SPEAKER 2018 - BUSINESS DAY
Sïmon Saneback
Co-Founder at Wellstreet (Sweden)
Chairman of Global E-commerce Awards
Chairman of Steering Board
Member of Advisory Board
LinkedIn profile
Sïmon is an award-winning geek with substantial experience in the online industry in general and the e-commerce domain in particular.

He founded his first startup at 16 years of age and has since started over dozens of different companies. Since the late nineties, being in an entrepreneurial environment and developing successful businesses he has been two of his greatest passions. Sïmon focuses on meaningful entrepreneurship by supporting entrepreneurs to explore and develop sustainable and impactful businesses.

In the last decade, he has held several executive positions and advisory roles in global enterprises. Sïmon is also a frequent speaker at some of Europe's largest e-business conferences.

Short Talk
ITEM:
What is the hardest part of Business Management?
Sïmon Saneback:
I have very many answers to that question, but based on my personal experience, the biggest challenge lies in finding skilled and loyal people who can grow with one's organization. We're currently seeing a huge industry boom so it's getting harder to find the right resources.
ITEM:
What difficult experience has taught you the most about your job?
Sïmon Saneback:
I have many experiences, so it's hard to choose an individual event. However, the first thing that comes to my mind is maybe a period 10 years ago, where I ran a handful of companies at the same time and slept 3 hours a night on average. I have learned to find a reasonable work-life balance and surround myself with like-minded people.
ITEM:
What do you want people to remember about your talk five years from now?
Sïmon Saneback:
We work in a very fast-paced industry so I would be surprised if someone remembered my presentation 5 years later. With that said, I would like to inspire the audience and encourage them to implement some of the ideas or tools that I've mentioned in my presentation and hopefully make them dare to try out some new things.
ITEM:
In the world of IT, where do you see Ukraine?
Sïmon Saneback:
Ukraine has managed, in less than 20 years, to build some major IT companies that are able to compete on the world market. The fact that Ukraine is a country with European mentality, has good communication opportunities and has over 40 technical universities made the country into one of the world's leading countries in the IT outsourcing sector - which is highly impressive.
ITEM:
What's the biggest challenge you expect in the next five years?
Sïmon Saneback:
I think the biggest upcoming challenge in our industry is to keep up with the gigantic development that is taking place simultaneously in various areas; AI, blockchain, machine learning, robotics, VR, AR, IoT and cyber security to name a few.
Program Committee