There are those who do business, but also those who travel to Lisbon to hide the woman and those who assume they will invest in coupling. The night stories that are the extension of the Internet Summit.
It's not Quay, it's authentic Caos do Sodré. It's ten on Tuesday night, but the feeling for those who cross the "Pink Street" is Saturday. It is, literally, the cone cone – despite the heavy rain that hit Lisbon. There is a reason: here is the Night Summit, a kind of Web Summit extension at night. Entrepreneurs realize the fact and talk about beer in their hands, in a more relaxed environment. To do business? Yes, sometimes. But this afternoon is much more than that.
At the door of one of the busiest bars on the street, Andrea is the focus of attention. Morena, with many blue eyes and red lips, holds a black hat at the entrance, welcoming the participants, smiling at her face. Not always visible strongly annoyed by the German who is already dragging the words to distribute some awkward charm. Ask for the name and try to play it: "Andrrrrrrr" He goes there trying to maintain elegance until the issue is over: "That's a bit inconvenient for me". End of history.
But not France. In less than one meter, Andrea is a matter of conversation for two Brazilians who came from Sao Paulo for the purpose of the Web Summit. "This woman is beautiful," Giannis shoots to Philip. They stand there, waiting, with the glass in their hands, waiting for an opportunity. When it emerges, again! João goes to Andreas' umbrella. Not five minutes later, he returned, resigned. "It was crazy to me," he says.
João is responsible for a Brazilian company developing consultative projects with artificial intelligence and automation. Filipe has created an application that helps make bank decisions. Although they came from the same place on the planet for the same event, they did not know each other. This happened thanks to the informal session of the Night. From a business point of view, the mission was completed: Filipe has already scheduled a visit to the new friend's company. "We will see if I can invest in his company, he asked me to help him with the financing. We will solve everything here at the Internet Summit"Explains João.
"Of course!" Philip responds when he asks if meeting women were part of the nightly writing. "We like women, of course we want to make other connections. Do you want to be part of it?" Asks me.
The entrepreneur crossed the Atlantic in the event of technology and entrepreneurship to "get to know the Portuguese ecosystem and plan expansion in Europe". But he and his friend recognize that they are interested in other experiences. "Of course!" Philip responds when he asks if meeting women were part of the nightly writing. "We like women, of course we want to make other connections. Do you want to join?", you are asking me.
I decided to take the road to another bar. Inside, Nuno (fictitious name) passes between groups. He is also Brazilian. She is in Lisbon, is hiding behind her and is accompanied by a friend she has worked with in the past.. She lives in Sao Paulo, the woman in Recife – and she does not suspect that her husband passed the ocean in Lisbon. "These are life-long relationships!", he says, while talking to Olivia, also Brazilian, but to live in London.
Nuno is an investor and came to the Internet Summit to look for companies to invest. But, unlike most participants, who want to show their credentials, Nuno holds his right pocket. It is common among investors, who do so to avoid continuing funding requests. "If I went with her, people believed I had a lot of money and I did not leave my leg", he assumes.
Nuno (notional name) passes between groups. He is also Brazilian. She is in Lisbon, hidden from her and accompanied by a friend she has worked with in the past. She lives in Sao Paulo, the woman in Recife – and she does not suspect that her husband passed the ocean in Lisbon.
Still, the trip is profitable. In the retina, there were two newly established businesses where he plans to invest later. One is beer with beer, one Buy which links craft breweries with consumers – "is a difficult area, but it has a very interesting model," he says. The other is the Building Too, a app project management to reduce production costs. "I'm an investor in a similar business in Brazil and I've already put the two companies in touch," he explains.
Luis walks with the crowd. At age 32, he is the founder of Pet Universal, a starter that makes management software for veterinary clinics. He was a developer at PT, but three years ago he said good-bye to create a personal project. He says he wins "three times less" now, but he is more complete. The goals are accurate: "I want to sell this in seven or eight years and become a millionaire".
Until then, he wanders at Rua Cor de Rosa, looking for contacts. Uninhibited Cam – was, therefore, that in the first edition of the event he received the first investor of his company. After two years of expanding to Spain and Brazil, she is looking for new business partners. Advances to a group of two men and two women and addressed to the French Justin:
– Hi, I'm Luis, I want to know as many entrepreneurs as I can, I'm a businessman and I want to meet new people..
