Tampa’s third Startup Weekend was this weekend. It is a 54 hour stretch from Friday evening till Sunday evening, where the community comes together to create startups – in 54 hours!
You show up with an idea for a startup. All the attendees vote on the ideas to see which ones will be worked on. Teams are formed to work on the top ideas.
The best ideas do not always win. The clearest messaging wins. The idea owner that can socialize his idea and create a team wins.
There are lessons to be learned. First and foremost: Fail Fast!
Attendees didn’t know everyone and what their skills were. We live in a time of Google+, FB, LinkedIn, WeareTampaBay, Nulister — plenty of places to figure out what people do.
There is also twitter to ask: Hey looking for ______ @ #SWT
How about old-fashioned face-to-face networking — work the room!
Each team has to have a programmer, a business person and an idea creator – at a minimum. Coaches are available. Plus, like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, you can call a friend or Skype on in via video-chat.
The weekend culminates in a pitch. This is where the rubber meets the road. Can you clearly and concisely tell the audience (and judges) what your idea is, what problem it solves and how you will go-to-market?
Well, got to go listen to the pitches!