The countdown is almost over. We are so proud to have been included on Web Summit’s list of the world’s top 50 most promising startups. It is the biggest summit of its kind in the world, in that it brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers in technology as well as startups. It’s not just about leading tech startups and tech companies, however, it is about the most exciting businesses of all sizes and industries, who are impacted by new technologies. We are looking forward to meeting with our fellow startups as well as tech giants, and gaining insights into what’s going on in their businesses and indeed industry. This year over 22,000 attendees will be making their way to Dublin from all corners of the globe to hear insights from over 300 speakers across dozens of stages and roundtables. We are looking forward to those pivotal conversations.
So what are we doing there?
As part of the Alpha Class 50 most promising startups, we are going to be using this opportunity to exhibit ourselves to fellow selectees on the list, as well as investors, the media and fellow entrepreneurs. We are really looking forward to networking with the other companies that are all using different technologies to disrupt the industries they operate in as we are all passionate about making consumers lives easier.
One of the main highlights of Web Summit is the impressive list of noteworthy speakers, who will be present at the event to share their unique perspectives and insights. The event attracts some of the biggest names in technology but these are a few of the most anticipated talks of the summit.
Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram
Krieger will be talking about his vision for Instagram, which recently overtook Twitter with over 400 million users worldwide in September 2015, making it the largest social media platform, second only to Facebook. Instagram is an invaluable tool to advertisers, not only because it offers increased reach and enhanced engagement, but because of the power it affords in terms of the ability to carry out native advertising - one possible solution to AdBlockers. Given that we operate in the AdTech industry, we are particularly excited for this talk.
Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flickr and Slack
Butterfield is the co-founder of photo-sharing website Flickr and the team messaging application Slack. His talk will focus on how Slack may one day make e-mail obsolete, which is in itself quite a bold statement. After all, it’s hard for any of us to imagine a world without e-mail. However, the fact that applications like Slack exist to challenge the status of e-mail as one of the main means of communication is again testament to the true extent of digitalisation. Indeed, nothing is immune to change or disruption. As we consider ourselves part of the digital disruption, it would be incredibly interesting to gain some insights from a fellow digital disrupter.
Nico Sell, CEO of wickr
As the CEO of the ‘most trusted mobile messenger in the world’, Nico Sell takes privacy very seriously. Her vision is to allow people to communicate safely and anonymously, whilst being able to control what information is retained on the other end. Wickr encrypts messages from device to device, meaning that they don’t even know don’t know who their users are, who they’re talking to or what they’re saying. With the internet giving us unprecedented access to information, and endless stories of hacking and data leakages, it is refreshing that a company is trying to be the safest messenger in the world.
4 days until Web Summit! See you there!