Corilla joins Google Launchpad in Paris

Great news today as we’ve heard that Corilla will be joining Google Launchpad in Paris on May the 11th to 15th of 2015. We’re really honoured to have been selected as one of the 12 startups joining the program this year, and the timing is perfect as we will be flying over from Australia for the NUMA Sprint Accelerator finals around the same time.

For an open source startup, this both de-risks our final pitch to the team at NUMA, in terms of cost and time invested, and gives us an incredibly valuable experience. We’re really looking forward to it.

Ready for launch

I’ve been watching the global Google Launchpad schedule for a while, as I’ve heard great things about the intensity and value of the program. It’s effectively a week long immersion, suggested as a kind of pre-incubation. It focuses on the areas of product strategy, devops/technology, and the ever-popular (and most overlooked) User Experience (UX) elements.

As a quick aside, with Corilla being a B2C project, I’m also interested in tapping into some Google/mentor ideas on the topic of Developer Experience (DX). This is something I’m particularly interested in exploring the role of documentation/developer content within, and I’m hoping that this is something that Google’s team has been putting their attention on as well.

Takeoff procedure

The program cites a mix of hands-on mentoring, the requisite presentation/fireside chats and specifically themed days. Plus of course some product perks thrown in for good measure. From the official website:

Each day in Google Launchpad Week is dedicated to a specific subject and includes presentations, one on one mentorship and a lot of focused work. The idea is to achieve rapid progress in a very short time, drawing on the extensive experience of our mentors.

I’m expecting that we will be pretty immersed in making the most of the event, but I’ll do my best to do a summary post about the experience afterwards. In the meantime, find out more here, or check out the program video. and of course, if you’ve participated in Google Launchpad in Paris or otherwise, please feel free to share your experience (email or Twitter).