2017 is over and the new year has just entered the stage. As with every January, it has brought a desire for evaluation and a wish to plan for what will come.

In this special 2nd edition of Grow with Tech magazine, we want to share various expert opinions on what they felt were the biggest surprise and the biggest failure of past 12 months. We also asked our contributors to share their perspective on the one trend that will most shape 2018.

Among our contributors, you will find startuppers, investors and business experts representing different industries and sizes of companies. All united on these pages to share info, exactly as infoShare aims to do!

It is always valuable to look back and run an in-depth analysis. At the same time, playing prophet can be so much fun! In January 2019, we will be able verify all these predictions.


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Our Authors

Peter Szanto


Productivity Hacker, Founder @SpringTab and blog.szanto.co. Loving user of Apple, iPhone, Spark, Yesware, Spotify, Pomodoro, GTD, and Smart Habits. Pursuing things that interest him. Helps companies like Time-Warner, L’Oreal, and TripTrotting in digital business development.

David Zohrob


The co-founder and partner of Outrank, a New York-based studio helping startups grow. Earlier, he was a Venture Hacker at AngelList, and co-founder of Lookmark and Soy Division/Megatasty. Dave was a ‘growth hacker’ before the term was coined.

Pierre Lechelle

SaaS Growth Marketer

Pierre helps B2B SaaS companies build & manage high-performance Growth Marketing Teams. Focus on helping to create a scalable and sustainable process to consistently grow business. More on www.pierrelechelle.com

Eric Siu

Single Grain

CEO of digital marketing agency Single Grain, which has worked with companies such as Amazon, Uber and Salesforce to help scale their revenues using a combination of paid advertising and SEO strategies.

Petri Kajander


A business artist building the future with growth companies focusing on strategy, branding and funding. He advises startups and leaders, mentors and coaches in startup programs and universities. Writes on technology and society.

Piotr Bucki


For the last 17 years, he has helped people polish communication based on cognitive psychology, neuroscience and psycholinguistics. He cooperates with companies worldwide and the best startup centers in Poland. An experienced keynote and writer.

Antti Merilehto

Finch Finland

An author & speaker on AI, early stage investor, entrepreneur and also Country Manager at Finch Finland. Experienced in a variety of roles in tech, automobile industry, and SaaS, he brings the human connection and approach to business.

Izabela Disterheft

Interizon Foundation

CEO of Interizon Foundation – the coordinator of the biggest Polish ICT Cluster – Interizon. Previously, the General Director of Gdansk Science & Technology Park (GSTP). Awarded by the Mayor of Gdansk for supporting the local startup scene in 2015.

Alex Blakeway

Venezia Capital

The founding partner of Venezia Capital, a dynamic mid-market venture capital and business execution specialist. The manager of The Atlantis Growth Fund, a technology-focused EIS investment fund. For 20 years he’s been growing global business units for Siemens, Cisco, Verizon and Oracle.

Artur Kurasiński

Creator of MUSE and GhostVR

An entrepreneur focused on investing in tech projects. Mentor, blogger and active trade commentator. Co-creator of Aula Polska meetings and Aulery awards. Believes in VR, AR and MR and that video content devours the world.

Jess Williamson


Techstars Director building new accelerator programs across EMEA + APAC. Formerly Global Program Director for Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in London, NYC, Tel Aviv & Cape Town, investing in fintech startups globally.

Peter Cowley

Entrepreneur & Business Angel

Entrepreneur and BA who founded and ran 10+ businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years. He has built up a portfolio of 60+ angel investments with 3 good exits and several failures. WBAF Best Angel Investor of the World.

Richard Lucas

Cambentrepreneurs & TEDxKazimierz

A business and social entrepreneur who supports the businesses he has invested in and/or led with over 500 employees worldwide. Still an active investor. He founded Cambentrepreneurs to support entrepreneurship among the students and alumni of Cambridge University.

