Richard Lucas August 2015
When Google for Entrepreneurs announced that it was leaving Kraków and opening its Campus in Warsaw many people in Kraków Startup Commmnity were a bit disappointed. However, it is better that Google Campus in in Poland than elsewhere, and as Dawid Ostrowski of Google Developers Relations pointed out Krakow has a lot of lessons to share in terms of building a dynamic startup community. Borys Musielak is one of the leading lights of the Warsaw Startup Community, on the board of Startup Poland and the founder of Reaktor . I saw that their birthday party was full/sold out. See the comments here and thought that it was appropriate to wish Reaktor and the Warsaw startup community all the best, happy birthday, (and let’s gently compete to see who has the first Polish Unicorn – go Go Azimo 🙂 Go Base, Go Brainly… (I think Integer and Comarch may be their already 🙂
For the benefit of those who are thinking about how to do large scale and positive events in Warsaw, I am sharing how the first X-Massive party came into being in 2013.
Community building is a process and doesn’t happen overnight.
It is very important to make your events welcoming and positive for the new comer, who doesn’t know anyone, have any contacts and is wondering if entrepreneurship and the startup community is a place where they will feel welcome.
#OMGKRK stands for positivity, optimism sharing and support. Go Warsaw Sto Lat Reaktor.
We appreciate what Google For Entrepreneurs did here, and are thinking about doing a Google For Entrepreneurs Krakow (fan club) meet up in September October to which of course you are all will be invited. (This idea is inspired by TED-ster Clay Shirky and his story of Josh Groban and the Grobanites, Read more here ). If anyone reading this wants to help or get involved, drop me a note on Linkedin or Facebook.
This is the comment thread that kicked off the party, It took a few hours to get 90% of the Krakow community on board.
Last year with MSFBCC I organised the below party for the startup community.
If you are interested in helping do something amazing this year, come to a planning meeting Wed 27th evening at 19 @ Nowa Prowincja Bracka 3-5. send me a note if you are coming.