CDNIFY @ TheNextWeb 2014

CDNIFY logo

Written by James Mulvany, senior entrepreneur and founder of CDNify

James Mulvany2

James Mulvany, senior entrepreneur and founder of CDNify

I arrived in Amsterdam late Wednesday evening with CDNify’s marketing strategist Mike, checked into our rooms at the Citizen M hotel ready for the following days ahead. We were up bright and early on Thursday morning and made our way to the venue.

My first time at a TNW event, upon arrival I was instantly impressed with the location choice for the conference: WESTERGASFABRIEK, which is a repurposed industrial estate consisting of formidable brick buildings surrounding a circular main hall (a former gas works) oozing with character and history.

The introduction and welcome to the event was an impressive light show coupled with a well produced presentation from the founder – This seemed to really get the crowd in the mood and I felt like we were in for a great time at the conference. They talked about the free food and 5000 bottles of Heineken beer to be consumed over the next two days!

For the first day, we then broke out into the various seminars taking place, which discussed various startup themes including marketing and funding. We also watched some great pitches, it was really interesting to see how much innovation is taking place – having now owned and run an internet business myself for 10 years, I could really relate to a lot of the people telling their stories.

The second day was the main reason for attending this event for us, as we were selected to take part in the Boost startup program – effectively meaning we got a place on the floor to demo our product by talking to the attendees and also other exhibitors of the event.

The one thing I loved about this, was the simplicity of the stands – when I’ve attended events before, we’ve been given a table and bought our own banners. However, all the startups had a simple pre-printed logo already on the stand and a small podium suitable for laptop or desktop to showcase the product, this meant it was really engaging and quite intimate allowing us to really share our product with people and chat to them one on one.

When talking to a lot of the other startups, I noticed one common trend – which was they were all looking for funding and there were several representatives from VC firms at the event also. I do have some personal scepticism on the need for venture capital having ran several businesses myself, I’m a firm believer in bootstrapping ideas to validate them – again, it depends how much you want to scale. I think a lot of startups are seeking funding, without any kind of real business plan in place and thus they are effectively looking for money to pay their wages.

This kind of ‘.com bubble’ happened in the late 90s early 00s and of course there was then a point when the bubble burst the .com crash of 2001. Who knows, with the sheer volume of startups we’re seeing grabbing funding with a good idea, but no real money making knowledge we could well be heading for another crash and there are several sources on the internet which state this, so perhaps I’m not alone in my view.

We’ve bootstrapped CDNify over the last year and worked incredibly hard to build a business so it felt great to get so much interest from the other exhibitors and people attending the show. I guess building a product which accelerates your websites and apps is a good fit for a conference for startups and tech companies!

Overall, I felt like we got to talk to some great and interesting characters at the event and discover what was happening in the world in terms of technology and startups. Some really exciting ideas and products that surely will become more and more familiar to us over the next couple of years!

About the author

James Mulvany is serial entrepreneur and founder of CDNify, a content delivery network for starts, developers and agencies. We supercharge your content and accelerate your apps and websites.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Coronavirus: here’s what you need to know about face masks

Peru should help more young vulnerable people into work

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

Victim-centred laws ‘paramount’ to combat online sexual abuse against children

Trump to run America to the tune of his business affairs

EU@UNGA 74: Working towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world

Monday’s Daily Brief: biodiversity and forests, labour and road safety, women’s rights, and fallen UN staff remembered

The application that encourages us to be heroes

Benefits of rural migration effect often overlooked, new UN report suggests

Education should be like everything else. An on-demand service

Remembering Kofi Annan

UN allocates $20 million in emergency funding, as Cyclone Idai disaster unfolds

JADE Testimonial #1: Marcello @ Enlargement

US life expectancy is falling – here’s why

Tips for investor engagement in emerging markets

The Linde Group Logo (Source: The Linde Group website, Press Services, 2018)

EU starts in-depth investigation of Linde-Praxair merger over competition concerns

The UK to split if May’s hard or no-deal Brexit is pursued

The implications of Brexit on European business, youth entrepreneurship and junior enterprises.

UN postal agency ‘regrets’ US withdrawal

EU tells Britain stay in as long as you wish

Drones are saving lives in Tanzania’s remote communities

This AI can predict your personality just by looking at your eyes

European Union policy for improving drought preparedness and mitigation

The G7 should take the lead on ocean targets for 2020

South Africa’s SMEs should be first in line for a digital upgrade

Brazil identifies a clear pathway for aligning its transfer pricing framework with the OECD standard

Parental leave: why we can’t wait a century for equal rights for women

The EU to fight cross-border tax evasion with a toothless directive

Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of GrandVision by EssilorLuxottica

Has Germany rebuffed ECB on the banking union?

Colombia: ‘Terrible trend’ of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for ‘significant effort’ to tackle impunity

Here’s how we need to change global supply chains after COVID-19

Palestine refugees’ relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June

Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators

Mental health and suicide prevention – What can be done to increase access to mental health services in my region?

Health Care Workers’ Safety and Health as Assets in the Fight Against COVID-19

On Grexit: Incompetence just launched the historic Ultimatum that could open “pandora’s box”

CHALLENGING THE ZEITGEIST OF DIGITAL – Change making projects innovate mobile support for refugees, inclusive environments, early breast cancer detection and more

Countdown To GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018 Is On

Parliament’s proposal to reinforce flagship programmes is worth 39 billion euros

In DR Congo, UN Security Council says December polls are ‘historic opportunity’ for country

3 ways to ensure the internet’s future is creative, collaborative and fair

From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN

Workplace risks: Final vote on protection from carcinogens, including diesel fumes

‘Severe’ new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says

Praising Roma’s contributions in Europe, UN expert urges end to rising intolerance and hate speech

How do we make artificial intelligence more humane?

Dealing with stress among healthcare professionals: are we missing the elephant in the room?

As Syria conflict enters ninth year, humanitarian crisis ‘far from over’, Security Council hears

The British “nonsense”, the relaxed Commissioner and the TTIP “chiaroscuro” at this week’s Council

China Unlimited Special Report: The trip to China

MEPs debate Brexit and relations with China following EU spring summit

US now has most coronavirus cases in the world – Today’s coronavirus updates

UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

5 world-changing ideas: our top picks for World Creativity and Innovation Day

EU growth in 2015 to be again sluggish; Can the Juncker Commission fight this out?

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate deal is bad for US business. Here’s why.

EU Budget 2020 deal: Investing more in climate action, youth and research

UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

More Stings?

Advertising

Comments

  1. Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from
    an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
    Appreciate it

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s