Quit your day job.
Start is a one-day conference in San Francisco designed for smart, talented Web people to take hold of their ideas, follow their dreams, and start their own companies.
You’ll hear from founders of successful startups, and learn from investors, lawyers, and others who can outline potential pitfalls. They'll give you practical advice, tell their horror stories, and maybe lend you a little inspiration. If you've ever dreamt of taking the plunge, don't miss this chance to hear from the experts!
What you’ll learn
- Where to start. Hear how founders got started, where they screwed up, and why they kept going.
- What you need. Hiring? Firing?!? Who’s watching the books? Do you really need a lawyer?
- How to pitch. Hear some of the web’s most formidable entrepreneurs giving their best five-minute pitches. Then learn to hone yours.
The day’s events
- Morning sessions Jeff and Bryan interview a great group of people who have started their own companies, and lived to tell. No mind-numbing slide presentations while you're still waking up you’ll be engaged in conversation. Just sit down with the folks who created the web apps you love, and ask them whatever you want.
- Lunch on the bay The conference is literally over the water, with stunning views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We’ll give you a lunch and you can enjoy the view with your friends.
- After lunch Here’s where we talk about business building blocks the first, crucial steps in starting your company. We’re pulling together short conversations with investors, lawyers, accountants even an HR specialist. These are people whose knowledge we respect, but also people who engage us, even when they’re talking about taxes.
- Afternoon It's tough to attract employees, and investors, if you can’t explain what you’re doing. To help you, we found one of the best coaches in the business to give you advice on pitching your idea. Then, you’ll hear some of the best pitchers we know, and we’ll critique them. This could come to blows.
- Start party! Stop musing and start networking. Spend your evening talking to all the other talented people here to start something new. We’ll provide the drinks and a DJ as the sun sets behind the Golden Gate.
All attendees will recieve a free one-month subscribtion to all the content on lynda.com.
Designer, Author, and Entrepreneur
Jeffrey Veen recently left his position as User Experience Manager at Google to start something new. Before that, he founded Measure Map a blog analytics tool that Google acquired, as well as Adaptive Path a user experience consulting group in San Francisco. He is a frequent speaker and the author of two books on web design.
COO, Adaptive Path
Bryan Mason is the Chief Operating Officer at Adaptive Path, where he's responsible for managing the company's business operations. Over the past ten years, Bryan has managed smart people in all kinds of settings, including the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, The White House, CMP Media Inc., the Lincoln Center Theater, and Blogger.
Conference co-host and Designer, Flickr
George is a member of the founding team of five that created Flickr. Before Flickr, her career had consisted entirely of working in companies of less than 20 staff, where she made lots of mistakes, but managed to learn from most of them. Let's just say it was a jolt to move to a company as large as Yahoo!.
Founder, Blogger and Twitter
Matt is the founding developer of the open-source blogging software WordPress and writes a popular blog called PhotoMatt. After quitting his job at CNET, he has developed a number of open source projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences. In late 2005, he founded Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com and Akismet.
Founder, Six Apart
Om is a senior writer for Business 2.0 magazine in San Francisco and founder of the very popular blog GigaOm.com, where he ruminates about broadband and its impact on our lives. As a technology journalist and a brief tenure as a venture capitalist, he has witnessed and documented firsthand the rise and fall of the Internet and telecom industries.
Partner, August Capital
David is a partner at the venture firm August Capital, where he's made investments in DoneRight, Nomis Solutions, PayCycle, Six Apart, Splunk Technology, VideoEgg, and Evite. Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group, Cravath Swaine & Moore, and Perkins Coie LLP. He's the author of the popular VentureBlog.
Founder, 30boxes and Webshots
Julie served time at Merril Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Lazard Frerès before heading West during the Internet boom. As CFO/COO of the photo-sharing pioneer, Webshots, she built the business to $15M in revenue and a subsequent sale to CNET Networks, Inc. in 2004. She is now Co-Founder of the technology incubator 83 Degrees which has several projects including the critically acclaimed 30 Boxes.
Founder, 30boxes and Webshots
Narendra has been building consumer web applications and businesses for 140,441 hours. He served as a core engineer, product designer, and later CEO of Webshots. Currently, Narendra and his partners run the technology incubator 83 Degrees where he enjoys experimenting with new social applications and design forms.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd. He is an advisor or investor for Mint, SlideShare, TradeVibes, TipMobile, Oortle / PhotoPhlow, CrazyEgg / KissMetrics, TeachStreet, Eventvue, Spock, RichRelevance, Mashery, Simply Hired, HealthUnity, and Canopy Financial. His current passion is helping startups with internet marketing, product strategy, and startup metrics.
Chief People Officer, Room to Read
Lori McLeese is the Chief People Officer for Room to Read, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco that builds educational infrastructure in developing countries in Asia and Africa. She has over fifteen years of Human Resources experience with companies such as Oracle, CMP Media, and Mervyns.
Chairman and CEO, Wesabe
Marc co-founded Wesabe to help people better understand their spending and to foster a community dedicated to helping each other get the most from our money. Marc was recently an entrepreneur-in-residence at O’Reilly Media. Prior to O’Reilly, he was VP of engineering at Sana Security, an enterprise software startup developing an “immune system” for protecting servers from worms and hackers. He has been active in web development since 1994.
Former Head of Special Initiatives, Google
Christopher Sacca is a venture investor and company advisor focusing on consumer web, mobile, and wireless technology start-ups. Most recently, Chris was Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc. In that role, he headed up alternative access and related product development. His most visible projects include Google's 700MHz spectrum initiatives, the company's technology facility in The Dalles, OR and Google's free citywide WiFi network in Mountain View, CA.
Accountant, Calegari and Morris
Heidi joined Calegari and Morris in 1994 and has worked with real estate companies, retailers, and clients in a variety of industries, but focuses her attention on clients in the design field. A graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara, Heidi Link received her BS degree in business economics. Shortly thereafter she worked for Ernst & Young in San Francisco, first as an auditor then as a tax senior. She then joined Elsener & Elsener CPA’s in Sausalito, and for a period of time was CFO for Stone Yamashita, a large marketing consultancy in the city.
Fancy Hollywood Screenwriter
Josh makes a living writing movies. Some, like 2009's "Rock On", get made. Others, like the rest of them, do not. He is co-founder of The Job Factory, a six man writing team who've written projects for Revolution and Disney. If you have a burning desire to view some of his work, type "Undergrands" into YouTube, and watch the only season of his 2001 MTV animated series.
Co-Owner, Rare Device
Rena owns and operates design shop and art gallery Rare Device in San Francisco. Her background includes web design and development for Cisco Systems, Gap Inc and World Savings Bank as well as running a jewelry design and wedding invitation studio. Rena believes in jumping into ventures feet first; before starting Rare Device in 2005, she had no prior retail experience.
We've got a few more speakers to announce. Check back soon.