Digital Ocean TIDE 2017: As it happened
The Digital Ocean TIDE event was an exciting and action packed event attended by developers, marketers, startups, product guys, VCs and investors.
In case you missed it, here are few key notes from the event.
Vijay Kumar Ivaturi- The unusual one
The CTO of Crayon Data and also the author of a ‘The Manual for Indian Startups’ emphasized the difference between ‘mentor agreement’ and ‘investor agreement’. With an industry experience of more than 3 decades, VKI spoke about the trade-off between vision and traction for startup success and shared few tools and techniques to start and scale-up business.
Highlight of the session: “If chemistry doesn’t exist, the arithmetic doesn’t matter”
Pepi Dibya on how to build a successful SaaS business
- Transparency is not a choice. Selling SaaS = Trust
- Having a great product & service is just not enough. Get to the why of your brand, find your story and build your culture
- Hire people who believe in you and your vision
- Practice content rich marketing
Highlight of the session: “SaaS is all about trust. People put their money and effort only if they trust your product”
CTOs take on building a Scalable Business
According to them, it is easy to follow the good practices but difficult to predict what goes wrong. The technology decision for building a scalable infrastructure must come at the very beginning when writing the very first line of code.
Targeting the today’s new age of developers and their penchant for going with the latest programming languages, CTOs cited that while new languages spring up, it’s important to choose one that is good for business, not necessarily the latest one. Case in point – Facebook which is built on php.
Highlight for the session: “Think about scalability right at the beginning, at the first line of code”
Startup, one for the enterprise
- On premise != More security. Dispel the myth
- Don’t dumb it down for your developers
- Clarity for your developers in terms of specs
Priyo also highlighted on a very debatable topic of Devs and Devops team being different. Sharing what EdGe Networks practices, a common team for development and devops
Ecosystem Enablers to Building a Startup Nation
The need of every start-up
Founder Story: Insights from the Start-up Journey
It’s always good to hire a candidate based on their 10th grades, as that shows their real potential, said Mohit Gundecha, CEO at Jombay, when asked about how they hire people.
Highlight for the session: “Hack it your own way to crack it!”
How do you seek traction from investors?
2 key highlights of the session were,
- don’t start for exit
- think about VC only when scaling, not for sustainability
Your network is the net worth
Also separate sessions were conducted simultaneously with the Digital Ocean’s team where one could get their queries resolved in real-time or also share their wish-lists.
Friday ended on a great note with our discussions opening talks to new partnerships and collaborations.
It was fun being at the TIDE event. We returned with bag full of knowledge, fun and freebies, of course!