Every time an entrepreneur pitches such plan for his startup to me (and it happens quite frequently in Central Europe), I try hard to hide my disappointment. I am writing this post from Israel, where I am meeting with local entrepreneurs to hear their pitches and get a better feel for the local startup scene. After listening to several entrepreneurs this week, the lack of ambition of our region became even more striking. How come that there are so many entrepreneurs in Israel who treat their home market as a playground to test their product before its real launch in the United States, while our entrepreneurs have a hard time dreaming beyond Prague?
What the hell?! No, it's not finished. Not nearly. There are still bugs to fix and posts to write but here you have Netocratic, a blog that's going to cover startups and web business primarily from Southeastern Europe but across all of Central and Eastern Europe as well when possible.
If you're not familiar with Netokracija, it's a blog started in 2009. that has grown into the biggest source of web business and startup news in the region. Its readers include web professionals, journalists, entrepreneurs, developers and lots of geeks from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and other countries of Southeastern Europe.
Attending Product Management Festival 2017 (PMF 2017) in Zurich, Switzerland, and meeting amazing product professionals inspired me to go deeper into six important areas that are often neglected or entirely overlooked by product leaders.
At their 10th anniversary, the Slovenian high-tech company Zemanta d.o.o. announced that it was entirely acquired by Outbrain from the US, the world’s largest premium content discovery platform. The sum that Outbrain paid for Zemanta’s technology, products and team remains a business secret, and Zemanta’s co-founders Andraž Tori and Boštjan Špetič will join Outbrain. After becoming part of Outbrain Zemanta’s platform will continue to operate as a standalone product.