The start up scene continues to thrive. You may have got funding and you may have an awesome product but how will you make those first key partnerships with clients and ad agencies? This is new territory for many blue chip clients and most ad agencies. They know they need to play in the start up space but they are afraid. All you guys are much younger, and cooler, you don't wear suits so how can we take you really seriously? How will I know whether you are the next FourSquare or the next pets.com? The panelists will be able to share all their different viewpoints. We have an investor and incubator, we have a recently funded start up making their first deals, we have an ad agency and we have the all important client who is making those purchasing decisions for her brand. We will hear from all of the panelists and then invite any start ups in the audience that would like some advice to ask questions. All the panelists are used to talking freely about the subject rather than inflicting death by powerpoint.
Tech startups have long known that a strong community will amplify a company’s successes, bolster growth, and make work worth waking up for. Today's unstoppable startups understand that putting community first means putting community management first. And yet, the field of online community management is still in its early days, and we haven’t stopped figuring it out as we go along. Through case studies and never-before-told stories of three veteran community managers from SoundCloud, Foursquare, and Airbnb, we’ll reveal what it takes to build a community to last.
We've all heard the story of The Technical Guy and The Business Guy getting together and starting a company. But what happens when a company puts User Experience at the helm? Hint: It doesn't just mean your product will be prettier!
Being UX-Driven means more than hiring a “UX person”—we’re not even sure that’s a requirement. Learn what it does mean by spending time looking through the eyes of some UX-minded founders who’ve shaped some of the most interesting products of the “10s.” Learn from these companies’ experiments, mistakes, challenges and wins—from Foodspotting’s decision to only allow positive ratings to Gowalla’s decision to let their community build their place database from scratch—and how tools like observation, metaphors, mantras and metrics drove them.
Whether you’re managing an established product or have or an idea you’re trying to get off the ground, you’ll leave armed with practical tools you can put to use as you strive to make your own company more UX-Driven.
In the evolution of a product, ideas are the seed but the execution is key, and what happens between those two stages can make or break a product's success. Designers are trained to think on their feet, be flexible, and not be afraid to start over or make mistakes. Similarly the key tenets of today's startup culture are to be lean, move quickly, and iterate often. In this environment, where risk and competition make innovation critical, companies must leverage design thinking to help define products, often by adapting the design process. In this multidisciplinary panel of technologists, designers, and entrepreneurs, key players in some of today's most successful mobile products will look at the "textbook" creative process in delivering user-centered results and delightful outcomes. Then, we'll talk about examples of what actually happens in the less black-and-white world of startup culture, and discuss what can be done to leverage design in the making of great products.
Ivy League degree? 401K? VP of what? Screw that. Entrepreneurship on a global scale is exploding, facilitated by a growing ecosystem of resources and supporting institutions to help startups succeed. However, there is a significant difference in quality amongst these varying institutions, people and content. In this panel we will help the audience discover and navigate the emerging startup support ecosystem. Whether you're currently fielding inquiries from Pepsi, applying to TechStars, or negotiating an angel investment for your third startup, the members of this panel will lend expertise within the following four core areas:
1. Tools: Startup Genome, Mixpanel and Kissmetrics which help you to track your progress and make better decisions
2. Supporting institutions: Accelerators, Service Providers, VCs, Market Entrance Partners
3. Science and Education of Entrepreneurship: Eric Ries, Steve Blank and other thought leaders release content that is transforming the way entrepreneurship is done.
4. Corporate Partnerships: working with companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter, for better distribution, valuation and M&A.
It doesn't matter if you're a tech startup, ad agency or production company - getting the best talent on board is always key to making good ideas a great reality. How can new technologies help us identify, work with, and afford stellar skill sets? With crowdsourcing on one end and traditional approaches on the other, we'll explore the middle ground where new tools can help you assemble the craftiest team possible.
9th–13th March 2012