Interview with Paul Ford, future How to Web speaker & Startup Spotlight jury member

Paul Ford from Softlayer is one of the most creative tech strategists we’ve had the pleasure to meet. You’ll find more than 5 jobs, all current, listed on his LinkedIn profile and if there’s one thing you should know about him it’s that he never stops innovating.

Paul is Vice President of SoftLayer Technologies, Inc., and he’s also in charge of Ecosystem Development and Community Development. He also mentors tech startups at various accelerators and mentorship programs, such as: TechStars, TechStars Cloud, TechStars Austin or Patriot Boot Camp. His specialties include some of the most exciting tech fields out there: cloud computing, ecosystem building, advanced computing infrastructure, computer graphics and visualization and many more. And the best part is that he’s coming to How to Web in just one month from today!

Interview with Lyuben Belov, Startup Spotlight mentor & panelist

Lyuben is a successful entrepreneur and one of the pioneers of the Internet sector in Bulgaria, having exited Net Info to Sanoma Magazines International in 2008, a transaction that represents the highest valuation achieved in this sector in Bulgaria. After the exit, he has focused on investing and developing digital businesses within the SEE region and recently co-founded LAUNCHub, a seed fund supporting the most promising entrepreneurs and digital startups in Southern and Eastern Europe.

Because we are all working for the same goals – consolidating and expanding the tech startups ecosystem in the region – we wanted to ask Lyuben a few questions to see how they’re working to connect the startups they incubate with other tech hubs in the world.

Startup Spotlight Success Story: co-founder Cristi Badea talks about MavenHut

We feel lucky that so many talented teams and great startups have applied, last year and this year, for Startup Spotlight. As a result of the context created by the entire How to Web mindset and people who have attended the event, many great stories have developed. One of these success stories is Mavenhut‘s, who we’ve watched come to existence, evolve, get traction and gain a huge investment.

A short version of MavenHut’s development would go like this:

Interview with Dilyan Dimitrov, Founder of Eleven accelerator & Startup Spotlight investor

Dilyan is a believer, just like our team, in the power of tech startups to make a dent in the universe. And people like him are especially important in countries whose economic environment is still developing. We know this because we truly support the role of startups in a growing economy, for their ability to provide jobs and alternative approaches to established business models.

Any strong opportunity to incubate startups and provide them with an environment that stimulates growth is worth taking, so that’s why we wanted to ask Dilyan a couple of questions, so we could get to know his work at Eleven accelerator better. Remember that Dilyan will be at Startup Spotlight next month, where he’ll be sharing invaluable advice!

Interview with Jon Bradford (Techstars), future How to Web speaker & Startup Spotlight mentor

What’s greater than free access to mentoring, pitching and cash prizes of 20k USD? Competing with people at the same level as yourself ( projects coming from CEE, with no more financing than 100k EUR and less than 2 years old) and getting access to one of the greatest accelerator networks in the world!

Since this year’s expansion of Techstars in Europe, we hoped that Jon Bradford‘s schedule for November would be on our side. And we’re very happy to say that yes, it is happening: the 32 Startup Spotlight finalists will be in touch with Techstars’ London Managing Director.

Jon will be a mentor for Startup Spotlight and will also take part in a panel on How to Web‘s Ignite Stage. Jon is one guy that needs no introduction in the startup world, but in case you’ve just landed from the Moon, Jon is the guy who brought TechStars to Europe after he merged his Springboard accelerator to the global TechStars network. He had previously launched Europe’s first bootcamp accelerator in 2009 (The Difference Engine) and helped start more than 12 accelerators from Montreal to Moscow.

We asked Jon a few questions, taking advantage of all his experience with the European and global startup ecosystem:

Interview with Philipp Kandal, future speaker at How to Web & mentor at Startup Spotlight

Expansion – that is a stage in any business life cycle that everyone wants to reach the fastest. But as Philipp would tell you, burning through development stages won’t get you the best results. Philipp Kandal is co-founder and CTO of skobbler, one of Europe’s leading mobile and app development companies focusing on location based services. Philipp is in charge of expanding the mobile development teams, managing product launches and pushing the international expansion in the US market.

You should know that Skobbler is a constantly expanding consumer app company, with over 4 million users, having won various prizes, such as the Navteq LBS challenge 2009 as the most innovative European LBS start-up. The company’s headquarter is in Berlin, but has the most part of the team is in Cluj (more than 70 people). Philipp is also in charge of the Romanian development team, the German product management and is also a board member at skobbler.

We wanted to get the inside scoop on what it takes to find talented developers in Eastern Europe and what are the key tactics to use when assessing complex market environments. Philipp was kind enough to give us some very useful answers. Check them out:

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