Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (@Boris) is a successful serial entrepreneur and co-founder of The Next Web. Boris started at The Circus School (in 1987 he was the only one who could hold 7 balls in the air) but graduated Cum Laude at the AKI in Enschede.
He set up his first internet company in 1997, V3 redirect services, a redirect service which he sold in 1999 to Fortune City. In 2001 he founded HubHop, a WIFI hotspot service, which he sold in 2003 to KPN.
The Next Web consists of The Next Web Blog, The Next Web Conference, en TNW Labs. The Next Web Blog is a world wide technology blog that is founded in 2008. At the moment it is the number two on the world list of most popular technology blogs. It is being appreciated because it is not only giving American news but information from all over the world.
TNW Conferences are an annual set of conferences hosted by The Next Web in Amsterdam, New York, and São Paulo. With the first event taking place in 2006, TNW Conferences has since introduced a subsidiary program for early stage startups to launch products and meet investors, called Boost. Successful startups that have launched at TNW Conferences include Waze, Rapportive, and Shutl.
Within TNW Labs are several startups like:
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Boris is something different! After participation and hosting various interactive marketing seminars around the world, I had the pleasure of being introduced and listening to an outmost interesting, inspiring and out-of-the-box speech presented by Mr. Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten. The seminar topic was “Evolve and innovate! Creativity, key trends and future opportunity in interactive advertising” and Boris rounded up the seminar with this spectacular performance: “How entrepreneurship, serendipity, the image of God and interactivity all come together in one vision of the future of technology and humankind”. I was amazed of the professionalism, enthusiasm and personal interaction shown by Boris . Simply brilliant and highly entertaining. Really fantastic performance and two thumbs up. A true breathtaking experience. • Børge Sandengen, Managing Director at INMA
Boris is a man who believes in progress, innovation and a truly interactive world. The fact that he not only believes this but also works on making it a reality is very refreshing. Boris is not scared to ‘walk his talk’ and that makes him very convincing during his talk. • Jeroen Smit, publicist and moderator for Fusion 06
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