It’s about the entrepreneurs, not only the money

When we’ve started How to Web, we thought of it as an ongoing business. It’s almost impossible to develop such a big event, as we are working on this one for 9 months, with a team of 15 people, without getting all the financial support you need. But it’s not only about the money.

How to Web’s purpose is to create a direct connection between Eastern Europe and the main tech scenes of the world, for helping the local tech scenes developing bigger and better businesses. And a big part of that is related to entrepreneurs and their continuous quest of conquering the world.

During last months we’ve been in contact with tens of local entrepreneurs, eager to find out more about How to Web and it’s benefits. However, there was (and still is) an issue for getting to our conference: the ticket price. Even if we’ve set a very low price (TheNextWeb’s full ticket price is 1000 EUR, while Future of Web Apps is about 850 EUR), it seemd a little too much for some entrepreneurs mainly because of their low income.

So here is a great deal: since last week, are running a very cool discount program for the members of 4 most important Romanian web entrepreneurship networks: Bucharest Hubb, Microsoft BizSpark, OpenCoffee Bucharest and Timisoara’s Business Software Incubator. If you are a member of any of those networks, you can still get a very early bird ticket (120 EUR + VAT).

So contact your local community manager and ask for directions, as we are preparing the greatest web event in Eastern Europe for you too !

HTW Tour on the road again: Timisoara, Cluj and Bucuresti

How to Web is hitting the road again, meeting new people and getting connected to some of the most important tech scenes in Romania.

We’ll be meeting the local Timisoara community at Cafe 700 on 08 October (this Friday), starting at 17:00, along with some great friends: Dragos Manac, Octav Druta and Mihai Mafteianu. We’ll be talking about the web business development, web trends and entrepreneurship, and hope to see you all there for a little chat afterwards.

On 9 October (yes, that’s the second day) we’ll be in Cluj, along with the same great guys and some new others, meeting the local entrepreneurs at BT Cafe starting at 14:00.

Next week we’ll have a very special guest at OpenCoffee Bucharest: Alexandru Costin, Director of Adobe Labs Romania. That’s the only guy from Eastern Europe who sold his company to Adobe, available for a two hour chat about entrepreneurship, web development and the reasons why Adobe develops core products in Bucharest.

Please register to our Facebook events for keeping you updated. See you all soon !

HTW Tour at Timisoara’s GeekMeet: Hidden businesses and lots of enthusiasm

We’ve started out HTW Tour at Timisoara, with Radu Ticiu, the manager of the Timisoara Software Business Incubator, and Andrei Firoiu, a local web entrepreneur and long-time friend.

First step was meeting local business owners and entrepreneurs for getting a taste of what Timisoara’s tech scene looks like. Had a lot of talks and meet a lot of people, but one story was trully special and I want to share it with you.

Who heard of Mindomo ? Not too many, right ? Well, this project seemed to me the perfect example of what looked like an Eastern European startup in the pre-Seedcamp era.

Mindomo was started in 2007, helping people to use mindmaps for organising their ideeas or knowledge. Since 2007, Mindomo bootstraped without getting any financing money at all. They’ve got two mentions on TechCrunch, when announcing that MindMeister bought MindMaker (“If you’re interested in checking out more mind mapping tools, you might want to take a closer look at Mindomo and MindJet, too.”) and when MindMeister released it’s iPhone App (“And on the web we have bubbl.us and mindomo.”). And that’s it.

With no budget for marketing and PR, Mindomo reached an outstanding number of 200.000 registered users during these 3 years. They’ve sold hundreds of licenses in South-East Asia, especially to schools and public insitutions. But nobody knows of them. I challenge you to think about the path this company would have had in a fully-developed entrepreneurial ecosystem.

On Sunday I’ve went to the local GeekMeet, had a lovely capuccino and had a talk about how to get from a Geek to an Entrepreneur in 7 simple steps. Met a lot of people and had a great time, hope I’ll see them again soon 😉

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