Smashing Conference

Natalie Downe


Natalie co-founded Lanyrd on her honeymoon with her husband Simon. Before co-founding a funded and Y Combinator backed startup, she worked as a senior client-side engineer at Clearleft in Brighton, UK. Today, she juggles leading Product Design, client-side engineering and UX on the project with building the company and wearing many hats. If Natalie had any time for hobbies, she would enjoy pottery, yoga, writing and flying her kite.

Startup Lessons Learned: From Idea To Exit

Tuesday, 10th – 14:00

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! In September 2013, just a week before the SmashingConf 2013, Lanyrd was acquired by Eventbrite.

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