Published December 1, 2007
entrepreneurs , startups
Photo originally uploaded to Flickr by david parmet
I’m a little late in mentioning this, but I popped down to Manhattan Wednesday night for a bit of MatchupCamp. I only stayed for the first hour, but the turnout was impressive, and the format seemed ideal for the goal of somewhat randomly matching startups and people with ideas with those looking to put their technical/marketing/business skills to work in a startup environment.
There were color-coded name tags, depending on what you were looking for, and an opportunity to post short pitches on the wall and see if you got any bites. I posted the above for allCampus. I spoke with a few nice and smart people. Understandably, they were interested in opportunities that called for jumping in head first. Because of my circumstance, that’s not something I can do right now. I’m hoping to find a technical co-founder who’s looking to moonlight and see where that gets us.
That said, it was nice to get a sense of the tech networking seen in the city. It was an encouraging vibe. (And I met David Parmet, a smart PR/marketing guy whose blog is worth checking out and who took the above shot. Thanks, David!)
Published June 4, 2007
This post by Derek Powazek over on Om Malik’s startup resource site, FoundRead, is a good read that rings true to this former journalist and tech enthusiast. Here are two point I would add about the lessons that can benefit both journalists and startup founders:
- As Powazek says in Lesson 4, both have to “produce something.” The unfortunate consequence of this is that the external pressure to produce, driven not by the needs of the story or the company itself, too often results in “something” that is a piece of junk. Of course, a Web startup can iterate and improve quickly. Journalists are getting better at that, but they still put out papers that are too often full of deadline-induced crud.
- In journalism there’s a saying about half-baked ideas: “That’s a subject, not a story.” For example, if you go to your editor and say, “I want to write about this hot new Twitter thing,” they will (hopefully) reply: “What about it? Twitter is a subject, not a story.” The equivalent in the startup world is: “It’s a feature, not a company.” Of course many great features get started, funded, and bought by actual companies. Thankfully so.
Published February 8, 2007
calendar , entrepreneurs , vc
Photo by Scott Fitchett
An interesting twist on the standard “elevator pitch,” Peak Pitch ’07 gives entrepreneurs as much time to sell investors on their business ideas as it takes to ride a Gondola to the top of the mountain. Started in 2005, the series will for the first time have a New York presence March 16 at the Adirondacks’ Gore Mountain ski area. Troy’s High Peaks Venture Partners will host.