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Launch a Startup in a Weekend

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Launch a Startup in a Weekend

Time: September 19, 2008 at 6:30pm to September 21, 2008 at 4pm
Location: Honolulu, HI
Event Type: Technology, Meetup
Organized By: Sid
Latest Activity: Oct 18, 2008

Event Description


Cancelled Rails Rumble Weekend, editing event back to original date for posterity and stuff

Based on the limited time we have Friday evening, we're starting a little earlier than I previously stated: 6:30 pm is the official start time!

Please RSVP to help us plan and so we know how much space we need - we've had people express interest offline, in email and other threads, but I am not confident in our head count. If you are a maybe, I would really appreciate it if we could confirm you either as a yes or no as soon as you are sure.

Shawn Drost and I have been planning a weekend where we build and launch a start up.

The basic premise is just you and your geekiest friends, making something for the internet in a weekend. You can read more about the sort of event we're thinking of here, but please note that this event is not affiliated with the official "Startup Weekend" company. This is a small scale event we're planning, independent of them.

If you'd be interested, post here, and if you know someone else that might be, forward this to them.

The current venue is my apartment - located near Ala Moana (hopefully reasonably central), and with my roommates on board we can use the whole 3 bedroom place.

I unfortunately do lack some basic necessities (a coffee maker - someone can bring one), but we will absolutely do have Wifi and a water cooler!

A rough agenda Shawn and I have come up with:

Friday evening:
6 pm onwards - I will be home, if people want to bring dinner and hang out rather than driving home, feel free to.
6:30 pm - Official Kick off! Introductions, idea discussion, pitch concepts, etc. If you are not interested in "Developing" the site but still want to take part in the event, this would be the best time to come.
8:15 pmish - End of concepts, etc, developers discuss feasibility of each idea (especially - can we get a beta built this weekend?) and pick a direction to go. Design/storyboard/etc
9:30 pm - Call it a night

Saturday and Sunday:

10 a.m. - Meet up to code.
1 pmish - Break for lunch
2 pmish - continue coding until the evening, call it a day

On Sunday I have a prior commitment at 4 - people can stay on to develop if you want, but I will have to leave.

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Comment by Laurence A. Lee on September 5, 2008 at 10:50am
Sounds fun and I wish I could join you all, but my weekends are pretty busy.

Is anyone providing guidance as to which technologies you're looking to build up from, and what kind of app you're looking to build? Right now, the idea pool seems wide-open - it could be a .NET/Silverlight RIA app, a J2ME mobile app with GPS capabilities, or a Django app for Socail Networking.

Not everyone is well-versed in multiple platforms, after all, and we have so few "Startup-Minded" geeks in the islands to begin with.

Maybe Startup Weekends would have a better turnout if each event called for specific skillsets -- at least until we have enough people to split into multiple teams?
Comment by Shawn Drost on September 4, 2008 at 1:43am
Hey Peter,
You caught us, we're not really focused on the business side of this*. Our main goal is to make something useful in a weekend. Turning that into a business, one that hopes to have revenues and paperwork filed with the relevant authorities, isn't in the list of things we think we can accomplish in the weekend. Our current plan is to table those sticky questions by collectively agreeing to grant equity only to those that continue to work on the results of the weekend past the event itself.

*I've seen the word "startup" evolve to connote less "business" and more "project"; it's the latter sense we're using here.
Comment by Peter Kay on September 4, 2008 at 1:34am
Really cool idea! How will you guys work out the equity sharing in the company? What does your cap table look like (or is planned to look like)?
Comment by Shawn Drost on September 3, 2008 at 11:30pm
Hi Sophie! We're actually short designers, and you'd be of great use. Stay tuned for updates.

ps I dig macratlove.
Comment by Sophie Weeder on September 3, 2008 at 11:24pm
Might possibly be interested in participating in an artist/designer capacity, although not sure how much help I'd be.
Comment by L.P. "NEENZ" FALEAFINE on September 2, 2008 at 1:43pm
With ya'll in spirit!
Comment by Shawn Drost on September 2, 2008 at 9:41am
we have some attendees from elsewhere on the interwebnets:
-carlos (will come)
-jacob (maybe)
Comment by Shawn Drost on August 27, 2008 at 10:29pm
Woot! Can't wait.


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