This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Startup Weekend : Special Edition, at Madrona Venture group. The event was not marketed, and was promoted solely via word of mouth. Luckily, I heard about it through a friend and was able to get a ticket back in February.
I have attended two start-up weekends in the past. One in Seattle and one in London. The weekends attract cool people, fun projects are built, and lifelong friendships are formed. Each one I have attended, I’ve walked away with new friends, new knowledge, and incredible experiences. If you haven’t been to one you should check it out!
This weekend, I had the chance to work with a phenomenal team on a new product called City Match. City Match is a service that matches its users up with their ideal city. Our team had some awesome developers and designers who were able to build a fantastic product!
“But, Arianna you’re a marketer…. what did you even do all weekend?”
Start-up weekends are a mix of technical and business oriented entrepreneurs and wannaprenuers. Whether you are a business person or a developer, start-up weekend has something for you.
This weekend I did things such as:
-Set up social media channels
-Write press releases
-Set up a landing page
-Engagement on social channels
-Made a cool video
This is an excellent post from Jennifer Cabala on what business people can do during the weekend.
Something I learned this weekend:
Your team is everything – Fortunately, I found myself on great team with an awesome group leader – Grant Goodale. If you haven’t had a chance to work with Grant on a project, I recommend finding a way. His leadership style was extremely motivating and helped keep our team on track. Grant is definitely one of the best leaders that I know!
My team also included :
Elliot Cohen - Elliot is a master developer. He was constantly hard at work all weekend cranking out our product. I had known Elliot for a while on Twitter, but this was the first chance I had to meet him in person. So glad I finally got to!
Cameron Newland - Cameron is awesome and if you don’t already know him, you should. Cameron is one of those smart, witty, hard to find, business/developer types. Working with him is always a blast. Additionally, Cameron has a British accent that can’t be beat.
Justin Ricaurte - I knew of Justin vaguely before this weekend but glad I got to work with him on this project. Is there anything this guy doesn’t know? Don’t think so! The whole weekend I learned so many bits of knowledge from Justin about an array of subjects. Justin is an extremely smart biz/dev person who I highly recommend working with.
Kevin Korpi- Did you see our website design? This is the awesome work of Kevin Korpi who I just met this weekend. Kevin made so many fantastic designs for our team in literally minutes. If you’re looking for a designer, Kevin is a highly skilled, overall cool guy you should be working with!
The entire team was fantastic and I am grateful to have gotten to know these guys all a little better.
Thanks for a great weekend!