Teodor Ceausu, IXIA: „With our products we are all selling time, actually”

To what extent can startups influence the culture of the corporations they work with? How much can a corporation benefit from the entrepreneurial and startup culture? And vice-versa, what can a startup learn from a corporate culture?

To find out we sat with Teodor Ceausu, one of the early Romanian tech entrepreneurs who started his company, G3 Nova, in the early ‘90, acquired by IXIA in 2004. He stayed on within the company and became the local branch’s General Manager in May 2012.

Alex Barrera, Press42.com: “Storytelling becomes one of the most powerful allies in any innovation push”

To make the most of a fundraising campaign your product needs to tell a compelling story in the first place. Think of Clang’s pitch on Kickstarter or Canary’s campaign on Indiegogo or even Pebble’s – what makes them succesful? Sometimes is not so much the product but the storyteller’s talent.

Storytelling is part of human civilization since the beginnings. Is the way we pass on knowledge through generations or simply to one another. So why not use it to sell products, set up marketing campaigns or even pass knowledge inside and outside organizations the same way?

To better understand the concept of storytelling with its subtleties we grab aside the Spaniard Alex Barrera, co-founder and Chief WOWness Officer at Press42.com, co-founder and editor Tech.eu and one of the moderators of How to Web Conference 2014 and juror at Startup Spotlight as well.

Simon Jenner, Oxygen: “Many accelerators will become VCs with their own funds over the next couple of years”

We’ve talked here recently about the relationship between angels and accelerators. It’s a hot topic that we addressed also at How to Web Conference 2014 on the Angel Investment track ‘Working with Accelerators’ panel with Mike Doherty (moderator), Lyuben Belov, Simon Jenner and Marc Wesselink.

Simon Jenner started his career working for British Telecom’s R&D division, and built his experience working for large enterprises, but his entrepreneurial drive motivated him to found 4 startups and act as Head of Incubation at Birmingham Science Park, where he incubated 50+ tech startups in 36 months.

Now he is an innovative director, helping maximise profitability and efficiency for the startups in Oxygen Accelerator. At How to Web 2014 Simon announced that  Oxygen Accelerator teamed up with Fielder Capital to create a program dedicated exclusively to startups in the CEE & Baltics.

Alina Cazacu, Telekom: “Telecoms are expanding their scope outside of pure communication”

Internet of things, wearables, machine-to-machine communications, mobile apps and Over-The-Top players (services like Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Skype that are making revenues using carrier networks for free) are already changing the telecommunication landscape – rates are flattening, data consumption is skyrocketing, content becomes ubiquitous.

But bigger changes are yet to come as telecom operators are partnering and even supporting the very transformations that innovative and disruptive startups are bringing to their business. Well, at least some of them are and Telekom is one well known for his accelerations and incubation programs, VC funding and now even private equity investments in the tech area.

So we talked with Alina Cazacu, Senior Manager Non Core E-activities at Telekom Romania to better understand how can a big telecom juggernaut and small disruptive startups can benefit from one another.

Natasa Djukanovic, Domain.me: “A startup ecosystem first and foremost needs a good education system”

How to build a solid startup ecosystem might be very well our common compulsion among the CEE markets. It’s a tough endeavour and every little successful step towards this goal deserves to be known as example.

Here we are with Natasa Djukanovic Director of International Sales of doMEn, the registry of all .ME domain names for Montenegro. She will tell us how the .me top level domain extension and the people working for the registrar served as a catalyst for the startup ecosystem in the neighbouring country.

Natasa is also a co-founder of Digitalizuj.Me, a non-governmental, not-for-profit, organization that examines the transformative power of technology through various projects and lectures. She is an activist and a tree huger. at domain.me registry

Natasa worked in three different industries, three different kinds of companies, big and small, public and private, on commercial and financial as well as technical. But what suits her the best is whatever gives her freedom to express her creativity and planning skills.

Paul Smith, Ignite: “We won’t be holding another demo day because we’ve found a better way”

Accelerators help startups speed up their learning process while also providing support and coaching. But what are the most important lessons accelerator directors or mentors learn after dealing with hundreds of startups? What are the most common fail or success patterns?

Paul Smith, co-founder and director at Ignite, an early-stage digital accelerator program based in the UK, is one of the best suited to answer. In the past four years his crew have managed over 50 teams and delivered five mentor-intensive programs, working alongside VCs and angel investors, as well as providing consultation for other programs.

Paul is also an advisor of Hassle.com, a seed investor, a tech startup co-founder and a mobile design agency founder, with “varying degrees of success and failure”.

Although there are no definitive standards in regards to the structure of an accelerator, Ignite 100 does things a little differently.

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