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** Internet Startup Labor day weekend - Launch a startup in 3 days.

From: Al
Sent on: Friday, July 27, 2007 5:23 PM
Hi All,

It was great meeting some of you at the LA web application developers meetup. This email is to let everyone know of the Internet startup weekend being organized in September in Los Angeles. The idea is to create and launch an internet startup in 3 days.

Go to this link to learn more about the positions available and sign up. http://startup.eventbrite.com


DETAILS OF THE EVENT

Concept:

The concept is to create an internet startup in a long weekend. Gather a group of enthusiastic people who are all founders of the startup that will work to launch the startup prototype over the Labor day long weekend. You may ask why this is being done. It is to get a bunch of super enthusiastic people together and try to transform an idea into a product and eventually a business.

Who can participate?

Enthusiastic, no-nonsense people that think they have what it takes to last a long 72 hour drill. Hey - there will be no time for office politics for sure.

Anyone that meets the position needs described in the "Register Now" section at http://startup.eventbrite.com and lives and works around Los Angeles, California. Sorry, you need to be local to carry this forward. 

Idea for the startup 

The idea for the startup will be decided on the day of the startup by the founding team together. Please send your ideas ahead of time and we will compile them for review on the first day. However here are a few basic rules to consider:

a) It should be something you do offline today that can be done better online.

b) Do not copy something that has been done before. We are not going to create a youtube copy all over again.

c) The prototype has to be launched in 3 days. So it cannot be an idea that needs 321 days of research before something can be done with it.

d) Do not limit your idea to a very small niche - if only just some hackers use it, it is not a viable long term business. Note: it can still be a niche segment, just large enough to be interesting. 

Who will own it?

All founders will have equal share. Decision making will be done with a majority vote win within the group.

Technology 

The startup will be built on LAMP. You may ask why? Because it is free to launch and will have more developers available to work on the startup.

How can we launch in 3 days? 

Yes, there certainly are challenges. But that is the fun part isn't it. So gear up for 72 hours of non-stop challenges and fun. Still interested, then sign up before all slots fill up.  

What will happen after the labor day weekend? 

We will spend a few hours on the last day to determine just that. Options are really simple:

a) Abandon it as a fun test

b) Pursue it further to make it a real company

c)  Some people go with option (a) and some with option (b)

Ok - what about the basic necessities - you know food and sleep.

At the start of the event, we will collect food money. Food, sodas, water etc. will be brought in to save time.

Sleep - you sleep eh? Hmmm. Not a good thing. :).We will spend as much time working as possible with very little sleep. But if you have to crash, you can either get your sleep mats, airbeds etc. or find a hotel/motel nearby to crash. Your choice. We plan to sleep on the floor with just a pillow.

Sounds interesting? Sign up before all spots fill up. Note: there are 40 spots in all but that may be revised as people start signing up.

What do I need to get with me? 

a) A laptop with wireless access.

b) Comfortable clothes

c) Some food money

d) All your energy and enthusiasm. 


To sign up - go here: http://startup.eventbrite.com

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