We wanted to know more about our speakers and their point of view in this competitive industry, so we set up some interviews that will tell you a little more about their perspective.
#TeCOMM asked, Petr Svoboda answered.
- We rise THE question to the industry: Do you have what it takes to play in the big league?What do you think should every big player must have so he could answer with a confident YES to our question? 🙂
Regarding online retailers: defined vision, a certain market definition (specialized or super-wide), a tech-company mindset.
- This year’s theme focuses on mistakes. Which is the biggest mistake you have made as a professional in this field and what have you learned from it?
I would recommend to my past me to opensource our platform immediately and bet on modern yet proven technologies.
- Mention 3 brands that you love and why
Ortovox: high-quality sportswear wool product for a niche market (mostly mountainers)
Footshop (.ro): strictly specialized niche market – only sneakers
Lidl: they successfully transfer from a discount store into the high-quality grocery store with temporary collections for impulse buying
- One thing that Google doesn’t know about you
I love mountains (already hiked 6300m Chimborazo in Ecuador), Latin Amerika (Spanish language, Latin dances) and I am a hobby gardener in my greenhouse 🙂
- The book you are currently reading.
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills by Steven Novella & Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harar
Petr Svoboda, CEO and Co-Founder @ Shopsys.com
For over 15 year Petr Svoboda has been at the heart of Europe’s tech industry when it comes to eCommerce and software integration, and is the CEO and founder of the Czech-based developer Shopsys. His extensive experience as an innovator and public speaker has helped his company to become one of the top eCommerce platforms which currently manages an extensive array of companies whose revenues exceed €40 million.
In talking about his experiences, he has also led discussions and seminars at some of the most notable tech conferences in Europe, including DMEXCO 2017 and E-commerce Expo Berlin 2018, and is the acclaimed author of ‘Take-Aways From The Study: How To Grow Into An Eight Digit Online Revenue Company’. His book details one important study which looked at a variety of successful online retailers, and outlines the fact that a revenue range between €10 and €20 million represents a threshold boundary of gradual organic growth. Simply put, in order for companies to expand beyond this threshold they must be willing – and able – to from a human-driven system to a process-oriented management.