Piotr Widacki

BGŻ BNP Paribas

Head of Digital Transformation in BGŻ BNP Paribas. New technologies enthusiast and innovator. Successful manager with a proven track record of effectively developing and implementing strategic, cross-functional initiatives in financial services.

Piotr Dytko

KGHM Cuprum Research and Development Centre

The Chairman of the Management Board of KGHM Cuprum Research and Development Centre Ltd. Successful manager with a lot of experience in the private and public sector. Participant and speaker at numerous conferences and thematic congresses.

Krzysztof Kanawka

Blue Dot Solutions

CEO of Blue Dot Solutions, specialising in use of satellite data for various market niches. He conducted research at Max Planck Institute (structural changes at the nano-scale) and at Imperial College London (high-temperature fuel cells).

Stephan Morais

Indico Capital Partners

Founder and Managing GP of Indico Capital Partners, a leading Portuguese VC. Formerly an Executive Board Member at Caixa Capital, the PE and VC fund with a potential 700 Million Euros under management, where he led VC and co-led PE investments.

Simon McDermott


Simon McDermott is an Irish serial entrepreneur whose latest start-up airmilo.com is looking to revolutionise how SMEs book, control and manage their business trips. Development of airmilo.com is carried out in Poznan, Poland.

Jacek Ratajczak

Connectis and PLUGin Foundation

Business Development Director, Connectis and Founder of PLUGin Foundation, connecting the Polish Innovation Diaspora through regular meetups in London, San Francisco, Wrocław, Warsaw and the annual Polish Tech Day in London.

Grzegorz Borowski

infoShare Foundation

Co-founder of infoShare conference and the infoShare Academy coding school, member of the Startup Poland Advisory Board. Previously a senior manager at wp.pl responsible for tech and business development of the biggest Polish e-mail service.

Previous Authors

Agnieszka Meller

Head of Startup Relations, infoShare

12+ experience in project creation and management. 9+ years of experience in fostering entrepreneurship and startups support. Able to not only launch new ideas, but also coordinate their implementation effectively. Possess absolute love for challenges. Eager for trying. Always.

Agata Bona

Capful Polska

Strategy consultant for over 7 years creating innovative business models for startups, SMEs and large companies. An entrepreneur and marketeer with over 10 years of practice, mostly in international pharmaceutical corporations (GSK, Novartis).

Dagmara Nickel

Founder/CEO YouNick Mint Venture Capital

Serial entrepreneur, CEO of Nickel Development – leading real-estate developer; Founder of NTPP – the first private Technology Park in Poland. Spiritus movens/Creator and CEO of YouNick – operational Venture Capital fund focused on investments in Life Science, MedTech, IoT and ICT projects.

Artur Kurasiński

Creator of MUSE and GhostVR

An entrepreneur focused on investing in tech projects. Mentor, blogger and active trade commentator. Co-creator of Aula Polska meetings and Aulery awards. Believes in VR, AR and MR and that video content devours the world.

Magnus Melander

Co-founder of THINGS

An entrepreneur and ICT professional devoted to IoT. He is Sales Director at Springworks, owns Wbird, co-founded THINGS and founded the SMSE alliance. He frequently speaks at international industry events and writes his IoT blog connectcompute.com.

Magdalena Nowaczyk

Marketing and PR Specialist at Transparent Data

Master of Cognitive Science (UAM) and a self-styled psychologist of accurate intuitions. Coming from fashion industry marketing, she aims to convince techies that clear and effective code should be also pretty and seductive.

Arkadiusz Hajduk

Founder and CEO of Transparent Data

Entrepreneurial practitioner with international experience in ventures of all sizes and at various development stages. In 2014, recognized as one of the Top 50 Creative People in Polish Business by BRIEF Magazine.

Tristan William Lawrence Guy

Coordinator of Accelerator Assembly and Startup Europe Universities Network

Tristan’s focus at Startup Olé is on building a more connected entrepreneur ecosystem, providing open collaboration opportunities and the standardisation of agreements between stakeholders to create added value within the European startup community.

