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WebSummit 2017 in Lisbon

WebSummit 2017 in Lisbon

WebSummit 2017 in Lisbon

This week my Co-Founder Peter and I addended the largest technology & start-up conference in Europe: WebSummit. More than 60.000 people attended the event with amazing speakers like Former Vice President of the United States of America Al Gore, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager as well as many CEOs of the largest corporates in the world like Intel, Oracle, Microsoft or Slack.

The refurbed booth
Refurbed booth at WebSummit 2017

Refurbed booth at WebSummit 2017

Our company refurbed got selected to attend the conference with its own booth in the eCommerce area. We had many interesting conversations with people from all around the world about the refurbished industry in general as well as the current situation and acceptance in the specific areas of the planet.

In addition, we were chosen to participate at the WebSummit “PITCH” competition, where the 200 world’s leading early-stage Start-Ups came together for a live on-stage battle in front of the world’s leading investors.

Keynotes & Fireside Chats

Next to all the meetings, conversations, investor talks we had during the week, we also took the chance to attend at some amazing Keynotes and firesite chats of large political as well as industry leaders.

I would like to outline 3 here:

  1. A discussion between three leading US VCs on the topic of “Profit, Impact & Purpose”. The overall outcome of the conversation was that new companies must be purpose driven, so their business model must combine finance & sustainability to be successful in the future.
  2. A firesite chat on the topic of “Circular economy” including Peter Lacy, the Global Lead Growth, Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture! To summarize the discussion there is a shift away from the old value chain of: “take, make, throw away, waste”towards “take, make, take, make, take, make”, so more about a long-term value a company can deliver to a customer!
  3. The final Keynote was held by Al Gore on the climate crisis, sustainability, the Paris agreement and that we must act now to save the world from a disaster. It was a really intense speech, especially because he was addressing it directly to all of us WebSummit attendees:“My purpose here is to recruit you to be part of the solution to the climate crisis […] You can have a bigger impact than practically any other group in the entire world.” 
    Having a business model, which combines monetarization and sustainability (as more as we are selling as better it is for the environment), which we are glad to have with our company refurbed, lets us take part in exactly this important movement.

Summarizing my experience at WebSummit 2017 in Lisbon I have to say that it is a gigantic event, with amazing speakers, great Start-Ups, the biggest corporates and incredible fascinating people. See you again at WebSummit 2018 – it had been a blast!!! 🙂

WebSummit 2017 Closing Event

WebSummit 2017 Closing Event

New Project, new City, new Adventure, new (own) Company: refurbed

After leaving Amazon 2 month ago for a new opportunity and exciting challenge, I am glad to tell you now what it is about.

I moved to Vienna, Austria, to Co-Found the new Online-Marketplace Refurbed is an online marketplace for refurbished electronics in Germany & Austria. We built a platform to connect professional merchants and consumers. The great benefits of our marketplace: our customers save up to 40%, get at least one year of warranty and help preserve the environment.

Refurbed Logo

Refurbed Logo

My great Co-Founders are:
1. Peter, who had been a Digital Consultant for McKinsey the last couple of years and advised large marketplaces in Europe on the topics of marketing, traffic generation and conversion optimisation.
And 2. Jürgen, who is an experienced entrepreneur and oversees all our development efforts as CTO.

Team Picture Refurbed

Refurbed Co-Founder: Peter, Kilian & Jürgen

Currently we are running an MVP, where we use a platform as a service solution of the provider “Marketplaces Inc.“! Nevertheless, in parallel we are developing our own website from scratch to have more flexibility in our long-term operations, which we plan to launch end of the year.

In the first month we were already able to generate first sales and could increase our product portfolio to around 300 different items, from phones, laptops to tables and headphones. In addition, we were able to learn many insights about customer behaviour as well as feedback from Sellers. All of it will be used to develop our website the best possible way, so both customers and Sellers have a great experience on!

I will keep you updated about our cool new refurbed design and platform features, whenever we have news 🙂


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