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October 19, 2005


Ousama Abushagur

I was in attendance at this great event and was lucky to hear Chris Sacca's talk. He gave one of the better talks of that day and it was very inspirational. It gave us something to believe in and the energy to believe we are going in the right direction.

Beau Hartshorne

The SubEthaEdit part was really fun, here's a screenshot taken during one of the talks:

There were up to 12 people taking notes at once. The guy with the dvorak key layout was a rocket. I've posted the notes here, but haven't had a chance to edit them yet:

Paul and Y Combinator: thanks for organizing this. And Chris, thanks for the inspirational talk.

Jared Cosulich

I've heard really great things about this conference. On my way to work today I listened to a great interview by Paul about Great Hackers ( http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail188.html ). Looks like Paul is doing some great stuff for the startup community. Now if only we can get a startup school on the West Coast (I'm trying to start CommunityWalk - www.communitywalk.com - out here and would love to meet with other like minded people, but heard about Startup School too late) (actually it looks like someone at Stanford is putting on something similar - http://groups.google.com/group/startupschool/browse_thread/thread/5aeadc858ca86d0a/07f34f3be3bd7ab9#07f34f3be3bd7ab9

Paul mentioned in the interview noted above that so many of these startups start from universities because the admissions process fascilitates putting lots of really talented people in the same place where they can get to know eachother and work on interesting projects. Its too bad there is something else like that outside of the university setting... Startup School is a great step in the right direction.

David Ganzhorn

I was at the Startup School, and your talk was, to me, by far the most inspiring. You genuinely treated us all like a room full of intelligent peers, and for a college student about to step into the real world, it was a direly needed experience to be shown that kind of respect from an employee of a company like Google. Afterwards I saw the world as holding a bit more opportunity.

I hope I have the chance to hear you give another talk someday, or bump into you at Google if I come to work there.

polina sorkin

When Chris made a comment about girls not asking any questions I felt compelled (being one of the VERY few girls at Startup School) to come up with something good. Unfortunately, I must have been in too much awe to come up with anything worth asking. But I thought of a question, Chris, what can I do to get hired by Google?

the hand of god visits the midwest

you forgot something on your list: customers

are the 90s back already? all the frittering in the world doesn't mean anything unless there are customers for what you are doing. cool ideas are just that- cool ideas.

value is a whole different subject

I find google going down the path of the old "throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" type of development. How much is really sticking? This method is good if your goo(gle) is very sticky all the time. But most people just isn't.

One can never go wrong by building something people want. The energy of creative people is awesome.

But the energy of hungry customers is orders of magnitude better.

Sarah Blow

That sounds like a wicked event, I wish they would do something like that over here in the UK. On a slightly different note, do you think the meaning of the word Geek is changing. It certainly seems to be over here in the UK. In fact we are trying really hard over here to make geeks cool, smart, innovative, sexy and socially adept to the real world.

We are even managing to get the girls out and about in London for the London Girl Geek Dinners. Events like the one you are talking about and these are all great and should help promote technology to a new level.


Ps. Are Google finding it hard to get Girls to their events as well (Microsoft seem to be having issues with this as well) You may find that you are going about it the wrong way. The last girly geek dinner had about 30+ women at it.


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This is simply the right thing to do. Thanks Chris and also to all of the team as we desperately do need this sort of reform in the US.


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