Lucian Avadani, is a Startup Stay member based in Bucharest, Romania and is also behind uCoz, a free website builder (Number one in the Russian speaking market) with a strong growth in Eastern Europe.
Lucian is usually travelling while working so, he constantly tries to get in touch with people in start-ups in the cities he visits.
In this post we share how he used Startup Stay to connect with the Startup Community in Belgrade.
Lucian said: “I joined Startup Stay immediately after its launch. I was blown away by the fact that nobody had done it already. I always wanted to be a part of a community of like minded people that can actually meet face-to-face and discuss topics in common. Being involved in a startup myself, didn’t allowed me to implement the idea so, I was excited when I received the invitation from the guys who started the flame.
A few weeks ago I travelled to Belgrade, Serbia. I was interested in getting in touch with the local startup community. Our websites receive important traffic from this side of Europe and we are analyzing the possibilities of localizing our CMS in Serbian, for the local users. In a distributed model, having contacts throughout the world is highly essential as, nowadays, there are no borders, especially in technology. The future companies looking to expand internationally are to rely more on this type of model, next to the crowdsourced one.
I got in touch with Vukašin Stojkov, programme manager at Seeict.org (a non-profit organization dedicated to kick-starting the startup ecosystem), and arranged to give a presentation at a local meetup.
Next to great startups, I presented a few facts about uCoz and got engaged in discussions with the local community members. Vukašin was super professional in arranging everything. He is one of the best promoters of startups in Serbia and the Balkans. It was a good experience and maybe, this could have been much more difficult to arrange without the existence of Startup Stay.”
Vukašin said: “When I saw Startup Stay I was really delighted, such a great opportunity for connecting with the global startup community and lean travelling at the same time. I decided to leave the spare room empty in order to host entrepreneurs from all around the world.
When I got the message about Lucian coming to Belgrade, it gave us the impetus to organise a local tech meet-up so as to coincide with his visit and so that the local community could gain a glimpse of the Russian tech scene and the online market.
I’m very much looking forward to use Startup Stay for both travel and hosting, really love the potential it gives for more networking and simply meeting awesome new people with shared interests.”