Startup Weekend : How to Take a Company from Concept to Creation in 54 Hours

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-11-08
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Tested principles for transforming an idea into a fully operational company Startup Weekend-the organization behind 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and create startups-has spawned both a global initiative in entrepreneurship as well as numerous successful startups. Startup Weekend, the book, contains best practices, lessons learned, and empowering examples derived from the organizations experiences for individuals and small organizations to follow as they launch businesses. Each of the key beliefs outlined has been tested by Startup Weekend and has yielded powerful results. The principles described in each chapter will give any business idea a greater chance for success. Chapter topics include trust and empowerment, flexible organizational structures, the power of experiential education, action-based networking, and much more Describes consequences for startup development as entrepreneurs and founders begin doing much more, even faster Profiles successful Startup Weekend companies, including two powerful examples: Memolane, an application that captures a users online life in one timeline making it easy for users to travel back in time and relive memories; and Foodspotting, a mobile and desktop app that allows users to find and share the foods they love Apply these simple actionable principles to launch your own startup revolution.

Author Biography

MARC NAGER, CLINT NELSEN, and FRANCK NOUYRIGAT are the Co-Directors of Startup Weekend, a nonprofit with the mission to educate entrepreneurs, strengthen communities, and launch startups.?Startup Weekend holds weekend events where developers, designers, marketers, productmanagers, and startup enthusiasts cometogether to share ideas, form teams, buildproducts, and create startups in 54 hours.Startup Weekend began in June 2007, and the core team has grown to nine full-time and three part-time employees, along with a network of more than 120 Startup Weekend volunteer facilitators and organizers who plan and lead?Startup Weekend events around the world. For more information, please visit www.startupweekend.org.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Introduction: Why Starting Up Is All about Trust and Empowermentp. 1
Marc Nager and Clint Nelsenp. 3
How Trust Led Us to the Greatest Adventure of Our Livesp. 7
Franck Nouyrigatp. 9
How We Empower People to Get the Most Out of Startup Weekendp. 3
Why You Have to Have Trust to Be a Successful Entrepreneurp. 15
No Talk, All Action: Action-Based Networkingp. 21
You Must Join a Teamp. 26
Breaking Down Barriersp. 31
Taking Advantage of High-Energy, Low-Risk Settingsp. 34
Get Out of Your Bubblep. 38
If Not an Actual Startup, at Least Always Build Relationshipsp. 43
Diversity of Backgrounds Is Keyp. 45
How Do You Keep the Momentum Going?p. 47
Good Ideas Need Great Teams: Pitch for Talent Not for Fundingp. 51
The Magic of 60 Secondsp. 54
Deliver a Solution with One Sentencep. 57
Build a Teamp. 60
What You Need-Talent and Energyp. 61
Experiential Education: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone While Working Together as a Teamp. 67
The Importance of Context, Deadlines, and Instant Feedbackp. 71
Braindumpp. 74
So You Have a Viable Idea-Now What?p. 77
Learning by Doingp. 79
Risk Mitigationp. 81
Allocating Tasksp. 83
Recognizing Failurep. 86
The Three Main Criteriap. 90
The Startup Business Model: Adapt, Stay Lean, and Reiteratep. 95
The Customer Development Revolutionp. 102
Getting Lean, Staying Agile, Preparing to Pivotp. 107
Communication Is Keyp. 112
Stick with the Basicsp. 115
The Missing Pieces of the Entrepreneur's Curriculump. 118
Mapping the Startup Ecosystem and Subversive Reconstructionp. 121
The Entrepreneurship Leapp. 124
The Cofounder Leapp. 126
The Startup Leapp. 130
The Funded Leapp. 133
The Scaling Leapp. 135
External Growth Leapp. 136
Leaping More Oftenp. 137
The Future of Startup Weekendp. 140
The Startup Foundationp. 141
Conclusionp. 143
Viva la Revolutionp. 145
The Entrepreneur Culturep. 149
Your Next Iterationp. 150
Further Readingsp. 153
Indexp. 159
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