If there’s one thing that every startup in Estonia’s startup community looks forward to each year, it’s Latitude59, Tallinn’s very own yearly startup and tech event. Team Storadera has participated for several years now and this year we sure broke a record by having a whopping 66,67% of the entire team aka four members attending. Hopefully next year we can go with an even bigger squad, but while we wait here are some of our thoughts and impressions of the event that we wrote down and wanted to share with our readers.
The venue made the event
The event was held at Kultuurikatel as expected and usual, but what was unexpected was the amount of people who showed up this year. It was especially busy on the first day, but while it made walking around more difficult than in previous years, in a strange way it was also comforting to see a proper crowd full of fellow techies. Even with a full house the event was well managed and the only little hiccup was the epic and neverending coffee queue. You could show up at any time imaginable and there would still be a bunch of people waiting to fill their cup. An excellent place to make business though, as we were told.
Attending the panels is a must
Attending the event with a proper team meant that a few of us had time to visit some of the interviews, panels and chats while the others were off on meetings. So what were the most interesting takeaways for us? Annalise Dragic and Yrjö Ojasaar talked about late stage investments for early stage founders and provided some good insight into that world. As a startup we do love hearing more about how the investors think and what is their perspective on things like current events.
And a special mention goes to Starship’s Ahti Heinla for confirming that the cute factor is indeed a thing when it comes to AI and for explaining that they had to specifically program their robots to thank people because people apparently love helping robots.
Can’t wait to go again
To sum it all up – we all had a great time and managed to get some team bonding in as well. We networked and made some new acquaintances, enjoyed the pitch competition, got some insight into various topics and represented Storadera as well as we could. Not to mention the cool swag we collected but also won by participating in different activities. And who doesn’t love merch, am I right? Anyway, thank you Latitude59, you were a huge success and looking forward to seeing everybody next year.