Open Connect

In: Entrepreneurship / 1 comment

28 Feb 2013

I went today to the networking event organized by Dragos Roua, Open Connect, which was held in a Starbucks. It was extremely interesting.

Dragos started this event in the context of his habit of getting his work done in Starbucks and seeing different people there (don’t ask me why 🙂 ). He thought it might be interesting for people to meet over a cup of coffee and, slowly, this turned into a pretty formal meeting – every Thursday at 9:30, in Starbucks Mall Vitan, people come to talk to each other. It’s a very well structured and moderated event, which has become a reference in terms of networking events in Bucharest. 80 people came today and it seems their number is growing. I wonder how long they’ll fit in Starbucks and where will Dragos move the event once the size of the place gets too small.

I think such an event was necessary. I tried to create something similar through ARIES some 3 or 4 years ago, but I wasn’t succesful. Dragos – otherwise a controversial guy – managed to do it very well. This was Open Connect’s 23rd week and it’s going off without a hitch. I’m beginning to write in short sentences 🙂 .

Anyway, it’s a place where many people, who are eager to talk, come and meet. I’ve learnt many things, I’ve also shared many things and – to the extent of the time I have available – I’ll go on other occasions.


(English version by Teodora Popescu)

Original Romanian version

Open Connect

Am fost astazi la evenimentul de networking Open Connect, facut de Dragos Roua intr-un Starbucks si a fost extraordinar de interesant.

Dragos a inceput acest eveniment in contextul in care el lucra prin Starbucks si se vedea cu oameni pe acolo (nu ma intrebati de ce 🙂 ). S-a gandit ca poate fi interesant sa se intalneasca oamenii la o cafea si, incet-incet chestia s-a transformat intr-o intalnire destul de formala – in fiecare joi la ora 9:30, Starbucks Mall Vitan, vin oameni sa vorbeasca unii cu altii. Foarte bine structurat si moderat, a devenit un eveniment de networking de referinta. Astazi au venit 80 de oameni si pare ca numarul este in crestere. Ma intreb cat timp vor mai intra in Starbucks si unde o sa mute Dragos evenimentul.

Cred ca era nevoie de un astfel de eveniment. Am incercat sa imping si eu prin ARIES acum vreo 3-4 ani asa ceva, dar nu am reusit. Dragos – un tip controversat altminteri – a facut-o foarte bine. A fost a 23-a saptamana de Open Connect si merge brici. Am inceput sa scriu in propozitii scurte 🙂

Anyway, e un loc in care vin multi oameni, dornici sa vorbeasca. Am aflat multe, am impartasit multe si – in masura timpului – o sa ma mai duc.





March 5th, 2013 at 5:30 am

Eu am fost a 4a oara la editia in care a venit si Radu ( Multumit pe deplin si recunoscator ca pot fi mai aproape de oameni valorosi, cum este Radu. De altfel, se intampla la fiecare editie sa fie ceva nou, special, inedit si amuzant.

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