28 January 2008
Miss the broadcast of the APT documentary about Birmingham Startup?!? Are you one of our out-of town blog readers? No worries… Tim Lennox of Alabama Public Television has just announced that they have encoded the COMPLETE BROADCAST and placed it online for your viewing pleasure.
For those of you following Mr. Hyde of Startup Weekend fame, you’ll (hopefully) observe the marked difference in our approach from the way things happen on “official” weekends. Granted, this documentary spends 45+ minutes covering our business development weekend and about 5-8 minutes on the implementation weekend where we *built* the winning team’s online presence. Nonetheless, you can get a good flavor from watching this video of our focus on ensuring BUSINESS VALIDITY before coding.
20 January 2008
I’ve always got a kick about how StartupWeekend is supposed to “build community” when our TechMixers have long been doing that here in Birmingham. We use our startup weekend effort to build a company, as I’ve noted before. If it’s community you want, however, then there’s no better than a TechMixer!
The good folks at TechBirmingham recently announced that the next TechMixer will be held Tuesday, February 12th. This one follows the more traditional “expo” format of yesteryear, unlike the “unplugged” (and lower key) event held last November at the Innovation Depot. This TechMixer returns to the McWane Science Center‘s 3rd floor, sans the Bob the Builder exhibits that cluttered traffic flow last May.
Be one of the 500+ attendees expected at this must-attend event! The Birmingham Startup organizers will be there, so look for us.
17 January 2008
Tim Lennox, of APT fame, posted comments recently on his personal blog about the documentary about the Birmingham Startup. I especially enjoyed the following comment:
“If you think watching people write code for endless hours is worse than watching paint dry, you’re right. But it’s amazing what editing can do for 25 Forty-Minute High Definition tapes!”
Doing the math for you, that’s ONE THOUSAND minutes or over 16 hours of tape from a 100+ hour event… all distilled down to less than one hour of broadcast. Can’t wait!
14 January 2008
Start-Up Weekend with Tim Lennox
In early November, eight teams of entrepreneurs meet to pitch their technology business proposals to a Birmingham business incubator, vying to be chosen as the group to land the funding and then launch its company the next weekend. All of the proposals are Internet-based, and all want to be the next big thing. Reporter Tim Lennox follows the winning start-up from proposal to launch.
Not quite the way we’d have described it. The weekends were hosted AT the business incubator, but their staff wasn’t around to vett any of the concepts. We also did not provide funding, unless you consider pro bono work a form of funding. If we could rewrite the program description, here’s the way it would read:
Start-Up Weekend with Tim Lennox
In early November (2007), eight teams of entrepreneurs met to pitch their business proposals to a team of technology business professionals, vying to be chosen as the group to have their business built for free and launch a company the next weekend. All of the proposals were web-based, and all wanted to be the next next thing. Reporter Tim Lennox follows the winning start-up from proposal to launch.
11 January 2008
It’s election season out there… the candidates are criss-crossing the nation looking for your votes. The mastermind behind it all just announced that the official list has been published and more candidates may be considered in the future. Except here and north of the border. Mysteriously (or not), Birmingham and Toronto aren’t on his list. We don’t care, actually. We’re running our event again here in 2008 with or without any official affiliation.
The “Birmingham Startup” management team should be meeting later this month to select a date in the springtime… we’ll post details about our next startup weekend just as soon as they’re set! Save your votes for determining the next company that we’ll build!