There are those who do business, but also those who travel to Lisbon by hiding a woman and those who assume they are investing in a compound. Night stories that are the Web Summit extension.
It's not Quay, it's an authentic Chaos to Sodré. On Tuesday night there are ten but feelings for those who cross the "Pink Street" is Saturday. The word is literally about a pine cone – despite the heavy rain that hit Lisbon. There is a reason: here is the Night Summit, a kind of Web Summit extension in the night. Entrepreneurs reveal the fact and talk about beer in their hands, in a more relaxed environment. For business? Yes, sometimes. But this evening's event is far more than that.
At the door of one of the busiest bars on the street, Andreia is the center of attention. Morena, with numerous blue eyes and red lips, has a black rain cap at the entrance, while welcoming the participants with a smile on their face. Not always visibly frightened with German who is already pulling words to share some unpleasant glanter, Ask him and try to play it: "Andrrrrrreeeiaaa". She went there trying to keep the elegance until she finished the subject: "This is a bit embarrassing", End of story.
But not the fancy. Not more than a meter, Andreia is the topic of conversation for two Brazilians who intentionally came to Sao Paulo for the Web Summit. "That woman is beautiful," John shoots toward Philip. They stand there, waiting, with a glass in their hands, waiting for the chance. When it appears, boom! – João advances to the roof of Andrei, Not five minutes later, he returned, resigned. "She was angry at me," she says.
João is responsible for a Brazilian company that develops consultancy projects with artificial intelligence and automation. Filipe has created a program that helps in making bank decisions. Although they came from the same place on the globe for the same event, they did not know each other. This has happened thanks to the informality of the Night Summit. From a business point of view, the mission was achieved: Filipe has already made a visit to a new friend's company. "I'll see if I can invest in his company, he asked me to help him with funding. All of this is solved here on the Web Summit"Explains João.
"Of course!" Philip answers the question as to whether the women's meeting is part of the night script. "We love women, of course we want to make other connections. Do you want to be part of it?" Pita me.
The entrepreneur crossed the Atlantic for a technological and entrepreneurial event to "introduce the Portuguese ecosystem and plan to spread to Europe". But he and his friend acknowledge that they are interested in other experiences. "Of course!" Philip answers the question as to whether the women's meeting is part of the night script. "We love women, of course we want to make other connections. Do you want to join?"Ask me.
I decided to cross the street at another bar. Within Nuno (the fictitious name) passes between groups. It's also Brazilian. She is in Lisbon, hidden behind her and accompanied by a friend she has been working with in the past., Lives in São Paulo, a woman in Recife – and she does not suspect her husband crossed the ocean in Lisbon. "These are relationships that last for a lifetime!", persuades while talking to Olivia, also a Brazilian, but living in London.
Nuno is an investor and has come to the Web Summit to look for companies to invest. But unlike what happens to most of the participants who want to display their credentials for the event, Nuno holds him in the right coat pocket. This is something in common with investors who do so to avoid constant funding demands. "If I went with her, people thought I had a lot of money and did not leave my leg", suppose.
Nuno (fictitious name) passes between groups. It's also Brazilian. She is in Lisbon, hidden from her and accompanied by a friend she has worked with in the past. He lives in São Paulo, a woman in Recife – and she does not suspect her husband crossed the ocean in Lisbon.
Still, the trip is profitable. There were two startups in the network, where they plan to invest later. One beer beer, one market which connects craft bakeries to their consumers – "It's a difficult area, but it has a very interesting model," he says. The second is construction, a app project management to reduce production costs. "I'm an investor in similar business in Brazil and I've already put two companies into contact," he explains.
Louis walks through the crowd. At age 32, the founder is Pet Universal, a launch that makes veterinary clinic management software. He was a developer in PT, but three years ago he was forgiven about creating a personal project. He says he now earns "three times less," but he is more successful. Objectives are precise: "I want to sell it for seven or eight years and become a millionaire."
