At the first Italian edition of Techcrunch, yesterday 27th of September in Rome, the italic start up ecosystem performed at its best, showing a country ready to compete globally: smart startups, beautiful ideas, wise investors, all people speaking English fluently, a really great location although with heavy network problems (sigh!). Techcrunch Italy was attended by more than 1 thousand people (according to the official PR) and followed in streaming (good streaming, thanks Top-IX!) by really many others. Above all, the event confirmed that the climate in Italy is changing, that an innovation ecosystem exists, it has its own DNA and is gaining much self-awareness every day.
There were some winners among startups: the winner for the live pitching was Atooma; the most loved by people Uribu, and Empathic, the winner of the Hackathon.
Below some of quotes of the day.
VC invest in people, not in paper – Fadi Bishara, Black Box
With Bizspark program Microsoft want to collaborate to bring down unemployment, helping startups and students. We want to give back something to society – Anders Nilsson, Director Developer and Platform, Microsoft Italia
It doesn't really matter where you found a web startup, what matters is the product, MusixMatch has joined more than 10 mllions users worldwide – Max Ciociola, MusixMatch founder
Money is king – Luigi Capello, investor and founder of EnLabs incubator
What r u fucking doing guys? stop chatting, do bp!!! – Roberto Bonanzinga, Partner, Balderton
This is a special moment, Italy is a great opportunity at the moment for international investors – Enrico Gasperini, Digital Magics
Keep thinking, go abroad! – Riccardo Zacconi, founder of King.com
I think that the expansion of Google adv worldwide has great impact even on Italian media, we should think about it – Andrea Pezzi, founder of OVO
The best startup success is always something unexpected – Roberto Bonanzinga, Partner, Balderton
Investments go to startups with a global market perspective – Fadi Bishara, Black Box