Natalie Downe & George Bairaktaris

This October we are so stoked to be joined by Natalie Downe, co-founder of the incredbly successful startup Lanyrd. Natalie will be telling us about her journey, taking the project from its humble beginnings as a side project to a Y Combinator funded startup that was later aquired by Eventbrite. She will be joined by George Bairaktaris, who will discuss the often overlooked aspects of running a consultancy. We hope to see you there!

Startup Lessons Learned: From Idea To Exit

Natalie launched the first version of with a co-founder and her husband Simon, while on honeymoon in Casablanca. As the site took off, they realised their side project was destined to become something much bigger.

This talk will tell the story of Lanyrd from a two-week proof of concept to a fully-fledged startup, the lessons learned along the way about building and launching a product, running a company, raising investment and the entrepreneurship journey. This is the talk she wished she heard before getting started!

Natalie Downe

Natalie Downe co-founded Lanyrd, a YCombinator backed startup (W11) that helps companies and individuals get more out of conferences and professional events. She is an experienced product designer, product manager and front-end web engineer. Lanyrd was acquired by Eventbrite in August 2013 and she is now the Director of Frontend Engineering at Eventbrite.