The Next Web Conference 2017
Is there a tech conference where you can bump into royalty? Sure there is: The Next Web Conference. Prince Constantijn, nonchalantly strolling around the festival, followed in his brother’s (King Willem-Alexander) footsteps by visiting the Westergasfabriek venue. The Dutch “startup Prince” is heading Startupdelta, the private-public initiative to propel the local ecosystem nationally and internationally, for little over a year now. Time to look back, and ahead.
Letz is a productivity tool that will help you to be more disciplined. The chat-bot won a Best Technology Product award on Product Hunt. Its AI, Lucy, will connect with you on phone and desktop, to entertain and help you during the day. Founder Nino Karas explains on The Next Web why Lucy is the digital, personal assistant you’ll love.
Do you hate standing in line as much as I do? Tiqets, one of the Netherlands’ prolific scale-ups, solves just that. Today, conveniently one day before The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, they’ve announced their Series B. It’s a US$ 17 million investment from a consortium of investors headed by HPE Growth Capital. The investment will enable the three-year-old company to scale globally and strengthen its “leading position in making culture and entertainment more accessible”.
“We believe everybody can be an influencer”, Lennert Pieters states, founder of Sellify. This statement defines the strategy of the influencer marketing start-up. Pieters explains how his white label solution for web shops will contribute to the first platform for mini-influencer marketing (and how we, mortals, can become influencers too!).
I like beer, a lot. Maybe you do, too. Actually, a lot of people like beer. So, we drink tons of it. But not just any beer. Craft beer is quite the thing these days, so with DIY also being a megatrend, why not brew at home too? Dutch startup Minibrew, that enables you to (micro)brew you own craft beer at home, can keep on pouring as investors have poured in a €2.45M seed round into the Utrecht-based company.
The Dutch startup GAIKU doesn’t lack ambition. By 2020, GAIKU wants to make one million meetings more effective and engaged. The ambition of this meeting guide is backed by a total of 1 million (from Jasper de Rooij, founder of Simpel.nl), raised in two funding rounds in the last six months. Half of that sum was announced during The Next Web Conference.
News about the overly crowded city center of Amsterdam is more the rule than the exception. The Dutch police even warned that a too crowded Amsterdam couldn’t be saved anymore. Urban Guides could solve this problem, by offering tourists guides and experiences from locals.
Chris Hudepohl, one of the four founders of UrbanGuide, shares his thoughts during The Next Web on how tourists can experience a city through the eyes of locals.