– Oh, good! We are not starting, we are an organization based in Brittany, France. We're doing "inbound marketing", a new methodology for marketing. We specialize in the Hubspot software.
"I have my company that makes the software for veterinarians, a platform that manages everything they need to do in clinics in their day-to-day work." If I understand correctly if I want to be online and sell my product to vets , Can you help me.
– Exactly! Software is just a tool, but it is a complex tool. To use it perfectly, you will need a service to help you.
– Can you give me some basic tips?
– I can advise you to find yourself in SEO, for example. All technical parts of the site are very important, it is very important that the site runs very well. Google looks a bit like this, for example. The site must respond, be very fast and secure. There are many websites that are not safe and this is one of the first things we recommend our clients to improve.
In the end, business cards and a contact for the future are exchanged. T η networking is the best thing you have to do, "explains the French for the first time at the Internet Summit. He believes that the balance is positive and that has already contacted a few French innovators whom he thinks he can work in the future. The night summit, he says, is only to meet people with whom we will work – but then down the road, with his brother and two other French people in a few words met the night before.
"People come with a very professional spirit and much focus on the business, but only until 11 pm after the second or third glass, the thing goes down."
Luis, a businessman
"A Night Summit today has the problem of rain, I do not think it will happen so much," says Luis, who was in all the editions in Lisbon. "At the Summit, at night, we meet many startups, because we walk in the street, talk and sometimes do things." We may be fortunate to have an investor who is more willing, "he says. people come with a very professional spirit and much focus on the business, but only until 11 pm. After the second or third glass the thing goes down. "
This happened on the other side of the road, with Rachel Chang. The night is already great, only the rain continues to fall, bad. The teams are packed under the awnings of the bars and suddenly people are already an amalgam: the tourists have come to the middle of confusion, students from Lisbon who take the spot in Cais, opportunity sellers (and the opportunity are rain hats) and Ajax supporters who came to Lisbon to watch the game with Benfica – in top of their lungs, lost from alcohol, a psalm from which no one can ever realize the end: "Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Amsterdam!" The progress of the night pulls a zigzag track to many people.
But let's go back to Rachel. The American investor based in Dallas is indignant about the approach he has taken from another Internet participant. "I went to a bar, I was in the woods and a man passed by me, grabbed my hand, stopped and said," Where will you sleep tonight? ". The answer came out: "Not here or with you." And he's gone. But persistence continued. "She came out and whistled me to go back, but it's not going to happen," he says.
Rachel says with indignation about the approach she took from another Web Summit participant. "I went to a bar, I was in the woods and a man passed me, grabbed my hand, stopped and said," Where will you sleep tonight? "The answer came out:" Not here or with you. "
It is the first time in Portugal and the Web Summit. He believes that the evening event is "a combination of work and commitment," and says he does not feel comfortable with the approaches he has taken. "I noticed that in the world of start-ups there is not so much regulation of behavior as in the traditional market and I come from a lot corporate. It is like the environment of the college, there are no rules and this sometimes complicates the contacts a little, "he assumes." If I work in a company, I go out at night and throw myself to my colleagues, I will be afraid to lose my job. But in the starting world you are your boss, so you do not control so much of the behaviors. "
So he leans against one of the walls of Rua Cor de Rosa. There, a few minutes ago, a group of Spaniards, owners of one app which guides you to a list of restaurants, shops and other attractions with access to discounts on these venues. While Pablo glides to another Spanish he just met, Sergius explains that he is there to "do business and meet girls". A little later, he's been a little over. "I do not see girls and boys, I see people."
"I'm here to work, but I want to have fun. It's compatible to do business and have fun, "he says. In the middle, admits she met three women that night – one from Malta, one from Italy and one from Portugal. The three app of the Internet Summit – "who is like Tinder for business," he explains. "We do it scan QR Code we have in the credentials, we have the contact of people and we can talk to chat", he explains. "We talk, we know each other. Let's see what happens next."