Friday, May 2, 2008

Time

Facilitator

Topic

Location

6:00p – 6:30p

Organizers

Registration / Dinner (pizza)

Innovation Depot lobby/atrium

6:30p – 7:30p

Curtis Palmer, et al.

Kickoff / Orientation / Elevator pitches / Presentation techniques

Main Conference Room

7:30p – 8:30p

Shawn Pearson

Market validation / Competitive landscape / Marketing

Main Conference Room

8:30p until

Teams

Apply training to business ideas

Assigned work spaces


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Time

Facilitator

Topic

Location

8:00a – 11:00a

Teams

Apply training to business ideas

Assigned work spaces

11:00a – Noon

Organizers

Individual team reviews; as a group

Main Conference Room

Noon – 1:00p

 

Lunch on your own

 

1:00p – 3:30p

Burr & Forman, LLP partners

Intellectual Property (Vincent), Choice of Entity (Walthall), and Equity Issues (Moseley)

Main Conference Room

3:30p until

Teams

Apply training to business ideas

Assigned work spaces


Sunday, May 4, 2008

Time

Facilitator

Topic

Location

1:00p – 1:45p

 

 

 

Scott McFarland

Monetization and revenue models

Main Conference Room

1:45p – 2:30p

 

 

 

TBD

Funding and Capitalization

Main Conference Room

2:30p – 3:30p

Teams

Preparation for team reviews

Assigned work spaces

3:30p – 4:30p

Organizers

Individual team reviews; as a group

Main Conference Room

4:30p – 6:30p

Teams

Apply training to business ideas

/ Dinner on your own

Assigned work spaces

6:30p – 8:00p

Organizers

Individual team reviews; private sessions

Main Conference Room

8:00p until

Teams

Apply training to business ideas

Assigned work spaces


Friday, May 9, 2008

Time

Facilitator

Topic

Location

6:00p – 6:30p

Organizers

Registration / Dinner (pizza)

Innovation Depot Lobby/Atrium

6:30p – 7:00p

Curtis Palmer, et al.

Kickoff / Orientation / Equity Discussion

Main Conference Room

7:30p – 9:00p

Companies

Elevator Pitches and Presentations to Developers

Main Conference Room

9:00p until

Teams

Developers make their team selections and begin their projects

Assigned work spaces


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Time

Facilitator

Topic

Location

8:00a – 11:00a

Teams

Development continues

Assigned work spaces

11:00a – Noon

Organizers

Individual team reviews

Main Conference Room

Noon – 1:00p

 

Lunch on your own

 

1:00p – 6:00p

Teams

Apply training to business ideas

Assigned work spaces

6:00p – 7:30p

Organizers

Individual team reviews

Main Conference Room

7:30p – until

Teams

Apply training to business ideas

Assigned work spaces

Sunday, May 11, 2008  (Be good to your Mother today)

Time

Facilitator

Topic

Location

As needed

Teams

Development continues

Off Property


Monday, May 12, 2008 … invitation-only

Time

Facilitator

Topic

Location

5:00p – 6:00p

Burr & Forman, LLP

Registration

Top Floor of Wachovia Tower

6:00p – 7:00p

Organizers

Team Presentations; Questions from Panel

Ballroom

7:00p – 7:30p

Organizers

Tabulation of Votes, followed by Announcement of Winning Team

Ballroom

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As noted here, the next 4 weekends will be very busy here in Birmingham:

  1. BarCampBirmingham returns for its 2nd rendition (this Saturday!!)
  2. TechBirmingham Ecycling Day comes back online to receive your unused electronics
  3. Birmingham Startup’s Business Development weekend allows entrepreneurs to fine tune their business ideas
  4. Birmingham Startup’s Implementation Competition weekend allows developers to join a startup and compete head-to-head to see who can build the most complete product/business over the course of one weekend

If our first effort was a “barn raising”, then this next event will be a “barn storming” giving the chance for multiple companies to be formed as part of a friendly competiton between teams to create the most exciting (and functional) Internet-based company by the end of the second weekend. Burr & Forman will hold a reception on the Monday following our weekends for all participants where the competing teams will make presentations and demos. A vote by the attendees will determine the winner.

The event provides a forum for individuals with web-based business ideas to compete and receive extensive guidance on how to build their business over the course of the first weekend. Selected teams who successfully complete the business development weekend are then connected with developers (web design, graphic artists, etc) who will compete to build a functional beta website over the following weekend. To register/apply for this event, please sign up on the www.BirminghamStartup.com website and join the ‘start a startup weekend’ group.

Gather your friends and peers… sign up here and invite others to join this exciting project!!!

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.

Yes, We’ve Got Community

12 February 2008

It’s TIME… leave the office early this afternoon and get yourself downtown to the McWane Science Center. There is a good chance that there will be 800+ people in attendance tonight, if the projections are even half right. It’s too late to pre-register, but you can learn more at www.TechMixer.org. The following is what TechBirmingham said in a reminder email on Monday:

Tech professionals and enthusiasts from the region are invited to attend this FREE event which is centered around the numerous Technology User Groups in the region. Come and meet fellow professionals, share ideas, and find out about the technology user groups in our area. Enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar.

Bring your business cards and enter for a chance to win several door prizes.

McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North | Birmingham, AL 35203

Tuesday, Feburary 12, 2008
5:30 to 8:00 pm

Free parking is available in McWane Science Center’s parking deck, adjacent to the facility on 2nd Avenue North between 18th Street and 19th Street.

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