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)

How to Web 2014: new speakers announced!

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Content is our top priority for each How to Web Conference, so it’s only natural that we seek to invite extraordinary people as speakers, whether they’re entrepreneurs, tech professionals, investors or any other type of specialists.

We select speakers based on their experience and knowledge of their field, which must be relevant to your needs. Always aiming for top compatibility between your objectives for the conference and the pertinent advice our speakers can share, we build the How to Web agenda based on current needs, market trends and essential information that can help you be one step ahead at all times. (see more)

Startup Spotlight 2014: looking for the most promising early-stage tech startups in the CEE

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For the third year in a row, we’re putting together Startup Spotlight, the competition and orientation program for early-stage startups in Central and Eastern Europe who are working on great tech products. We’re looking for 32 teams that are prepared to deliver their best pitch, to get feedback from our experienced jury, to connect to early stage investors, to meet strategic partners and potential advisors, and compete for great prizes! This year’s edition will unfold November 19 through November 22, in Bucharest, in parallel with How to Web Conference 2014 (November 20-21).

If you have your eye on the competition and are thinking about applying, here’s what you need to know. (see more)