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Nine years after the first Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave focuses on the event, talks about Lisbon, politics and the naivety needed to make things happen.

When he was 20, he thought it would be an academic for the rest of my life. He was already writing papers in a university newspaper when, at the end of his third year, he realised that wasn’t his path.


At 36, and nine years after the first Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave takes analyses the past and sets goals for the next decade of the event which will take place in Lisbon. In a conversation with ECO, he recalls the first years of the conference, the criticisms of the cities that were left behind, the reasons that led Lisbon to “steal” his heart and how naivety is fundamental for those who want – as he wanted – to start something from scratch.


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