Follow the money, but stick to your team


If you have previously attended the How To Web Conference you must have heard the words “think on a global level, but leverage the local resources” at least once. It’s always nice to dream big, to aim high, to think of your product as a global one. But until the recent years that meant to act globally as well, to somehow reach Silicon Valley or at least London’s Tech City and try to make it there, where the real money is.

But things are changing pretty fast in Europe. London, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Stockholm, Moscow became tech clusters that rapidly focused on startups and the finances began to flow in. And the inevitable, but wrongful comparison with Silicon Valley started in the media. (see more)

The Startup Spotlight report is out! Less than a month left to apply


Ready to take the main stage by storm at How to Web Conference? You heard that right! This year, all the Startup Spotlight finalists will have a chance to pitch on the conference’s main stage, in front of an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, accelerator representatives and tech specialists from all over the region (and beyond).

The 32 most innovative startups in the region have, yet again, the opportunity to attend 4 days of workshops, pitching, accelerator presentations, investment panels, mentoring sessions and 1 to 1 meetings with accelerators and investors that will fast track them to taking their startup to the next level. All this while competing for cash prizes up to $20.000 offered by IXIA. (see more)

Teodor Ceausu, IXIA: “Tech startups – instrumental to the development of the local IT industry”


What does it take to build and develop a strong tech ecosystem in a transitioning economy, such is the case quite frequently in the CEE? Who are the key people that can help speed up the process? Why should you get involved?

We tried to get some versed answers to these questions from one of the people who’s been at the heart of this story since the very beginning of our young ecosystem: Teodor Ceausu, IXIA Country Manager. Teodor’s experience as an entrepreneur and as a tech leader talks about the role of innovation for our community, the impact the individuals can have, but also about the importance of startups for fostering growth in this sector.

Without further ado, here are Teodor’s thoughts on leadership, tech startups and what more can be done to pick up the pace regarding growth and evolution in the local and regional startup scene. (see more)

How to Web through the years: Radu Hasan, conference attendee since 2010

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In the past 5 years, we’ve had gathered some great stories from the entrepreneurs based all over the region. All of these stories have people at their core, because one of the things we wanted to achieve at How to Web was to create the perfect content for people to really establish meaningful connections between one another. And it was a great reward to see friendly faces year after year, returning at the conference each November to learn more, to meet new people and to experience that sense of familiarity that comes with being part of a community.

So today we’d like to share one of those stories, featuring Radu Hasan [LinkedIn], Co-Founder & CEO of Smart Bill, the most used online invoicing platform in Romania. Radu has attended all the editions of How to Web since 2010, so instead of getting him a T-shirt, we asked him to share with us some thoughts on his experience at the event since then. (see more)

A tech professional, an entrepreneur and a freelancer walk into a tech conference…


No, we haven’t started sharing jokes on the How to Web blog (yet?), but we do have some tips on how to make the most out of a tech conference. Not that we mean to take the fun out of it, because there’s plenty of that involved as well. Stay with me here.

It’s always exciting to walk into a venue full of people that have come together to share experiences and learn from one another. Energy levels are high, pitches are ready to be shared, contacts are eager to be exchanged and beers are just waiting to be popped open. So it’s obviously easy to get caught up in the general enthusiasm and forget what you’re really there for. This is our way of helping out. (see more)