Editor at Large of TechCrunch, Mike Butcher hosted another informal TechCrunch Meetup, this time in Tirana, where the Albanian startup community got the chance to learn more about TechCrunch and how to get the attention of media outside their own country.
“I’ve been impressed with the growing tech scene in the Balkans, and it’s clearly one to watch. Founders are now thinking internationally instead of their own regional silos,” on an original post on TechCrunch, while announcing opportunities for Disrupt London, in London, in December.
Some of the participating startups during the meetup included Softmogul, Dentem and Shpi.al, which we included on our list for 6 Albanian startups to watch. Softmogul and Spiranca also won free tickets for TechCrunch Disrupt in London.
According to Mike, for an interview over on Kosovo 2.0, its kind of an advantage, actually, to have a market like Kosovo, since you could test a product here without the rest of the world knowing about it.
“If you’re in London and want to test a product, someone might find out what you’re doing much earlier and want to do something with that. But my advice to people who tend to be in smaller countries is to try and network as widely as possible as you can. If your ecosystem is quite small, then it’s a good idea to build bridges with bigger ecosystems like the UK or Germany or France or the US or Asia. And get out there and make as many contacts as you can, because as an entrepreneur, having a lot of contacts is very useful.”
The first ever TechCrunch Meetup in Tirana, happened one day after the first ever TechCrunch meetup in Kosovo, which happened in Prizren as part of tech festival, Dokutech.