When asked what was the biggest challenge he came across while building his company, Robert Knapp, the co-founder and CEO of CyberGhost VPN explained that “it has to be building your core team – your wolfpack.” A few months later, Robert and his team have become a part of Crossrider – Israeli online distribution and digital product company, in an acquisition priced at over EUR 9.2 million, news that simply took our breath away. As he is one of the closest friends of our community, we had the opportunity to go behind CyberGhost’s acquisition together with Robert Knapp and the CEO of Crossrider, Ido Erlichman.
Well, it’s not every day you have the chance to sit down and talk about security, the blockchain, bitcoins and education with John McAfee. A genuinely cyber security legend! Present in Romania to speak at d10e Conference, “the most popular hacking target” (as he states about himself) joined us for a 30-minutes video interview as well. And here’s what it came out! Yeah, we had some qualms of conscience thinking that we could have prepared better questions. In the end, we’ve realised he would have given us the same answers. Don’t you think so?
Irina Alexandru has been an integral part of the hardware startup Vector Watch, and she has accepted to talk with us about the manufacturing system of China, its ins and outs, about the cultural obstacles, and how to chose your partners when thinking about production in China. Irina is now Program Manager at Fitbit, and previously she held the same position at Vector Watch, Romanian startup that has been recently acquired by global wearable giant Fitbit. This story is part of our ongoing interviews with tech entrepreneurs and innovators sharing their experiences. See the whole series here and subscribe here to keep you updated on the next interviews that we’ve prepared for you.
We decided to discover the stories behind the tech entrepreneurs that are building their businesses on foreign lands. We started from Romania with a successful business man that arrived in Bucharest by mistake (yeah, that historical Budapest/Bucharest confusion). Mikael Fredholm, former CEO of World Class Romania is the first expat entrepreneur to share his story with us. Watch the interview and hear some enjoyable sharings on how he made the switch from the fitness industry to the tech industry and what is Monday about, his new business.
Networking events are organised to meet people. If some of them simply find it hard to open a conversation or get nervous every time they discuss with a stranger, others are natural connectors that start meaningful relations at every event they are joining. And this applies both to our offline and online interactions. If you want to master networking and start influencing people – keep going! Watch the video below in which Colette Ballou, the Founder & President of Ballou PR is presenting 13 rules for effective networking.