Startup Weekend questions
May 14, 2012 3:21 PM Subscribe
Have you been a participant, organizer, or audience member at Startup
Weekend? I'm trying to understand some things and not go in blind.
posted by zeek321 to Work & Money (2 answers total)
My friend and I are signed up for the June 1st weekend. We're both pretty good at hacking things together, and I've done some non-trivial stuff that required architectural thinking and some theoretical CS. And I stuck some trivial Rails boilerplate on Heroku to try it out. But neither of us are fluent in web or mobile stuff: We know we can figure anything out (and then some) if necessary but not do anything pretty or real in 54 hours.
Sure we could hack up something ugly and working and stick it online, but is that the best use of our time? To this end, I am curious about the game behind the game. I am aware of "winners" of startup weekend who are still wandering around looking for programmers, designers, and money.
I'd like to get a VC deal, not "win" startup weekend. Do you have any thoughts? What's the format? At the start, do people go up and do pitches (if they want to) and then participants try to get recruited if they liked a pitch? How big can the teams be? Is there any formal power structure within the teams?
What was the average team size? Do you have a sense that people knew each other beforehand or that teams were partially or mostly made up of strangers?
What are the pitches like? Do people have powerpoint slides prepared before the weekend even starts? Or is it all verbal?
What are the rules? What is the demoing and judging like? Does everyone do a working demo or do some people still have slides at demo time? Do judges ask questions? Do audience members ask questions?
My thought is that rather than coding our brains out, we should read the bios of the judges and focus on a) having a coherent, sensible, reasonable, exciting, customer validated idea, b) a lot on clean, understated visuals, c) smooth, intelligent, confident presenting, and d) having as many conversations as possible instead of being code monkeys.
If you were me, and you've been to this thing, and you wanted to get conversations with VCs, what would you do?