Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Do-vember | Doacracy and November make a baby...

November is National Entrepreneurship Month and in Denver/Boulder we do!  
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Team Olympia comes away with the top prize at Geeks and Artists Olympics 2013 | Denver Startup Week 2013

My feet trot inside a wooden laced brewery cathedral called Wynkoop Brewery.  The setting starts off somber, tables placed about and teams form.  Soon, I'm swooned by the thought of drink tickets and team competition.

I walk up to the signup table and there's one team already created.  I' m presented with a decision to join the team or form one.  I choose the latter and say, "Team Olympia"  I attempt to recruit without success.  I chose to fill my Olympic belly with this fuel instead:

Now properly fueled, mingling starts inside the Geeks and Artists Olympic hall.  Here are the games that we gloriously competed in:

  • Billiards
  • Branding
  • Beer Pong
  • Cornhole(bags)
  • Trivia

At this point "Team Olympia" roster is complete and we take a team picture ( at least with everyone we could muster at the time).

Ecstatic group of G & A Olympians right?

After our team picture was in the bag, we dvided into micro teams of two and took on the events. Throughout the competition we performed with confidence, iterated, took risks, made mistakes and some could say got "lucky" from time to time.  Perhaps we resembled a startup at this point...

However, we consistently believed in one another and never faulted on that belief.  At one point, we had to stop apologizing to each other for mistakes and just perform to resolve.  We kept with that formula and the games came down to a decision by the judges... the rest is history along with two growlers of Lager :)
Denver Startup Week 2013
Geeks & Artists Olympic 2013 Champions!

P.S.  Mile High Ale-titude should be brewed and labeled with the faces above!

*Edit*  Come make a new story!  
Sign up for Denver Startup Week Olympics 2014 here: http://www.denverstartupweek.org/schedule/736-denver-startup-week-olympics

Friday, September 13, 2013

What Startup Weekend Denver 2013 may do for you...

I will keep this one short and sweet.

Reasons why you should attend:

  • I had the opportunity to work with this founder man (yes, I said founder man:)) of StartupDenver, I like to think of him as the Pope of the Denver Startup Community, none other than Jon Rossi of StartupDenver.  He will connect you to the community stronger than a set of legos made with a 3d printer!

  • I attended Startup Weekend Denver 2012 and witnessed these guys that went from H2Lo.co to Rach.io in less than a year.  Now they are tearing up the startup scene while boot-strapping: 

Rach.io Takes Home Top Prize at APEX Challenge

and doing this: Coin Summit 2013 Glorious Failure 50K, not bad for bootstrapping, a win win for exposure and running lean, love it!

Success won't just come to you, you have to seek it diligently and capture it wholeheartedly.  I see this in Rach.io!

I took great things from Startup Weekend Denver 2012 and I'm on my way of launching two Startup projects with a small team.  

I will not be attending Startup Weekend Denver 2013, but I will continue to work on the fruits from that Weekend that sparked it for me.  I highly encourage you to go!

So get off the fence and signup.  Go tonight!  You have 7 hours or less before it starts.  Signup