Our motivation, which is consistent to the vision that shaped the very first Pirate Summit in 2011, was and is to always organize conferences that we as founders would love to attend ourselves. Therefore, we have established some house rules which are indispensable to us for a successful conference.
The house rules for our events:
Pirate Summit is a first name conference. We want to skip the formalities. Meaningful connections are easier made in a trusted environment. Familiarity and closeness is the breading ground for trust. First names help with that and tear down unnecessary barriers.
VIP = everyone
The best clubs have the best bouncers. After the door, we treat everyone the same.
We pride ourselves in carefully curating who attends our events. Our goal is to facilitate mutually beneficial connections between people with the same mindset. Also, the people we select have a story to tell. At our events every participant should potentially be a speaker and every speaker is a participant.
For us, what you can contribute is more important than the title on your business card. Therefore, we don’t do VIP areas and there is special treatment for everyone (or no one).
Everybody hates bullshit. We do too. We value authenticity. Be real.
Give Give Give Ask
The startup ecosystem has a strong pay-it-forward culture. That’s one of the main reasons why we love it. If you participate at any of our conferences we expect you to respect that culture and actively promote it. The first question when meeting someone should always be: “What can I do for you?”
For some the infamous Pirate Summit “ARRR” is just a warcry. For others, it is a sign of unity, a well known sound that distinguishes veteran pirates from freshwater sailors. Whether you want to fully dress up like a pirate or just “ARRR” from time to time, we welcome you all. After all, Pirate Summit is what you make it.
Thanks for helping us to keep Pirate Summit a conference everyone enjoys visiting.
See you in September