Tech Star Struck at the GigaOM Roadmap

Tech Star Struck at the GigaOM Roadmap

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Former Pixar folks were first to get onstage and entertained the audience with a brilliantly-crafted presentation about how companies must be able to engage their customers with their stories. Story here.

Pixar | Interactive Web | User Experience | User Interface Design

Kickstarter co-Founder Perry Chen talked at length about how everything started at Kickstarter. He also made this statement about never selling the company. More about that here.

Kickstarter | Interactive Web | User Experience | User Interface Design

Here in this picture is the CEO of Pinterest Ben Silbermann. He too is surprised to find out about the following amongst women for Pinterest.

Pinterest | Interactive Web | User Experience | User Interface Design

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom believes that “increased speed — both of the mobile broadband and the software itself— not only improves the user experience but also makes people want to use the product more.” Systrom briefly talked about hurricane Sandy and how people had used Instagram to capture images of said storm.

Instagram | Interactive Web | User Experience | User Interface Design

John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, discussed the difference between the so-called startups and end ups.

Startups, he said: want to to be something, are usually more agile, culture is just forming, has little, trying something for the first time, may come and go, and has little to lose. End-ups on the contrary are already something, stable, culture is formed, has a lot to lose, has tried everything and know what to do, hierarchical structure, proven, and stands the test of time.

Startups | Interactive Web | User Experience | User Interface Design

Apologies for this fuzzy image of Tumblr CEO David Karp. He came all the way to SF from NYC to talk about the amazing growth of Tumblr. At that time, NYC had just been devastated by Sandy.

Tumblr | Interactive Web | User Experience | User Interface Design

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a picture of Joe Gebbia, co-founder of AirBNB (I did love his suit).

That’s all I have for the GigaOM Roadmap Conference — GigaOM has the complete coverage in their site.