Guillaume Fournier

Associate at Credo Ventures

He first started his career with an internship at Goldman Sachs in the US, and then worked as a strategy consultant in Kaiser Associates' London office. Prior to obtaining his MBA from INSEAD, he spent a year as an associate in Athene Capital.

Marcin Szeląg

Partner at Innovation Nest

Early stage investor focused on Software-as-a-Service companies. Closing on 10 years of experience working in the Internet industry on both sides of the table – startups and venture capital. Previously a product manager at epuls.pl.

Pavel Bogdanov

General Partner at Almaz Capital

His interests span software, gaming, and the Internet. He led deal execution for Jelastic, Parallels, Acumatica, Alawar, and other Almaz companies. Pasha is currently on the boards of Alawar Entertainment, AlterGeo, Flirtic and Nival.

Ewa A. Treitz

Partner at Black Pearls VC

Partner at Black Pearls VC. Prior to that held management roles at VC and CVC funds in Germany, Sweden and USA. Alumni of Kauffman Fellowship, Palo Alto based program for leading venture capitalists. Graduate of Uppsala University (MSc) and Jacobs University (BSc).

Tuomas Kosonen

Partner at Inventure

One of four partners at Inventure, a leading early-stage venture capital company in the Nordics. Interested in software, health tech and gaming. The investments he manages include Blueprint Genetics, Thinglink, Bitbar, Scoro and Lingvist.

Kristjan Laanemaa

Founding Partner at Karma Ventures

A founding partner at Karma Ventures – an early-stage venture capital firm, specialised in late seed and A round investments in Europe’s most promising tech startups.

Marketa Havlova

CzechInvest, czechstartups.org

Marketa is the director of the Start-up Department at CzechInvest, where she manages programmes and activities for startups and the startup ecosystem in the Czech Republic and abroad, including the V4 Innovation Task Force Group.

Katerina Kynclova

CzechInvest, czechstartups.org

Katerina has worked at CzechInvest for more than ten years as an R&D project manager and is currently focussing on the CzechStartups.org web portal, the first official online hub for startups in the Czech Republic.

Agata Kowalczyk

Head of Communications at Startup Poland

Experienced tech journalist and PR specialist responsible for creating and executing communication strategies for tech and premium brands.

Tomasz Nadolny


Consultant, entrepreneur, trainer. Former Head of Mayor’s Office in Gdansk and Plenipotentiary of the Mayor for Innovation.

Weronika Szarafin


Graduated from Gdańsk Medical University in 2015 and has been pretty busy since then. She has lived in Europe and the US, and moved to Japan in March 2017. Fascinated by smart solutions and new ideas. Digital nomad. Writes, does, makes things happen.

Hampus Jacobsson

Angel Investor

One of the Nordics most influential angel investors with over 60 investments and the co-founder of the NordicMakers angel group. Originally a computer science engineer who founded a deep tech company finally acquired by Blackberry for $150m.

Heather Wilde

CTO of ROCeteer

Known as the ‘Unicorn Whisperer’ due to her special focus on entrepreneurs. Growth expert, executive coach, author, and speaker. As a founding employee of Evernote, she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 mln customers.

Maciej Laskus

CEO and Founder of Startup Safary

Founder of Startup Safary, international franchise of events established in Berlin that has expanded to 13 cities around the world. Started as a tech journalist at the age of 12 before becoming an entrepreneur.

Andrzej Kiesz

Fundacja infoShare

Co-founder of infoShare, the biggest tech conference in CEE region. Co-founder of infoShare Academy. Previously the Head of Web Development Department at Wirtualna Polska.

Marcin Pokojski

CEO of infoShare Academy

Originator and organizer of infoShare, the biggest tech conference in CEE. Creator and CEO of infoShare Academy coding school. In IT for 15 years, previously IT director in Wirtualna Polska. Mentor in startup programmes.

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