On April 20-21 we’ll be hosting this year’s EU-Startups Summit in Barcelona! Our annual flagship event will gather over 2,000 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors for two exciting days of networking, inspiration and learning. And we can’t wait to welcome you there.
In addition to a buzzing exhibition hall, great networking opportunities, and an exciting pitch competition, we’ll also have two stages where you’ll be able to learn from over 70 speakers and listen to educational and inspiring talks by internationally successful founders.
As the event draws closer, we’re very excited to announce our next speaker highlight: The German entrepreneur, investor and former adult entertainment disruptor Fabian Thylmann will join us for a fireside chat about his entrepreneurial career, current projects and insights from his investment activities.
Under the Manwin umbrella (now MindGeek), Fabian once owned and operated the world’s most heavily used adult entertainment websites – including brands like YouPorn, PornHub, Brazzers, MyDirtyHobby and Tranny Surprise. Combined, the Manwin sites generated over 16 billion hits per month. With offices in 5 countries, Manwin once employed over 1,000 people. In October 2013, Fabian stepped down and sold his stake in the company for an undisclosed amount. At that time Manwin was the largest adult entertainment operator in the world.
Since then, Fabian has been an active investor and innovator in the startup world – interested in fun projects across sectors to support and coach. He is committed to those projects that improve the quality of life for people – whether through progressive medical care or through emotions and experience in leisure and entertainment. Fabian’s current focus is in investing, and one of his more recent investments was in the Medicinal Cannabis market, as an early investor at Cannamedical Pharma, although he recently sold his shares.
He has also become a restauranteur and club owner – with ownership of the Adriatic Sailing yacht company, Spencer & Hill, a traditional Italian restaurant in Cologne, Bootshaus, a world-famous Cologne club ranked #8 in DJMag’s best clubs of the world, and, Flamingo Royal, a boutique club also in Cologne. Fabian is certainly an exceptional entrepreneur/investor and we’re very excited to hear his insights!
The EU-Startups Summit is coming up quick, so make sure you secure your ticket now so you can guarantee your space at unmissable events like this fireside chat. To learn more about the event, and the other wonderful speakers taking part, check out our dedicated event page, and enjoy the video below, which will give you some insights into what’s to come.
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