Meet TechChill speakers: George Berkowski

Can you sense TechChill Baltics already? We can � lets make this event the greatest ever, growing startup community bigger, revealing new insights in technology and building contacts that will last for good. We�re also here to give you keynotes and panel discussions by startup world leaders, and we talked to them a bit more to track down some interesting bits to look up to.

TechChill welcomes George Berkowski, the author of How To Build A Billion Dollar App that covers George�s experience in developing the HAILO taxi app and CEO of a new photo app IceCream. George is a seasoned entrepreneur who has a passion for product development, with a strong focus on mobile. Over 15 years he�s built an expertise in business strategies, e-commerce, mobile applications, entrepreneurship and team management on a global scale.

What are the 2 most important things one must know about successful startup operations and growth?

First, you really need to objectively understand whether people really like and want what your startup is offering. Having a non-defensive philosophy that honestly wants to solve a real problem for people (rather than just building something cool or great) is hard.

Second, finding truly great people is essential, especially early on. If you're not sure, then hire people on a temporary basis, but remove them quickly if they are not a great fit. Velocity happens when great people all work masterfully in parallel. Good is not good enough.

In your opinion, what will be the most interesting things that will happen in 2015 in the world of startups?

I think someone will build a billion dollar app, with a highly profitable revenue stream, with a team of 5 people or less. Entrepreneurs are becoming more creative, more demanding, and better at executing real software businesses, rather than just cool 'services'.

Please tell us, why should people attend TechChill Baltics 2015?

I think East Europeans are the smartest, hardworking people in the world. I am completely biased (I was born in Poland). Jan Koum demonstrated that humble people with a strong work ethic (and great timing) can achieve great things.

Share one interesting moment that has happened to you while building your career!

The second company I worked for, MirCorp, was definitely the most ambitious: our mission was to transform the MIR Space Station into an on-orbit tourist destination. While we didn't achieve that, we enabled the first two space tourists to blast into space. Remember, its easy to say something is impossible but its not. It just takes someone more determined than you.

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TechChill Baltics 2015 is supported by the strategic partner Lattelecom and Microsoft,, IBM Latvija, Embassy of Israel and Latvian Guarantee Agency (the project of �Support for startup education and workshop organization�).