This last weekend, Charlotte Startup Weekend happened.
24 pitches, 5 chosen, 48 hours => 5 kickass products:
tagseats - lets you tag seats next to your friends for an event
talkible - connects person in need to expert over the phone
letterjacket - get high school sports scores real-time
hwyhero - find restaurant and weather coming up when driving
projectionmarket - determine stuff before it happens with crowdsourcing
won. I was fortunate to be a part of this great team.
1. Teams of 8 don’t have to suck.
We had 4 business-oriented teammates and 4 code-oriented ones. Everyone helped out in a cohesive manner and felt as one. I’ve never seen that before.
2 days is enough to validate an idea. Not if you read hackernews, of course.
3. ninja developers can’t hurt.
We had awesome developers, but other teams did too. I think we kept developers focused on each task to be, as one admitted, “the most productive they’ve ever been.”
4. Be a nice asshole.
Sure, you want all team members to pitch in. But you need to make a call between good and bad wireframes, designs, and CSS. They’ll learn.
5. Marketing/Business fluff matters.
Researching competitors, strategies, consumer perception, and refining the pitch may sound worthless to you, but it’s the car paint of your product. Would you buy a rusty brown ferrari?
Since you’re still reading this, you clearly have enough time to go sign up at talkible.com.
We’ll ship a Havarti cheese wheel to the first 100 early adopters.