Berlin, 26th October 2017 – This year marked the fifth edition of the operational VC’s signature event, Portfolio Days, which brings the whole far-flung Project A family together in Berlin. The conference took place on the 12th and 13th of October and hosted over 400 guests and 20+ keynotes over the course of the two days.
Project A co-founder Thies Sander kicked off the conference with a video portraying Project A’s story as he made his entrance on stage. Sander gave an update on the state of Project A’s fund, and was then followed by the rest of the management team, who spoke about the VC’s operations and latest investments.
The conference featured renowned external speakers such as crypto-specialist Karsten Nohl, who gave a keynote on security flaws in widely used infrastructures, such as Wi-Fi. In the scope of a live demo, he showed how easy it is to hack a Wi-Fi hotspot and expose sensitive information.
Project A’s operational team of experts took the stage on the second day of the conference. Through various workshops, they shared their knowledge and lessons learned on topics like organizational building, data-driven sales and perceived performance on the web.
Francesco La Ferla, Head of Design and UX, talked about the importance of creating trust through consistent brand experiences. On the tech side, Christian Häringer, Director of Frontend Development, shared why progressive web apps are the future and gave examples of how this trend has been growing in recent years.
To conclude the event, Project A held an award ceremony to celebrate the most remarkable achievements of its ventures over the past year. “For us, it is crucial that our ventures be data-driven, strive for the highest tech standards and care about healthy organizational building and sustainable growth. This is why we organized the Project A awards for the very first time,” explained Rainer Berak, COO at Project A.
The categories included Tech & Product, Organizational Building, Data-Driven Approach and Growth, and the winners were kfzteile24, Homeday, Catawiki and KRY respectively.
With 50+ investments spread around the globe and a big network of partners and investors, the yearly event is an excellent opportunity for the whole Project A family to meet and discuss common challenges. Next year’s event is already in the making, and all signs point to it being an even bigger one, likely surpassing the 500 attendee mark.