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Future of Work Journey
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Corporates <3 Startups
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What's it like working for TNW
Be part of TNW's journey up until the Financial Times became a majority stakeholder
Back in 2006 Boris and Patrick (co-founders of TNW) decided to organize a small get-together for the few people that were working in tech. They registered a domain (thenextweb.org), created a logo, wrote some copy, reserved a venue, and pinged Michael Arrington (founder of TechCrunch) to see if he wanted to speak at their ‘conference’ in Amsterdam. Michael agreed the same day, so Boris & Patrick pushed the site online and were in business. Ten weeks later, 280 people showed up.
Today, almost 13 years later, The Next Web has grown to become one of the most influential tech conferences globally. Recently, the world’s leading global business publication, Financial Times, has acquired a majority stake in TNW proving just that.
Find out more about the the journey, the turning point and the deal.
Head of Investor Relations
Degrowth, Startups & Challenges of the 21. Century
How to get rid of our addictions to Growth in a limited world?
"Degrowth" has emerged over the last 15 years. This "bomb word" has been used to open in-depth debates on whether infinite growth in a finite world is desirable or even possible. Degrowth first deconstructs the myth that growth is the central solution for the impasse our societies have led us to. The movement tries to understand the convergence of the crises we are experiencing and argues that energetic and various environmental, political and existential, economic and social crises are interconnected. Our society's "more and more" attitude and the push towards increased production and consumption is not sustainable as we are now facing global warming, biodiversity loss, and the end of cheap and easy extraction and production of raw materials such as fossil energies and metals – in particular the ones used in "renewable" energies.
Startups aim to find solutions toward the XXIst Century challenges... but how to avoid repeating the same mistakes?
Vincent Liegey is the co-author of A Degrowth Project, engineer, consultant and interdisciplinary researcher. Coordinator of the Degrowth inspired Cargonomia social cooperative, center for sustainable logistical solutions and local food distribution by cargobikes in Budapest.
He is also one of the coordinators of the international Degrowth conference support group.
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