This was my first Startup Weekend, and I decided to not just observe, but to get involved. In case you haven’t heard of it, Startup Weekend is an event where techies try to create a business in less than three days. Going in I didn’t know how much I could help – I can’t code – but I thought I could write some copy, or at least fetch coffee for the people who could write code. In the end, I really surprised myself. Both with what I could do, and what would help achieve Startup Weekend success.
— Jennifer Cabala, Lessons from Startup Weekend
This will be my first Startup Weekend as well, and I’m looking forward to being actively involved as well. For one thing, I’m already working on a startup, qweries, so it’s a great opportunity to discover some potential co-founders or early employees. I’ve also got another idea that might be worth investigating (more of that soon); perhaps others will be interested as well — or I’ll find out where it needs to improve. There are lots of other great reasons to participate in Startup Weekend, so it should be a good time!
If you’re a marketing/business dev/ideaman type of entrepreneur looking to go make things happen at a similar event (like the one coming up in San Francisco on May 6 – 8), I want to help you get the most out of the experience. So, here are a few tips and insights to give you a leg-up before you start-up.
1. You are a dude going to “ladies night”.
— Isaac Elias, BizMonkeys and IdeaMen at StartupWeekend – Don’t Waste Your Time
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