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- Comments Off on How was Autumn Tech Startup Fair in Berlin? (Journal No. 5)

How was Autumn Tech Startup Fair in Berlin? (Journal No. 5)

Berlin is always good idea

Truth to be told, Berlin has been amazing to visit for the past ten years - if for fun or for Startup Fair. It’s the reason why we’ve chosen it as one of our three base camps (London - Berlin - Prague). It’s also no surprise that we were not disappointed with our last week’s visit.

hDock42 stand at Tech Startup Fair 2016 in Berlin at WeWork Sony Center locationIt was our last reunion this year and we brought our whole team and some guests to Berlin (except a colleague who just had a newborn the day before). We spent a day in a planning session for 2017. We used hospitality of new WeWork offices at Hackerscher Markt - simply cool and efficient. The evening we spent at Tech Startup Fair at Sony Center meeting people, making new friends and collecting CVs and the next day, Friday, some of us joined a group at Corrective to gain some insight into investigative journalism (you may think it’s not relevant but wait for it…)

Tech Meetups don't disappoint

We send our great thanks to the team at Tech Meetups. They did a great job of organizing and prepping everyone for the event - us, as exhibitors, as well as visitors - the young talented folks looking for new opportunities.

We all agreed that the talent we met in Berlin was amazing and connections still keep rolling in - THANK YOU ALL! What surprised us most positively was the diversity of talent in terms of nationalities and backgrounds. Berlin - ten points there.

On the other hand we’ve met less technical talent than we expected. Unfortunately, it happens to be usual observation anywhere we go. Our friends from the headhunting business tend to say it’s because strong tech talent does not go anywhere to look for opportunities, opportunities hunt them down without any effort on their part. Probably true and we see another great opportunity in this for Europe and we shall do something about it next year. Berlin - five points there.hDock42 Team in Berlin at Tech Startup Fair 2016 - rollups

But enough talking. We hope to have a small team based in Berlin very soon, working on cool projects. So for now enjoy some visuals...

Enjoy the Storify prepared by Tech Meetups team you'll find a few pretty good pictures there.

Or you can check out a few of our own pictures on our Instagram feed.

See you soon!

hD42 Team

 

- Comments Off on Let’s Go – Tech Startup Fair Berlin Is Calling (Journal No. 4)

Let’s Go – Tech Startup Fair Berlin Is Calling (Journal No. 4)

We Are Going Berlin

All of us have visited our share of startup, tech and innovation focused events and there’re always some I myself am looking forward to; be it Pioneers in Vienna, EmTech in Boston, Future Fest in London, or Mind the Product (London or SF) because they are constantly getting better and better.

There are still many I’ve heard about being great and I have them on my To-Visit list. Next week I am going to tick one of those off with my colleagues in Berlin.

It has been several times I’ve heard that TechMeetups.com produce great events with energy across different geographic locations. Always wanted to go but it usually turned out that I was at different continent when things happened.

Anyway we finally made it and our planning allowed almost the whole team of hDock42 to gather next week in Berlin during Thursday and Friday and one of the things we will do is to visit Tech Startup Fair Berlin (Autumn 2016) at WeWork location at Sonny Center. Gorgeous location if you happen to know it there and if not, why don’t you come and say Hi!

It's an evening event, so you don't need free your schedule for a day or two. We will be there enjoying the energy, looking for inspiration, partners and supporters. We’ll also have a little stand as we are looking for new team members for ourselves and for one of our projects called OpenToll — car payments for this century.

If you want to know more about positions we have open, please visit our JOIN US pages.

See you in Berlin,

Petr

- Comments Off on Where Do We See The Greatest Potential (Journal No. 3)

Where Do We See The Greatest Potential (Journal No. 3)

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Simple answer is; we see potential EVERYWHERE! Europe is full of great research, ideas and is still at the top in many areas globally.

But looking around the globe and seeing major technology trends, we believe there’s potential to innovate everywhere; take high-level areas like healthcare, education, energy, transportation or government services and smart-cities.

Some of these are certainly areas where Europe has immense experience without many people realizing it. Our cities are smart, pretty good to live in, our healthcare is high quality. This gives us great base to build on. But high level look at our education or government services and you have the biggest areas for disruption. So disconnected from real people and technology trends. But don’t take our word for it, look around the world and then come and talk to us about your ideas.

