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  1. 1. Zero To One School Summer Incubator to launch 50 mobile first startups
  2. 2. 12 weeks May 30 - August 19, 2016 Almaty, Kazakhstan
  3. 3. 50 best teams from Central Asia and SEA (out of ~1,000 applications)
  4. 4. The teams learn 3 things: iOS development, mobile design and getting users.
  5. 5. June 2016: basics of iOS development, mobile design July, August 2016: building the app, talking to users, App Store launch, marketing & growth
  6. 6. The teams work at the same workspace and each get a monthly stipend.
  7. 7. The budget: • Monthly stipends: 300 USD/ month * 3 months * 150 people = 135,000 USD • Team salary: 1,000 USD/month * 3 months * 10 people = 30,000 USD • Operational costs: 35,000 USD • Total: 200K USD
  8. 8. Last year, as a proof of concept, we primarily focused on apps for the Russian speaking CIS market.
  9. 9. The main lesson is super obvious in retrospect: it’s easy to win, but hard to pay the bills with.
  10. 10. This year our focus will be highest-revenue countries: US, Japan, China, UK, Australia, South Korea, Germany, etc.
  11. 11. As a result, given our location, we’re bounded by the apps solely focused on the world of bits, not atoms.
  12. 12. Categories of apps we’re planning to build: • Enterprise apps with Slack integration • Nutrition (food combining, mucusless diet, intermittent fasting) • Personal development  • Productivity • Guided meditation • Behavioral change • Communication • Niche news aggregators (e.g. Watchville) • Health & Fitness • Career Advice
  13. 13. They should pass the ‘the toothbrush test’, meaning it’s something that a person can use at least once a day.
  14. 14. Building apps which land on the home screen of millions of people around the world. Phil Libin’s iPhone home screen
  15. 15. Y Combinator + Make School + Asia ≈ Zero To One School
  16. 16. In the summer 2015, we built 37 iPhone apps.
  17. 17. TheSummerStartupSchool.com: from idea to an original iPhone application in the App Store in 8 weeks
  18. 18. • We announced the program on May 4 • 352 applications in 3 weeks • The youngest applicant was 10 years old • The oldest one was 58 years old
  19. 19. • We admitted 45 students • Age range: 14-28 y.o.
  20. 20. Curriculum 1. Programming (iOS development): Objective C, Xcode, git, Parse, etc. 2. Mobile design: UI/UX. Building products people fall in love with. 3. Traction / growth: getting to the first 1,000 users, 19 marketing channels used by the most popular iPhone applications.
  21. 21. Team Almas Tuyakbayev, 28 UI/UX Design • HCI, Carnegie Mellon University. • Head of the Media Lab at IITU. • Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals 2008.
  22. 22. Bakytzhan Baizhikenov, 26 iOS development • Education: London School of Economics, University of London. • International Olympiad in Informatics: Gold 2007, Silver 2008, Bronze 2005, 2006. • Software Engineer, imo.im (2012-2013). • Founder, Intellection & Crozdesk.com.
  23. 23. Zhanserik Kenes, 21 iOS development • BSc, International IT University. • Built 8 apps: Being Beethoven, Persimmon, SafeCity, National Bank of Kazakhstan, Springfruit, Shopster, etc.
  24. 24. Daulet Kenzhetayev, 21 • iOS/Android development • CS, Nazarbayev University ‘2017 (on leave) • Built LonelyKeanu, Kelin (Android)
  25. 25. Nurdaulet Bolatov, 17 • iOS development • Built Syntle.com, Zero Willpower • 1st place at IV Eurasian Informatics Olympiad • 3rd place at 13th All-Russian Team Informatics Olympiad • Kazakh-British Technical University ‘2018
  26. 26. Ayan Yenbekbay iOS development • BSc, University of Minnesota Twin Cities • Built 6 apps: Seansy.kz, Kogershin, Metio, Galileo, Instamaniac, Never Drink Alone • Created popular time lapse videos: vimeo.com/yenbekbay
  27. 27. Arman Suleimenov • CEO, ZeroToOneLabs.com • MSE, Computer Science, Princeton University • Past: founding team, Collections (YC S12) • ACM ICPC World Finals 2009, 2011 • “The Art of Startup” (Nazarbayev University), PrincetonStartupTV.com, TheSiliconValleyIntern.com, ZeroToOneTour.com, TheSummerStartupSchool.com
  28. 28. Some of the apps we built before/outside of the school.
