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Netcamp (5): NetStart-up

Posted on: 14 Decembrie 2007

A parallel action, held under the same umbrella as NetCamp, NetStart-up was a competition for ideas of online business. Throughout the day, 20 such projects were presented, debated and evaluated, in the end only five of them entering the grand finale. Must admit it was a bit of a frustration not being able to attend both events. Yet, recently someone said it’s a sign of quality and top-class organizing to put up several events at the same time and place in order to give the audience an alternative. For me, it was a haaard choice, but I had to go with NetCamp.

1. Cătălin Teniţa, No Prime Time

NoPrimeTime is a distribution system for ads integrated into online video content. It’s implemented, it goes well, good for them.

2. Emanuel Gal, Vertimo

Presented as a „project made out of ambition” [condenscendent giggle] as to prove that good shit can come out in 20 days, Emi’s project is an agregational system of rental ads, sewn up from various such sites. It detects duplicate and expired ads, it’s kind enough to look for you (through e-mail alerts or RSS) and it’s the ombelico del mondo for people interested in renting a place. If only it would be better taken care of by its innitiators as at the present moment it’s a bit chaotic in its results, thus unusable.

3. Alex Brie, maibun.ro

An interactive network revolving around social places and the feedback regarding them, born out of Alex’s need to „know where to take out his girlfriend„. Unfortunatelly, it seems a bit of a redundant project on an online scene already hosting such sites, as metropotam or sapteseri. Good luck to him.

Brie, Gal & Oane

4. Vladimir Oane, CaptainGo.com

A service that responds to the need to find a hotel and make reservation without headaches. A good ship with a rotten smell on the sailor department. Vlad, with his fellow pirate sidekick Lavinius, looked as if they owned the island and were surprised to see that people were actully questioning their idea. Maybe someone should tell them, over a glass of rhum, that you can’t be a bitch with a jury or with the audience. When you try to sell an idea, you undress yourself by all the spasms of arrogance and irreverence. When you’re on the stage, making a presentation, the rule is „the other one is always right” and „accept feedback, don’t fight it”.

5. George, eRepublik.com

eRepublik is, and I quote: „a massive online multiplayer simulator of a nationalistic world”. A bold project, but which requires great attention in the intricacy segment and the scalability issues.

The jury was represented by five brave Internet specialists (what does that even mean?):

  • Rachad El Jisr, fondator, iMedia
  • Calin Fusu, Managing Director, Neogen
  • Orlando Nicoara, Managing Director, MediaPro Interactiv
  • Mihai Seceleanu, Managing Partner, InternetCorp
  • Vlad Stan, Managing Director, Vodanet

Moderator: Bobby Voicu, Blogger & Consultant Blogging – Does he have this written on his business card? Is this what Mr Bobby presents himself as? „Hi, I’m Bobby and I’m a blogger and consultant blogging„. „Uhm, hello to you too, I am X and I have a life & occupation that *do* exist„.

Matched against a set of criteria the jury took into consideration (team, potential market, aplicability, monetization, presentation), the project of our good ol’ skipper Vladimir was considered to be most suitable for a successful implementation and a future investing, also suitable for receiving the 1000 euros prize and some credit. Goodluck to them, may they grab some communication skills and a bit of modesty on the way.

There goes. This was NetCamp. Good job, guys, thank you, Cristi. It was an interesting event. Another folder of nice memories is now closed.

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Thanks for your advice Madalina, but what you consider to be arrogance is in fact self confidence. That is why (we found that later) the jury voted for us. Because we know our stuff, we know how to make money and stand up for our cause.
Anyway it is good to know how the audience perceived us. Maybe in the future we will be able to prove you wrong. Until then the first impression counts. Unfortunately!

Vlad, rest assure we all noticed your passion and confidence, we all admired your drive and, through it, most of us aligned to your idea, believing in your project. Yet, here’s what made me write all the above: things like „This question is irrelevant, I won’t answer it, let’s move on” and the general agressive air your friend Lavinius had towards the questions that were in some way uncomfortable for you – all these were highly inappropriate in a public presentation. You seemed to lack a bit of sanitary modesty and you might have failed in making yourself pleasant to the public. It’s called PR and marketing, think about those two. :) Remember, I judged you as a team, just like you wanted to be perceived.

Yet, this doesn’t diminish the importance of CaptainGO. It just leaves a bad taste regarding the people in charge.

Va tin pumnii.

