Just two months after TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco we exhibited at yet another Disrupt, this time in Berlin! Although the concept is the same we think both conferences are quite different. Disrupt Berlin was very valuable for us, thanks to all people who made this possible!
We arrived Sunday afternoon in Berlin, which was unfortunately too late to visit the Hackathon presentations. I saw some of the winners online and I especially love the idea of TeleApp: a Chrome extension to push App Store links from your desktop to your iPhone. That evening WebRazzi organized drinks. We did meet some great people over here, fun to meet other entrepreneurs who are working on a similar problem, but with a different solution.
Monday was our first exhibition day (yes, this time we had a booth for two days!). We had quite a good spot, but compared to San Francisco the booths were extremely cramped. Nevertheless we could make ZEEF stand out and talk to lots of interesting people. We had some interesting neighbours with MATH 42 and Yoyo. Another difference with San Francisco was that a lot more investors were actually walking around the alley, in SF it appeared they just stayed behind the scenes.
Just like in San Francisco we were wearing our ‘ZEEF suits’. Some people recognized us from the videos. It was also a good conversation starter: the most frequently asked question was:
“Are you from Bavaria?”
The pattern on our suits is the flag of Bavaria. For us it represents a sieve and it’s in the color of ZEEF.
On Tuesday the booths were relocated to make place for the Hardware Alley, we were now at the end of the Alley at a corner! This day we had lots of great talks as well. Because we were exhibiting two days we didn’t see much of the talks, but via the screen we could get an idea. The speakers were less interesting than in San Francisco. The Battlefield was interesting to watch. I liked import.io most, we might be able to use their service to build ZEEF it. The winner of the Disrupt Cup was Lock8, a high tech bike lock.
Both days were closed with an after party in nice Berlin clubs. We met some other Dutch startups (we might integrate Surfly‘s product in ZEEF!), we had a good time!
We had some stress on Wednesday to get to the airport, but we safely returned home with lots of ideas and feedback to think about! Thanks TechCrunch Disrupt, see you next time!