#GrowthTalks: Think Data with Rob W, Head of Data Science @ Travelbird

Heads up: the next Startup Maze Amsterdam meetup is on the 7th of December, from 6pm to 9:30PM. Make sure you reserve your spot today. 

Our special guest this time is Rob Winters, Head of Data Science @ Travel Bird. Rob tell us his experience with Cultivating Excellence in Data-Driven Organizations.

It has been repeatedly proven that organizations which put data central to their decision process are more effective, achieve better performance, and have better control of their risks.

However, it’s a common fallacy within companies that if they buy the right BI tool, data-driven decision making will follow. In this talk we will explore the experiences of building data-driven organizations in a variety of industries, the successes and failures, and some best practices to get an organization to “Think Data”.

Rob  has been leading data and analytics teams for over ten years in a variety of industries with a focus on “green field” and transformation projects. His primary focus has been on building the data technology, transforming organizations to be data driven, and developing machine learning/big data solutions to accelerate company growth.

In his current role as Head of Data Science at TravelBird he is responsible for leading the team responsible for Business Intelligence, Email/CRM, Data Warehousing, and Data Science.

Location & organization

This event will be hosted with the Help of our friends from The Thinking Hut. After the talk we will be able to buy some drinks from the bar and network some more.

[Video] 7 Principles of Growth by Hoang Pham, Head of Growth @ Mollie

Two weeks ago I head the pleasure to have Hoang Pham, Head of Growth as a guest speaker at my StartupMaze Amsterdam meetup.

Hoang talked about the 7 Principles of Growth that help him structure and optimize the growth marketing backlog.

As an experiment, I used my gopro camera to record the video and recorded the sound on two other devices (which proved to be a great idea, becasue one of them stopped working) – then stitched it together.

Turns out the resulting video is better than I expected it. Thus, I think it makes sense to share it with everybody who missed Hoang’s talk.

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How did we raise €1.5M – Lessons from Jeroen Arts

How did a 3-year-old Amsterdam-based startup managed to raise €1.5M in seed funding? Join Jeroen Arts, co-founder and CEO of deskbookers.com to find out the lessons behind this achievement. He will give a ~20 min presentation and then we will have a short Q&A session. Beer, wine, coffee are on WeWork afterwards. To join the event visit our meetup.com event:

Fundraised €1.5M: how did we do it? Presented by Jeroen Arts

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016, 6:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

30 entrepreneurs Went

Signup here: http://bit.ly/1oExbcs  Important: only people signing up on Eventbrite will be able to get in.How did a 3-year-old Amsterdam-based startup managed to raise €1.5M in seed funding? Join Jeroen Arts, co-founder and CEO of deskbookers.com to find out the lessons behind this achievement. He will give a ~20 min presentation and then we wil…

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Deskbookers, is a Dutch work and meeting place booking platform, which got €1.5 million in seed funding in December 2015. The capital comes from Germany’s Point Nine Capital and a number of angel investors, including former Booking.com CMO Arthur Kosten and former CEO of Emesna.nl Marcel Beemsterboer.

The Deskbookers platform allows workers and freelancers to search for and book locations in real time to work at or hold meetings, at an hourly rate, while users can review and rate spaces. At the moment of the announcement,  the startup claimed it processed more than 7,000 bookings a month.

The service is currently available in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany and counts Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Uber among its customers.

Startup-Deskbookers- Jeroen Arts

Deskbookers, was founded in 2013, and this was their first investment round.


The event is made possible by WeWork Metropol, an amazing co-working space in the heart of Amsterdam.

WeWork is the platform for creators. We provide the space, community and services you need to create your life’s work. To learn more about WeWork’s spaces and memberships in Amsterdam, send an email to metropool@wework.com or call 020 – 7059567.