Open Coffee Athens XVII – Η ανακοίνωση & οι ομιλητές

Κλείνουμε το 2008 με μία συνάντηση αντίστοιχη της κινητικότητας που έχει δημιουργηθεί -με τον ένα ή τον άλλο τρόπο- στην ελληνική σκηνή του τεχνολογικού επιχειρείν. Το event θα λάβει χώρα την ερχόμενη Τρίτη, 2 Δεκεμβρίου στο Divani Caravel και πάλι, αυτή τη φορά ωστόσο προετοιμαστείτε για τον τελευταίο όροφο του ξενοδοχείου και μία ζεστή αίθουσα με μοναδική θέα στην Ακρόπολη και τη θάλασσα, ένας ακόμη λόγος για να βρεθείτε εκεί.

Οι ομιλίες θα είναι περισσότερες από ποτέ. Κεφαλαιοποιώντας την μοναδική εμπειρία του Athens Startup Weekend, δίνουμε την ευκαιρία σε 3 από τις προσπάθειες που ξεχώρισαν να παρουσιάσουν τους καρπούς της ωφέλιμης εργασίας ενός σαββατοκύριακου, εντός 3 λεπτών:

  • Ο Νίκος Γεωργάκης θα παρουσιάσει το BlogNudge, δουλειά των Jim Myhrberg, Νίκου Γεωργάκη, Πάτρικ Μαλόουν, Αλέξανδρου Παγίδα και Σταύρου Μεσσίνη
  • Ο Γιώργος Κασσελάκης θα παρουσιάσει το HowSocial.ru, δουλειά του ιδίου και των Βίκυ Κολοβού, Δημήτρη Αθανασιάδη, Αλέξανδρου Γεωργιάδη, Γιώργου Τζιραλή και Ευθύμιου Μπόθου
  • Ο Στέφανος Βασδέκης θα παρουσιάσει το mobcommerce, δουλειά των Δημήτρη Θεοδωράκη, Γιάννη Νούση και Στέφανου Βασδέκη

Η παρουσίαση των νικητών του event εκκρεμεί για επόμενη συνάντηση, τα όποια συμπεράσματα μεταξύ εφικτού και ανέφικτου δημιουργίας μίας ικανής start-up από τον καθένα μας, προεκτείνοντας τις συνθήκες των 2,5 ημερών στον άξονα του χρόνου, είναι δικά σας. Οι υπόλοιπες ομιλίες έχουν ως εξής:

  • Ο Νεκτάριος Συλλιγαρδάκης θα ανακοινώσει το GreekStartups, μία συμμετοχική προσπάθεια καταλογογράφησης των ελληνικών προσπαθειών μέχρι σήμερα.
  • Ο Γιώργος Συμεωνίδης, General Manager της νεοσύστατης Linkwise θα παρουσιάσει το Linkwise Affiliate Network, το πρώτο affiliate marketing network στην Ελλάδα και τους νέους τρόπους monetization που αυτό προσφέρει.
  • Ο Δημήτρης Μαγκούτας, director του Invest in Greece θα λανσάρει την startup του ιδίου και της Εύας Γκουτζαμάνη, Reputation Lab, η οποία και εξετάζει μετρικά corporate reputation για μεγάλους οργανισμούς, αντικείμενο ιδιαίτερο θερμό στην καθημερινή πρακτική του management.
  • Τέλος οι Μιχάλης Ναυπλιώτης και Δημήτρης Μπάνης θα μας μιλήσουν για το success story και τα μυστικά πίσω από το zoo.gr, ίσως το social network με το μεγαλύτερο engagement factor από οτιδήποτε άλλο εκεί έξω.

Όλοι αυτοί και όλοι εμείς, θα βρεθούμε το απόγευμα της Τρίτης 2 Δεκεμβρίου στο ξενοδοχείο Divani Caravel (Βασιλέως Αλεξάνδρου 2, δίπλα από τον σταθμό Ευαγγελισμό του μετρό, δείτε και χάρτη). Για τις ομιλίες θα βρεθούμε στον τελευταίο όροφο, για τους καφέδες και τα ποτά στην αίθουσα και στην βεράντα του τελευταίου ορόφου ή στο εκλεκτό bar του ισογείου.


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Το ακριβές πρόγραμμα παραμένει ως συνήθως:

  • 18.00 – 19.00 η προσέλευσή σας, μαζί με τους πρώτους καφέδες και τις σχετικές συστάσεις
  • 19.00 (ακριβώς) – 20.30 οι σύντομες ομιλίες, μαζί με τις ερωτήσεις σας
  • αμέσως μετά, μέχρι αργά, το ‘κυρίως μέρος’ με τις καθιερωμένες γνωριμίες, εκτενείς επαφές και το σχετικό networking, όλα αυτά εν μέσω ποτών, στο γνωστό φιλικό και καθιερωμένα ανεπίσημο κλίμα

Ο τρόπος προσέλευσης είναι ιδιαίτερα πολύπλοκος, όπως πάντα: Απλά έρχεστε (η συμμετοχή είναι δωρεάν και ανοικτή για όλους). Αν θέλετε να επαληθεύσετε την παρουσία σας, αφήνετε ένα σχόλιο εδώ (ή και στο σχετικό facebook event), ενώ σε περίπτωση που επιθυμείτε να παρουσιάσετε σε επόμενη συνάντηση, στέλνετε ένα email στο opencoffee.gr(παπί)gmail.com.

