TALKBBQ: Scaling your startup internationally

13/09/2019

Let's talk about the odd of successfully going global

Let’s face it. The odds for international success are stacked against you, it is goddamn hard work, and you and the rest of your team members are crucial to make it a success. On Thursday September 19, we’ve invited some very successful entrepreneurs to discuss the people and culture perspectives in going international with a startup. And they are ready to open up and discuss your dilemmas! The panel debate takes place on TechBBQ at the TalkBBQ stage on Thursday, September 19 from 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm.

 

 

When is a team ready for the added complexity, extra workload and new problems that goes hand in hand with entering a new international market? What happens to the culture and how do you make the new global team members embrace the vision and mission? Are you at all ready to leave family and friends? Or are you ready to let go of control if you decide to stay at home? Let’s talk about how we can make it more founder friendly to launch in new markets.

 

 

We’ve gathered an expert panel of entrepreneurs that have tremendous experience in going global. What have they experienced? Now you have the chance to learn from their experiences, mistakes, wins, successes and failures. The panel discussion will be moderated by Tine Thygesen, Chairman at The Creators Community.

We proudly present the five panelists

David Helgason is co-founder of Unity Technologies and business angel.

David Helgason, co-founder of Unity Technology

David Helgason is a technologist, founder of Unity Technologies, non-exec director to others, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.

 

 

His background is in programming, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. David served as CEO of Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with an unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry.

 

 

We believe it’s quite a catch that we got David Helgason to join our panel debate! We are VERY excited to hear his thoughts on the culture and human perspective in going international.

Rasmus Schmiegelow is co-founder and CEO of GOODIEBOX.

Rasmus Schmiegelow, co-founder and CEO of Goodiebox

Rasmus Schmiegelow is co-founder and CEO of GOODIEBOX. In short, GOODIEBOX is an e-commerce company changing the way women shop for beauty and lifestyle products by supplying personalized sampling and informative editorial content. In just 16 months, the GOODIEBOX team has entered five new markets and is on a very interesting and remarkable growth adventure. In the beginning of September, GOODIEBOX launched in Austria and many more countries are on the to-do list.

 

 

We are looking forward to get some insights on going international from an entrepreneur that is definitely living the international expansion these days.

Michael Bodekær is co-founder of Labster.

Micheal Bodekær, co-founder of Labster

Michael Bodekær is serial entrepreneur especially known for being co-founder of Labster. Labster is a fast moving, award-winning company that focuses on revolutionizing the way science is taught to university, college and high school students all over the world. Labster is a game changer in the educational community and several top universities and high schools around the world use their products – including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Aarhus University, The Technical University of Denmark and Hong Kong University.

 

 

We can’t wait to learn from Michael’s experience from being a global EdTech innovator and entrepreneur.

Cecilia Valsted is co-founder of IndieFrame.

Cecilia Valsted, co-founder of Indieframe

IndieFrame was founded in 2016 by Cecilia Valsted and Lars Brask, two experienced documentary film makers on a quest to create a more diverse and democratic news flow in local and international media. IndieFrame is a two-sided platform with 70,000 people in more than 100 countries. Now, the focus is building a strong demand position with large media that has an international news and story reach. Germany is the 3rd market after Romania and Denmark.

 

 

We’re excited to invite Cecilia Valsted to the stage and we are looking much forward to let her share her knowledge on how to go global with a startup.

Jonas Gyalokay is co-founder of Airtame.

Jonas Gyalokay, co-founder of Airtame

Jonas Gyalokay is co-founder of Airtame – the most user-friendly wireless streaming solution for schools and businesses. Airtame started out as a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign in 2014 during which they raised a total of $1.3M. Since then, they’ve grown into a company with 80+ people and have shipped more than 100,000 devices world-wide. Airtame is based in Copenhagen, but have an office in New York that takes care of U.S. customers.

 

 

We’re looking forward to have Jonas joining this out-of-the-world panel. We are excited to learn from his wisdom!

Submit your own question for the panel discussion now

Are you about to go international with your startup but doubt how to do it right? If you have a question or a specific dilemma that you would like the panelists to discuss during the panel debate, please submit your case or question on talkaboutit@inqvation.dk – you can do it anonymously if you prefer!

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