On a night both dark and dreary,
70 people gathered, looking leary;
A happy young man with a Rhode Island accent shook my hand;
asked me if I knew where I am.
StartupWeekend I shouted with glee;
all these folks look as excited and bewildered as me!
I see programmers, and coders, and marketing folk;
I see creative and business development and UI blokes.
All with a purpose divided you see;
some wanted to build a company, if you please;
and some wanted to have fun,
say they were there when it was all said and done.
But, together we started on that dark Friday night,
with hearts filled with promise and minds full of might.
We discussed several ideas, each more interesting than the last,
and still some were just there to have a blast.
Without much of a whimper or a whisper of a roar,
an idea was selected, which I thought was kinda a bore.
We would allow people to SMS (text if you will)
a short poll, nay a quick vote (perhaps for whom would pay the bill);
VoSnap was born out of love,
at least until the developers began to curse the heaven above.
As the hours passed, people became busier than bees,
David Cohen was blogging, dotting I’s and crossing T’s.
One post, two posts, three posts, four
live blogging became live video
and the world came inside our door.
As Friday night wound down,
our enthusiasm increased
almost no one head out of town,
and our trepidation decreased.
New day, same energy
VoSnap! VoSnap! We all cheered,
especially when it seemed that a demo was near.
But a deadline was missed, then two, then three and four
Soon each punt left our jaws on the floor.
Would VoSnap ever live, or would it be a dream,
with each passing hour, thats just what it seemed.
Andrew broke first, demanding a change
“Ruby on Rails!” was the song that he sang
To the Ruby developers it was a starters gun bang,
To the Java developers it was received with a clang.
But VoSnap! VoSnap! We all cheered,
Andrew realized just where his judgement veered,
So together Java and Ruby began to work
While Sunday’s Launch began to lurk.
Marketing continued to push and promote
When I heard 850 beta emails, I began to choke.
5000 visits a day, and then the TechCrunch.
Twitter was rocking, as was FaceBook,
VoSnap was cool,
but StartupWeekend was the hook.
BizDev was gelling
you could tell from the lack of yelling
and the plenty of charts they were excelling
Hockey Sticks all around,
We knew our feet were running,
before they hit the ground.
And still another deadline was missed.
Saturday night came, and many were miffed.
Even one point five minutes of yoga, run by Gwen Bell
while making us laugh, didnt make it well.
So, many of us left, excited to see
what VoSnap was destined to be
Sunday morning came and I arose with a clatter
only to see Justin working outside the door
exclaiming “All I want to do is sit in my uncomfortable chair,
and get off the floor!”
While the rest of the teams were plum out of buts,
Rich and Michael plotted to kick Micah in the nuts.
“It a viral video,” they pleaded,
its something that is sorely needed.
So videos were made, and banners designed,
SMS was enabled, we knew it was a sign
of a launch nearly there,
since failure was not something we could bear.
As Sunday midnight neared
It was as we all feared,
VoSnap didnt launch,
But Andrew held staunch,
Smiling through it all,
keeping our spirits from taking a fall.
VoSnap! VoSnap! we all cheered,
oh if only you were here.