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Startup Sesame –  a field report

Startup Sesame –  a field report

What is Startup Sesame?

Startup Sesame is a one-of-a-kind program that connects European founders to European event organizers, bringing startups to amazing events throughout the year. While the exposure to events is great on its own, what’s even better is the network, on-site intros and especially the team behind it: Ben Costantin and his crew (@startupsesame).

Why Startup Sesame?

As a startup, you usually cannot afford to go to many conferences; however, a well-planned event can give you media exposure, great connections, sales leads, new ideas and generally provides you with learning opportunities along the value creation chain of your startup (from customer experience, networking, to closing a deal). It also gives you a great “reason for reaching out”. Yet, filtering out tons of events and which to attend, researching and planning the event in advance, and then performing on site and catching up with everything afterwards is a lot of work. Having a partner like Startup Sesame that helps you navigate that jungle, getting in touch with people on site, and last but not least with the financial costs, is invaluable. Even more, Startup Sesame not only sponsors most event tickets, they also provide additional opportunities to make use of the occasion like e.g. competing in the pitching competition, having a booth.

How does Startup Sesame work?

First of all, you need to apply.

Then, if you are selected, you are invited to a starting weekend where you get to meet

Startup Sesame weekend 2018 (photo by Kara Ferguson)

Then during the weekend, you get educated about the current startup ecosystem, the events, trends and most importantly the opportunity to pitch and get feedback on your pitch.

Panel discussion at the Sesame Summit 2018

This weekend allows the Sesame team and the startup organizers to get to know you and your business. This way, they can learn how to best help you and make unique recommendations on events and competitions to apply to. It also gives you the opportunity to understand what VCs and event organizers are looking for in startup competitions and on-stage talks, which events make sense for you, and how to go about these opportunities to really make use of them for the business. It also helps you refine your pitch.

After the weekend, you receive additional feedback and mentoring and then, during the following year you are presented (actively!) with event opportunities that match your startup and personality. Also, they assign #rockstar #mentors to you that help you make the most out of your event attention on site.

Startup Sesame Cohorte Retreat

Every year is organized differently. In our 2018 cohorte the setting was special: We were spending the time all together in shared rooms in a youth hostel at the Valencian beach. Food and coffee was a bit restricted, so we all needed to share and pay attention to each other’s needs. This brought the cohorte closer together than I think would usually have been the case (also great for the more introvert people… :D).

Who is Ben?

Ben is the founder and leader of Startup Sesame. Ben’s superpower is connecting people, or rather the right people; people who can benefit from being connected. Ben has a big heart, is very kind, and I believe he truly enjoys helping founders — and this really is what shapes the spirit of Startup Sesame. I am grateful to be part of the Startup Sesame Family (#proudsesamer).

Is it worthwhile?

For ObjectBox the answer is Yes. Once the next applications open I can only encourage you to apply. Just one word of warning: They give you tons of opportunities and in all likelihood, you can’t handle them all. E.g.: We needed to be very selective due to time constraints and it was/is hard to see many great opportunities pass by unused. However, you can check out what the #proudsesamer of 2018 have achieved in the last months on @startupsesame — it’s impressive and entertaining. 😊

These are the kind of events that you can attend as part of Startup Sesame. It was a great experience and lots of fun, but also added great value to our fundraising.

Or, if you are at dmexco 2018 or SaaStock 2018, you can join my talk on Open Source and Edge Computing. We can meet up there too 🙂

Meet you at Droidcon Berlin!

Meet you at Droidcon Berlin!

We want to meet all of you

and get to know you (better). We’re at Droidcon in Berlin from the 3rd to the 5th of September. Just drop us a line and meet us there (we will also have stickers ;)). We’re doing a discussion round on data persistence at the Barcamp on Sunday. Join us there. Or meet us at our booth: We’ll be at stand B1 most of the time. Last not least, visit Markus’ talk on new persistence solutions. If you cannot make it to Droidcon this year, we’ll still like to meet at another time: When you are travelling and crossing London or Munich, give us a shout. We’re happy to meet up, if we’re around.

Looking for a great C++ developer

Looking for a great C++ developer

We’re looking for a very strong C++ developer who wants to build exciting new technology to bring mobile to plaid mode!

We’re a really small team, in fact, “team” currently means Markus and myself, Vivien. Still, we’re looking to change the mobile developer world.

You may think that we’re a little crazy. We’re not. We’re totally crazy and…
…about to bring ludicrous speed to mobile app developers – in every respect.

We offer:

  • a really new and exciting project from one of the leading Java Github accounts
  • a flat organization… 😉
  • remote work as suits you best (or join us in London for summer)
  • flexible working time
  • the benefits of being a Techstars company
  • shares of a brandnew and growing business

If you’re heart is in coding, you will love working with us. Then there are just a few additional things we are looking for:

  • “Equivalent to” 7 years+ professional software development experience
  • Professional C++ skills
  • Deep experience with network programming and OOP
  • Professional iOS and Swift project experience is a plus
  • Deep CoreData knowledge is a plus
  • Experience with Node.js is a plus

If you’re still reading, chances are you are the right person to join us in some way. Then, please send us an E-Mail (join[at]objectbox.io) and let’s have a chat. We’re very open for all kinds of collaboration.

 

 

Join the journey

Join the journey

We’re bringing plaid mode to app developers. To do that, we have already implemented the fastest object database on mobile – but that’s only the beginning. We just joined Techstars London, one of the top accelerator programs in the world, to get a performance boost building ObjectBox and we’re just having a typical Scotty-moment:

“Hours instead of days! Now, we have minutes instead of hours.” [Scotty]

So far, Markus has been coding all our solutions (greenDAO, EventBus, essentials, ObjectBox) by himself with very little coding support.

Now, we want to get you involved!

 

Join the team now and be part of our Techstars journey (if you’d like, we’re definitely open for remote work):

And if you just have a bit of time to spare:

  • add open source projects, like e.g. further CompatLayers to ObjectBox
  • check out release candidates and give us feedback
  • provide support to other ObjectBox users
  • tell others about ObjectBox
  • send us database jokes on Fridays 🙂 #dbjokeFriday
  • translate our documentation into Chinese
  • write tutorials for ObjectBox

And these are only the ones that are obvious to us at the moment…

“So much universe. And so little time.” [T. Pratchett]

Please send us an E-Mail, if you would like to join our journey (join[at]objectbox.io). We’d love to hear from you and take this journey to the next level together.

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Credits:

  • Thanks to www.marlodeedesigns.com for sharing the upper plaid image for free use.
  • Thanks to Karen Arnold for sharing the second plaid image for free use.
  • Thank you to Margarida for feedbacking and proofreading our writing efforts.