Launch Party Vancouver 1-9 in Photos

At our first LPV in September 2007, we had 120 attendees and a handful of startups and at LPV9, we had 9 amazing companies and over 500 people in the room.  To me, this just proves Vancouver is for Startups and our community is growing.  Here’s a snapshot of LPV over the years.

LPV 1 – September 27, 2007
Section 3, Vancouver
120 attendees, 6 Startups

Photo Credit: Phillip Jeffrey

LPV 2 – Launch Party with a Twist
December 5, 2007
The Republic
Special Guests – Mike Macadaan, Shira Lazar, Bill Wetherell, David Robinson & Heather Vescent from Twiistup in Los Angeles.
200 attendees, 6 startups. Check out the Video here

Photo Credit: Duane Storey

LPV 3 – January 28, 2008
The Lamplighter
250 attendees,  6 startups

Photo Credit: Philip Jeffrey

LPV4 – May 21, 2008
The Republic
300 attendees, 7 Startups

Photo Credit: Ianiv & Arieanna

LPV5 – September 18, 2008
Unwine’d
300 attendees, 6 Startups

Photo Credits: Tris Hussey, Raul Pacheco

LPV6 – February 26, 2009
Uber Lounge
350 attendees, 6 Startups

Photo Credit: Bobby Dassler, Ianiv & Arieanna

LPV 7 – June 2, 2009
Uber Lounge
400 attendees, 7 Startups

Photo Credit: Jason Brown

LPV8 – Under the Launch Party with Dealmaker Media
September 16, 2009
Circa Resto Lounge
400+ people, 8 Startups

Photo Credit: Bootup Labs

LPV9 – June 17, 2010
The Roundhouse
Special Guests: C100 Organization, iNovia Capital, Dealmaker Media
500+ attendees, 9 Startups

Photo Credit: Jeremy Lim

Thanks for all the fun and support over the years.

To view more LPV photos or share some that you have taken, please add them to our Launch Party Photo Group on Flickr and tag them with LPV#.

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Tynt is a big winner at LPV7!

Visit TyntThe results are in!

The votes have been counted and it’s time to announce a winner in the LPV7 Startup Contest. A panel of 6 Judges casted their votes for the “Startup Most Likely to Succeed” and for the first time ever in LPV history Tynt won both Judge’s and People’s favorite. Sun Startup Essentials has awarded Tynt with a brand new camera.

As for the event itself, the 7th installment of Launch Party was again a huge success with the highest number of attendees. The 7 demo companies were busy all night spieling to the crowd. Stay tune for our next Launch Party, happening in September.

Kerri from Tynt

Thanks to all the LPV7 Volunteers!

A special thanks the volunteers who helped out with LPV7, especially Magda Bukala, Danijela Eres and Casey Leung who ran the registration desk. Thanks to Jason Brown, Photographer who captured the event from his lenses. Thanks to Warren Frey from Freyburg Media for covering the videography and getting 1 minute spiel’s from all the demo companies. Lastly, thanks to Gregg Scott for covering the crowd interviews and being the video host for the evening. These events are that much more successful with the help from our amazing volunteers.

Calling all Cofounders

We meet with a lot of early stage entrepreneurs and much of these meetings is about their needs. One of the most common needs they have is a co-founder. For example, just last week we met with two people who were at this stage.

The first one has an idea and the beginnings of a business model about how to make money from this idea, but he doesn’t have a technology background and isn’t capable of writing the code to implement the idea himself.

Now, it’s relatively easy for a budding entrepreneur in this circumstance to find and hire a contractor to do the work for him. This may seem attractive because it allows the entrepreneur to maintain control of development and complete ownership of the company, but the problem is this: when the contract is done, the entrepreneur may have legal ownership of the idea, but the contractor walks out the door with all the expertise and know how. What the entrepreneur really needs is a technical co-founder, who is as heavily invested in the idea and the enterprise as he is. Such people are much harder to find, but we believe that in this situation, finding a co-founder is critical to the success of the business.

In the other case last week, the would-be entrepreneur had the technical background to implement his idea, but knew nothing about sales, marketing or running a business. He too could solve his immediate problem by hiring a business consultant, but what he really needs a co-founder with business expertise.

There is also another argument in favour of bringing on a co-founder. Our experience and the experience of almost every entrepreneur that we know has been that building a startup is a large and difficult task and is simply more than one person can handle. Even if by some miracle you happen to have deep experience on both the technical and business side, there simply aren’t enough hours in a day to do everything by yourself that’s necessary to get a startup off the ground.

As I mentioned earlier, finding a co-founder is a lot harder than finding a contractor or temporary help. So, how do you do it? As with all things people related, networking (off-line and on-line) is the answer. Yet, one of the biggest problems for early stage entrepreneurs, is that their social networks are small and local. We’ve been thinking about how we can help solve this problem (aside from manually introducing people we think might be a fit) and have come up with an idea: take all the early stage entrepreneurs who are looking for co-founders, put them in a room together, and give them a chance to “speed date” with as many potential co-founders as they can.

So, our first Co-founder Connections event is June 2nd at 4pm. We’re holding it right before the next Launch Party at the SteamWorks “Uber Lounge”.

So, if you’re looking for a co-founder, or are looking to join a startup as “employee #1”, join us. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Register for Launch Party Vancouver 7.
  2. Head over to the Launch Party Crowdvine networking site and create a profile – if you joined the Launch Party Vancouver 6 site, you can login with your existing profile.
  3. Browse the people looking for cofounders or the business vs. technical listings
  4. Show up on June 2nd with a fistful of business cards and participate in 5 – 10 speed dating sessions – pitch your idea, pitch yourself, and see if you can connect with someone