The Startup Summit took place in Prague last week. As one of the hand-picked startups, AgentBalance got a chance to pitch in front of the investors, corporates, startup community and anyone who had the time and money to come have a look at the disruption happening that day. Since I was chosen to deliver the AgentBalance pitch and therefore utilize the VIP ticket, here is my take on what I could see there.
First of all, thank you Startup Summit, Fenek, tyinternety.cz and everyone who took part at organizing the event. I believe you did a great job. Out of the events happening throughout Europe lately, you rank very high in organization and quality. Even though we only learnt the fact that we were to be one of the lucky 8 startups only two days in advance, in the end it did not really matter. Especially after we were informed that the organizers and the jury had to sort through 90 startups that had applied. Wow.
I do not want to get too deep but I need to point out some observations. Sasazu was a winner. It was a bit dark and shady but overall the atmosphere added to making this event a bit extraordinary. Something I heard in the corridors: “Good they have the free wine and beer for VIPs.” Yes, that was good and eventually helped loosen up even the less communicative ones. Kudos to the person making the decision of not serving liquor though… And thank you for the free parking. It helped to save time and limit (at least) my alcohol consumption before the after party.
As for the program. Interesting speakers and topics with various quality and level of attractiveness. Go O2 with those new activities of yours! I personally would have loved to see more of the corporate world. That applies not only for the speakers but also for the general audience. Pretty much everyone from the startup world was there but I was missing a bit more chance to impress someone from the corporate world I hadn’t met before. A recommendation for the pitch. It was amazing to pitch to the investors and hear their feedback. However, these investors are professionals with vast knowledge of the startup world and have met and talked to most of the startups before. Wouldn’t it be good to include someone from the corporate world into the pitch evaluation and grilling of the speakers as well? I would have loved to be praised or killed by someone from O2 or Ceska sporitelna.
What about networking, which was the main reason I was looking forward to this event? It was great despite the lack of corporates. The choice of MYIA as a communication support tool also helped. Especially due to the fact that I was provided the chance to appear on stage, I was approached by people I would probably never otherwise have considered talking to. Of course, the reactions ranged from “So AgentBalance guys, which planet did you come from?” all the way to “Let’s do a pilot of AgentBalance in our contact center!” Fortunately the former being a minority. J By the way, who would have thought that the smoking area in front of the venue would be the best place for networking.
What else to say? What happened at the after party stays at the after party. Thank you again to all the organizers. Good job and keep it up.
Premek Piska, CCO AgentBalance