Preview: The three of us landed in Dublin on the second of November, we wanted to get there a day earlier because we had an appointment with one of Arnaud’s contacts — Nacime — who works within LinkedIn. It was an awesome experience as he spent over two hours with us, touring the building and sharing advice.
Where to start… an event with more than 40 thousand attendees over a three day span! Basically there a lot of people. We mainly spent the first day at Centre Stage, there were some amazing speakers from top-notch companies, just to name a few: Paddy Cosgrave (Web Summit CEO), Stewart Butterfield (founder of Slack), Michael Dell (founder & CEO of Dell), Mike Schroepfer (CTO of Facebook) and the list goes on.
The day started out with an excellent conference with Nicolas Brusson, co-founder and COO ofBlablaCar (the world’s leading ridesharing community). He shared his unique experience on how it all started and eventually how they became the first French startup to be valued over one billion dollars.
One of the many great perks when you attend the Web Summit, is that you can meet a lot of VC’s and investors. We were able to set up appointments with some of them and get feedback on our product, business model etc.
Wednesday evening we were invited to attend an event organised by the French Tech in downtown Dublin. There was a great atmosphere with so many young entrepreneurs gathered together in the same place.
Finally the most important day for us since this was when we had our stand to finish off the Web Summit. After two days of intense networking and little sleep — to say that we were tired would be an understatement — we knew this last day was going to be a marathon.
From 9 am to 5 pm there was a constant flow people, ranging from simple Web Summit attendees to investors and potential clients. We were told by other startups that our ability to approach people ourselves would be the key to having a successful experience.
Sure enough we quickly realized that advice to be true, 99% of the time if we didn’t approach them you could be sure they wouldn’t stop by our stand. Usually making eye contact and saying “hi” was enough to get their attention.
It was an eventful packed day with so many incredible and positive encounters.
Initially we didn’t know what to expect from the Web Summit, especially after changing our strategy only a few weeks earlier. In the end it by far exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend any startup to participate at this or any similar event.