The Founder Conference
May 5, 2011 Leave a comment
I attended The Founder Conference this week in Mountain View, CA. I don’t really attend many conferences, but every once in a while I’ll go to an event if there are a few speakers I’d like to see. This one had two and it was a decent event, with about 500 entrepreneurs in attendance to hear some startup luminaries like Guy Kawasaki and Naval Ravikant speak about startup funding and delighting your initial customers. Additionally, Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, gave a killer talk about the success and growth of his company and how he did it.
I intended on summarizing some of the key points, but there’s someone else who did a stellar job, even shooting video of the event. See Dan Odio’s Founder Conference Blog Page for a re-cap and great video.
For the highlights, I suggest the following:
- If you are interested in raising money for your startup or understanding what is happening in the VC/Angel marketplace right now, definitely watch Guy & Naval’s talks. Guy Kawasaki is a serial entrepreneur, former Chief Evangelist for Apple and author of Enchantment. And he’s a great, engaging speaker. Naval Ravikant is also a serial entrepreneur and recent founder of AngelList that brings together founders with Angel investors – about 1900 of them! He knows a thing or two about what’s happening in the marketplace for startup funding.
- If you want to hear a great startup success story and be awed by how to really track performance and understand your customer’s needs and behavior, then watch Phil’s talk on Evernote.
These 3 presentations I thought were the best, most useful of the day. Enjoy!