Startup Weekend: How to Take a Company From Concept to Creation in 54 Hours [NOOK Book]

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"Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon that has attracted and encouraged a new generation of entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend has changed the world, and this book will change the way you think about startups."—David Cohen, founder and CEO of TechStars

"Startup Weekend is the most current account of how the modern tech entrepreneur will operate and succeed. Sure, the person, the hustle, the persistence, and the environment all account toward success—but to hit your key fundamentals, this book will be the best."—Brian Wong, founder and CEO of Kiip

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Startup Weekend: How to Take a Company From Concept to Creation in 54 Hours

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Overview

"Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon that has attracted and encouraged a new generation of entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend has changed the world, and this book will change the way you think about startups."—David Cohen, founder and CEO of TechStars

"Startup Weekend is the most current account of how the modern tech entrepreneur will operate and succeed. Sure, the person, the hustle, the persistence, and the environment all account toward success—but to hit your key fundamentals, this book will be the best."—Brian Wong, founder and CEO of Kiip

"There are lots of people who want to be entrepreneurs but they don't know how to get started. How do you move from passion and an idea to a team, a product, and a launch? Startup Weekend has empowered thousands of entrepreneurs around the world to kick-start their startup dreams. If you want to start a business, stop dreaming about it and just do it—this book can teach you how!"—Neil Patel, founder of Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics

"Startup Weekend is the modern-day equivalent of Woodstock for current and aspiring entrepreneurs.?It's 54 hours of no-holds-barred company building that leaves pretty much everyone who participates saying 'I can't believe what we just built over a weekend!' ?This book captures many of the insights and wisdom from those weekends and gives you a window into what is the mostintense entrepreneurial experience out there today." —Greg Gottesman, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118159637
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 453,864
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

MARC NAGER, CLINT NELSEN, and FRANCK NOUYRIGAT are the Co-Directors of Startup Weekend, a nonprofit with the mission to educate entrepreneurs, strengthen communities, and launch startups.?Startup Weekend holds weekend events where developers, designers, marketers, productmanagers, and startup enthusiasts cometogether to share ideas, form teams, buildproducts, and create startups in 54 hours.Startup Weekend began in June 2007, and the core team has grown to nine full-time and three part-time employees, along with a network of more than 120 Startup Weekend volunteer facilitators and organizers who plan and lead?Startup Weekend events around the world. For more information, please visit startupweekend.org.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Carl Schramm and Steve Blank xi

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxv

Introduction: Why Starting Up Is All about Trust and Empowerment 1

Marc Nager and Clint Nelsen 3

How Trust Led Us to the Greatest Adventure of Our Lives 7

Franck Nouyrigat 9

How We Empower People to Get the Most Out of Startup Weekend 13

Why You Have to Have Trust to Be a Successful Entrepreneur 15

1. No Talk, All Action: Action-Based Networking 21

You Must Join a Team 26

Breaking Down Barriers 31

Taking Advantage of High-Energy, Low-Risk Settings 34

Get Out of Your Bubble 38

If Not an Actual Startup, at Least Always Build Relationships 43

Diversity of Backgrounds Is Key 45

How Do You Keep the Momentum Going? 47

2. Good Ideas Need Great Teams: Pitch for Talent Not for Funding 51

The Magic of 60 Seconds 54

Deliver a Solution with One Sentence 57

Build a Team 60

What You Need—Talent and Energy 61

3. Experiential Education: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone While Working Together as a Team 67

The Importance of Context, Deadlines, and Instant Feedback 71

Braindump 74

So You Have a Viable Idea—Now What? 77

Learning by Doing 79

Risk Mitigation 81

Allocating Tasks 83

Recognizing Failure 86

The Three Main Criteria 90

4. The Startup Business Model: Adapt, Stay Lean, and Reiterate 95

The Customer Development Revolution 102

Getting Lean, Staying Agile, Preparing to Pivot 107

Communication Is Key 112

Stick with the Basics 115

The Missing Pieces of the Entrepreneur’s Curriculum 118

5. Mapping the Startup Ecosystem and Subversive Reconstruction 121

The Entrepreneurship Leap 124

The Cofounder Leap 126

The Startup Leap 130

The Funded Leap 133

The Scaling Leap 135

External Growth Leap 136

Leaping More Often 137

The Future of Startup Weekend 140

The Startup Foundation 141

Conclusion 143

Viva la Revolution 145

The Entrepreneur Culture 149

Your Next Iteration 150

Further Readings 153

Index 159

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