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On the 8 and 9th of April 2019, the city of Barcelona welcomed the international Startup Grind conference bringing together entrepreneurs, startup founders, CTOs and techies; to network, share ideas and build expertise. The team of itnig was present at the event and had the pleasure to meet many people, find out about new business opportunities and enjoy the experience Startup Grind provided.

 
 
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The Event opened with the welcoming speech of Alex Rodriguez (Startup Grind Regional Director and CEO of MarsBased), soon followed by the interesting presentation on the Singularity Principles Applied to corporate business by Guayente Sanmartin (Vice-President and General Manager at HP) and the debate between Alex Rodriguez and Carlota Pi (Co-founder of Hollaluz) considering the development of bootstrap companies to fight the incumbents.

Laura Urquizu (the CEO of Redpoints) discussed with Vivien Magyar (Content Creator at Barcelona Startup News) about the growth of Redpoints since it’s launch (back in September 2014) and the use of technology innovation to grow the customer’s reach.

At itnig, we know really well about Laura’s story as she took part in the 59th episode of our podcast Startup Inside Stories.

Watch our podcast to find out more about how she grew RedPoints from 1 to 10 Million € in Annual recurrent revenue.

 

Laura mentioned that after the many years working as a board member in several companies, she decided to use her expertise to start her own company and grow an outstanding enterprise.

When asked by Vivian Magyar to comment on her leadership style, Laura mentioned that in such a fast-growing company like Redpoint, you don’t have the time to lose time. She considers crucial to trust her team and delegate the right tasks without having to think it twice. Laura outlined how crucial it was to align and trust your team. She envisions Redpoints’s team as very active, engaged and focused.

She shared with us how once it took her more than 8 months to find the right person to work within the team, as she wanted the perfect fit without having to make compromises.

Considering female leadership; Laura mentions that in her journey she never saw herself as a victim struggling but as someone trying to follow a very successful career. She mentioned that women should feel like they can and that they must fight in order to achieve what they want. To end the conversion on a serious note, she recognises how social media spreads superficiality among the young generations and considers that we should be focused on spreading good stuff with profound positivity and values.

This very interesting and productive morning was followed by a coffee break rich in networking, knowledge and new faces.

Mid-day conversations were focused on the venture capital and foreign investments in Barcelona and on the innovation debate between Jorge Herrero (Innovation and New Business Development, director at eBay) and Erik Brieva (CEO at Strands, President at BCombinator and 22@Entrepreneurs).

This long morning, took an exotic turn when the CTO of Zinio, Sergio Gago shared with the public how he travelled the world while building a business as a software developer. Sharing the difficulties of enjoying life, working away from the office while trying to scale a business.

 
 

Credit: The New Barcelona Post



Many discussions took place during the rest of the day around 3pm, It was appreciated to hear from the expertise of Eduardo Manchon explaining what made him the ‘’Grandfather of Spanish Startups’’ when he sold Panoramio to Google. Currently CEO of Mailtrack, Eduardo considers himself working within a marketplace of data-robbers and ‘criminals’ where scaling can be challenging. His Chrome-Extension is built on top of Gmail which makes it a sort of time bomb company in the case where Gmail would stop being the mailing empire it is today.

 

 

At the end of the afternoon, Startup Genome made their entry presenting their expertise considering Barcelona’s Startup Ecosystem, this is what we got out of it: 
-Our city is highly connected between founders engaging higher startup performance. Barcelona was compared to a big neighbourhood where all founders know one another and where there is a real positive and engaging ecosystem. 
-The number of hours investors are dedicating to startup development as highly grown in the last couple of years and the interaction between founders of our city and international hubs has highly increased, impacting how fast Barcelona’s startups are scaling. 


J.F. Gauthier noted that Globally focused startups which have 50% of their customers abroad, tend to scale 2.1 times faster than nationally or locally focused enterprises; concluding that your revenue could potentially be doubled if you focus on the global market. 
She used the example of Stockholm, being smaller than Chicago but yet having the highest rate of Unicorns per startup in the World; concluded by the link between their Global Connected and their growth. 
Barcelona could soon be following the example of Stockholm as it’s Global Marketing Reach went from 24% to 40% between 2017 and 2019.
The outstanding presence of Smart Cities, gaming and Biotech technologies were also considered making Barcelona a clear European benchmark for entrepreneurship and startups.

 

2019’s edition of Startup Grind finished by the debate between Shruthi Chinladur (Leading EMEA at Criteo), Scott Mackin (CCO, OneCowork) and Juan Margenat (Co-founder and COO at Marfeel) discussing the importance of sales within startups pointing out the need to face customers, the need for feedback and a clear understanding of the customer’s experience.

 

To conclude, StartupGrind Barcelona was once again a great meet up for techies, startup founders and entrepreneurs that want to innovate and make the world a better a place. Thank you to Alex Rodriguez for the experience and all the hard work put into the organisation of this event by everyone involved.

