Web Summit goes to America – START Summit to rock New York in March

31 Jan 2013

The team members behind the Web Summit in Dublin and London have their hearts set on world domination and where better to begin the next phase in their grand adventure but New York City. The Start Summit will kick off in New York on 15 March.

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave said he plans to create a start-up conference for New York “like no other”.

He said he plans to spend the next three years building up the START Summit, which will “create something better” for New York.

In essence, this means Cosgrave and his team want to take on the established order where tech events like TechCrunch Disrupt and Business Insider’s Ignition reign supreme.

It’s no small task but the Dublin Web Summit team has already tasted victory States-side with the first US F.ounders conference happening last June at the NASDAQ exchange.

In recent weeks, the Dublin Web Summit team also held the Europas awards in Berlin.

Yesterday, the team announced plans to take its Pub Summit invite-only networking events to 100 cities around the world.

Coming to America

Writing on his Facebook profile today, Cosgrave said: “Like 40m Irish before me, it’s time to go to America. Not to do something sensible like building railroads or joining the NYPD, but instead to do something crazy.

“We’re going to spend three years creating a start-up conference for New York like no other. Run not by corporates, but instead by a group of young Irish and Americans passionate about start-ups and events. Passionate about creating something better for New York.

“When we started in 2010 in Europe, we took on the big established events. People thought we were clueless and crazy. They wrote us off. But we persevered, and by 2012 we’d built the largest and we hope most valuable start-up event in Europe. We hope you’ll consider joining us on 15 March  in New York at the START Summit for the first step in our new journey.”

We can also note that the Web Summit team members have their eyes on Asia, with preparatory meetings taking place in the region in recent weeks. So, we can possibly anticipate them planning future tech events in cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, too.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years