Jun 13

Founders Forum

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Founders Forum
June 11-13, 2014
London, United Kingdom

“You need a culture of hope, not a culture of ‘that’s a stupid idea.’” (on the ideal culture for investing)
~ Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz

“We are looking for an entrepreneur who has uncovered some kind of ‘secret’ that no one else knows.”
~ Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz

“If you have a great idea, and you are not the right person to execute it, it has no value at all.”
~ Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz

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Eric Schmidt - Founders Forum
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“Just like GPS never allows us to get lost anymore, in the near future, we will never wonder why are sick, we will know.”
~ Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz

“Healthcare is more like sick care, tech is changing that.”
~ Daniel Kraft, FutureMed

“The most important device for healthcare is a smartphone. Billion dollar business.”
~ Eric Schmidt, Google

Conference Link: Founders Forum

Jun 12

Glimpse

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Glimpse
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
San Francisco, Californa

“The truth is, cats perform better for cat people and dogs perform better for dog people on Facebook.”
~ Will Cathcart, Facebook

“Shopping is not a linear process.”
~ Jess Lee, Polyvore

“It used to be the social graph, then the interest-graph. Now, with social shopping, it’s all about the taste graph.”
~ Jess Lee, Polyvore

“My underwear following me around from site to site?! Not an ideal shopping experience, let alone social!”
~ Aki Iida, Zappos

“China and specifically We Chat, is a view into the future of messaging.”
~ Jess Lee, Polyvore

Visual Quote:
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“Now that we have this wealth of data, we need people to speak the language.”
~ Sarah Koo, BitTorrent

“You can have an infinite set of attributes, but you must have guiding intuition to help you get through it.” (re ethics)
~ Sarah Koo, BitTorrent

“Collaboration is key to data scientists, they must stay out of the bubbles to get more color for their data.”
~ Sarah Koo, BitTorrent

“Rapid learning doesn’t happen in a technical bubble.”
~ Ramona Pierson, Declara

Conference Link: Glimpse

Jun 04

Street Fight Summit West

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Street Fight Summit West
June 3, 2014
San Francisco, California

“Future of commerce is about bringing together people, products and places.”
~ Patrick Gauthier, PayPal

“We encourage people to look at Waze, not just as a mobile strategy, but as part of a larger out of home strategy.”
~ Jordan Grossman, Waze

“You can geofence a billboard, so that it can ‘talk’ to your Waze app, when you are stopped at the light in front of it.”
~ Jordan Grossman, Waze

“Our female users find exact location (like 20ft away) creepy.”
~ Jonathan Badeen, Tinder

“Ours like is like +/- 3 ft!”
~ Steve Levin, Grindr

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“I guess I am the guy who came up with the swipe stuff. That ‘s my claim to fame.”
~ Jonathan Badeen, Tinder

“I think we can all say that the ‘finding a restaurant in this town’ problem has been solved many times over.”
~ Caterina Fake, Findery

“I think Foursquare splitting into two apps is a really good and important thing.”
~ Caterina Fake, Findery

“What are the reasons that people share online: altruism, showing off, egotism, lots of reasons.”
~ Caterina Fake, Findery

“One of the things I like about participatory sites is that while you are sleeping, they get better.”
~ Caterina Fake, Findery

Conference Link: Street Fight Summit West

Jun 04

ReadWriteMix: Conversation with Dennis Crowley, part 2

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ReadWriteMix: Mapping the App Economy
June 3, 2014
San Francisco, California

Quotes from Dennis Crowley, Foursquare:

“I am not super bullish on hardware solutions for things… if we can do them with the phones in our pockets.” (re iBeacon)

“The new Foursquare app will require us to track new things (and data).”

“You create social software for one purpose, but people will take it and do what they want with it.”

“The simplest, easiest lightest apps are the ones that win.”

“At the beginning we didn’t even know we were building a business.   We just said ‘Let’s recreate Dodgeball because Google is going to kill it and then what will we and all our friends do on Saturday’.” (on origin of Foursquare)

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“The best stuff that Foursquare will ever do is the stuff you will see later this year—what we wanted to do since NYU and Dodgeball.”

“Our intent is to make magical pieces of software that TEACH you about the world.”

“If anyone thinks we’re doing something we shouldn’t, I hope you call us out on it.”

“How can we do what iBeacon is doing, but do it without having to ask people to install stuff in their store?”

Conference Link: ReadWriteMix: Mapping the App Economy

Jun 04

ReadWriteMix: Conversation with Dennis Crowley, part 1

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ReadWriteMix: Mapping the App Economy
June 3, 2014
San Francisco, California

“Is Foursquare still a thing?” asked Owen Thomas, ReadWrite

Quotes from Dennis Crowley, Foursquare, in conversation with Owen Thomas

“Swarm is the best, fastest, easiest way to keep up with friends.”

“Foursquare is the best fastest easiest way to get personalized recommendations.”

“We started with zero places. Over time, 50 million people contributed 60 million places.”

“Places that no one really knows about, Foursquare knows about, because our users tell us about them.”

“I am really proud that 65,000 developers have connected to our APIs.”

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“The company is not profitable yet, but we can (now) see how this turns into a profitable, big scalable growing company.”

“(Becoming mayor of a coffee shop) is one of 50 things the company does—I’m sorry that’s the one that sticks in your head.”

“Our ‘maps’ are not meant to be read by humans, (but) make perfect sense to all the sensors that we carry in our pockets.”

“I just don’t think iBeacons for mom and pop stores are reality right now…..(between having to install them, power them, manage them”

Conference Link: ReadWriteMix: Mapping the App Economy

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