How to: Survive Startup Weekend Ideas Week


Most entrepreneurs are crazy. You have to be to believe in something enough to make it your (often life) mission. That’s a long time. Whoa, whoa, whoa. But hold on– Startup Weekend is launching startups in 54 hours. That’s a lot of reality show waiting to happen. And we have some tips of how to make the best out of your experience.

1) Don’t be too attached to the idea you arrive with.

Your idea sucks. Google it. It does. Your idea is not what is important. It’s where it ends up that matters. The number of pitches will probably change during the course of the weekend, so it’s best to keep an open mind.

2) Come with more than one idea.

Everyone is going to steal your idea. Just kidding. The best part about one idea, is when another idea attaches to it that isn’t fully formed. Don’t be afraid to pitch something that might sound dumb, because truth is good ideas usually come from crazy places (see point 1).

3) Expect to collaborate and work on a team.

Didn’t every elementary school have a sign that said, “There is no ‘I’ in team?”. Moot point.

4) Maintain good humor and personal hygiene.

Nice people are always easier to work with than not nice people. Find the person closest to you that reminds you of a character from Parks and Recreation, and you are likely to be a little calmer yourself. It’s stressful doing everything in 54 hours, and make sure that you bring some Axe to keep you company. Seriously.