I attended an amazing event in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week designed to educate and encourage new startup ventures. It took place on Columbus Day, a national holiday but that did not discourage hundreds of keen attendees who turned up for this all day event.
The photo on the right is of arguably the most famous of the speakers, the man who invented the “first killer app“, the electronic spreadsheet Visicalc. This helped establish Apple who sold millions of their Apple II on the back of that one software title alone.
1. Adam Smith, Founder, Xobni
2. Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit
3. Ken Zolot, Founder, MIT Innovations Teams & Heartland Robotics
4. Dan Theobald, Founder, Vecna
5. Kyle, Vogt, Founder, Justin.TV
6. Angus Davis, Founder, Tellme
7. Hemant Taneja, Founder, Sunborne Energy, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners
8. Dharmesh Shah, Founder, HubSpot
9. Robin Chase, Founder, Zipcar
10. Dan Bricklin, Creator, VisiCalc
11. Aaron Swartz, Founder Infogami
12. Drew Houston, Founder, Dropbox
There’s a number of very good notes about this elsewhere on the web, so I will simply provide links to those:
- Summary by Adam Marcus
- Notes by Nick Plante (with additional comments by me)
- Bullet points by Jason Evanish
My key take away was how impressive the enthusiasm and passion exhibited here was; nothing like I have seen at home. The US leads the way for technology ventures for a reason!
For more history and lessons about technology startups I can endorse the recommendation made by a couple of the speakers of the book “Founders at work” which details the struggles and eventual success of companies like Hotmail, Apple, Adobe, Tivo, RIM and others.