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From Hackathons to Startups: Building Products from Fresh Ideas

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Closing keynote delivered at HackZurich on October 12, 2014 in Zurich Switzerland.

Lasting products have a solid team building together towards a shared goal. Hackathons and meetups are a great way to find team members who will compliment and push you to become better developers, designers, and product managers.

Hear examples from Silicon Valley projects that started as side projects and became life changing projects and why being a hacker for life will keep you fresh and valuable.

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From Hackathons to Startups: Building Products from Fresh Ideas

  1. FROM HACKATHON TO STARTUPS BUILDING PRODUCTS FROM FRESH IDEAS CHRIS TRAGANOS DEV RELATIONS, EVERNOTE @CTRAGANOS
  2. Evernote Zürich Walchestrasse 9, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland
  3. @fossil12 @KamilPyc @Binary_Brain
  4. YOU BUILT A PROTOTYPE NOW WHAT?
  5. EXAMPLES FROM SILICON VAL LEY AND BEYOND DREAM BIG!
  6. SIDE PROJECT TWITTER
  7. TWITTER • Jack Dorsey was a lead Ruby developer at Ev William’s startup ODEO • He hacked together a prototype for short message protocols via SMS • Many bug fixes later, it becomes the central hub for social media • Now its a Multi Billion Dollar Public Company
  8. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” –JACK DORSEY
  9. BUILDING THE PRODUCT FOR YOURSELF HACKER LEAGUE
  10. HACKER LEAGUE • 3 developers identified a need • Keeping hackathons organized and tracked • Give devs and designers a place to show off work • Acquired by Intel / Mashery
  11. COLLABORATION BETWEEN TEAMS INSTAGRAM / HYPERLAPSE
  12. INSTAGRAM / HYPERLAPSE • Built prototype for video stabilization clips • Team shows working prototype to CEO • Impresses company, they make it a stand alone app • Adds value to overall Instagram strategy
  13. REMEMBER THE KEY FACTORS • Product Market Fit & Customer Interviews • Minimum viable product • First launch experience • Mobile first • Mentors on topics • Team building
  14. REMEMBER WHY YOU ARE HERE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
  15. STAY FRESH NETWORK & LEARN
  16. NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE END GOAL STAY INSPIRED
  17. “The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal” –MAX LEVCHIN
  18. MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS THANKS! CHRIS TRAGANOS DEV RELATIONS, EVERNOTE @CTRAGANOS

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