D2D Collaboration Strategies: New Talk from Lucy Mendel of Rackspace

LucyMendel

We’re very excited to welcome Lucy Mendel as our newest speaker at the Developer-to-Developer Summit, who will kick off the event with a talk on D2D Collaboration Strategies.

As developer communities become increasingly diverse, D2D startups have the opportunity for tremendous growth. This talk covers specific techniques for effectively collaborating with highly heterogeneous communities.

Lucy is a community leader at Rackspace, San Francisco, where she provides technical growth opportunities for Rackers, and runs the summer internship and mentoring program. When she’s not helping Rackers connect, she’s hacking the planet.

Hear Lucy Mendel at D2D Summit on July 15

Google Joins D2D Summit with Talk on Growth Strategies

Sofia Andrianakou Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google

Sofia Andrianakou, Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google

We’re thrilled to welcome Sofia Andrianakou, Strategic Partner Development Manager at Google, as our newest speaker at the D2D Summit, taking place July 15 at Rackspace SF.

The talk will explore Google’s initiatives to help startups grow their audience. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to leverage Google’s platforms to increase user login and registration velocity, drive more Android downloads, and engage users across multiple platforms and devices

Sofia Andrianakou leads Google product partnerships for Google+, App Search, Gmail & Knowledge. She has previously served as Senior Business Development Associate for ZL Technologies and Co-Founder and Co-Manager of Bubbles Apparel & Footwear. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Finance, and Management from the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School.

Introducing SF Beta Office Hours

So, I've got this idea for a website.

So, I’ve got this idea for a website.

Are you an early-stage founder? Drop by SF Beta Office Hours each Friday to chat about your idea with Christian Perry, CEO & Founder of SF Beta. (That’s me!)

How does it work?
Office Hours provide a chance to share your idea, get advice and feedback, and talk about life as a founder — all in a relaxed, informal, one-on-one environment.

Who is eligible?
Office Hours are designed for founders of early-stage startups — companies that are bootstrapped, seed funded, or angel funded.

When and where?
All Office Hours are conducted over Google Hangouts or Skype. Appointments take place every Friday and last approximately 30 minutes each.

How much does it cost?
It’s free, and always will be.

How do I sign up?
Head to our Office Hours page and sign up from there.

Announcing the D2D Summit

Rather than targeting end-users or enterprises, a growing number of startups succeed with a developer-first strategy.

D2D Summit is the first event of its kind that’s 100% focused on developers building technologies for other developers.

Drawing on the ideas, experiences, and best practices of industry leaders, join us on July 15 for an event that will redefine the D2D experience.

Naval Ravikant: Keynote on Open Source, Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrency

Such investor! Very founder.

Wow! Such visionary. Very founder!

We’re thrilled to announce our newest keynote at the Open Source Startup Summit: Naval Ravikant, serial entrepreneur, blogger at VentureHacks, and co-founder of AngelList. Naval’s keynote will focus on open source, BitCoin, and the future of cryptocurrency.

In his Wired article, Bitcoin: The Internet of Money, Naval presented his vision for the future of the digital currency, pointing to a number of features and distinct advantages provided by the new platform:

Bitcoins are scarce (Central Banks can’t inflate them away), durable (they don’t degrade), portable (can be carried and transmitted electronically or as numbers in your head), divisible (into trillionths), verifiable (through everyone’s block chain), easy to store (paper or electronic), fungible (each bitcoin is equal), difficult to counterfeit (cryptographically impossible), and can achieve widespread use – many of the technologists that brought us advances on the Internet are now working overtime to improve Bitcoin.

So why not just use Pounds or Dollars? One can use bitcoins as high-powered money with distinct advantages. Bitcoins, like cash, are irrevocable. Merchants don’t have to worry about shipping a good, only to have a customer void the credit card transaction and charge-back the sale. Bitcoins are easy to send – instead of filling forms with your address, credit card number, and verification information, you just send money to a destination address. Each such address is uniquely generated for that single transaction, and therefore easily verifiable. Bitcoins can be stored as a compact number, traded by mere voice, printed on paper, or sent electronically. They can be stored as a passphrase that exists only in your head! There is no threat of money printing by a bankrupt government to dilute your savings. Transactions are pseudonymous – the wallets do not, by default have names attached to them, although transaction chains are easy to trace. It has near-zero transaction costs – you can use it for micropayments, and it costs the same to send 0.1 bitcoins or 10,000 bitcoins. Finally, it is global – so a Nigerian citizen can use it to safely transact with a US company, no credit or trust required.

Silicon Valley knows a platform when it sees it, and is aflame with Bitcoin. Teams of brilliant young programmers, entranced by the opportunity, are working on Exchanges (Payward, Buttercoin, Vaurum), Futures Markets (ICBIT), Hardware Wallets (BitCoinCard, Trezor, etc), Payment Processors (bitpay.com), Banks, Escrow companies, Vaults, Mobile Wallets, Remittance Networks (bitinstant.com), Local Trading networks (localbitcoins.com), and more.

To hear Naval’s keynote live, join us at the Open Source Startup Summit on April 22, and follow us at @sfbeta for ongoing updates.