Το πιο cool και ψαγμένο κοινό της πόλης, τα πιο ανοικτά και δραστήρια μυαλά, περιμένουν να σας γνωρίσουν και να τους γνωρίσετε, να ανταλλάξετε ιδέες και εμπειρίες, προτάσεις και επαφές, χωρίς απροσπέλαστες γραβάτες ή δήθεν. Μεταξύ εσάς και άλλων, nerds και marketers, bloggers και δημοσιογράφοι, venture capitalists και developers, νέοι επιχειρηματίες και πεπειραμένοι PRs, θα είμαστε όλοι εκεί, στο ανεπίσημο και διαδραστικό social network που δημιουργήθηκε και παραμένει πρώτα απ’όλα χειροπιαστό και real world. Σας περιμένουμε.

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Athens Startup Weekend, the minutes

The following is a detailed account of the Athens Startup Weekend experience.

Friday Evening

  • Discussing ideas as people flock in the Microsoft Innovation Center. Familiar faces, new faces.
  • Andrew Hyde, the originator of the SUW meme, presents the idea in greater formalism. Out of several slides, I keep a single point that rings familiar: Fix it ! If you have a problem, don’t whine about it, go out and find a solution.
  • People are a little bit frozen when Andrew asks them to step up and pitch their ideas.
  • When the 3rd idea is heard, there’s a bit of a tipping point. The people watching, have had just enough time to cook up some ideas. They’re all pretty vague, but they’re plenty. The list just keeps growing, and growing and growing. This is fantastic !
  • It’s worth noting that, at this point, the people with tech ideas are openly mocking the people with non-tech ideas. Now we know we’re bound to see something interesting emerge out of this. This is so fun !
  • After listing all the ideas, a magic thing happens. People are split in functioning groups. What essentially just happened, is that when someone liked another person’s idea they approached them and asked to join. The amazing thing about this, is that there’s no arguing, no asking for CVs, no mistrusting, no nothing ! It’s rare to see such selfless self-organizing groups in Greece.
  • Once interest groups have formed, we’re out to discuss the details. Find out what the real problem is, rethink the way our business models work etc. The nice thing about the space is that we’re provided immediately with working spaces. There are round tables on all floors, extra monitors for those who can use them (Dell), and a free coffee vending machine (Loumidis). Above all, there are 3 separate WIFI networks courtesy of Wind. It’d be nice if they were more reliable though. We all experienced plenty of disconnections.
  • There’s also free food ! (Domino’s)

  • After several hours of brainstorming and solving common problems we call it a night. I think I speak for many others when I say I didn’t really sleep that night. More of twisting in my bed, thinking out the problem at hand.

Saturday

  • It’s early morning in Greek weekend time, which is to say it’s 10:30 am by the time most people start working again.
  • We’re all into coding frenzy. Problems that we couldn’t notice before start becoming obvious. We’re all in need of precious resources such as developers, designers and business developers that can write solid business plans.
  • The coffee machine is out of order. Hordes of sleepy-eyed, caffeine-deprived people cause a stampede as the news bleed out of the mess hall. This happens a bit too often, to the point that the hosts learn how to fix it. Ugh ! Thankfully there was an abundance of caffeinated soft drinks, chocolates of all kinds and potato chips. A perfectly balanced diet for any developer.
  • We have people floating around us. Guests include MBAs, Business Developers and Public Relations. We’re being offered free advice ! How nice is that ?
  • Things get much better when the lunch arrives. Plenty of pizzas (certainly more than we could eat), salads (just for looks) and some. People gather around food and keep debating on their products.
  • Friendly spying goes on with more or less obvious ways. People either come smiling and ask ‘What are you people working on and what’s your progress ?’ or eat suspiciously close to us. For the record, the straightforward approach gave us and the others the best results. In the future, just come and ask.
  • As the day ends, we all realize that it was much less productive than we had anticipated. We all set our goals to optimistic, and didn’t prepare for a fallback plan. A lot of work remains for day 3, while some of us decide on what to cut off immediately.
  • By now most people have decided on their site structure (yes we are all web based) , aesthetics and so on.

 

  • Andrew calls it a day, gathers us up and makes some final suggestions. Among them is to take up the names of our services in every online outlet that we can.
  • Everyone comes back from the meeting thinking that they can still work. The truth is that we’re exhausted though. We all just finalize our work, check our emails and go home.

Sunday

  • Everyone is early this morning. There is an obvious anxiety in the air. Everyone is finalizing the details of their product. Whether it’s code deliverables or pure business plans everyone is trying to put the final pieces together.
  • Some groups are almost over with their work. In their wisdom, they actually picked projects that could actually be delivered in the given timeframe. Two groups are even accused of having brought over their half finished projects to make an impression. The Open Coffee intelligence services though can actually verify that this couldn’t be more detached from the truth.

