I recently had the absolute pleasure of attending my very first Startup Weekend (Gold Coast), hosted at WOTSO. This was the first time I have been exposed to the pace and expectations of startups versus corporate culture.
It was an awesome experience, one which will stick with me for the rest of my life and one which has opened my eyes to the true possibilities of a few people sharing the same goal.
Never before have I been placed in a situation where I was expected to fail. Where I was expected not to build a product, but to ensure people actually wanted it. Where I was expected to gain revenue almost immediately as proof of that.
I thought I had some idea of what the startup ecosystem was about, and I thought I wanted to get involved. But after this weekend I can say firstly that my knowledge was limited and secondly that I now have a passion for trying new things and not worrying if it doesn’t go to plan.
Startup Weekend taught me a number of key points:
I also had the pleasure of working with a number of mentors and volunteers who always had something hugely important to suggest. On more than one occasion, we pivoted on some unique aspect because of their suggestions.
My whirlwind weekend went something like this:
An absolute whirlwind weekend. Not much sleep and a focused agile team allowed us to accomplish big things in just 54 hours.
The only thing I am disappointed about is not getting involved in more of these events earlier.
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