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Saturday, March 14 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Made in Budapest: Half the Cost and A Day Ahead

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With programmers in San Francisco getting hefty signing bonuses and threatening to defect at the hint of a hotter project, it’s tempting to look abroad for engineering talent.
This panel looks at two Budapest-born companies with strong US market-share that rely on product teams based in their hometown. How do Prezi, Ustream couple the power of American sales and marketing with smart and affordable European engineers and designers?
In cities like Budapest, senior technical staff can cost just a third of their counterparts in San Francisco. And they're more loyal. The drawback – Budapest is nine hours ahead of San Francisco and six hours ahead of New York.
What techniques and tools do these companies use to keep their teams in sync? What are the advantages and disadvantages of splitting your operations in half on both sides of the Atlantic? How do you deal with cultural differences and how does diversity affect innovation?

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Henry Copeland

Founder & CEO, Pressflex LLC
Henry Copeland (@hc) runs Blogads.com, which connects advertisers with unique web publishers like PerezHilton and UrbanDictionary. Other obsessions include RaceWithMe, Pullquote, AdBiblio, and Twiangulate. In past lives, Henry was a bond salesman in New York and London and a journalist... Read More →
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Gyula Fehér

CTO & Co-Founder, Ustream
Gyula Feher is co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ustream, the leading technology platform for live video streaming. With John Ham and Brad Hunstable, Gyula co-founded Ustream to exploit the potential of live video content delivered via the Internet.
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Peter Halacsy

co-founder, CTO, Prezi
Peter “HP” Halacsy is a fan of ideas. With his favorites being “good” and “new” ideas, a good, new idea is likely to get him excited enough to do something like starting a company, which is exactly what he did when he saw the potential in an entirely new kind of presentation... Read More →
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Veronika Pistyur

CEO, Bridge Budapest
Veronika Pistyur is the CEO of the non-profit association Bridge Budapest, which inspires young Hungarian talent through its fellowship program and promotes stories of already successful ventures. The flagship project of Bridge Budapest is its two-way fellowship program. One part... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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