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Codemotion 2017 Amsterdam | LeadBoxer

Codemotion is the biggest tech conference in Italy with an international network of 40,000 developers and 350 speakers; It is organised by developers for developers; an ecosystem devoted to innovation and coding.

Codemotion 2017 Amsterdam

On 16th and 17th of May, Codemotion came to Amsterdam for the first time and LeadBoxer was invited to participate as part of the Startup representatives during the event. We had a blast, so we decided to write a short piece on the best moments of the event.

During the two days we got to meet and talk with some of the great tech minds that attended as well as listen to amazing speakers such as Twitter’s Terri Burns, Uber’s Dustin Whittle, Atlassian’s Vincent Kok, and IBM’s James Thomas. We also loved the closing keynote speech by Nathan Marz – “Build it and they will not come: being a programmer in the 21st century”.

Start-up Corner

In our corner of the “room” were some of the most highly disruptive startups of the Amsterdam scene, as well as old friends from the Rockstart accelerator program such as PastBook, Cupenya,  and Impraise. We got to meet many developers, engineers, pitch and showcase our product, as well as network with international companies that were visiting the venue.

We heard there were also some amazing labs to attend but unfortunately we had to tend to our booth and talk with visitors. Next year for sure!

Which were your favourite Codemotion moments? What is the most provocative idea or quote that you can’t get out of your head?

We really enjoyed our two days and can’t wait for the next Codemotion! Thank you for the opportunity to show LeadBoxer to the developer scene and talk Big Data with all of you!

If you follow LeadBoxer’s travels, you can check our previous article from when we visited the Dublin Tech Summit, here.

LeadBoxer team


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LeadBoxer Insights Vol. 1: Dublin Bound

It all started 23 years ago when I was born in…just kidding. Hello, my name is Yordan Tachev. I came to Amsterdam from Bulgaria almost 5 years ago to pursue a bachelor’s. Since then, I’ve worked here and there mostly in Business Development and Sales. I recently jumped the opportunity to work at LeadBoxer just a couple of months after graduating, because I’ve always found the start-up environment thrilling. I am currently working as a Sales and Marketing professional, assisting both teams with operational activities and witty jokes.

This is the first of many blogs I will be writing to show some insights into life at LeadBoxer. I am very excited to share the ups and downs of getting a startup to the next level. This week I am delighted to share with you, our recent trip to Dublin and the Tech Conference we attended as well as the start of my time here at LeadBoxer.

It was just another normal day at work when out of nowhere my team asked me if I would like to join them in Dublin for the Tech Summit. You can imagine my surprise when I heard that! My answer was, “Hell yeah, when do we leave?”

Fast forward two weeks to the 14th of February, and I was anxiously waiting at work, with my travel suitcase packed and my mind full of all the improbable scenarios which I will face with LeadBoxer, like closing at least 10 deals in the first hour or talking with investors and impressing them…yeah, as if.

We arrived in Dublin around 20:00 PM and although we worked the whole day before our flight, I was full of energy and eager to explore. The plan was to find some food and delve into what this vibrant city has to offer. Well, the only things we found at that late hour were burgers and beers, which was more than perfect for us! After rewarding ourselves for surviving this far, we walked around the busy streets trying to absorb in mere hours a culture that has existed since the 10th century AD.

However, we were there to work and not on vacation. Early in the morning, we were ready to conquer the world…eh, the tech summit, I mean. We quickly set up the booth, and with coffee in hands, started probing our surroundings. Surprisingly, there were not a lot of people at 8:00 in the morning, go figure!

Around 11:00 AM people started pouring in and overrunning the defenseless salespeople all around us. After that, everything was a bit of a blur. I don’t think I have ever spoken with so many people in my life! But I can say one thing for sure, it was amazing! Everyone was buzzing around, exchanging ideas, demoing products, and talking tech!

