Last week Naval Ravikant did a presentation at the Hackers and Founders event about hacking your funding process. There’s a lot that is similar to other presentations from Naval but a few slides talking about what is angel list, possible startup bubble and tips for founders that make the talk worth watching.
You can watch the whole talk at the Hackers&Founders TV website.
The Business of Software Conference is one of the best events I’ve attended. It’s not a startup themed conference, but most people attending are either working for one or starting one. Is a software conference at heart and a place where you learn what to do and mistakes to avoid.
I didn’t go to last year’s conference but they are now releasing some of the videos for BOS 2010. This one from Peldi Guilizzoni, the founder and CEO of Balsamiq, is especially interesting. I’ve been following Peldi’s blog for a while and he’s a truly remarkable guy. Not only was he able to get $2M revenue in 2 years with 2,800 customers but he did that in a market that already has a couple of really strong competitors. How he did it? There’s a quote from Steve Martin he says is a key component to success:
Be so good they can’t ignore you
Listen to the talk and learn from his story.
With so much talk about Angel and VC funding and a new startup bubble forming, is refreshing to see that self-funded startups still have a place to go to share ideas and best practices. That’s why MicroConf 2011 is worth checking out.
Put together by veterans of the startup world, Rob Walling and Mike Taber, MicroConf is a conference that was born out of the passion that the founders and their followers have for the bootstrapped and micro-ISV startups. Rob and Mike run the highly successful Micropreneur Academy, a site that teaches you how to get your startup off the ground and has a very active community. Is exactly this community that has been clamoring for some time now for a place where they can physically meet and exchange ideas.
If you are thinking about starting your own business, if you are a bootstrapped startup, or if you are a one-man show (micro-ISV or single founder startup) then this is a conference worth checking out.
To register, go to the MicroConf 2011 website (or click image below).
- June 6 & 7 in Las Vegas, NV
- Hosted by Rob Walling and Mike Taber
Who Should Attend?
Anyone launching a startup with no outside funding who wants to hang out with and learn from 225 of today’s leading founders and entrepreneurs.
The Demo Conference 2011 ended yesterday and has announced the winning startups:
Zugara: uses augmented reality to aid in shopping experience. Really cool demo of someone browsing an online sore and “trying” a dress virtually as if she was at the store.
Nimble: a Social CRM, gives you a tool that combines basic contact management with your social stream and activities (twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc.) in one single location. Great looking product that has potential to become a standard tool in sales organizations.
ecoATM: is your CoinStar for cell phones. Users go to their kiosks and put in their old cell phones in exchange for money. The intelligent kiosk can test your cell phone and determine its working condition, then gives you a price and you decide if you want to cash out. In that case the cell phone is kept in the kiosk for later recycling.
Stratosphere (by V3): Incredibly fast virtual desktops.
Manilla: helps you keep track and pay your bills on time. Is a central online location that consolidates all your payments and pending bills so you never miss the payment deadline again.
eCobe: helps content creators make money by giving back 75% of search engine’s advertising profit to content providers.
And for the people’s choice award: GutCheck, a do-it-yourself qualitative research online tool that helps you do your market research on a dime.
You can catch all startup pitches for the Demo event at their website.
Today was the first day of the Launch Conference, put together by Jason Calacanis. Over 1,000 attendees watched startups present their products to a panel of judges.
The first to present was no other than Joel Spolsky himself, introducing Careers 2.0, a new career site for the StackOverflow crowd. Different from your typical job hunting site, Careers 2.0 focuses software developers and takes an unique approach to presenting the candidate’s abilities. At the end of the presentation and even at the end of the first day, judges and the grand jury were enthusiastic about the site.
See below a snippet of Joel’s pitch:
And below is a snippet of Joel’s answering questions from the panel:
Internet Connection That Works!
Those who have been to conferences before know that one thing is certain: internet connection sucks. Well, Launch was different. As Jason Calacanis himself explained “We figured out how to make Wi-Fi work at a conference. Make it wired” and so every seat had access to an ethernet cable with high-speed connection. I never had an issue, wish all conferences could offer this.
Angels at Work
As the first day of the conference comes to an end, a few good surprises! Two companies got angels excited enough to make on stage commitments. Green Goose walked away with $100K and Volta got Dave McClure to almost jump out of his seat as he exclaimed “I will write you a f… check!”.
Not bad for a first day huh? I’ll write about some specific startups in more detail later. Let’s see what surprises the second day will bring!
UPDATE: The full video of the first day is now on youtube, you can watch a better version of the talk above on Launch Conference official youtube channel.
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Vaporware Labs hosted another night of Startup Grind, an event that has grown to hosting over 200 people since its humble beginnings of a handful of entrepreneurs exchanging stories at the company’s office in Mountain View, CA.
Last night we had the pleasure of seeing a fireside chat between Jason Calacanis (famed entrepreneur beste known for Silicon Alley Reporter, WebLogs, Mahalo, and his controversial comments in the startup world) and Derek Andersen (Vaporware Labs). Jason talked about the early beginnings of the Techcrunch 50 conference, his early days at the Silicon Alley Reporter, and the characteristics of a good startup founder. Jason was also nice enough to hang out long after the talk was over and didn’t fuss about being harassed by the mob of startup geeks that formed around him. Thanks, Jason!!!
The whole event was recorded and will be uploaded to Youtube shortly, so I’ll link to it when is live. Definitely worth seeing.
Startup Grind hosts monthly meetings and it’s free. Check out upcoming events at their meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind/
UPDATE: The video is up, see link below.