Posts Tagged ‘startups’

techPEAKS’ Demo Day

Check out my overview of TechPeaks’ Demo Day, including my live tweeted commentary. You can see the list of startups that pitched and check out their websites for more information.

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Disrupt or die, baby!

Last weekend was a working weekend, even more so than normal. A small group of TechPeakers and a few “outsiders” spent two learning how to “Disrupt or Die”. This is the name of the workshop run by Vlad and Catalina from Geekcelerator.

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First time consulting on startupping

As part of the TechPeaks programme, participants are expected to “give back” through collaboration and consulting to local companies and organizations. The project I have volunteered for has already begun to reap massive benefits both for them and for myself and my colleague. Startup lessons abound!

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Brainstorming New Startup Ideas

After my TechPeaks team broke up, I had to find a new idea to work on. My criteria were it needed to be something that interested me, a viable business idea and feasible to tackle in a 3 month timeframe. I dove into brainstorming mode to churn out possibilities.

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Eat Your Own Dog Food

Startups are always being told to start with a problem and not a solution. To find a problem worth solving, startups are often told to ‘scratch your own itch’. Even if the startup does not directly experience the problem, there are ways they can ‘eat their own dog food.’

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Even startuppers need to fit in exercise

Few people will actually try to deny that exercise provides great value. Of course, in the startup world, it is easy to say you don’t have time to exercise. But, in the same way that you pay attention to your startup, you need to pay attention to your body and brain.

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Communication is the key

Communication is the meaningful exchange of information between two or a group of people. There are a few elements that seem to be required for communication to have taken place. So evaluate your communication and whether it is missing any of these elements.

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What do you mean I’m an entrepreneur? Are you sure?

What is an entrepreneur and how does one become one? Is it something you can become? Or do you have to just be an entrepreneur? Can you discover your entrepreneurial side or is it something you are supposed to just know that you are? These are actually kind of scary questions given my current situation. Having come to Italy, formed a team and been selected for funding, I now have to face the fact that I may actually have to call myself an entrepreneur.

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We got funded!

The rush of hearing that we’d been selected to receive 25,000 euros! What a relief! We have already had one meeting with the TechPeaks legal team about the incorporation process. So in a couple weeks, I will be a director and shareholder in my first startup.

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Huge news! (I’m going to Italy!)

I received some huge news last Monday (April 22). I shared it with a short list of key people in my life right after, and then over the course of the week with some select friends and contacts. On Thursday, I made the public announcement at Kingston Beta, that I had been selected to participate in the TechPeaks People Accelerator in Italy.

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