It’s been some time since I last blogged. Like years. Such a hiatus will be hard to come back from, I no longer have the groove, or ability to write longer posts about my thoughts. But for various reasons I want to get back into it so bear with me while I try and get back into some kind of rhythmn.
So a couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be a judge at Wellington Startup Weekend. I’m not quite sure how I qualified, but I was honoured to be asked and went along, quite apprehensive about what would be asked from me.
I’ve been on the other side of the presentation before (and while it’s long, hard work I actually preferred pitching to judging). But this was the first time being able to cast a critical eye over the teams and work out what makes a winning startup weekend team.
The teams that presented were really really good at their pitches, most of them were eloquent, got the idea across, filled in most of the goals and targets for the weekend. But it’s quite important to realise (and something that being a judge made it stunningly obvious to me) that Startup Weekend is all about the formula. If you tick all the boxes around validation, business model etc. So winning the weekend doesn’t mean much in terms of vaiability of a business (I kinda knew this from uSnap.us but it was just good to see it in action)
However there were a number of very enthusiastic people on the weekend and I’m hoping they all go on to do good things