Lanyrd is a conference directory searchable by geographical locations which offers a layer of social and collaborative features to easily share and track conferences online.
The service allows users to sign-up using a Twitter account. In addition to searching conferences by location or ordered by date, Lanyrd allows users to follow-up participants or speakers, discover trends or catch up on potential materials they might have missed.
The site currently gets 10’000 monthly unique visitors according to Compete.com.
The company was founded in August 2010 by Simon Willison, a co-creator of the Django Web Framework, together with his wife, Natalie Downe. The company got accepted in the YCombinator funding program after flying from Cairo (where they were having their honeymoon) to San Francisco for their interview. In September 2011 the company secured $1.4 millions in funding from several angels as well as Index Ventures Seed and PROfounders Capital.