Startups conference sessions

11:00am–11:50am Thursday, 03/31/2011
Moderated by:
Liz Gannes (All Things D)
Kevin Systrom (Instagram), Adam Rugel (Trazzler), Tim Roberts (Fitbit ), Tony Stubblebine (CrowdVine), Rabble Evan Henshaw-Plath (, Dom Sagolla (iPhoneDevCamp)
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, Square, Trazzler and CrowdVine.
1:00pm–1:20pm Thursday, 03/31/2011
Rich Skrenta (IBM Watson Group)
In this panel, Rich Skrenta, Cofounder and CEO of Blekko, will discuss the challenges technologists face in building a scalable platform that can crawl today’s Web – now an infinite number of pages littered with Spam and worse.
2:05pm–2:55pm Thursday, 03/31/2011
Gil Elbaz (Factual)
Many companies face a key challenging in the era of "Big Data": getting access to good, accurate data at a reasonable price. In my talk, I intend to discuss the challenge of finding and integrating good data; the tools and techniques for maintaining it (some manual, some machine-based); and the potential of crowdsourcing and other open data models to enhance and transform the data landscape.
1:00pm–4:00pm Monday, 03/28/2011
Cass Phillipps (Webwallflower Events), Janice Fraser (LUXr), Kevin Systrom (Instagram), Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures)
Presentation: external link
"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."
1:30pm–1:50pm Thursday, 03/31/2011
Naval Ravikant (AngelList)
The rise of angel investors is part of a substantial, structural shift in power in Silicon Valley, with entrepreneurs gaining influence and prominence--and leverage. In this session, we'll look at the trends and their significance. - you can watch the preso here.
2:20pm–2:40pm Wednesday, 03/30/2011
Rick Olson (GitHub)
Presentation: external link
After Firesheep was released Github was re-architected to force SSL on all logged-in users. If your web application hosts sensitive customer data, you should consider this too. This talk goes into the Whys and the Hows, and highlights some possible pitfalls you may run into.
1:30pm–2:20pm Tuesday, 03/29/2011
Tim Roberts (Fitbit )
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.
1:30pm–1:50pm Thursday, 03/31/2011
Christopher Hulls (Life360)
The potential of geolocation capabilities will extend beyond the social web (Foursquare, Places) and into mainstream use – geolocation services (grocery-shopping or family tracking apps) bringing geolocation home. This session will examine business and financial considerations of geolocation trends outside of the social arena, benefitting start-ups looking to capitalize on the phenomenon.
1:30pm–2:20pm Tuesday, 03/29/2011
Laura Klein (Users Know)
Startups these days are told to “talk to customers” and “get out of the building,” but they often don’t have the necessary experience to get the most out of their research. They need to know who to talk to, what questions to ask, and when to ask them, but that can vary wildly depending on the maturity of the product.
  • Bundle
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • .CO
  • Serve (amex)
  • Tagged
  • Berlin Partner
  • IBT
  • OpenSRS
  • PR Newswire
  • RIM
  • SoftLayer
  • StrataScale Inc.
  • TokBox

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