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

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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. (see more)

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

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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 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. (see more)

How to Web Behind the Scenes: Harnessing the Power of Community

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After a couple of months of incredibly hard work, here we are with only one day setting us apart from How to Web Conference 2014. For the past couple of months we’ve been telling you about the amazing guest speakers that we’ve lined up for you, sharing with you their advice and valuable insights, keeping you updated on the progress we’ve made and the things we’ve prepared for you.

Now, with only one day left before the conference, it’s time to shift focus and talk about you and the entire community of tech professionals like yourself, working together to build tech products with disruptive potential at global scale. And this because we have grown together over the last five years and we managed to build the Romanian tech ecosystem from the grounds up so we cannot help but look back at what happened during the last few years. (see more)

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, 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. (see more)

Check out the Hub:raum Pitch Box at How to Web Conference 2014!


Another day, another update about the exciting things you’ll experience at How to Web Conference this year! This time, we have great news for startups who are looking to get into a great acceleration program and explore the resources that such a program can provide.

Our friends from Hub:raum supported by Telekom Romania have set up a great challenge right at How to Web 2014! In the London Room, located near the main stage, you’ll find a pitch box where you can record a video pitch that will go directly to the Hub:raum team!

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