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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten is succesvol serial entrepreneur and co-founder of The Next Web. He started my first company in 1997 and sold it during the hype of 1999.
He is one of the members of the Startup Europe Leaders Club, an organisation set up by Neelie Kroes within the European Commission to stimulate a better startup climate in Europe and to create role models for startup founders. Other members are Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon (Spotify), Kaj Hed (Rovio), and Niklas Zennström (Skype / Atomico).
The Next Web consists of The Next Web Blog, The Next Web Conference and TNW labs. The Next Web Blog delivers an international perspective on the latest news about Internet technology and was set up in 2008. It currently ranks second on the list of most popular tech blogs and is considered one of the few blogs covering truly international tech news.
The Next Web Conference was set up in 2006 by Boris and his co-founders to promote a small startup named Fleck.com. But with 300+ attendees and a great line-up of speakers – Kevin Kelly, Kevin Rose and Michael Arrington among others – it was such a successful start that they decided to orgnize it annually. Now, with over 2000 attendees it is the largest tech conference in Europe and TNW conference is now also organised in Sao Paulo, Brasil and New York. Next to this the developers conference Kings of Code is organised every year in Amsterdam.
In TNW Labs, TNW is launching its own startups. Companies that came out of TNW Labs are Twittercounter, SocialStatistics.com, Paydro.com, Pressdoc.com, The Next Web Magazine, TNW Academy and Inbox Pro.
In 2010 Boris became Technology Trendwatcher of the year in The Netherlands.