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Looking back, we were supposed to soft launch Sesamers on February 2020 during 4YFN Barcelona under the tagline: Less clicks, more handshakes.

Bad timing.

It’s early summer 2020 and we’re getting out of lockdown in Paris. We’re talking to our community and early users about their needs regarding Tech events and if our (old) product still made sense in fully remote world. It wasn’t the case anymore.

But everyone was complaining about curating the calendar of events to help them find the right virtual events in an increasingly noisy world.

We did a survey and got the confirmation we needed to launch Selected by Sesamers.

And here we are today, one year older and pivoting again after a successful first year to focus even more on event content and support the imminent launch of Sesamers.

So no more monthly community gathering and less content reserved to paid members. More interviews with event organizers and calendars. One of them is powering tech.eu/events.

If you haven’t done it yet, go and create your account on sesamers.com – we’re launching next month to help founders improve their networking skills ahead of the events they attend.

So let’s start with you, our dear readers

Coming mainly from:
USA 19,080
France 10,370
Germany 7,540

And in the name of keeping this super short & oh-so-sweet, here’s a quick look back at some of the best Selected articles, events, contributors & supporters:

Top 5 articles

Top 75 Startup Events & Conferences in 2021
Top 60 Venture Capital Conferences in 2021
Best 30 Startup Pitch Competitions in 2021
Los 75 mejores eventos y conferencias de Startups en 2021
Top 10 Mobility Events – Q1 2021

TechCrunch Disrupt 2021
Web Summit 2021
South Summit 2021
Infoshare 2021
TechBBQ 2021
London Tech Week 2021
TNW Conference 2021
CES 2021
Oslo Innovation Week 2021
IAA MOBILITY 2021

*It should go without saying but the truth is that this is not a very fair top10 list since our audience is much bigger now than when we first launched so that just means it’s worth noting that events from 2020 (or even early 2021) are missing for obvious reasons.

✍️ Cheers to our top contributors  

Dan Taylor – Photographer | Long Distance Cyclist | Decent Singer | Not Half Bad Guitarist | So-so Bassist | Wears A Lot of Black
Chris O’Brien – Chris is the founder of The French Tech Journal, a newsletter that covers France’s innovation economy. He previously covered Silicon Valley for the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News.
Eden Djanashvili – Eden is passionate about science and hightech with 10+ years experience within startup ecosystems.
Zivile Einikyte – Zivile is focused on impact-related topics within marketing, communication & Tech events.
✈️ Paul Papadimitriou – Voyageur — multicultural, multilingual, unorthodox, status quo insurgent, a forever foreigner, Paul wanders to capture joy and the beauty of our future — he’s also a speaker, venture advisor, air travel consultant.
Pedro Ferreira – Focusing on the Internet of Senses, immersive experiences & XR, Pedro is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, futurism, innovation, and disruption.

And last but not least, thanks again to our top #ProudSesamers who’ve been supporting Selected since Day 1!

❤️ Vincent Touati Tomas
❤️ Ana Wolsztajn
❤️ Raph Crouan
❤️ Sebastien Toupy
❤️ Egita Polanska

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