Are you managing a team of creative people? Is this difficult for you? We discussed the art of managing a creative team with Alexandru Lapusan, the founder of Zitec, a primary local developer of online apps that only recently managed to attract EUR 1.7 million from eMAG to boost its development.
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.
Building a team is the biggest underestimated challenge that a tech startup faces in its early days. Because it’s not just about building any team and start working on a product. It’s about THE best team you can come up with, to support your vision while not neglecting their own individual goals. In this piece (built on the insights shared in a meeting at TechHub Bucharest) four successful startup founders & executives express their ideas and experience about the long-term effects of starting with the right people beside you when you’re an early-stage, even first-time entrepreneur.