DC’s Startup Weekend This Weekend
In early July, about 70 people got together to try to launch a web business in one weekend. VoSnap didn't launch on time, but those involved deemed Startup Weekend a big success, so Andrew Hyde decided to take the show on the road. I was fortunate to meet Andrew in Colorado and got to see some of the weekend go down in person. I told him then -- let's do this in DC. Now we are. Will, Matt, Andy, and I -- along with a bunch of other people (including Martin) -- have been coordinating to make Startup Weekend DC a reality. Our primary contribution will be hosting the event at our new office space. Several other weekends have happened since Boulder, and we've been watching them to see what works and what doesn't. Pre-selecting the technology is clearly wise, which we'd done (Ruby on Rails). Narrowing the project ideas down before kickoff has also happened. Limiting the size of the group also seems like a good idea, but since more than 150 people initially showed interest, we felt compelled to keep it as open as our space would allow (we're currently at about 1/2 that number). I'm excited to see how the large group works together -- with the right mindset, we can get a lot done. As I said, for me Startup Weekend is about getting a bunch of smart people together to share knowledge, collaborate, and try to accomplish something. It's more about the experience than the outcome. If you'll be nearby, stop in for a visit and see how it's going.