Dear Madalina,

First of all thank you for your impressions; things seem to be different considering them from different points of views.

Well, I must admit at Netcamp there was some tension in some moments. The thing is that when you know something for sure because you are doing it everyday, you tend to believe that for others it is also common sense (I did that). And of course, it is wrong. There is no excuse for arrogance, and if that is what I showed, it wasn’t my purpose. Think about the fact that Captaingo has more than 350 partners – do you think that I convinced those people to do business with us by being arrogant? :)

Like Vladimir said, first impression counts and I don’t think I can change that, but you can be sure I will work to improve the next one!

Judging the final result is for sure that Vladimir had a great presentation and I personally believe that even the attitude we had on the stage contributed to it. It showed passion, belief in what we are doing and courage. Essential facts for young entrepreneurs.

Thank you very much for your feed-back, it really helps to understand how I am perceived in certain moments.

PS: you have some great pictures!

10x… you too.

:) Thanks, Lavinius. Good luck. We’ll keep a close eye on you, guys.

Yes, that is the name that is written on my business card and yes, the job really exists (or at least clients hiring me consider so) :)

What would you rather have on my card or on my presentation? Something like „CEO at FTW Media”, where you’ve never heard of FTW Media?

Or something pretentious and totally ambiguous like „Executive Director in charge with consumer reactions to behavioral changes in their environment”?

The fact that it made you write something more on your post about it shows that my strategy it’s working.

As for me not having a life… what can I do? I exist only in bits and pixels. Large ones, I might add.

Well, Bob, I guess we all have to get our kicks from somewhere. You chose to do so by being the double-o-seven of the new media / online fab life. „I’m agent Bobby and I have come to save your blog.”

I find it terribly amusing that some people get their hobbies so seriously as to make a job out of them. Plus, this whole blogging thing seems so frivolous and fickle that I *might* have giggled a bit when seeing that you chose that particular occupation as your main definitory activity.

Hope I didn’t offend you, have fun in the vicious wildlife of blogging. :)

You’re lucky I am not the double-OH-seven of the blogosphere. Or else, after writing this comment I would have had to kill you, right? :)

Fact is I have different business cards for different occasions. Since I was invited there as a blogger, this is what I assumed would be the best way to present myself.

On the other hand, on one of my cards it says „Radio Show Producer”, on other it says „Search Engine and Social Media Marketer”. None of them would have really made any sense (ok, maybe the radio one, but it’s on the other side of the blogger one, so it doesn’t matter :D ).

And one more thing: I hope that you will have the chance, in your life, to make your hobby your job. Nothing is more fulfilling than that. Think about it: you do the thing you enjoy most and, more!!!! you get paid for that! Isn’t it ironic? :) More, my hobby allows me to work from anywhere in the world. And, as a consequence, I am leaving around the world for two years starting with August 2008. Isn’t that a vicious life? :)

No, not me, you would’ve had to kill my blog. :)

On what regards the hobby-jobby thingie, I disagree. I’m more of a „keep-the-daily-job-that-pays-the-bills-and-hold-on-to-your-hobby-in-the-spare-time” kind of person. It’s the same thing Hugh MacLeod says in his book, How to be creative. By turning the hobby into a jobby, there’s a tension that appears, a pressure to make things better and payable and in the end this is bound to kill all the fun in that hobby.

And in the end, aren’t we all bloggers? Isn’t that a bit irrelevant when it comes to professional issues? Is making money out of your blog a criterion that allows you to put it on your business card? In the end, this is my main surprise. Some of the dudes in the blogosphere take themselves and their personal virtual spaces a *leeetle* too serious as to attest they’re bl-ohh-ggers.

Have fun around the world, Bobby-Hobby. Be sure to send pictures. Looking forward for your „Restless explorer of the world” business card. ;)

Hi there, just saw your post. you’re right, i’ll sure need luck to make it work, just like digg or reddit needed luck to make us change the way we read news. Well, I hope to do the same and change the way you pick a place to go to. I’ll need all the luck I can get!

just fyi, as I mentioned in the presentation, the project’s name isn’t „maibun”, the reason we chose this codename was because I had several options and still needed to pick the best of them. (http://alexbrie.net/myblog/blog/projects/1762/proiectul-netstartup-are-un-nume/) gives a hint of the name we picked eventually

Yeah, funny thing with the „maibun” name and the reaction one particular blogger we do not mention had.. It’s a bitchy-bitchy world this blogosphere. :)

Iti tin pumnii, blow us away.

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