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Takeaways from the Canvy startup experience at 4YFN 2017

Canvy is the contact management application that invites its users to discover the continuously updated, intuitive way to connect with their contacts.

Designed as a startup, the Canvy concept provides a centralized interface that aggregates all the communication channels present on the user’s mobile device for each separate account. Taking into consideration the user’s preferred way of connecting with various contacts, this efficient app can act as a personal assistant by predicting which third-party platform is the best when reaching a specific person. The settings allow for a classical contact manager approach, as well as for a gradual immersion into what user behavior-based digital organizing means.

The Canvy startup experience at 4YFN 2017

Part of its fast-growing startup trajectory, we took Canvy to this year’s 4YFN Barcelona Conference, held between 27th February – 1st March. We are extremely proud of the way the event met our expectations, especially that Canvy was the only Romanian startup at the 4YFN 2017. With the soft launch phase recently completed, our application was ready for the “big world” of startups.

While showcasing our innovative Canvy (a 100 percent LASTING product), we also felt the pulse of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWC) startup business platform. This startup-dedicated event is part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress, and this year it celebrated its 4th edition, dubbed “the most international edition” so far.

The three intense days of startup pitches and the dynamic atmosphere of connecting with startups, investors and corporations made the 4YFN a memorable event for us, as well as for Canvy.

The Canvy team that successfully made our presence felt at 4YFN 2017 comprised Ms. Monica Gâza – Marketing Manager, Mr. Horia Damian – Canvy CEO and Mr. Marius Marcu – Canvy CTO. The team enjoyed the dedicated business events and brought back important takeaways to be employed in further growing all that Canvy represents.

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Main takeaways from 4YFN 2017

In the words of Ms. Monica Gâza, this year, the dominant 4YFN topic consisted of “the gap between the tech environment and the social, political and cultural responsibility”. This is mirrored in the way global IT trends fail to connect to the live needs and ideals shared by the masses.

The remedy for this pressing issue will manifest itself via tech-related products that discover new means of connecting us again, and of bringing back responsibility and empathy into people’s lives. Learning how to integrate technology as a society, while putting it to the service of the greater good seems to be the next step. Technology-enabled interactions that would restore meaning to our lives is key, and dedicated products are expected to be extremely successful.

In this light, Canvy displays all the necessary premises for growth. Providing effortless, smooth communication, our application prompts the most successful channel of contacting a given user at a given time, all in a colorful, interactive and convenient interface.

Our smart, next-generation contacts book delivers a much needed breath of fresh air in a product slot where default contact managers failed to innovate. While the work environment swiftly changes with the increasing presence of younger professionals, Canvy provides the opportunity for better, fast paced connectivity via an increasing number of channels. Available on Google Play, our smart AI-driven app comes in a free version and is ready to conquer the world.

 

Canvy goes to Slush!

On 30 November and 1 December 2016, the (European) start-up community decamped to frozen Finland (no pun intended) to attend Slush, one of Europe’s most spectacular start-up events. Slush, which went from small-scale gathering to massive extravaganza in just five years, completely took over Messukeskus (the biggest convention space in Finland), where it brought together an eclectic, diverse audience made up of entrepreneurs, investors, journalists, students and scientists – not to mention a huge army of volunteers.

One key take-away from Slush2016 is that the future belongs to products that support and facilitate authentic human communication. Just like Canvy! The Canvy team that attended Slush (made up of Horia, Marius and myself) experienced the event in many different ways and at a number of different levels – which in itself says a lot about Slush’s versatility and value for attendees. We all agree on the fact that Slush2016 was an overall impressive event, both in terms of concept and contents-wise. It blended Finland’s penchant for dark rock glamour and theatrical performances with a rather pragmatic approach to connecting its main categories of attendees and facilitating the transfer of knowledge and vision from its speakers to its (very diverse) audience.

The organizers did an impressive job of covering many of today’s hottest subject matters, no matter how diverse they may seem at first glance. The talks ranged from no-nonsense heart-to-hearts (dubbed fireside chats) with leading industry players such as investor extraordinaire Chris Sacca (of Twitter, Uber and Instagram fame) to talks on creating abundant mind-sets (Moonshot Thinking with Steve Jurvetson and Naveen Jain) or else on block chain and the decentralized future of the world’s financial ecosystem (the presentation was delivered by Thomas Conté, Jutta Steiner, Paul Puey and Elizabeth Stark).

What impressed us the most?
Horia: If you get people talking, everything else will come. That’s about the long and the short of it. My main take-away comes from this idea (not sure it can be called a trend because it’s not exactly a new thing) that technology must serve a higher purpose and it must do its part to help people connect in a genuine way, at a genuine level. Technology for technology’s sake is a dangerous concept – it should be understood and made to work FOR people, in order to bring them together and help solve real needs.

Monica: What can I say – Slush2016 had big-name speakers, a cool pitching competition, massive attendance and an energetic, impressive opening ceremony energy that set the tone for the rest of the event. I enjoyed the ease of interaction with the rest of the participants and the sheer volume of new ideas to which I was exposed.

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Slush 2016