 

See you next year!

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Online Worldwide Tech Events – Quarantine alternative

An endless list of events have been canceled due to COVID-19. Good thing is that anything, or almost anything, can be online. Lockdowns are stressful and we’re desperate for entertainment. Here’s a list of some interesting online worldwide tech events:

Live event streamed online for networking and learning opportunities

Domopalooza

When? Starting on March 18

About: This event is usually happening in Utah, but this year it happened online. Their agenda of the day: “Product Innovation, Driving Business Forward at Record Speed, Customer Behind the Scenes and Product Sneaks and Feedback”. Most importantly, you can watch replays on their website. You will need to register to access all videos.

Ticket: Conferences online are free.

GPU Technology Conference

When? March 25

About: Trainings, webinars, experts… GTC Digital is offering a panel of demos, talks and researches to its audience. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to connect with experts but also learn from the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute for DLI training and more…

Ticket: You will need to create an account and complete your information. You have the possibility to choose the topics you are interested in.

  • Digital conference pass: you get access to all conferences.
    • Price: 0€
  • Live online DLI workshops
    • Price: 79€/workshop
  • Live online DLI training
    • Price: 39€/workshop

The Developer Show

When? April 9

About: This event discusses about Chat Apps. The platform organising the meetup is Zoom and you will be able to chat with Zoom Developer experts. Also, special guest speaker such as Dustin McCormick from Docket will be attending The Developer Show. But not only, Tommy Gaessler and Zhenggan Zheng will be presenting a new developer tool. Don’t miss it!

Ticket: You need to register here. You will receive a link to join the meeting.

Startup Safari

When? April 23-24

About: Startup Safari is 2 days open doors for startup ecosystems: startups, companies, VCs and accelerators open their doors for attendees. Meanwhile, they have switched to an online version of the festival: online talks, forums, interactive programs and workshops. It is certainly a great opportunity to network and interact with people from around the globe.

Other online worldwide tech events like Startup Safari are happening in Germany such as Leipzig (May 28-29), Cologne (June 22), Düsseldorf (June 22) and Munich (October 20-23)

Ticket: You get access to all conferences, online networking and more.

  • Price: 7€

Are you a sponsor? If you would like to reach an international audience, Safari is offering you to partner up. More information here.

IBM Think Digital Event Experience

When? May 5-7

About: From hybrid multi-cloud to AI, you will discover the last innovations on the market. You can participate to live sessions with speakers from all around the world. This is an event where you will increase your knowledge and have the possibility to network with great people.

Ticket: The event is free. You will need to create an account on IBM in order to obtain your ticket.

IBM organises other events around the globe.

OCP Global Summit

When? May 11-15

About: What should you expect? “Expo Hall talks, the OCP Experience Center and the OCP Future Technologies Symposium”. All of their events will be streaming live. As a result you will be able to participate to Q&A sessions and live chat. More information will come via their website.

Ticket: The event is free.

Are you a sponsor? This event is offering you the opportunity to become one.

Virtual Dreaming

When? May 16

About: This is a 24-hour event where you will be able to attend three online webinars. If you are an architect, a developer or an admin, well this Salesforce meeting is for you. You can join whenever you feel like it.

Ticket: Virtual Dreaming is free. However, you need to register here.

Are you a sponsor? You can support the event by filling this form.

Microsoft Build 2020

When? May 19-21

About: Learn – Connect – Code. This is one of the online worldwide tech events – the rendez-vous of developers, entrepreneurs and innovation. The full session list will be available soon on their website.

They are offering you a digital experience. Developers, you will be able to attend the conferences online. For now, you can subscribe to receive all information by email.

Ticket: The event is free.

HR Tech APAC

When? June 16-17

About: Turning HR into a digital and practical experience is the goal. The sessions will be hosted by tech industry leaders and experts. They will talk about solutions, innovations… You can find more information on their website.

Ticket: The event is free. You need to register here.

HR Exchange Network is a community for HR professionals. They communicate the latests news in the HR world, projects, enterprises… They organise events in Europe and the United States. By registering on their website, you will also join a huge online network.

Collision

When? June 22-25

About: Tech lovers no need to worry – Collision is still happening but in virtual. You can join the event from home and enjoy “talks from tech CEOs, international policymakers and global cultural figures”. In other words, you will not be disappointed! 

Ticket: You need to register via email. They will send more information soon.

Want to partner up with Collision? It is possible here.

HR Tech Online Summit – North America

When? June 23-24

About:  This online meeting will discuss about the possible technology issues one encounters with HR. Moreover, speakers will talk about the successful applications and future innovations in the industry.

Ticket: The event is free. You will need to register here.

Are you a sponsor? This kind of sponsorship allows you to interact with an audience, but you will also have access to new teams looking for support. You need to contact Dorene Rettas to get more information.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. These days are perfect for everything we didn’t have time for before!