Sam Baldwin, Eventum Growth Manager, reflects on life on the blockchain, inside team Eventum in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
I’m no stranger to start-up life.
A decade ago I was employee number nine for the then unheard of flight site: Skyscanner. Work life moved fast. Nothing stayed the same for long as we expanded our user base, staff numbers, and global presence at a rapid rate.
In under a decade, Skyscanner went from obscure Scottish start-up, to full-blown ‘unicorn’ with almost 1000 employees, offices across the world, and a valuation of over 1 billion dollars.
At Skyscanner I experienced nine years of hyper-growth but compared to life in the blockchain world, the pace was relatively relaxed. Indeed one of my Eventum colleagues recently asked me what it had been like to work for an ‘old’ company!
It was a realization for me; tech moves faster than a Lambo on jetfuel and while start-ups are inherently agile environments, blockchain start-ups are like normal start-ups on industrial-strength growth-hormones.
It’s a ride even more rapid and with greater turbulence than your average new business. New things are happening almost hourly in the blockchain world: new legislation, new companies, new tokens, new opinions, new laws, new rules, new regulations and new ideas. It’s still uncharted earth; no one quite knows what’s next. Which is precisely what makes it so appealing.
There are dozens of blockchain conferences each week around the world, and Eventum has been invited to speak at several of them, often at short notice. Martin Mikeln, Eventum co-founder, along with Peter Jamnik and Matic Konjar, has been traveling from conference to conference, spreading the good word of Eventum far and wide. One day Budapest, the next day Zurich, the next San Francisco. New York, Tokyo, Singapore, and Seoul too have all been stops on Eventum’s global tour.