Author: Larene Le Gassick

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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 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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Day 2: Singularity University (Original Post by Andrew Joy)

A Singular Experience Posted on 20th November 2014 by Andrew Joy [This post originally appeared on 2Bit Studios  and has been reposted with permission] Today was a good day. I should have known that any day that involved a visit to NASA (Ames Research Centre) would give me more than I bargained for. Pascal Finette It began with meeting Pascal Finette of Singularity Univeristy. Singularity University is a startup accelerator program that focuses on solving the ‘big problems’ with the world, from vaccine spoilage in third world countries to fabrication in space. Their campus at Ames is full of complex gizmos and...