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Growing a Digital Business in Eastern Europe

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Eastern Europe is the new digital Wild West - with amazing opportunities. Traditionally most entrepreneurs had to go to the US to make their digital dreams come true - with Phil Libin (Evernote) or Andrej Naborgoj (Talking Tom) among the more prominent examples. Now a new crop of native startups is "making it" internationally - while staying rooted.

In this session some of this new crop of international entrepreneurs and a VC share how they do it, talk about some of the challenges and give advice for startups and digital professionals how to be successful in Eastern Europe.


Gaidar Magdanurov Investment Director Runa Capital

Investment Director at Runa Capital. Work with seed-stage software startups, collaborate with incubators and accelerators, develop business of portfolio companies. Former Microsoft Seed Fund managing director, software developer and evangelist.

Matthaus Krzykowski Founder

I'm a Co-founder at, a next-generation mobile app search company, where I head all growth activities. Additionally I am a Berlin partner at dots'n'spaces, a collective of international technology professionals. I also mentor and invest in startups.

Olga Steidl CEO Talkbits

CEO of talkbits (social voice service), mobile enthusiast and an accomplished social communicator, contributes to building Telco community. Springboard and Seedcamp mentor. Former VP of Mobile at Yandex (Nasdaq: YNDX), VP of Global Marketing at SPB Software (sold to Yander, Nov. 2011).

Renata Akhunova Managing Partner Formulavc

Entrepreneur turned angel investor turned VC. Mentioned by as the only Russian woman on "The Top Women in Venture Capital and Angel Investing" list.