Is there a tech conference where you can bump into royalty? Sure there is: The Next Web Conference. Prince Constantijn, nonchalantly strolling around the festival, followed in his brother’s (King Willem-Alexander) footsteps by visiting the Westergasfabriek venue. The Dutch “startup Prince” is heading Startupdelta, the private-public initiative to propel the local ecosystem nationally and internationally, for little over a year now. Time to look back, and ahead.
Dutch business attire
Casually dressed in what we like to call the Dutch business attire (tieless, jeans, jacket, shirt, and brown suede loafers), Constantijn van Oranje admitted to becoming a regular to TNW. “It’s my fourth time here already. The first time, it was much much smaller, back in 2013.” Since then, the conference transformed into a full-fledged festival with more than 10.000 visitors.