Calypso Harland
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Calypso Harland

Calypso Harland is the founder and CEO of DevLab which provides support, tools and learning to developers at IdeaLondon, as part of a joint initiative with leading university UCL.

London, United Kingdom
Member since October 08, 2013
Mobile tech enthusiast. Founder at DevLab. Event extraordinaire for the startup and dev community. Avid cook, gardener and aspiring lighting designer. Quote_down
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If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

I get frustrated by there not being enough hours in the day to do everything and others not moving at the same pace.

It's rewarding knowing that my company is giving others the tools they need to go and achieve great things.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Forgetting their users

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Focus on getting sales in and getting to a cash positive position
Be humble and take advice from people who know more than you
Help others and accept all help offered

Full bio

I‘ve been working in tech since 98, working across the spectrum from the network layer to the application layer. In the midst of the boom I was part of the team that built Streaming Media. It was here I learnt about the power of building, educating and empowering communities both online and offline. At the end of 2000 we sold the company for £65M. It’s this tried and tested formula that is driving DevLab.

The last few years I’ve been actively working with handset manufacturers, platform owners and app technology providers to help them extend their reach in the developer community. Firstly in my role leading global marketing at Marmalade, a cross-platform software company and then in a similar capacity at AngelHack, who run the worlds largest global series of hackathons.

DevLab has been inspired by my collective experience of working in tech and the people within it. Because I feel that we can do a better job of supporting developers on their journey and giving them the right tools for the job.

At DevLab we’re all about collaboration, so please get in touch with me at if you’d like to share your ideas about how we can serve the community better.