  29. 29. Being Beethoven: the to-do list of effective daily habits from the world’s top performers: Audrey Hepburn, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, etc.. http://bit.ly/being-beethoven
  30. 30. Persimmon: reach your medium-term goals in 7 areas of your life through the power of visualization / affirmations and small daily steps.
  31. 31. Seansy - movie theaters and showtimes in KZ.  http://bit.ly/seansy
  32. 32. Instamaniac - find out how early you joined Instagram http://bit.ly/instamaniac
  33. 33. • 5-6 products a year • The multiplication effect • The best ideas coming from the students
  34. 34. On the Demo Day we received personal video addresses from [0]: • Vinod Khosla, founder, Sun Microsystems, Khosla Ventures • David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails, co- founder / CTO of Basecamp, author of “Rework” • Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos, ‘Delivering Happiness’ • Wendy Kopp, founder of 'Teach for America’ • Brian Kernighan, author of "The C Programming Language"; Unix, AWK, AMPL • Qi Lu, Executive Vice President, Microsoft, leads the development of Bing, Skype & Microsoft Office • Gregory Olsen, 3rd space tourist in history; founder, Sensors Unlimited Inc • Frank Chen, venture capitalist, Andreessen Horowitz • Etc. [0] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4kqRdM3orQ Чи Лю,вице-президент Microsoft, возглавляющий Bing, Skype & Microsoft Office.
  35. 35. I’m Arman.
  36. 36. In the summer 2015 at TheSummerStartupSchool.com we created 37 applications sent to the App Store.
  37. 37. Kelin - the mobile only anonymous social network for women. 145,000 users, 115,000 ‘secrets’ in 4 months since launch. #1 app in the KZ App Store. http://bit.ly/Kelin
  38. 38. BulBul - the encyclopedia of Kazakh music: lyrics, news, ‘guess the song’ game, etc.
  39. 39. Never Drink Alone - one meeting a day with the most talented people in your hometown. http://www.neverdrinkaloneapp.com
  40. 40. Kairosh - Shazam for 160 songs by Kairat Nurtas. http://bit.ly/getKairosh
  41. 41. KanjiNinja - Fruit Ninja style game to learn 2,000 Japanese characters.
  42. 42. Kinza - recipes from what you have in the fridge. http://bit.ly/getkinza
  43. 43. LonelyKeanu - express your emotions with the relevant celebrity reactions via WhatsApp. http://bit.ly/getlonelykeanu
  44. 44. StartCode.it - the easiest way to learn web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). Treehouse for the Russian speaking audience. http://bit.ly/getStartCode
  45. 45. Camellia - Uber for flowers in Almaty and Astana http://bit.ly/getCamellia
  46. 46. Dilemma - answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to interesting questions and see the public reaction. http://bit.ly/getdilemma
  47. 47. Syntle - the easiest way to learn programming language syntax (Objective-C, Swift, Shell, git, Python, JavaScript) with flashcards. http://bit.ly/getsyntle
  48. 48. Finchler - one movie recommendation a day based on the result of your personality test. http://bit.ly/getFinchler
  49. 49. "NAN" - delightfully simple shopping list app http://bit.ly/HAHiOS
  50. 50. Kitapp - buy and sell used books from your phone. http://bit.ly/kitappkz
  51. 51. Toybastar - the best wedding photographers and MCs. http://bit.ly/getTamada
  52. 52. Critics: But all you’re doing is building fun apps? Us: “What the hackers do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years”. - Chris Dixon
  53. 53. The stages of the tech startup: idea -> mockup - > prototype -> program -> product -> business - > profits. 
  54. 54. Critics: “Why can’t you learn this online?” Our reply: “Online education (Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, edX, iTunes U) doesn’t solve all the problems: 7% completion rate. Students lack self-discipline, peer pressure and creative energy from the like-minded people around” [0]. [0] https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/mooc-completion-rates- below-7/2003710.article
  55. 55. A few things we believe in.
  56. 56. Unlimited enthusiasm towards what you’re building.
  57. 57. “We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies”. -Walt Disney
  58. 58. Startups fail for only 2 reasons: a) they run out of money; b) they give up. If you don't give up, if you avoid death by all means, you will win.
  59. 59. “It's better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy”. -Paul Buchheit
  60. 60. Don’t follow your passion, follow your strengths.
  61. 61. ‘If you can't see yourself working with someone for life, don't work with them for a day’. -Naval Ravikant
  62. 62. “Bill is wrong, but Bill works harder than the rest of us, so even if it’s the wrong solution it’s likely to succeed”. 
  63. 63. connect facebook.com/suleimenov

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