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28 June 2015

Startup Conference Host at Shift 2015 on the Adriatic

A few weeks ago (11-12 June) I returned to Split on Croatia’s glorious Adriatic coast. This time to host the largest startup event in South-East Europe – Shift Conference. One of Croatia’s most well-anticipated tech events was back. Ready with an even stronger line-up of speakers and content. Equally, I was back on stage for the second year as the Shift startup conference host – excited (as always) to be a part of.

For the second year, the entire event unfolds at the wonderful Croatian National Theatre in Split. With 1500 attendees and more than 20 international speakers the event explored the next stage of startup disruption.. The attendee list included media representatives, investors and entrepreneurs from the global startup scene.

Who featured at Shift?

The list of insightful speakers included Andrea Barica (500 Startups) sharing her story of creating inDinero. Nick Grossman from Union Square Ventures spoke about his the cycle of domination and disruption. In addition Entrepreneur’s editor-in-chief Amy Cosper talked openly sharing valuable lessons during a Fireside chat. Equally Shai Wininger (Fiverr) also made an appearance.

Shift Conference also featured Or Offer (SimilarWeb) and TechCrunch’s editor-at-large Mike Butcher. Mike spoke about big tech trends while Allan Grant shared his talk – I’m the Guy Who Hacked Your Site.


During the first two conference days I moderated four Shift Challenge Sessions. 24 finalists pitched their big ideas in front of the audience of more than 1200 people. This also included a jury made up of some of the most influential people in the industry. Some of the companies included TechCrunch, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Mashable, Entrepreneur and Union Square Venture.

As the Shift startup conference host, it always feels great to be part of a vibrant team. Also, as I host and moderate across Europe – it’s always a good feeling each time to return to the Croatian coast.

Finally, if you’d like me help your event stand out even more as host, moderator or pitch coach – please get in touch.