The Dublin Web Summit 2012 was an event I, digital lover (and ecommercerockstar), could not miss.
On the 17th and 18th of October over 250 startups from 50+ countries, 4000 attendees and hundreds of investors, media and speakers attended the Summit. I was selected as a member of the Live Team: a bunch of geeks twitting about the cool things they were seeing all day 🙂 Lucky for me I was with my mate The Pencil : the best geek company ever! We had so much fun and are still overwhelmed by the over-stimulation of our digital souls.
What did we learn? Oh, so many things, but let’s just focus on a couple of them.
I learnt that there are companies like IFWERANTHEWORLD (http://ifwerantheworld.com), founded by the visionary business woman Cindy Gallop, whose aim was to create a pool of good intentions (human & business) that can be translated into actions! Take a look and state your own good intention: the website will suggest microactions to take in order to accomplish it, while encouraging interaction with the other members. It’s another great example of how the web 2.0 can change the world and sure, I’m gonna be part of it!
I heard about the e-commerce revolution, with referents from Lyst (http://www.lyst.com), Beachmint (http://www.beachmint.com), AHAlife (http://www.ahalife.com), Wrapp (http://www.ahalife.com) and ILWYW (http://ilwyw.com). This e-commerce is social, behavioural, one to one. The shop changes according to the shopper, how cool is that? It’s like pay per view but it’s e-commerce and it’s free!
And last, but not least, I met rockstars like Michael Acton Smith, CEO of Mind Candy, who I will refer to from now as a Digital Rolling Stone. I also managed to hear the speech of this amazing woman, Victoria Ransom, CEO of Wildfire. A couple of years ago she created her startup Wildfire, which she managed to get profitable after a year, and now she’s just sold it to Google for 300 million dollars. And she wears flat shoes. Which means I can make it in this world too!
Oh, and we didn’t have to queue for the lady’s toilet. What do you think this means?