Entrepreneurship blog — Part 1: 24-hour teambuilding
From Slovenian ‘golica’ to Italian opera, French ‘chansons’, rhythms of Spanish ‘flamenco’ to Portuguese ‘fade’, we were on the way to our first international conference, where we would represent the 3Gloco project. Our destination was Lisbon, the place we, over the next few days, would call home.
Članek je na voljo tudi v slovenščini TUKAJ.
Since we are not a classic start-up, our way of working, thinking and operating is more “out of the box”. That’s why we set the first challenge right from the start — we made the trip by car, not by plane. A journey that lasted almost 25 hours … the reason? There are many.
In any case, this is a great test for a part of our team. To be with someone on, say, five, six square meters (in the car) for 25 hours, with stops just for a quick 5 or 10 minutes and speeding towards the destination where the journey will begin — that’s the challenge. But we have succeeded, and we found, not only that we could laugh so much that we shed tears, but that we could also be silent, while at the same time, not finding it unpleasant that we could sing together in the middle of the night and that we have mutual respect, understanding and an appreciation for one other. Also, let’s be honest, we also know how to make fun of ourselves.
Another reason — we wanted to make it an adventure, a research adventure from our trip. The path to Lisbon took us through many countries in the beginning, but our goal was to focus on the activities at the Web Summit prior to the conference. We headed out on our trip three days earlier to acclimatize ourselves, “domesticate” and prepare the final details — the presentation, adjusting schedules and the like, before the beginning of the conference.
If we return to the research adventure — of course, we were looking forward to the conference, but what was waiting for us would be similarly exciting. On our way home, it will be somewhat different than the way there — on the way we have a goal to visit and check out quite a few things, other countries, attractions, the landscape … and what’s best — time will not be our master; when we return home depends mainly on what will attract us along the way. Of course, we are not talking about weeks, but a day or two, plus or minus. After returning, we will have a lot of work, much new knowledge and the results of the already agreed meetings will have to be put into action. And we are sincerely looking forward to this.
For us, the first two days are behind us, but ahead is the beginning of the conference, global trends in all possible areas, from development to marketing. In the company of more than 70,000 entrepreneurs from all over the world, the largest business conference in the world, we will lay our ground that will launch 3Gloco exactly where it belongs in the coming months — among users, professionals and later also customers. Together with revolutionary innovators, we will seek solutions to meet the needs of today’s entrepreneurs. We promised that our platform will develop all the time, so it is important that we listen to entrepreneurs, and where do you find more of them than at the largest corporate conference in the world?
Another commitment has also been made with our first trip — we will share the knowledge we acquire as entrepreneurs, especially from the international environment, with other entrepreneurs. So, at this conference, we will try to capture as many moments as possible, and with the “aha moments” and ideas that delight us, we will share them with you as well. We believe that knowledge and experience should be shared if we want to drive the wheels of entrepreneurship and, consequently, the economy. How much each individual or entrepreneur takes away from it, depends on them … We believe in the maximum.
Mateja Kegel Kozlevčar, 3Gloco COO
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More about the project: www.3gloco.com