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Guest Post: 10 Things I Learned At Startup Weekend Singapore. This is a great guest post by Felix Leong originally on

Guest Post: 10 Things I Learned At Startup Weekend Singapore

For more on him, check out his bio at the end of this piece. Yes, I finally attended my very first Startup Weekend in Singapore. And they live up to their reputation of being one of the most organized startup events and I dig their heavy emphasis on execution. Throughout 54 hours of working on startup ideas and observing how others approach the problem, there’s a lot of lessons that I’ve learned throughout the whole process. I know why Startup Weekend is awesome: within three days, you’ll be able to see the real social dynamics and the drama that unfolds as the teams manage themselves: both good and bad. Going through my tweets and my mental recollections, here are the lessons that I’ve learned and/or observed during the event, in chronological order: 1. And during the event, all you need is about 7 votes to get into the top 40 ideas. 2.

So now you got into the top-40, congratulations! 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Startup Weekend Paris March 2012.


Organisateurs. Startup Weekend Paris. Startup Weekend FR (swbaguette) sur Twitter. Startup Weekend Paris. Why Can’t Startups Find Designers? Maybe it was Apple’s emphasis on design, and its direct impact on the iPhone and iPad’s success.

Why Can’t Startups Find Designers?

Maybe it was the success of design-heavy startups like Airbnb and Hipmunk. Or maybe, as startups mature technologically, people are realizing that design can become a valuable differentiator. In any case, during the past couple years it seems like the tech world has gradually come to realize the importance of design. As a sign of this trend, there’s even a fund that exclusively backs startups founded by designers. The result is that design skills are in demand now more than ever, and that it’s becoming harder and harder for tech companies to hire good designers, especially in the Bay Area. The rest of the world is starting to feel the crunch too. So if you’re looking to hire a designer, how do you solve this problem? To discover a designer, you’ve got to think like one The fact that so many tech startups are founded by coders is a disadvantage when it comes to hiring a designer. Conclusion. Nick Stevens (@Clogish) sur Twitter.

Facilitator Spotlight: Nick Stevens. The following conversation with Nick Stevens of The Netherlands kicks-off our Featured Facilitator Series.

Facilitator Spotlight: Nick Stevens

How did you get involved with Startup Weekend? I got involved by booking a ticket to attend Amsterdam 2011. Two years prior, I had left the world of corporate America and returned to small business and startups. Startup Weekend seemed like a fun event that could help with networking, although I found it odd that there appeared to be no social media buzz. I wrote an email to the organisers, asking if it was something I could help with, and that’s how I ended up on the organising team.

How would you describe the impact Startup Weekend has had on your local entrepreneurial ecosystem? “The Netherlands has always been a very innovative country, but over the last few years the startup scene has really come alive. How do you see Startup Weekend Facilitators contributing to the growth & development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem? “So far, I’ve yet to find my own “”signature”" for events. Tech Edition Wrap-up! By now we’ve all had a few days to decompress and make up for the lack of sleep that we all got for a few days – for those who didn’t get to attend the event, you missed out on a great weekend!

Tech Edition Wrap-up!

Friday night featured 24 pitches – that’s 33% of attendess pitching. We had everything from Airbnb clones to time travelling iPhone Apps, but by the end of Friday, we voted to keep the top 12 pitches, and only 10 teams were formed. However, it seemed some ideas were too strong to be voted out of the weekend, as by Saturday afternoon we were back up to thirteen teams again! The teams worked throughout the weekend – Pascal and Emeric pulled all nighters with the 15 or so who had brought their sleeping bags – and mentors spent a good amount of time with the team.