8 Lessons From Start-Up Boston
First, you should note Boston and I did not fit like a glove. My family and I don’t own kacki pants. My hair frizzes plus I kept forgetting an umbrella only to be caught in storms in what projected to be a sun shiny day.
Fortunately, I was able to connect with a large group of entrepreneurs at a Start-Up Weekend, July 26, 2013. There was probably 150 people. It cost $100 and there were categories for programmers, business developers and graphics/UI.
Here’s a quick “How did it work?”
- First you pitch for one minute.
- Then you create a poster in one minute (see below)
- Finally, you collect post it notes from people wanting to join your team.
- I had a lot of post it notes but didn’t realize I was supposed to hold on to the team members.
- The teams that had at least three people which included a programmer were ready to begin.
- Food was provided. There was not alcohol but some people brought it in. Many people dropped out.
- Know the rules of the game. #StartupWeekend
The List of 8 Lessons I learned by attending StartUp Weekend in Boston.
1. Plan Ahead
Come as a team if you can with a programmer, business developer and designer/UI. We needed 3 people to be a team. It appeared the largest team won. They had 7 or 8 people on a team.
2. Everyone Wins
If you are the entrepreneur pitching, remember the BIG WIN comes in what the team develops over the weekend. It looked like people were upset because they didn’t place, however, platforms were being created with code and UI. It was amazing! Some easily had developed $20,000 projects over the weekend.
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Our Team of 4 (one member didn’t want a photo and I was taking the shot)
3. Team Building
I saw some groups having team-building exercises. They had a yoga class there were Starbucks perks for early birds. People seemed to like it. I’m not sure I would have but who knows.
4. Listen to Your Advisers
The advisers were amazing! Do more listening and less talking. If they think you should go in a direction and they will help you by making connections and introductions – Do It! It was crazy the “They just don’t get it” mentality of entrepreneurs. I heard it around the room. We can always go back to square one but shifting with new, smart people helping you is a good thing.
5. Be Loud
Be confident, aggressive and somewhat loud when you speak. It’s loud in the room and I noticed the people being listened to were speaking very loud. I had to practice speaking up and then I was heard.
It’s acceptable to ask “What project are you working on?” “How’s the project going?” And share helpful information such as The group’s facebook page, a new platform that might work or a current group tweets.
7. Contact List
Make sure to get everyone’s names, email addresses and phone numbers on your team. This may seam obvious but there was a deep sense of commitment and bonding thru the process and then everyone disperses. The End.
8. Buy the Book
My favorite part was being involved in the process. High energy, exciting and a room full of passion. On SharkTank I have it down on who is going to “Win!” However, at these events, I’m always kept guessing.
The winning team was a new entrepreneur that seemed to focus more on the PowerPoint and business model. It was a mix your own granola online and Step 2 was turning that into a vending machine company. I had bought and carried my own mixed granola from Whole Foods the entire weekend so I didn’t think it was going to fly but it took first!
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– Posted from my iPhone
Location:State St,Boston,United States