  • Lunch time. People agree that the buffalo sauce chicken wings look suspicious. Evidence suggests that those who could stomach them were actually robots !
  • Back to work. Everyone is in a frenzy to finish the last bits of work. A magic thing happens though. People are seeking and getting help. Our team was benefited twice and offered as much help. Especially since we were blessed with a designer.
  • Guests are again floating around. Venture capitalists that are previewing the running projects before the final judgment. Also lawyers which actually provided resolve in two groups that had doubts about their work. The event is really well organized.
  • Everything is in final order. We are ready for the presentations. Some of them are quite good, some or them plain bad. A single one is outright offensive. Every single one of the presentations though are spirited and delivered with their creators’ love.
  • VCs and rest of the judges leave for the top floor. Whispers are heard and phones ring.
  • It’s time to announce the winner.

pettycards_logo won !!!

Pettycards is a system and logical device for making micropayments by using prepaid cards that are attached to your cellphone. A really great idea, and one of those that in our humble opinion stood out of the rest from the first moments.

There is ofcourse a bittersweet feeling. Every contestant would feel that their baby is prettier than those of the others. Still the pettycards project won fair and square.

Advice to the rest: Don’t be dissapointed. Your idea just didn’t fit the profile of the VCs. Keep working on it, add more value, and you will either have a successful product on it’s own, or justify an investment.

Aftermath

The experience overall was just great. Everything in the hosting department except for WIND’s wifi was very finely tuned. Congratulations are in order Andrew Hyde for delivering the idea, and Alexandros Pagidas for bringing Andrew here. For the hosts, I’ll quote Pagidas, who said that the reception in part of the Innovation Center changed his perception of Microsoft, later explaining that he expected at least some rules about incorporating Microsoft’s software in the startups being built. I think that’s true for many of us. Congrats are also in order for Patrick and Lydia for really providing assistance and catering to our needs. Finally a congrats are in order for the GIVE foundation. The promise of a 20.000 € investment, which was after all a significant drive for the competition and excellence of the projects.

You can also see the viewpoints of others that attended the event, such as John Nousis’, Dimitris Athanasiadis, Alex Georgiadis, George Tziralis, Stavros Messinis . Please leave a comment if you were there, we’re still trying to backlink as many of you as possible.

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H παρουσίαση του Παναγιώτη Βρυώνη στο Open Coffee Athens XVI

Ακολουθεί το video της παρουσίασης του Παναγιώτη Βρυώνη με τίτλο “Μία αποτυχημένη start-up”. O Παναγιώτης μεταδίδει εμπειρίες πέρα από τον παρορμητισμό των όσων ξεκινάμε τώρα, για όσους δεν τον ακούσατε ζωντανά η σύσταση είναι έντονη.


Φιλοξενείται από το Blogchannel.gr

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Athens Startup Weekend: brief recap

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Athens Startup Weekend

So the Athens Startup Weekend came and went and I think it’s left a most positive impression to everyone involved and about all its aspects. Andrew and Alexandros were there with us to show us how starting simply from an idea you can turn it into a startup within 2.5 days. Patrick and Lydia from Microsoft which hosted the event in the offices of the Microsoft Innovation Center made sure all our technical and maintenance (i.e. food and drinks) needs were met – thank you both for that! Apart from the participants, a number of people with a background on business, law and PR (as well as a few possible funders) were also invited to contribute their expertise to the event – ensuring each team had access to all the disciplines necessary to make their product work. And of course, everyone collectively contributed to create an excellent atmosphere choke full of creativity, ideas, positive vibes, effectiveness and above all results.

Speaking of which. the startups that presented in the end were the following:

  1. pettycards allows micropayments using mobiles and scratch cards
  2. howsocial.ru calculates the total social impact of individuals in a number of online communities
  3. Digital Rights Protection collects all legal data on various worldwide legal systems and allows search for patents aiming to help interested parties look for infringements
  4. rentawife.gr outsources household chores to others so you can regain your quality time
  5. blognudge allows you to put a button on your blog so that people can suggest that you should write something and perhaps include a topic or send you a donation
  6. mobcommerce.com allows e-commerce store owners to create mobile stores automatically
  7. freecycling FB app helps people organise giving of stuff they don’t want to people who ask for them instead of throwing them away
  8. mydoulapa FB app organises your wardrobe and allows you to donate some items to charity while fashion houses can also create an identity in it and tap their demographic of interest
  9. beeshopper presents an array of e-shops in a single interface categorised per field
  10. uArt looks like a deviantArt clone… only with a monetisation model for the artists’ works
  11. betcafe is an online gambling site

And of course we’d like to wish all the best to pettycards who managed to stand out from the rest and attract the promise of the GIVE fund to take a closer look in their project and hopefully invest seed money in them. Congratulations guys! And congratulations to all who participated and helped make the weekend a success.

(Tag for content on twitter, flickr, YouTube, etc is #asw – and sometimes #aws)

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