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Re:build 2011: Passion -> Startup

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In the summer of 2009, I built a web-based IRC client as a hobby project. It was a surprising success and over the past two years my passion for chat has become Convore, a small startup funded by Y …

In the summer of 2009, I built a web-based IRC client as a hobby project. It was a surprising success and over the past two years my passion for chat has become Convore, a small startup funded by Y Combinator. This talk will cover the joys of creating your own company and how to avoid the pitfalls.

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    • 1. Passion → Startup Leah Culver Convore Re:build 2011
    • 2. convore.com/rebuild-2011
    • 3. software hobbyist
    • 4. school
    • 5. jimmy ball
    • 6. teddy bear remote control
    • 7. Kevin Rose Daniel Burka
    • 8. you can do it
    • 9. doing what I love
    • 10. t-shirts
    • 11. users
    • 12. acqhired
    • 13. interlude
    • 14. work
    • 15. Django DashRails Rumble
    • 16. idea
    • 17. desktop → webgoogle non-core product
    • 18. minimum viable product
    • 19. * join a channel* send and receive messages* see who is online
    • 20. * rearrange the channel order* someone mentions yourname* send a private message
    • 21. sketch
    • 22. research
    • 23. divide up work
    • 24. go!
    • 25. polish + fix bugs
    • 26. (Demo)
    • 27. side project → startup
    • 28. not so easy
    • 29. catalys t
    • 30. Eric Florenzanochat + forums
    • 31. Y Combinator
    • 32. releases of improvement crash of ineptitude
    • 33. pitfalls
    • 34. run out of money
    • 35. team
    • 36. disagree on vision
    • 37. marketing + competition
    • 38. bad timing
    • 39. convoretrough of sorrow
    • 40. pivot core use case
    • 41. thanks!
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