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"If you haven't failed 5x more than you have succeeded, you're not prepared for success," - Jay Adelson, FailCon 2010. A new venture will fail in dozens ways: design, scaling, customer service, team development and more. Learn the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make, what ruins startups and new projects in their first year, and how you can best prepare from those who have gotten through it."
For decades, you've have had to spend significant money to purchase enterprise software and services, and you've had to make a leap of faith that you will derive value from the purchase. Two innovative software startups are now challenging that approach and another startup thrives on a bold pay-for-performance model.
Join Robert Scoble, one of the premiere experts on startups today, and Alex Polvi, a successful entrepreneur and founder of Cloudkick, for an engaging conversation about the 2011 startups to watch. In the past year, there has been an explosion in the number of startups, incubators and funding . Are we in a bubble or is developer talent and the cloud feeding innovation?
by Tim Roberts
There are web startups. There are mobile startups. There are consumer electronics startups. What happens when you mix them all together? The session will cover lessons learned in creating a business based on integrating all of these technologies into a unified product experience.
by Laura Klein
Have you been struggling to incorporate great design and user research into your startup's every day life? Do you know the best way to make sure every product you release is a fantastic user experience? Come share your ideas, suggestions, stories, and questions about how to improve the design and research process for startups.
by Ann Winblad and Robert Scoble
Highlighting the startup ecosystem’s creativity and variety, the Startup Showcase will give you a chance to see the newest Web 2.0 companies entering the market.
by Jon Dahl
Y Combinator consistently manages to take smart hackers and turn them into successful startup founders. What lessons can we all learn from the Y Combinator approach to startups? And what exactly does Y Combinator do? We'll talk about the Y Combinator experience, the YC take on startups, and about the moderator's experience with his YC-backed startup (Zencoder).
In this talk, Kevin (CEO Burbn, inc.) will explore the history of Instagram; how it started, how it evolved, and the big decisions we made along the way to change course and bet big on photos and a native iPhone app.
In March 2006, a small podcasting startup called Odeo launched a side project. You now know that side project as Twitter. Interestingly, Twitter is just one of the companies that came out of Odeo; seven employees-- or more than half the of the company-- went on directly to found other ventures, including Instagr.am, Square, Trazzler and CrowdVine.
28th–31st March 2011