I wanted to write and invite everyone to the next Startup Weekend Boston on
February 8-10th. If you don\'t know, Startup Weekend is a worldwide
phenomenon that has helped 1000\'s of companies launch in just 54 hours.
On Friday night, you form a diverse team of developers, business people,
designers and hustlers around a great idea. Anyone can pitch their own
idea. Once that team has formed you validate that idea and your
assumptions, make a website or app, get your first customers, and even try
to make some revenue. All in 54 hours. I\'ve done it and it was an amazing
I strongly suggest you try it out, meet some other great minds and have an
awesome weekend. If anyone is interested I got the FD group discounted
tickets which you can get here:
P.S. - If you\'d like to volunteer to be a coach on Saturday or Sunday,
email me back privately
I just wanted to chime in, mentoring at Startup Weekend Toronto was phenomenal. I typically find that the more time I spend analyzing others\' businesses, the smarter I am in my own. Also, as an entrepreneur, I was more cognizant of my particular areas of strength and weakness, more so than other mentors. I found that I was more disciplined in advising on aspects that I was expert on, and remaining silent on the rest. Investors and consultants seemed incapable of this, and had less patience with businesses at the conceptual stage. Just like when you\'re in an accelerator, with so much advice coming at you it\'s harder to figure out what *not* to listen to, so I felt bringing that to the table was valuable. And then there was the excitement of seeing one of the startups compete and win internationally. I got to be a part of that. :)
So for all those able and willing, have a great time in Boston!
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:23:35 -0800
Michael MillerP.S. - If you\'d like to volunteer to be a coach on Saturday or Sunday, email me back privately
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I had high hopes for Startup Weekends and I participated in one in
Princeton and three in New York. But at the end of them I was disappointed
and no longer would go to anything that is only 2 days long.
Yes, you can get some benefits after you go to few, but then it\'s just a
waste of time.
1) You can get a sense of how diverse idea are;
2) You can meet some people most of whom are wishers and not doers;
3) You understand how important it is to choose right people;
1) You don\'t know who you get in your team and you have to play nice with
2) It\'s done on weekend, so a lot of resources maybe closed;
3) You don\'t get enough time to work on anything; Many people come with
ready made websites and projects and steal the competition;
4) You don\'t get enough time to get to know people, but you end up in some
cases with too many people in the project that don\'t have anything to do
but may want the equity in it.
What should it be?
Incubator where people post their skills and get drafted to work together
on projects to show themselves for ether a small part of equity or just for
a chance to be chosen to join a functional start-up. While working together
people coalesce into a smaller group that works well together and then goes
on its own as a new startup.
I think you\'re right that after you go to a few the benefits can lessen...
and I\'d agree no one should go into the weekend thinking a team will come
out of it. Only about 12% of teams actually continue after the weekend.
But I still think it\'s a great experience. I\'d suggest going into the
weekend with in open mind and trying to meet as many people as possible.
Somebody might be a good match for a founder down the road. I worked with
people I think are great and I met other people I respect a great deal.
Also, as a piece of advice I\'d tell to those thinking of going that if your
team chemistry sucks or there\'s 10-15 people on the team, switch teams.