# Bo Fishback – Zaarly* Was president of Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation, didn’t understand what’s so special about Startup Weekend
* Didn’t plan to go but ended up pitching & winning at Startup Weekend LA, quitting his awesome job to run Zaarly!
* Friend in banking pitched to him with a long executive biz plan of what was Zaarly! Bo was like, âWait… Thatâs Zaarly!â but his friend was like âBut it’s different.â So Bo just told him to go to a Startup Weekend!
* The friend was texting Bo excitedly before going up to pitch, and then afterwards he said âI was shit, my idea didn’t get picked.â So within 1 minute, he got the feedback for the bad idea he had worked on for months!
* Zaarly gave 2% share to Startup Weekend! # Startup Weekend Cairo * 1500 applicants
* Revolution and the change of the status quo
* Rise of Egyptian youth
* Joint campaign with TEDxCairo to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit # Greg Gottesman – Madrona Venture Group * Startup Weekend is like crack, once people get a taste, they get hooked
* Teaches Startup Weekend in his class in UW, transformed the classroom! # Kristjan Freyr Kristjansson – SW Iceland * Startup Weekend is the best thing that has ever happened to people with ideas!
* Created Startup Weekend marathon – A Startup Weekend is never more than a month away.
* President of Iceland came to 2 Startup Weekends!!
* Vision: Every person in Iceland needs to know about Startup Weekend, and every school student needs to go through Startup Weekend at least once! # Kyle Kesterson – Giant Thinkwell * Rise of the Designer
* Lack of design talents in Startup Weekend
* Designers’ mental model – Like to work for big agencies, dislike being freelance
* To appeal to designers, let them know they are here to lead! Not just to help others with designs
* Collaborate with others to create ideas, do design thinking, solve problems
* Startup Weekend needs their creative mindsets
* Get designers to sell tickets to more designers for a discount
* Get sponsors from design companies (and get their designers to come!)
* Film promo documentary by following a designer throughout an entire weekend
* Read [Does your startup need a designer coâ’founder?](http://www.designstaff.org/articles/does-your-startup-need-a-design-co-founde… by Enrique Allen, founding member of Designer Fund and 500 Startups
* Remove the risk of âfree workâ
* Seattle Students R&D (makers) # Do These at Next SWHK! * Watch Steve Blank’s Customer Developer video – Assign CD Leader
* Assign Project Management Leader
* Coaches instead of mentors – Participate the whole weekend
* Get 2 interesting speakers – TEDx tie-in
* Get **GOOD FOOD!!!**
* Sunday night flowers for spouses
* Strong organizing teams
* Event management to-dos
* Ops team check out @doteyes (Use music to time events)
* Bring back strong leaders to run teams
* Pre-event (Alumni night, GTUG)
* Move Sunday night pitches to a bar, expand to 500 audiences
* Calendar for organizers
* T-shirts for coaches, and then for attendees afterwards
* Have female coaches and judges bring in female participants # SW Next * An event after Startup Weekend to stress test the teams!
* Help make stronger, enduring teams
* You don’t really know the people you worked with in a Startup Weekend
* It’s all about the team! e.g. Cloudmine found 2/3 of its co-founders in SW, even though they didn’t work together in the same teams # Intellectual Properties * Don’t talk to lawyers, don’t over complicate
* Hold weekly meeting s for a month
* People will find out what they wanna do
* IPs coming out of a Startup Weekend is worthless, e.g. the Zaarly idea has been pitched over 20 times at events everywhere, but none succeeded! It’s the team that counts!
* Don’t worry about equity, just set milestones, people will weed themselves out
* Press milestones
* Ayloo.net # Sponsors * Ask them what’s their company’s goals
* e.g. Design companies have designers but want developers # How to Promote * Cap the ticket low, let the wait list grow and release fix strategically (only to good people)
* Interview your coaches and post up blog / videos before event
* Then, after event, interview a few participants