Startup Weekend is fantasy camp for aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s a fast-paced environment where people from different backgrounds, with different skill sets, collaborate on a business idea over the course of a weekend. Failure is expected, and pivots are essential. Much like a hackathon produces functional applications, Startup Weekend produces businesses.
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of being a mentor/judge at Houston’s Startup Weekend. It’s thrilling to watch an idea develop from a hunch to a vision to a viable business. Not every idea is successful, but the Philly kid in me loves to watch people go the distance. It takes everything I have to shut my mouth, bite my tongue, and let the weekend unfold naturally. Judges rate the teams based on the evolution of the idea from Friday to Sunday, and their opinion about the potential of the business.
Thanks to Javid Jamae and a team of great volunteers, Startup Weekend is coming back to Houston on November 9. It’s a perfect opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to work for a startup — navigating ambiguity, working with strong-willed people, translating vision into reality, and eating a lot of pizza. Best of all, you get to work with seasoned and aspiring entrepreneurs. If you ever want to start your own business, it’s time well spent.
Don’t be just another bum from the neighborhood.