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Startup Weekend in Ann Arbor, MI, June 20-22


Startup Weekend in Ann Arbor, MI, June 20-22

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Ted Manasa
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Comments posted to this topic are about the item Startup Weekend in Ann Arbor, MI, June 20-22

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Just learning about the event this morning Monday June 16. If it was an event that I wanted to attend or even think about attending I wouldn't have enought lead time to make the arrangements. Very bad planning on someone's part.


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Sorry, Steve and I tried to get the announcement out last week, but it just didn't happen... =(

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Ted,

Have you ever attended one of these? It sounds like it would be a lot of fun. However, I don't know if I would have the energy at this point in my life. Of course, you only live once, so if I was closer, I might consider it.

Ian.

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Ian,

This will be my first time. A fellow entrepreneur I know has been to one and said it was a blast.

You only live once! If you have some, maybe send your kids Hehe

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You made me realize how my previous post made me sound like I shouldn't even be working (I am not as old as I felt this morning). I guess that's what happen when you respond to something after being off for a week and practically having to drag yourself back to the office on a Monday! Dozew00t I need a vacation from my vacation!Wink

Besides, isn't that why caffeine exists?

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It's a shame that I'm finding out about this so late. At such short notice I'll not be able to attend, but I'll place a link out at WMSSUG.org (West Michigan SQL Server Users Group) to see if any of our members may want to participate.

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Can we have highlights and summary posted in this Website of the event like Tech Ed done by Steve.....



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I'm on lunch break so I will try to do a quick recap of what happened:

06/20
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6PM - 33 ideas pitched to a crowd of 80+ strong in a ~6,000 sq ft space, comprising entrepreneurs, business persons, writers, designers, and a surprisingly low percentage (40%?) of developers. Ideas included location based/mobile phone services to web applications for tuning enterprise databases to a Pandora for fictional writing.

7PM - "Pitchers" and would-be team members begin to review ideas and gather to form teams.

8PM - Teams loosely formed, introductions made, and ramp-up begins.

11PM - End of exhausting, but amazing day. Out of 33 ideas, ~15 attract enough people to form teams; a few 1-2 people teams hang around.

1AM - Go home from the local bar.

06/22
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9AM - Teams gather and planning/strategizing/coding starts. Some people switch teams. Some small teams disband and join others.

4PM - Checkpoint; all teams present their statuses to all other teams. Lots of progress, very exciting goals.

10PM - Most teams call wrap for the day and head out.

06/23
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9AM - Work continues, logos created, domains bought, infrustructure created, team roles solidified.

4PM - Final presentations. Some of the ideas have great potential and some of those we may start to hear about in the future.

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My group went through a very similar sequence. We now have wonderful 8 person team consisting of a project manager from big auto, advisor from big banking, a PhD, an M.D., graduate students, and developers. Creation of our legal entity is in progress. We plan to launch v2.0 of our *hush hush* system on Sept 15.

And at least one SQLServerCentral member (other than me) was in attendance!

For more information on how it all went down: http://annarbor.startupweekend.com

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Thank you very much , I will go thru the link for more info.....Smile



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