Tuesday Sep 10, 2013 by Dennis Keohane - Staff Writer, VentureFizz
Fresh off an appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier this week, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel will be landing on MIT's campus as one of the many awesome speakers at this week's Startup Bootcamp.
Joining Spiegel at the Bootcamp will be Codecademy's Ryan Bubinski, Dulcie Madden of local wearable-baby-monitor company Rest Devices, Iqram Magdon of IsmailVenmo, iRobot's Helen Greiner, Grace Hsia of Warmilu, Adam Wilson of Sphero, Plugless Power's Rebecca Hough, Julia Hu of Lark, as well as Startup Bootcamp's Michael Grinich.
As Startup Bootcamp's Taylor Rose said of the event this weekend, "Many of the talks are going to be focusing on the entreprenerial adventure: what's exciting about being an entrepreneur, why you should become an entrpreneur, and how it can change the world."
The attraction for most attendees will probably be Spiegel's talk. The Snapchat founder doesn't do too many discussions and really created a ton of Snapchat buzz at Disrupt, the San Francisco-based event, on Monday. He has quite a story of to tell of how his startup, rejected by peers at Stanford, has exploded over the past year.
If you aren't familiar with the product, the main attraction of Snapchat, the one that has drawn in a large swath of its teenage user base, is the ability to share a photo or text and then have it vanish seconds later. Obviously, the teenage to college-age Snapchatters aren't always using the product to send innocent, smiling selfies to each other.
However, during his Disrupt talk, Spiegel dropped some truly astounding numbers. Spiegel revealed that currently, Snapchat users share 350 million photos a day, a 1,750% increase in photos shared at the same time last year.
Personally, I am interested to hear Ryan Bubinski of Codecademy speak. There is a lot of chatter about the the role of coding in in the shaping of the future American workforce. There have also been rumors that Codeacademy is about to unveil a new MOOC-like offering. It should be enlightening to hear Bubinski's talk.
Startup Bootcamp should be the perfect day for any budding entrepreneur's to dip their toes in the startup waters and hear about the great adventures of founders who have already experienced the many ups and downs of starting a company.
Just make sure you don't get to MIT's Kresge Auditorium too late, there may not be any room to get in.