LAUNCHub long weekend: my tips on pitching

LAUNCHub is a 9M Euro Seed & Acceleration fund, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, supported by a mentor-led program that invests in startup companies, mainly from the ICT sector from Bulgaria and the region. Our investments range from EUR 30K to 200K per company and we also provide guiding mentorship.

Last January I was invited but LAUNCHub to present “Work Hard, Play Hard, Pitch Harder”, my interactive workshop about public speaking and idea pitching. I went to Sofia and spend an amazing long weekend mentoring excellent startups.

Enjoy the video and checkout the complete video gallery of the event!

Tech Events – January 2013

The Europas – Berlin 22 Jan 2013

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The Europas are a celebration of the most exciting early stage enterprises in the EMEA region and the ecosystem around them. In breaking the awards in a variety of categories we seek to highlight the bright lights disrupting their respective industries in increasingly innovative ways.

I’m covering the event for Heisenberg Media. Stay tuned to see our pictures and feel free to use them! Just remember we distribute our content in CC-BY so you only have to mention us and link back.

The Europas: Link

Startup Live Vienna – 25-27 Jan 2013

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In a unique atmosphere, people from various backgrounds come together, get to know each other and develop early business drafts to a level where they are presented to investors. Participants can either pitch their own business idea, or help a presenter develop their project. The main objective is to form interdisciplinary teams whereby ventures are pushed to the next level.

I will be part of the mentors. See you there!

Startup Live Vienna: Link

Scott Berkun: an open letter to speakers

After “An Open Letter to Conference Organizers“, Scott Berkun published a very interesting “Open Letter To Speakers“. If you are a speaker at any public event, I’d suggest you to read it:

Your mistakes on stage are your own fault. You are a performer. Good performers don’t blame their tools. If your laptop flakes out, or your movie won’t play, you are responsible. If you have special needs, let the organizers know early and ask for a rehearsal. If you can’t get one, simplify. If at the rehearsal the tech guy is on drugs, or the organizer seems overwhelmed, simplify. It’s your show and you will be judged regardless of where you point fingers. Practice and prepare accordingly. Have a simple 5/10 minute fallback version of your talk you can do even if the there’s no electricity.

You can find the entire letter on Scott’s blog. You can also follow Scott on Twitter and I strongly suggest to read his books. Enjoy!

Switch Conference – Porto 16 and 17 April 2011

This weekend I was supposed to attend the Switch Conference in Porto, Portugal but unfortunately I won’t be there for a couple of issues I cannot procrastinate.
I’m really sorry to miss the opportunity of attending a conference that sounds really cool and packed of great speakers and friends.

“SWITCH is a two-day event that gathers people with different background experiences to discuss technology, science, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in a network-friendly environment.

I was also supposed to present my latest Ignite Talk, “Symbolic Violence and Social Media” at Ignite Portugal tonight, but I’m missing that too. I really hope there will be other chances in the near future.

All my congratulation to Ricardo Sousa and all the Switchconf Staff for the excellent job they are doing and all the best wishes for their conference. next year I won’t miss it!