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Mike Lee of Appsterdam to speak at BubbleConf 2012

By Tinco Andringa on July 26th, 2012

Some time ago, we announced BubbleConf 2012 Amsterdam, a conference for IT tech startups we’re organizing with Nedap and Teixido on design, development, legal aspects and experience sharing. This conference provides the opportunity to learn about many aspects of starting up a tech company, to grow your skill set if you already have a company, and to expand your network. This is made possible by our array of prominent speakers but also through contact with numerous other like-minded people.

BubbleConf 2012 will be held in the monumental Tuschinski theater and we’re pretty excited in making this the best conference ever held in Amsterdam. Don’t forget to get your ticket today to enjoy the early bird discount as this offer will only run for a limited time. The early bird offering has been extended and will in fact end on August 2nd so don’t miss out.

As outlined in our initial blog post, we will be blogging about setting up a conference of this size as well as announcing a new speaker on a weekly basis.


Portrait of Mike Lee by Tom Hayton

This week, we are happy to announce Mike Lee who is the Mayor and founder of Appsterdam as a speaker at BubbleConf! He will be speaking about the journey of the entrepreneur, an epic story in which the entrepreneur is the hero and his nascent business a force of change in the world.

Before he was known as the Mayor of Appsterdam, legendary product engineer and world’s toughest programmer Mike Lee (@bmf) worked on apps for Alaska Airlines, Delicious Monster, Tapulous, United Lemur, Apple, and Nextive, producing such hits as Delicious Library, Tap Tap Revenge, Obama ’08, and Apple’s Mobile Store.

After he established Amsterdam as the world capital of app development, Mike moved on to start the New Lemurs, an Appsterdam startup building educational games, with the coolest URL of all time: (Followed closely by the URL for his blog,

Mike’s love of lemurs is well known. He has the world’s largest collection of plush prosimians, and once bought over 100 plush lemurs in a $12,000 fundraiser for the Madagascar Fauna Group. His life’s goal is to save Madagascar.

When he’s not working to change the world, he spends quiet time at home in the 17th century canal house in Amsterdam where he lives with his partner Judy and their cats, Wiebel and Wobbel. Mike enjoys racing cars, flying airplanes, and playing guitar, but he’s also content sitting beside the canal, sharing a single-cask whisky with friends.

With Zed Shaw, Juanma Teixido, Laurent Sansonetti, Anton Zykin, mr. Egin Lengton and Enrica Masi already announced, that brings our number of announced speakers to 7 with just 1 left to go! Stay tuned for next week’s announcement!

  • Mike Lee (Appsterdam)

    Mike is the Mayor and founder of Appsterdam, the best place in the world to be and become an App Maker. He is also a legendary product engineer and world’s toughest programmer. He has worked on apps for Alaska Airlines, Delicious Monster, Tapulous, United Lemur, Apple, and Nextive, producing such hits as Delicious Library, Tap Tap Revenge, Obama ’08, and Apple’s Mobile Store.

  • Enrica Masi (Frog Amsterdam)

    Enrica is a 25 year old Italian interaction designer at Frog Amsterdam with an industrial design background from the Technical University of Delft. She has a passion for information design and visual thinking. At frog she is a visual storyteller where she designs experiences by telling stories.

  • mr. Egin E. Lengton (LengtonLegal)

    mr. Egin Lengton (42) is owner of Lengton Legal; a company specialized in ICT and law. Lengton specializes in Internet law, copyright law, trademarks, ICT-contracts and licenses, general terms and conditions, e-commerce, privacy law and cloud computing. He is a consultant for SME’s and start-ups in the ICT business. Lengton is also a part time lecturer at Arnhem Business School (a HAN University of Applied Sciences faculty) and (co) author of various study books.

  • Anton Zykin (SoftFacade)

    Anton is the CEO and cofounder of SoftFacade, an interaction design and development firm that creates beautiful and memorable experiences– mobile apps, websites and everything in between. Everything that SoftFacade produces can be described with the only word –”WOW!”. Anton believes that good design is what people can use and enjoy using.

  • Laurent Sansonetti (RubyMotion)

    Laurent is the founder of HipByte, a software tools startup that recently launched RubyMotion, a toolchain for iOS development in Ruby.

    He worked at Apple for 7 years as a senior software engineer, on both iLife and OS X. A long time rubyist, he created and still maintains the MacRuby project. In a previous life, he worked on IDA Pro and was an active contributor to RubyCocoa and GNOME.

  • Zed Shaw (Learn Code The Hard Way)

    Zed A. Shaw is a prolific programmer who recently gave up coding for various startups, governments, universities, and mega-corps to work on a small business helping people learn to code. His “Learn Code The Hard Way” series has been read by over a million people from all over the world. This is really all an excuse to get to play guitar whenever he’s not writing.

  • Juanma Teixidó (Teixido)

    Juanma Teixidó, award-winning Designer since 1994 spent the last 10 years co-founding and building agencies from the ground-up. Since then his client base grew to include Nike, The United Nations, Nedap among others. These days you can find him on Twitter chirping about all things design.

  • …and 1 more epic speaker to be announced. Stay tuned, as we’ll be announcing the last speaker next week.

  • Sponsors

    BubbleConf is going to be attended by people who are actively looking to invent the next big thing since sliced bread. They are highly motivated developers and designers working on startups that may very well turn out to change our way of living. Sponsoring this event provides your company with a unique opportunity to reach out to these startups and connect with them from an early stage on out. It also allows us to make this event even more epic than we’ve already got in the works.

    If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, contact us via email and let’s talk. Please add the word “notspam” to the email to bypass our spam filter.

    Hope to see you October 12th!

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