Start Starting Up!
Ever wonder how some business ventures get off the ground and get going?Â Or maybe how you can go about getting your idea rolling?Â Well, Startup Weekened does just that for developers, coders, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts who participate in several Startup Weekends world wide.
“Build Community. Start Companies. No talk. All action.”
A great (and true) tag line for this growing non-profit organization that helps participating teams from all over theÂ world get their ideas from concept to launch.Â Starting in 2007, the non-profit Startup Weekend has grown to provide about 120 volunteer based facilities for creative and entrepreneurial brainstorming sessions.
Previous companies that have evolved from a Startup weekend include Cloudbot, Milton, iBuildApp and Pocket Tales.Â In fact, there are tons of new businesses from all over the planet that have started at one of these 54 hour weekend community events.
Startup weekend is expanding and growing so fast for a reason.Â First it’s an amazing non-profit that educates entrepreneurs and strengthens communities and all at an extremely affordable price.Â Let’s face it, even the word “startup” is horrifying if you’re going it alone, but Startup Weekend provides a risk free, community environment to get things going and touch on what is and is not realistic. Basically, it’s help.Â Help from great people who care.
Startup in Houston!
What could be more awesome than Startup Weekends?Â Oh, that there is a Startup Weekend Houston!Â This past weekend represents the First Official Houston Startup Weekend not to be confused with the firstÂ Houston Startup Weekend back in 2007 at Caroline Collective. The 2007 weekend was hosted by omnipresent Erica O’grady.
The proud team of organizers of Startup Weekend Houston were the amazingÂ Sarah Worthy ,Â Javid Jamae a fellow a developer; humble … the way all developers should be, Brian Cohen, Daniel Sommars, Katie Sunstrom andÂ Jerald Reichstein. Â Jerald owns his business like most people own their notebooks. Â He’s had at least one before, knows it’s powerful, but he spends more time enjoying it rather than being worried about it. Â Or maybe I was most impressed with his personal rock climbing wall. Â Either way, the mood at this event was inspiring.
Along with Dozens of Houston’s creative and geeky go-getters, it was nothing less than a privilege that weÂ were able to be there.Â Even more-so of an honor was being given the opportunity to contribute; our Creative Director David Stagg gave a small presentation on the important role a simple website plays in the discovery and positioning of your organization.
I look forward to next year’s event, I’m hoping to do more than just enjoy a Saturday morning. Be sure to check out photos from Startup Weekend Houston and David’s presentation.