It has been fantastic so far. Here's a featured presenters roll call for the day:
- Seth Godin, author of ten bestselling books about marketing
- Jason Fried of 37signals
- Eric Sink of SourceGear
- Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot
- Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator, author of Founders at Work
- Paul Kenny of Ocean Learning
Here are some of the highlight ideas of the day for me (with apologies to the speakers for, in some cases, crudely over-simplifying their ideas):
- Ideas that spread win. (Godin)
- The leader of a tribe begins as a heretic. (Godin, Livingston)
- Premature optimization is bad. In business too. Not just code. (Fried, Shah)
- Interruptions are bad. Meetings are worse. (Fried, Sink, Livingston)
- "Only two things grow forever: businesses and tumors." Unless you take inelligent action. (Fried)
- Pricing is hard. Really, really hard. (Shah)
- Business plans are usually stupid. (Fried, Shah, Livingston)
- Software specs are usually stupid. (Fried)
- An important opportunity cost of raising VC money is the time you're not spending working on the business of your actual business. (Shah)
- The most common cause of startup failure isn't competition, it's fear. (Livingston)
- Your first idea probably sucks. (Fried, Sink, Shah, Livingston)
- Radical mood swings are part of the territory for founding a company. (Livingston)
I think a good conference should provide three main intellectual benefits for people:
- You can expose yourself to new ideas, which can make you wiser.
- You can fortify some of the beliefs you already had, which can make you more confident.
- You can learn better ways to explain your beliefs to others, which can make you more effective.