Latest from Google #5 – Brilliant Minds conference, YouTube Gaming, Google Diversity numbers & more

Lots of things happening both in the world of Google and in the technology sector as well – and that goes especially for the Nordics region! In this blog posts I outline a few of the events, and at the end I always have a quick list of interesting things – basically, scroll down fast if you just want links right away. Otherwise, you are more than welcome to read the entire thing. 🙂

This is part five in the Last Week at Google series.

Symposium Brilliant Minds conference

Daniel Ek & Ash - Symposium Brilliant Minds conference, Stockholm, June 2015

I was happy to be one of the select few to attend the Brilliant Minds Conference, organized by Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek and Ash Pournouri. The goal was both to show Sweden and Stockholm as a place for very successful companies, startups and artists and exposing that to world, and to connect key people in the business in an intimate setting.

Niklas Zennström - Symposium Brilliant Minds conference, Stockholm, June 2015

The guest list comprised of only about 150 people; top minds in business, tech & music, where half of them were flown in from abroad. It was supposed to be a very exclusive event with mingling with the to people and presentations and panels from very successful and influential persons.

HRH Prince Daniel - Symposium Brilliant Minds conference, Stockholm, June 2015

Speakers included

Cristina Stenbeck - Symposium Brilliant Minds conference, Stockholm, June 2015

  • Skype founder Niklas Zennström
  • Nami Zarringhalam, Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Truecaller
  • Hans Rosling
  • His Royal Highness Prince Daniel
  • Cristina Stenbeck, Executive Chairman, Kinnevik
  • ABBA member Björn Ulvaues
  • Sebastian Knutsson, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, King
  • Jesper Kouthoofd, CEO, Teenage Engineering
  • Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Zara Larsson – just named most influential person on Twitter in Sweden

Hans Rosling - Symposium Brilliant Minds conference, Stockholm, June 2015

Nami Zarringhalam - Symposium Brilliant Minds conference, Stockholm, June 2015

Symposium Brilliant Minds conference, Stockholm, June 2015

Key startups from Stockholm on stage

  • Vint, Louise Fritjofsson (Eriksson), Co-Founder & CEO
  • Tictail, Carl Waldekranz, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Lifesum, Henrik Torstensson, CEO
  • Fishbrain, Johan Attby, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Narrative, CEO & Co-Founder, Narrative
  • Volumental, CEO & Co-Founder, Volumental


Overall I’d say it was a very good event, and the exclusive setting and hand-picked audience and speakers made it into a one-of-a-kind event and connection possibilities. I spent 12 hours per day both days networking, meeting people, connecting and more; I’ve never come home with so many business cards saying CEO before. 🙂

I was glad I got to be a part of the event, and to represent Google and our presence in Stockholm.

Google Tech Talk Meetup

We did another Google Tech Talk Meetup at Google, about today’s dominating two-factor authentication standard which was invented long before the web; it’s not secure nor usable enough. This insight made Google and Yubico develop the U2F authentication protocol, and Henrik Stråth and Dain Nilsson at Yubico talked about that.

I also recommended to take a look at the YouTube playlist with the videos from all the Google Tech Talk Meetups.

YouTube Gaming

YouTube Gaming was announced in A YouTube built for gamers.

A brand new app and website to keep you connected to the games, players, and culture that matter to you, with videos, live streams, and the biggest community of gamers on the web—all in one place.

Google My Account and Privacy information

Google announced privacy & security settings and information, in the form of Google My Account and Google Privacy information:

Google News

Here’s some other quick news from the world of Google:

Quick news

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