A couple weeks ago, I went to Startup Weekend in San Francisco. If you never heard of Startup Weekend, it’s basically where you try to start a business over the course of a weekend. Our group focused on helping couples–as opposed to the multitude of match.com’s that address singles. We saw the problem as relationships typically start off on a high note and then slowly fade over time without a concerted effort from each partner. Kahnoodle, we envisioned, would make that concerted easy and fun by understanding what each person was looking for on an ongoing basis and relaying that information to their partner. For the kicker, we would throw in game mechanics to make actions of love (or kahnoodles, as we call them) self rewarding.
I was just reading the article Clear Desk, Clear Mind by the fine people at Zurb, and realized my “clear desk” looks almost exactly like theirs (down to the pencil holder style). I started thinking about it for a moment and realized this concept really applies for everything. I am a minimalist. Continue reading
ChirpEcho is a “weekend project”–coded in Rails with Tropo for SMS–that will send you a text message whenever a certain twitter user of interest mentions a keyword or phrase that you don’t want to miss. You can see it in development at twitteralert.heroku.com/, and when it’s ready for production it’ll be accessible on Continue reading
At the YC office there is a whiteboard, now carrying somewhat iconic status, which reminds every single YC founder of “The Process”: once a startup has launched, the novelty will wear off, and the team will find itself in the “Trough of Sorrow”.
I just found a great blog post on the topic of vetting a startup.
A few takeaways:
- It has to be more than a good idea
- What it boils down to is are people willing to pay for the service/product.
- In fact, have them hand over actual money
- In may not work for the “Twitters” of the startup world
- You’ll know that you’ll have revenue as soon as you have a working product
Many entrepreneurs struggle with the very beginning of getting their idea off the ground: perfecting the elevator pitch, finding a co-founder, and getting funded, to name a few. So I created a little viral signup form, for when I have time to build it. Continue reading