated in 2014. When not pretending to be an all powerful marketing overlord, he spends his time training for ill-informed iron men races, playing football, and generally bumbling about happily. Joe tweets from @josepheglover.
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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