Wow, Startup Weekend is almost here. I signed up the first moment I heard about it almost two months ago and have been waiting diligently for this week to come.
Things I’m most looking forward to:
- Meeting awesome people
- Using our brains to build cool stuff
- Opportunities from just showing up
- Testing myself against other entrepreneurs / business folks
Probably the coolest thing about this weekend is finding like minded folks who share a passion for starting something; or at least that is what I’ve been told! Most of my circle of friends aren’t entrepreneurs so chatting about ideas, how to make them a commercial success, and more isn’t something they really enjoy or are focused on. But if you are reading this then you might be in a similar situation. So meeting new folks will be great. Also meeting all of the mentors, judges, potential investors, and others who come to the pitching will be exciting too. As they say, you never know who you’ll meet.
One thing I found interesting about these events for folks possibly like myself (who may have been involved in a large number of other types of ‘startups’ and ventures) is I think there is always value in doing events like this. That value may not be at the surface level. First you meet industry folks, second everything is really broken down to core elements so that anyone can learn and understand what is going on, third you force yourself to reset and drop what you’ve already learned (if you are willing to do that) in order to move forward, and last you get motivated by the folks who are younger than you doing amazing things. :–)
The third item is particularly interesting. If you show up with the wrong kind of gun to hunt something, you’ll never eat. Meaning, experience can be helpful or harmful depending on how you apply it. Sure having experience and such is important, yet don’t make the same assumptions cross-industry. It could be a helpful assumption or it could be a harmful one.
I’ve prepared my pitch, practiced it, and thought about how to make get the process started. Now all I have left to do is to wait until Friday @ 6:30 and see what kind of trouble I can get into. :–)
Also coming up is 3 Day Startup and also Lean Startup Machine Chicago triple header / back to back to back weekends! 🙂