GalleyPro Wins

12 May 2008

We just announced the winner… by an overwhelming margin, the winner of the 2nd Birmingham Startup pitch contest is GalleyPro! The entire audience voted, but the judges seemed to favor this pitch as well.

Birmingham Startup #2's Judging Panel

The judges were (left to right as shown above):

  • David Gray, DAXKO – representing tech company CEOs
  • Grey Wood, Jemison Investments – representing Venture Capital
  • Susan Matlock, Innovation Depot – representing incubation and entrepreneurism
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This evening we are at Burr & Forman.  Five companies are giving their pitches.  The judging panel is pounding each entrepreneur with questions.  Once we hear all of the presentations, a ballot will be distributed and a vote taken.

Birmingham Startup presentations

Considering Kluster

29 February 2008

It couldn’t last… there are now several viable rapid-development concepts in play.  The concept of building a company in a compressed timeframe wasn’t new when Andrew Hyde introduced it as Startup Weekend and it wasn’t the only game in town (as we proved in November 2007).  Along comes an announcement about a “brand new product in 72 hours” by a group/organization known as kluster.  This is an interesting “crowd sourcing” concept and business model… might be worth considering some of the metrics for accounting for participation in the development process as a method for tracking sweat equity.

Announcing the next Birmingham Startup event!  We’re happy to announce that the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has requested that we hold our next event during the first two weekends of May 2008 so that it coincides with their annual “Small Business Week“.  Block those weekends now so that you can participate.

Also, we have migrated our main website to a new service, moving off of a Wiki setup to a social network structure… please visit it today and sign up as a new member.

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.

Enjoy!

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walk-up registration table
TechMixer2 - techies mixing it up
TechMixer 3.0 table layout
TechMixer 1.0 >> attendees (5 of 5)
 

I’ve always got a kick about how StartupWeekend is supposed tobuild 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.

Learn more at the TechMixer.org site… If you know you want to attend (and you probably do!), then CLICK HERE to go directly to the registration page.

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!

Post Pitch Interview with APTVIt’s time to set your Tivo/Moxi/DVR to record “Alabama Stories” On Alabama Public Television Broadcast Channel in High Definition – Friday, January 18th @ 7pm CST…

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.

http://www.aptv.org/Schedule/showinfo.asp?ID=164646

FindASpeaker - Certificate of CompletionNot 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.

We’ll have to wait until Friday 7-8pm CST to see the broadcast ourselves and see how it all plays back in High Definition.
APT interview of CrossConneXion

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!

Mark Your Calendars

12 December 2007

No, we’ve not set the date for the next startup weekends here in Birmingham, but I just heard from Tim Lennox at APT today.  They’re putting the final touches on the documentary about the first Birmingham Startup weekends.  They just shot a follow-up interview with the founders of CrossConneXion… kind of a “where are they now?” (all of a couple of months later).

Tim did give away a bit of a spoiler… Read the rest of this entry »