Interview with Patrick de Laive about the 2011 The Next Web conference

Patrick de Laive, The Next Web Amsterdam conference and blog initiator, has first come to Romania last November at the How To Web 2010 conference. He was one of the main speakers at the event and he was also part of the jury we had at the Startup Challenge competition so he managed to meet a few of the Romanian web developers and startup founders here. As he liked the local web startup scene and felt like there is a lot of talent here that could turn into a real success he came back to Bucharest in February at the invitation of Bucharest Hubb and spoke to Romanian web entrepreneurs about The Next Web and invited them to join the 6th  edition of the conference in Amsterdam.

We took the opportunity and had a small chat with Patrick about The Next Web 2011, the Romanian web startup scene and the way TNW 2011 could benefit internet entrepreneurs everywhere.

Tips for distributing equity amongst startup co-founders

There is no delight in owning anything unshared.” – Seneca

This is always one of the first questions you will need to ask when co-founding a startup: who gets how much equity and when? Everyone hates the negotiation, everyone is trying to avoid but nevertheless each one of you has a number on his mind and a few arguments for it.

We talked about sweat equity some time ago and the way to determine its value. However, the tips in that article don’t really help you in distributing equity amongst startup co-founders. So I thought I’ll just give you a hand. Here are some tips on equity sharing between startup founders and on how to solve the problem between founders who come up with money and founders who bring their own time and sweat into the business.

Effective business meetings – making coffee and goals go together

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to accomplish anything.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

Entrepreneurs generally leave their day jobs because they are so sick of the endless bureaucracy, nonsense procedure clutter and boring middle management meetings (where you are supposed to share knowledge but end up by sharing a total state of boredom). When they start their dream business they get to realise that meetings now account for more than 70% of their time, while bureaucracy is more present than even.

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