Web Summit London 2013 took place in one of the best conference venues on the circuit; The Brewery. There was a real focus on start-ups this year and the mix of speakers, interviews and in-depth panels featuring a great selection of successful veterans, powerful investors and up-and-comers; made for an intense and passionate learning environment.
Ubelly was there to cover the goings on with some of the live tweeting action we’re known for. We heard from Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress & pictured below) – who revealed “The first WordPress funding round was $1m, the second was $30m…the second was way easier!” as well as Patrick Collison (co-founder of Stripe) and Danae Ringelmann (co-founder of Indiegogo). We also gained insights from Tommy Ahlers (CEO of Podio), who struck a chord with “You start a business because you want to change something. Want to get rich? Just get into boring real-estate.” Whilst Jeff Lawson (Twilio) inspired with his forward thinking talk on why the world will be changed by Software People – “Software is minimal, update-able and gets rid of as much hardware and hard-coding as possible,” he said, adding “We’ve done numbers, textual, media and now: we’re solving all the rest of the problems with sensors & actuators.”
These highlights are just the tip of the iceberg of what proved to be a day packed full of inspiration for entrepreneurs and developers. In fact, Investor and Co-founder of Techstars NYC Dave Tisch said SmartThings – who presented during the afternoon and are leading the way in creating “smart” every day devices (from forks to light switches) through the use of sensors and open software – is the most exciting startup he has seen in years. In fact, considering the talent that was on show throughout the event’s start-up contest – which eventually pitted 4 finalist teams against a well-respected panel of judges and saw Flubit take the top spot – the focus on inspiring and nourishing the next generation of tech entrepreneurs is a theme that looks set to continue to grow year on year.
We’ve created a Storify of our coverage below, so you can look over the highlights and absorb the very best Web Summit had to offer.
Web Summit London 2013 Highlights
During the event, we were working closely with the UK Bizspark team to spread the good word about the exciting opportunities they are offering for tech start-ups. Do you qualify for Bizspark support? Are you: developing software, privately held, less than five years old and making less than US $1M annually? If the answer is “yes”, then visit Bizspark to find out how they can help you succeed.
Got a great idea for an app? Visit dev.windows.com for all the resources you could need.
Main photo credit: Conor McCabe Photography