Lanyrd Information

Press & Background information

Lanyrd, the social professional events directory, was founded in 2010 by Simon Willison and Natalie Downe. The startup is a product of Y Combinator’s Winter 2011 batch, and raised a further round of $1.4 million of seed funding in 2011. Investors include Index Ventures Seed and PROfounders Capital.

Lanyrd helps people to get more out of professional events, providing support to users throughout the conference lifecycle; by helping people find events, meet the right people whilst there and then providing an archive of slides, notes and videos once the event has finished.

Lanyrd is closely integrated with Twitter and LinkedIn, and recommends events that your social network contacts are attending. The site works like a wiki, leveraging the community it serves by encouraging users to enter event details and edit data.

Lanyrd also provides iPhone and mobile web apps, providing at-event support for attendees including offline storage of schedule information and event attendee directories.

One sentence product description

Lanyrd helps people get more out of conferences and professional events, by discovering the right events to attend, meeting the right people while there and catching up on slides, notes and video afterwards.

Press packs

Product screenshots

You can download a zip file (1.2 MB) containing all of our screenshots and logo assets, or you can view and download them individually below.


Lanyrd launches paid services for businesses

Lanyrd introduced its first paid-for service on Thursday, offering businesses a group management tool for executives and developers on the tech conference circuit...

Tech Weekly Podcast: Tech venture capitalist Fred Wilson on SoundCloud

Jemima meets co-founder of Lanyrd.com Simon Willison. Lanyrd.com is an events and conferences information and networking site.

Social conference directory Lanyrd goes Pro for businesses, launching with Facebook, GitHub and more

Lanyrd, the conference-focused social directory service, is today announcing the launch of Lanyrd Pro, a paid-for offering aimed at helping companies make more from the conferences they get involved in as sponsors or speakers.

Lanyrd Jumps Into The Space Left By LinkedIn’s Events App Closure With New Features

YC-graduate startup Lanyrd hopes to fill the gap today by integrating with LinkedIn and loosening its previously strong ties with Twitter buy allowing a registration outside of the social network...

Lanyrd Secures $1.4 million In Seed Funding To Make Conferences More Social

Lanyrd, has raised a seed funding round of $1.4 million from Index Ventures Seed and PROfounders Capital in London

Meet The People You Follow On Twitter With YC-Funded Conference Directory Lanyrd

Y Combinator-funded Lanyrd launches today after this weekend’s game changing news of Yuri Milner and SV Angel’s 150K investment in every Y Combinator startup.

How Lanyrd Uses HTML5 for a Great Mobile Web App

Lanyrd, which bills itself as a social conference directory, has raised a seed funding round of $1.4 million from Index Ventures Seed and PROfounders Capital in London, as well as a number of high profile angels...

Only A British Couple Could Go On Honeymoon And Build Their Start-Up

As a hook for the press, locking yourself away in a bedroom in Morocco during your honeymoon for a week to build a start-up is tough to beat, but that’s exactly what Natalie Downe and Simon Willison did during August...

Lanyrd Enters the Social Conference Directory Arena

Launch of Lanyrds "Social conference directory"

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Branding guidelines

The square Lanyrd logo is available as a layered Adobe Fireworks file or a layered Adobe Photoshop file or a super large layered Adobe Fireworks file.

The transparent Lanyrd.com text logo can be downloaded as a a .png file or an .eps (encapsulated post-script) file.

Please also note that in publications Lanyrd appears capitalised and not as Lanyrd.com, please also include the url http://lanyrd.com/


Our main font is Helvetica Neue but we are also using Eigerdals Black for our logo.


Contact Simon Willison or Natalie Downe at press@lanyrd.com