TechStars, Startup Weekend... Why is it that Boulders got all this going on? It makes me want to move even though I don't drink Coors.
I just finished reading through the Startup Weekend blog covering blow by blow the fascinating events of this past weekend in Boulder. I did not participate in the activities, but I was definitely excited to see how this experiment played out. If you don’t already know, Startup Weekend was a project where 70 people ranging in expertise spent from Friday night until Sunday night building a company from scratch and launching a product before Monday.
Well, it didn’t happen. The application that the group decided to build, Vosnap, is still not live, and I am not even sure it is going to be finished. I get the feeling some of the folks who cranked all weekend long are disappointed that the site wasn’t running this morning, but I think they are all champs who should feel no shame. The lessons learned this weekend are more valuable than a quick-friend-polling web application anyhow.
People are probably already reworking the Startup Weekend concept to fine tune it and avoid future mistakes and missteps. I hate to play the monday-morning quarterback, but I do have some suggestions that may be helpful for future “flashups.” (oooh. I think I just coined a new buzz word for a three-day startup)
- (beforehand) Identify the idea, team leaders, and specific skill sets required so the weekend can be devoted to development and testing
- Reduce the size of the group to less than 20 for manageability and focus
- (beforehand) Team leader should contact/interview applicants to gauge abilities for proper role placement and weed out unnecessary redundancy
- (beforehand) Outline key milestones and rough time line to help with direction and execution
- Always, always wear underwear if your pants ride low…(above photo)
Notice: I don't usually post an entire post from another thread unless I get really excited as in this case. As a form of payment for this blatant plagerism I'll give 5280 Angel these three links from my page rank 4 blog to build his Google Juice.