People matter – so networking matters, too

People matter – so networking matters, too

Wiktor Schmidt (Executive Chairman at Netguru) co-founded Netguru in 2008, and has been deeply involved in every stage of the company’s development over the years since. He has a passion for supporting entrepreneurs and innovators through the development of software that’s as intuitive as it is beautiful; and Netguru became one of the fastest growing companies in Europe under his leadership. 

Schmidt is also an angel investor and a connector-of-people at heart: he understands the power of networking and community, and works to facilitate collaborative relationships that are built on respect for transparency, equality, and diversity. 

We caught up with him for a quick chat after LEAP 2024. 

Netguru's impact has been far-reaching. So in terms of impact, what are you particularly proud of?

“We're dedicated to helping our clients leverage digital technologies to accelerate innovation, streamline processes, and optimize costs. Our focus is on offering a comprehensive suite of best-in-class, end-to-end services. 

“With this perspective, I've observed that our product design capabilities have especially resonated with our clients in the Middle East. I’m proud of this, as digital software agencies with robust design units are a rarity.”

You've been there to drive (and observe) every stage of the company's growth. Have you learnt any unexpected lessons about the challenges involved in scaling a tech business?

“Building and scaling a business is tough, and not in a glamorous ‘Forbes cover story’sses and more on establishing the right habits and incentives for the team. 

“Thankfully, scaling becomes considerably more manageable when you're surrounded by incredibly talented individuals. I've been lucky to have such an experience at Netguru.” 

If you could go back to the beginning of your career and tell yourself one thing you wish you'd known then, what would it be?

“Things take time. Remember, we tend to overestimate what can be done in one year but underestimate what can be achieved in 10 years.”

What was your best experience at LEAP 2024? 

“Undoubtedly, the highlight of my experience at LEAP 2024 was the wealth of networking opportunities it offered. The main event, along with its accompanying activities, provided outstanding platforms for exchanging insights and ideas with tech innovators, industry leaders, and visionaries.

“In comparison to other major conferences, LEAP 2024 featured a significantly higher proportion of attendees actively seeking networking opportunities, rather than simply attending talks and panels.

“On a final note, meeting Saudi Arabia's digital leaders was particularly rewarding, as LEAP 2024 effectively showcased the country's rapid progress towards becoming a digital powerhouse.”

Thanks to Wiktor Schmidt at Netguru. Pre-register now to attend LEAP 2025 – for tech exploration and networking opportunities that will grow your business and transform your career. 

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