Startup School: Fun but Disappointing
A lot of interesting people showed up for Startup School and it was a fun experience. In fact, I even got to shake Tim O'Reilly's hand, which was kind of cool. However, I didn't learn anything and considering I sat through 7 afternoon speakers over 4 hours I was pretty disappointed. Furthermore, while several decent points were made including:
- stealth mode is overrated
- get your software out there early
- your website should clearly communicate what you do
- develop new improvements by listening to customer feedback
A little bit more organization and preparation would have gone a long way. The startup school organizers simply should have asked the speakers to prepare specific unique topics in their areas of expertise such as:
- Tim O'Reilly & Om Malik on evangelism
- Paul Graham on what investors look for in a startup
- Chris Sacca on what Google looks for in an acquisition
- Josh Schachter on determining when a hacking project can become a business
- Caterina Fake on viral growth strategies
Lastly, the event title really needs to be changed to the "Consumer Web Startup School" because I didn't see a reference to B2B products all afternoon. Building consumer and B2B businesses are different and that point may have been lost on less experienced entrepreneurs.
Overall I'm glad that I attended the event but I was disappointed that it definitely did not live up to its full potential.