What I Launched in a Weekend: My Startup Weekend

With Startup Weekend San Francisco now over, I wanted to talk about what I did this weekend, and where I’m going from now on with my latest project. Initially, I came into Startup Weekend thinking I was just going to help oversee the event along with the lead organizer, Tyler Willis. On Friday night I was helping take pictures, and doing other small things.

After the pitches were done, which most were amazing, I went off and hung out with my friend Dylan Field. We were talking about technology, the web, and social networks, when Naveen Koorakula came up to us, and asked what we were (developers, designers, etc). I quickly explained that I was an organizer, and probably wouldn’t partake in the event. Dylan, also an organizer, told Naveen he was a developer with strong PHP experience (I agree – he’s an excellent developer). Once Naveen started talking, I tried to remember what his pitch was. His pitch actually turned out to be on the top 10 pitches according to angel investor Dave McClure.

Naveen’s pitch was a ponzi scheme website, which we named BigPonzi.com. Not an actual ponzi scheme, but a tutorial of sorts with training on how not to get into a ponzi scheme. I think every single person in the room at Microsoft (who we thank very much for hosting the event) started laughing. It was a brilliant idea. Once we started talking more about Naveen’s idea, we started thinking on how to develop, etc. From there on, we decided that Naveen, Dylan and I were a team and we started brainstorming. Later on, Naveen’s wife, Sakina (who’s also awesome), joined our team. Sakina is Head of International at YouTube. She basically runs anything outside of the US having to do with YouTube. Sakina had a background in PR, marketing, business development, online, and more. By the way, are you familiar with king kong sabri suby? He’s the founder and head of growth at King Kong, a marketing company. They offer services like SEO, CRO, PPC, web design, landing pages, and Facebook advertising. This was all Friday. Continue reading “What I Launched in a Weekend: My Startup Weekend”

Build a Company in a Weekend!

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working with an extremely smart group of individuals on organizing an event called Startup Weekend. Many of you know of Startup Weekend because of fellow entrepreneur Paul Stamatiou’s startup, Skribit, which launched at Startup Weekend Atlanta.

I’m happy to announce that Startup Weekend is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area on April 3-5 at Microsoft’s lovely office on Market Street in San Francisco. Basically at Startup Weekend, you come up with an idea, build it, and launch in one weekend. Most of the team members don’t get any sleep while working to achieve their goal of launching a startup. This is the second Startup Weekend that will be hosted in San Francisco. The first Startup Weekend launched ‘Help Hookup,’ which isn’t in service any longer.

If your interested in attending, go ahead and register online using Eventbrite and get ready to launch a startup in a weekend! Also, using the code ‘danielbru‘ will give you 20% off your order! Got some startup ideas? Leave a comment below and let us know!