Balz Roth, former CEO of skim.com, a fashion label, which he founded together with the Freitag brothers, talks openly about how practically unlimited funding, two flagship stores, a magazine and a major record label partner couldn’t stop the innovative idea behind the label to fail fast. This talk was recorded and edited by Mark Melnykowycz [...]
Michał Frąckowiak, CEO and founder of Toruń-based startup WikiDot.com, tells his 8 lessons learned the hard way by running a global business from a small Polish city. A real lean startup story!
Speaking at The Next Web Conference, Eventbrite CEO Kevin Hartz gave a talk on finding luck through a combination of preparation and opportunity. Hart focused on both PayPal and YouTube as examples of startups that sought out colossal shifts, adjusted to their customer’s needs and weren’t afraid to pivot.
In this presentation, Om Malik says that he’s here to “bring the perspective that you get with grey hair.” He explains to the audience why startups are hard. “We all think that startups are so cool, but there is a lot of work involved in them. [Having] seen at least 4 bubbles in my life, [...]
In his talk Charles Wiles gives 7 product tips to geeky startups. The first three are “Prove It!”, “You Don’t Have to Build it to Sell It”, and “It’s About the User, Stupid”. Charles covers what the evidence is you need to prove your product with. Metrics, how do they tell the story of a [...]
TechCrunch EU Editor Mike Butcher gives an excellent talk on how to talk to the press – and with pretty hilarious examples, how not to talk to the press (or to anyone, really). The key take-aways for startups: 1) Startups shouldn’t think in terms of PR. Startups should think in terms of news. News is [...]
Lars Hinrichs is one of the biggest names in Germany’s tech scene. The veteran entrepreneur co-founded European business networking platform, Xing in 2003. He took Xing public in December 2006 and led the company to a profitable business with annual sales of € 35 million and an EBITDA margin of 35%. On January 15, 2009 [...]
Eric Ryan on style and substance, the method method.
Jason Goldberg, founder and CEO of Fab.com is passionate about design, and he made the decision to shutdown a prior startup and retooled to follow his passion in Fab.com. In this talk he explains why this bold move was the path to success. Fab.com recently raised a $40 million venture round. Jason spent 2010 building [...]
Fred Destin, Partner at Atlas Venture gives his masterful talk on Hacking Venture Capital.