Dublin and the Web Summit

The world knows Dublin for its rich pub and night life culture. For 5 years in a row now, Dublin is also the place to be for entrepreneurs, high-tech lovers and networking enthusiasts. Why? Because one of the world’s biggest high-tech conference takes place in Dublin, the Web Summit!

What many people do not know is, that Dublin is the host of most European headquarters of companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter. Why? Because of an attractive corporate tax policy of course ūüėČ

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We arrived a few days before the beginning of the Web Summit to mentor participants of Sprinters.co, a women entrepreneurship startup program. Those 3 days were hosted by the Digital Hub and by Twitter, and ended with a great party co-organized with Entrepreneur Anonymous.

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I guess now you are interested in the hard facts about the Web Summit: 21 summits, 42,000 participants from 134 countries, 1,000 speakers, 1,000 investors and 2,100 startups!!!

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We decided to focus mainly on the talks that too place at the Startup Summit with very interesting insights from¬†speakers¬†like Mike Krieger, Instagram‘s Co-Founder & CTO, Dave McClure, 500 Startups‘ Founder, and Corinne Vigreux, TomTom‘s Co-Founder.

On the Center stage prestigious speakers like Ed Catmull, Pixar & Disney Animation‘s President, Stewart Butterfield, Slack‘s Co-Founder & CEO, and¬†Dan Brown, author.

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But participants favorite time is usually the Night Summit, this moment at the end of the day where thousands of people get into¬†Dublin’s pubs for drinks and networking. Paypal Braintree organized a nice party at the Academy where we had the opportunity to test the¬†Orderella app to order drinks without queuing: after quickly creating an account you can browse the drinks available,¬†order it via app thanks to an automatic online payment and get notified when the drink is ready at the bar! Very convenient.

The WeAreStartup team really enjoyed the trip to Dublin! 

When next year the doors of Web Summit 2016 will open in Lisbon, Portugal we will definitely be there. We hope to see you in Lisbon!

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