Startup Grind London Fireside chat with Co-Founder of Slido, Peter Komornik and Investor Q&A with Hussein Kanji, Partner at Hoxton Ventures and Kenneth Siber, Head of WeWork Labs.

Here is the humble story of Slido: born at a Startup Weekend hackathon, raised €350k in total funding and their revenues this year will be over €10 million. Humble, agile, profitable and super useful! These are companies that we need to celebrate. Raising ton of money doesn’t mean that a company will do well. Listening to customers, testing and executing fast will.

We talked to Slido co-founder/CEO Peter Komornik and it was one of the most insightful talks we hosted.

Peter is the co-founder and CEO of Slido, an audience interaction platform that is aiming to transform the world of meetings and conferences. Since its foundation in 2012, Slido has been used at over 400,000 events including customers such as SXSW, World Economic Forum, Spotify and BBC.

Peter currently also leads the Product team at Slido, where he is spearheading the transformation towards more customer-centric product development. He holds an MBA degree from a joint program of SKK GSB and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Prior to co-founding Slido, Peter worked for 4 years at Samsung and 1 year at Google. He has an MBA from South Korea and spent one semester at Kellogg School of Business.

We invited Peter to share with us how they overcame managed to find product market fit and scaled Slido to a global company.

After the talk, we had an Investor Q&A Hussein Kanji from Hoxton Ventures and Kenneth Siber from Wework Labs.

Hussein Kanji is Co-Founding Partner at Hoxton Ventures, a seed stage VC fund that backed tech start-ups like Deliveroo, Darktrace, Behavox, health tech company Babylon Health, etc.

They invested in 13 companies with a collective market capitalisation of about $4.4 billion, having made 17 investments out of the first fund and having had four acquisitions.

Kenneth Siber is a veteran of both the startup and corporate world. Having worked initially for companies such as Mckinsey and Unilever he then went on to start, exit and invest in a variety of startups. He has exited companies to the likes of Fujitsu and PE funds and worked with hundreds of startups as an investor and mentor.

Today Kenneth runs Wework Labs, Wework’s community of over 4,000 early-stage founders and their teams (over 300 in the UK alone) with access to additional mentorship and education.


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