By then, he walks along with Rua Cor de Rosa in search of contacts. Nesmetan Cam – So, in the first issue of the event, he got the first investor of his company. After two years, and after expanding into Spain and Brazil, he is looking for new business partners. He is advancing through the group of two men and two women and addresses French Justin:
– Hi, I'm Luis. I want to know as many entrepreneurs as I am an entrepreneur and I wanted to meet new people..
– Oh, good! We are not the beginning, we are an agency based in Brittany, France. Let's make "Input Marketing", a new marketing methodology. We specialize in software named Hubspot.
"I have a software company that has veterinary software, a platform that manages every work at the clinics in their day-to-day work, and if I understand well, if I want to be online and sell my product to veterinarians, you can help me.
– Right! Software is just a tool, but a complex tool. To use it, you will need an agency to help you.
– Can you give me some basic tips?
– Maybe I advise you to invest in SEO, for example. All the technical parts of the site are very important, it is of crucial importance that the site is well-launched. Google, for example, looks a lot. The site must be responsive, very fast and secure. There are many websites that are not safe and this is one of the first things we suggest to our customers to improve.
Finally, business cards and contact for the future were exchanged. T networking is the best thing to do, "explains French for the first time at the Web Summit. He believes the balance is positive and that he has already established contact with some French companies he thinks he can work in the future. The night summit, he says, will only meet the people with whom he will work – but then down the street, with his brother and two other French in a few words that had met the night before.
"People come with a very professional spirit and are very focused on the job, but only by the 11th Night, after the second or third glass, the thing is down."
Luis, an entrepreneur
"The nightmare today has a problem of rain, I do not think so much will happen," says Luis, who was in all editions in Lisbon. "At Night Summit, we meet a lot of beginnings as we go down the street, talk, and sometimes we're done. Maybe we're lucky to have an investor who is more prepared," he says. "The problem is that people come with a very professional spirit and are very focused on work, but only up to 11 nights. After the second or third glass the things go down. "
This happened across the street, with Rachel Chang. The night is long, only the rain is still falling. The groups are crowded under the curtains of bars and suddenly people are already amalgam: tourists in the midst of confusion, students from Lisbon who took the point at Cais, salespeople on the occasion (and occasional rain hats) and fans of Ajax, who came to Lisbon to watch the game with Benfica – and who sang at the top of their lungs, relaxed with alcohol, singing from which one can only experience the end: "Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Amsterdam!" Progress of the night raises the cyclone trajectory in many people.
But let's get back to Rachel. The Dallas-based American investor is bitter about the approach he has received from another Summit Web Participant. "I went to the bar, I was in the woods and one man passed, grabbed my hand, stopped and told me:" Where are you going to sleep tonight? "The answer was ready: "Not here with you either." And no. But insistence continued. "He went out and called me back, but that will not happen," he says.
Rachel is dissatisfied with the approach he has received from another Web Summit participant. "I went to the bar, I was in the woods, and the man passed me, grabbed my arm, stopped and told me:" Where are you going to sleep tonight? " The answer was ready: "Not here with you either."
This is the first time in Portugal and at the Web Summit. He believes the evening event is a "mix of work and engagement" and says he is uncomfortable with the approach he has received. "I have noticed that there is not so much behavioral regulation in the world market as in the traditional market and I come from one corporateIt's like college environments, no rules, and sometimes complicates the contacts a little bit, "he assumes." If I work in a company, I go out at night and drop off with my associates, I'm afraid of losing work. But in the initial world you are your own boss, so you do not control your behavior so much. "
That's why it relies on one of the walls of "Cor. De Rosa". There, a few minutes ago, a group of Spaniards, owners a app leading you to a list of restaurants, shops and other attractions with access discounts in those areas. While Pablo sank into another Spain who had just met, Sergio explains that he is there to "do business and meet girls"Soon afterwards, a little gas. "I do not see girls and boys, I see people."
"I'm here for business, but I want to have fun. It's compatible with business and fun," he says. In the middle, admits that three women met that night – one from Malta, one from Italy and one from Portugal. Three app from the Web Summit – "which is like Tinder for the job," he explains. "We do scan The QR code we have on credentials, we get people contact and we can talk in speak", explains. "We talk, we know each other. Let's see what's going to happen next."