After the second day of Spark.me conference which is taking place in beautiful Montenegro and three teams that made it into finals, winners of the startup competition were finally announced yesterday. Serbian TruckTrack which aims to improve management in trucking industry took the first place - a fully paid trip to TechCrunch's Disrupt in New York next year and a opportunity to present their startup at the StartUp Alley.
Rob Hinchcliffe came to Spark.Me from Rushmore.fm, a site that is trying to change the way we interact with our favourite artists and how we discover music. Rob used to work in publishing and journalism and he launched a collaborative blog Londonist. While he worked for Yahoo, Rob got banned from 10 Downing Street for life for taking pictures of the inside (“it turns out taking pictures of the inside and posting them online is frowned upon”). Before joining Rushmore he is a community strategist at the digital agency TH_NK.
Second day of Spark.me conference was opened by Bal Balaji, self taught programmer and an entrepreneur who is currently residing in capitol of Serbia where he runs his own company called Bal Lab. Throughout the years, he has worked on different products all over the world, products that demanded quick and effective alterations.
Just before the lunch, Meelik Gornoi from Skype took the stage on the second day of Spark.me conference which is taking place in Montenegro. Gornoi opened up his lecture by saying that although Skype is now a decade old, they are still fairly young therefore things are still being managed in a startup-like way.
After the lunch break, conference room full of young entrepreneurs welcomed Balkans's most renowned startup names such as Vukasin Stojkov (Startit), Maxim Gurvits (Eleven) and Ivo Spigel (Zip). Together, they elaborated more on what is the driving force behind, now a very successful and vibrant startup ecosystem that didn't even exist three years ago.
Ryan Fuiju , Head at Growth at About.Me took the stage on the first day of SPark.me conference in order to talk more about web startups in general. Prior to his position at About.Me, he founded two startups which eventually failed, however he learned quite a few things which helped him later on in his career.
Much anticipated Spark.Me conference which is taking place in Splendid hotel, Montenegro was opened by Natasa Djukanovic from Domain.Me who welcomed everybody to the venue. Over 200 people from all around the Balkans showed up to listed to a number of foreign speakers - leaders and entrepreneurs from world's most popular startups such as About.Me, Skype, etc.
Appricot, a Belgrade based company from Serbia recently introduced the long-awaited Appidemia - social search network for your apps. Since this is not the first successful product this company has launched in the past few months, we were curious to find out just what exactly is going on in their offices, and what is fueling a dozen of young people that make such awesome apps.
Led by the problems personal trainers face on the Internet, Sinisa Komlenic from train'rs today finally unveiled its solution in the form of an app that creates personalized web pages for fitness trainers and manages their business for them. The accent is placed on the form and function of the website, so clients and personal trainers can use it regardless of the device and the screen size.
Although many have already taken a summer vacation, including your beloved netocrats, others are just now starting their holiday on one of the exotic Mediterranean beaches or some other location. While islands like Zakynthos and Lefkada are attracting a lot of tourists for years now (mainly because of word-of-mouth recommendations form friends who have already been there), some of the most beautiful beaches always remain hidden from the eyes of the tourists.
This week we had opportunity to cover the announcement of airtAI, a Croatian fintech startup whose solution is based on artificial intelligence and is directed towards smaller banks that want to better assess the needs of their clients. Exclusively for Netrokracija airt’s CEO Hajdi Ćenan reveals the details.
Applications that control the operation of oil platforms and plants for the processing of derivatives are directly responsible for a safer and cleaner world, and one of the best is created largely in Croatia.