Clientrol were one of the Irish startups we interviewed in the run up to the Web Summit. Therefore it’s really interesting to see how the event panned out for them, after all of the hype and the excitement.@
How did the Summit go for you?
This year was our first year! We met so many people and gained a lot contacts from Scotland to South America. I felt overall that it was very well organised, there was always something to see and do during the day and night.
Did it match your expectations?
I think so, we had expectations of meeting VC’s, Angels and Investors looking for the next big thing but we learned that it is more about making contacts with similar business than proactively seeking investment. Like any event there is always room for improvement, the wifi problem was not really an issue in my opinion and exhibitors should always have contingency.
If you were to do it differently what would you have done?
There were suggestions from attendees to make it more music orientated or festival like, I think this would detract from the soul of WebSummit which is essentially about technology – I think it should always keep that focus. I would have the government agencies focussed on providing information on their programs, incentives and more amenable to the Irish startup culture.
What did people think of your product?
We had great feedback from a number of people. A lot of people are very supportive when they realise a product is bootstrapped from nothing and built upon an idea.
Did you get any useful feedback from people here?
Yes, we spoke to segments of our target audience and we got good feedback in terms of usability and experience that we can add in as features for future releases.
Will you be changing or pivoting your project based on what happened at the summit?
We may change a couple of features after demoing but we will be keeping the direction. The WebSummit gave us a platform to show a “hands on” version of the product.
How did you find Dublin?
We are 100% Dubs and love it here, no better place to start a startup!
Which had more use for you the day summit or the night one? Why?
I felt the night summit as it was informal and attendees who had travelled here were more relaxed and engaging during the evenings, we could chat freely about everything from how to get your product to market to things to do while in Dublin!