Starting and Scaling a Startup Outside of the Silicon Valley

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B201


Join Michael Richardson, a cofounder of Urban Airship, as he elaborates on the decisions around creating a startup outside of Silicon Valley, how to keep your head above water, and how to find and manage a team during explosive growth.


Startups have unique business challenges and goals. It can be a very daunting prospect to try to start one, especially when there isn’t a lot of experience or history of success in your area. Getting something off the ground is just the beginning, though, as you have to start managing growth and success. This talk will navigate common pitfalls of creating a startup outside of the Silicon Valley and include advice on when to seek funding, how to go about it, and, once you’ve done that and have started to see success, how to make sure that your team doesn’t fall apart from the changes and transitions that appear.

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    Michael Richardson

    Urban Airship


    Michael got his professional start after college by leading technology at a small political consulting firm. From there, he moved on to a startup that focused on open web technologies like OpenID and OAuth. Together with Scott Kveton and Jason Glaspey, he worked to create and launch a business in under 30 days. The business – – sold bacon over the internet and was sold to a larger online retailer. In spring of 2009, Michael, along with Scott Kveton, Adam Lowry and Steven Osborn launched Urban Airship, which provides services for mobile developers and publishers. Urban Airship powered the first application live in the App Store to send push notifications and currently talks to millions of mobile devices every day.