Monthly Archive: November 2014

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Startup Weekend SF ’14: Team YES CHEF!

Wow, what a weekend. The following post is about team Yes, Chef!‘s journey over Startup Weekend San Francisco 2014. A narrated, voice-controlled recipe reading app, that was actually a shipped product on the Google Play Store by Sunday morning! Read below for more. On Friday morning, the Startup Catalyst crew learned about Lean Startups with Mike Bestvina – where we really consolidated everything we’ve been told from 4 days of panel talks, meet-ups, and discussions! The afternoon was dedicated to pitching practice, and at 6pm Startup Weekend San Francisco 2014 officially kicked off. There were 60 initial ideas were pitched (every Aussie in the room pitched!...

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Day 3: Twitter (Original post by Andrew Joy)

2Twits in San Fran Posted on 21st November 2014 by Andrew Joy [This post originally appeared on 2Bit Studios  and has been reposted with permission] Another day another lesson learned, this time from Jinen Kamdar of Twitter. Jinen Kamdar In his 5 years at Twitter (he joined when they ‘only’ had 100 staff), and his time spent on startups beforehand, he’s seen it all. Now a Product Manager leading two teams of world-class developers, he was happy to share his hard earned insights with us. At Twitter they work in small groups; 3,000 people would make for an interesting sprint meeting. The...

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Day 8: Frisbees, Bitcoins, and San Mateo Superheroes

After the enormousness of Startup Weekend the last few days (blog post for that is coming soon, I’m assured), today was a bit of a rest day. It started with a great sleep in, to the extent that quite a few people missed breakfast. By 11, most of us had made it onto the bus, ready to make the short trek to San Mateo. San Mateo is a beautiful little city of about 100,000 people, about half an hour south of where we were in downtown San Francisco. We parked next to a little park in the middle of town,...

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Day 4, Part 1: Visiting the AWS Loft

We had a busy day on Day 4 as we travelled between three different presentations.  We began by visiting the Amazon Web Services (AWS) “loft”, a pop-up centre that advocates for, and supports developers using, Amazon’s cloud services.  Despite it’s temporary nature, the three-storey set-up demonstrated AWS’s culture with everything from light up signs and posters to a beer machine and free ice cream.    In the loft, they run technical consultations, bootcamps and even pitch competitions. We had the opportunity to listen to Nate Slater, a solutions architect at AWS, give a presentation about scaling to your first 10 million users.  During the...

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Day 2: NASA Ames & Borondi

On day 2 of this amazing trip, we headed to Mountain View, CA to visit Singularity University on the NASA Ames campus as well as Borondi Group,where we scrubbed through the deserted Maccas (McDonalds) and Bowling alleys to find an old rocket near the newly-acquired Google X hangar (which you can tweet @MoffettHangar1). When we arrived at Singularity University, Pascal Finette, the head of Singularity lab gave us a great talk on what to look out for when we are starting a startup. There are quite a lot of points that he told us and all as important as the...

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Day 1: Silicon Valley’s Startup Scene, an Introduction

After sleeping off a very long Day 0, we kicked off our Silicon Valley journey at StartupHouse, which is a startup co-working/accommodation space founded in 2010. Today’s theme was naturally an introduction to the Startup culture in San Francisco/Silicon Valley, with a great panel of speakers (most from Australia) who came to share their experience and knowledge with us, and gave us a starting point of what to expect during our journey. Here are their lessons. The first panel of speakers discussed what was involved in Getting Started in the Bay Area. Josh Rio (Sceene) began with common misconceptions that Australian entrepreneurs have...

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The Adventure Begins

If you aksed me a year ago what a tech startup was, I woulnd’t really have know. Since catching the startup bug at my first startup weekend a few months ago, I have been an intern at the Silicon Lakes startup incubator, learning everything I can about the startup process and getting involved in the queensland startup community. Now in less than a week I will be travelling to the heart of startup culture and home to the biggest tech companies on the planet, Silicon Valley. The trip is part of Startup Catalyst, an initiative that aims to take 20 technically...

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Why I’m sending 20 young Queenslanders to Silicon Valley

[This post originally appeared on Business Spectator and has been reposted with permission] In April this year I wrote an article highlighting how Australia is creating a generation of workers, not entrepreneurs and how as a nation we are missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity. Our economy is still hugely reliant on stuff we dig out of the ground, yet we live in an age when next generation technology is creating opportunities to break into every industry sector.  Australia needs technologically capable and entrepreneurially inspired young people. If our future business leaders are going to succeed, they need to be...

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One week to go!

It’s a bit crazy to think that in just over a week’s time we’ll be touching down in San Francisco. I’m already bracing myself for the (relatively cold) weather. The most exciting aspect of the trip, for me, is the fact that SF is such a hub of activity in our space. Nowhere else in the world can compare. To get a feel for how much awesome technology is packed in there, I took a quick poll around the office for various software/services that we use every day. Most of them were in within a pretty small radius, and I...