The craziness continued for several hours. When I wasn’t talking with people, I was updating our followers on all the social media channels in existence or drinking copious amounts of coffee. When I managed to finally look at the time, it was already 18:00! We had been standing for almost 10 hours. I couldn’t even remember the feeling I was having, but I’m pretty sure it was something that rhymes with wired.

Surely, it should be over, right? Right? Apparently, it is customary after a long day at work to go drink and socialize with the other companies that attend the event. After several hours of drinking and appearing on all of the venues we were invited to, it was time to head home.

The second day was a bit slower. Most people did not appear before 10:00 AM, it was almost like they stayed up late or something. But as coffee and croissants were swirling around, people started to appear from all the crevices of the building. After lunch, our Co-Founder, Cralan Deutsch represented us at the StartUp100. The presentation was heart-warming and informative, you should have seen it!

We only had a couple of hours left as we had to leave for our flight around 16:00 PM. Therefore, we decided to give it all we had left. We mustered all the strength we had and the business cards started flying.

Before you know it, it was time to leave. We packed our bags, closed the laptops, and with pockets full of contacts and heads full of new adventures, we headed towards the airport. It was my first conference, and before I even realized it, it was over. We ate only junk food, we were up on our feet the whole day, we didn’t sleep much, we couldn’t see all that Dublin has to offer, but it was one of the best experiences ever, and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Check out the post on Codemotion at Amsterdam we participated in too.

Goodbye, Dublin. I hope to see you again soon!

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Will Apple release the new iMac at CES 2017?

As we get ready to head to Las Vegas for CES, we are looking at all of the latest CES 2017 rumors. We’re excited about what technology is going to be unveiled at the event in January (and you’re probably just as excited!).

One rumor that recently caught our eye is that Apple may (finally) release an updated iMac at the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas. Apple has been working on the next generation iMacs for a while now, and people thought they’d be released at the company’s recent October event. However, since the new iMac lineup wasn’t revealed in October, all signs point to the iMac refresh potentially coming in early 2017. 

Most people are speculating that Apple will reveal the iMac at an Apple event in March 2017, but, recently, the rumor mill has started talking about the likeness of this being pushed forward to CES 2017.

The Specs of the New Machines

It’s being reported that the 2017 iMac will have a 5K retina display and offer a Touch Bar like the one that can be found on the newest MacBook Pro model.

There are also a lot of rumors floating around that the new iMac will sport the Intel Kaby Lake processor. These processors aren’t expected to be ready until the end of 2016, which is likely why there was no new iMac released in October.

The Features of the New Machines

With a lot of rumors about the new iMac floating around, it can be hard to figure out which ones are the most reliable and realistic. The most interesting rumors that we’ve spotted are that the machine will be ready to support virtual reality (VR) and also come with a very powerful GPU to make the user experience much better.

It’s also expected that the new iMac will come with flash storage and become both slimmer and lighter than the previous generation iMac.

Lastly, it’s expected that it will gain Touch ID and USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports.

When Will the New iMac Be Released?

Rumors are growing that it will debut in early 2017, and very likely at CES 2017. In addition to new iMacs at CES, we may also see the iPad Pro 2. However, it’s much likelier that we will see iPad Pro 2’s launched at an Apple event in March of 2017.

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5 Best CES 2017 Rumors to Watch

CES 2017, one of the biggest tech conferences in the world, is fast approaching. Because it’s such a gigantic event, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where some of the largest brands in the world release new, highly anticipated products. This January, you can expect companies such as Samsung to show off their newest technology like new iMac from Apple for example.

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10 Dutch Startups to Watch at CES 2017

The annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is quickly approaching. This year, there will be something a little extra special at the show: the first Holland Startup Pavilion. StartupDelta announced 30 startups that have been selected to participate at CES 2017 and present in the Pavilion.

Leading up to CES 2017, we going to highlight all of the Dutch startups that will be participating in Las Vegas. Which of these Dutch startups are you most excited about?

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