Web Summit Lisbon 2016: summary

This year’s Web Summit was held in Lisbon, with more than 50,000 attendees. World-class speakers, leading investors, international media and the most promising startups across the globe came together for the most important startup…

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Web Summit Lisbon 2016: summary

This year’s Web Summit was held in Lisbon, with more than 50,000 attendees. World-class speakers, leading investors, international media and the most promising startups across the globe came together for the most important startup gathering on the planet.

What is Web Summit

Web Summit has become “Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace”, a crossroads for the world’s largest buyers and sellers of technology, alongside many of the world’s most disruptive emerging technology companies. NASDAQ describes it as a place where “a quarter of a trillion dollars woth of private internet companies” gather in one room.

It’s not just Europe’s largest companies that attend at Web Summit, but over 7,000 CEOs from companies of all sizes and industries learning about what new software and hardware can transform their businesses. For the first time this year, they were joined by leading academics, those at the forefront of tech and business worlds, cultural icons and influencers, and key global leaders to tackle the world’s most pressing issues.

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Web Summit and startups

Web Summit allows investors and attending startups to meet for 15 minutes of one-to-one advice. It is a unique chance for startups to get to know investors from major funds like Nest VC, Techstars, Merck Ventures, Intel Capital, Key Capital and Redpoint Ventures.

Attendees of Web Summit 2016

From the founder of a true tech behemoth (Tinder’s Sean Rad), to the CMO behind the runaway success of Pokémon Go (Niantic’s Mike Quigley), to Forbes Midas lister number two (Steve Anderson) to the CFO of fintech giant Square (Sarah Friar). In addition to those, there were many speakers, for example: sporting superstars Ronaldinho, Terrell Owens and Greg Jennings, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a whole host of politicians and policy makers like WTO director-general Roberto Azevêdo and Amnesty International’s Salil Shetty.

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