Naturally at the start we are building on our previous business experiences and partner networks. From that perspective we are adding immediate value to teams working on technology application in the industries like: 

  • transportation — whether it’s public transport, automotive, aviation, aircraft manufacturing or cool space tech;
  • healthcare & pharma;
  • education & publishing;
  • communication & telco;
  • P2P finance & fintech;

We don’t look only on direct business opportunities. We carefully watch what’s cooking in academic circles and many times we will cooperate with academia on concrete projects. Many global opportunities in Europe-originated projects lie in building on well funded primary research projects.

We look for and want to build on primary expertise in areas like physics, math, behavioral science, AI, robotics, material science.

By building on expertise we mean supporting projects and individuals from applied research, across early idea development and search for product market fit to successful commercialization and global growth. Many of the great global businesses started at academia, let’s use this model too!

Now, one thing we haven’t stressed enough is that we believe in students and young people being in the forefront of our future success.

Our hD42Lab is the space created mainly from our experience with young innovators and ideas holders.

Many really good and sound ideas don’t cross the line into successful business world because of few miss-steps at the beginning. We are here to help and increase that success rate in cooperation with partners and universities. We’ll help you find a place for that idea of yours.

What do you think? Where is your strength and how will you help push Europe forward? Don’t forget, everyone counts and we want you as a member, a partner or a supporter. We are building on great partnerships from the past and we form new ones all the time. Every platform is fueled by its members, so if you are a student, open minded gal or guy, a research institutions, university, accelerator or investor. You may even be a business or corporation which believes in our vision then we are happy to have you on board…just reach out!


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- Comments Off on Why We Say “Platform For Open Ideas” (Journal No. 2)

Why We Say “Platform For Open Ideas” (Journal No. 2)

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We mentioned it before, we want hDock42 to become a catalyst helping to Make Europe Great Again! We also said we can’t do this alone so it appears that naturally hD42 must become a platform for generating, connecting and attracting :
  • crazy and bold ideas;
  • smart & active people;
  • open minded and active institutions or companies;

We mention “crazy ideas” intentionally because only those provide a path from promising R&D to projects with moonshot potential (yes, we stole this one from Google’s terminology).

New products need to be driven by imagination and not by user-group research.

We also mention “smart & active people” intentionally; there’s such a disconnect between time and place where ideas / people / business knowledge / technical knowledge sit.

There are many bright minds with great ideas in Europe, but how to take them into global business world? Vice-versa; there are many skilled folks who are looking for interesting ideas to work on because they feel they don’t have a breakthrough idea themselves. And if you combine both, then even better!

Whatever situation you find yourself at there’s a compelling reason to create place for open ideas sharing. Nothing re-creates the culture of joint success like open ideas sharing. Isn’t it ideal when people happily support someone else working on their idea rather than sitting on it and doing nothing! Of course, we are willing to chip in with our ideas first, no worries.

We want researchers talking to business people about spinning off their research projects, we want “to-be entrepreneurs” openly sharing their ideas and thinking so others can provide feedback and chip-in ideas, we want startups treating growth and profits as equal, we want profitable projects to think global expansion.

We want all of us to realize that it’s not about breakthrough idea from the lab, brainstorming session or from a shower. It’s not about your experience, it’s not even about funding — it’s first and foremost about finding out what your “product market fit” looks like and that fit must be global from the start! It’s about thinking global business from day one and having balls to push through to global success.

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We are absolute believers that open sharing of ideas will bring in active people and will lead to natural formation of interest groups and successful teams adopting new ideas as their own and hopefully making them happen on global scale. By the way that’s what makes Silicon Valley so vibrant and cool place to be in.

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We are here to support such teams in “product market fit” validation and helping them find “smart financing” for global growth. Will you join us?

As we mentioned before, we wouldn’t want to and we can’t do this alone! Do any of these ideas resonate with you, want to join us or become our supporter (no worries, not asking for money here)?

Reach out to us (email, social networks, personal meeting…), help spread the word towards parties which might be interested in making Europe a business powerhouse again — individuals, communities, academic institutions, research institutes, corporations, public institutions and others.

And let’s get to work!


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