This weekend is StartupWeekend.
What is StartupWeekend? The brainchild of Andrew Hyde and other members of the Boulder/Denver entrepreneur/tech community, StartupWeekend tries to answer the question: If you get enough smart, talented and driven people in a room, can they create a company from conception to completion in a weekend?
Looking at the roster of folks planning on attending, which varies from the young to the old, and from the techie to the non-techie, it seems that the answer is yes.
I am excited to be part of this group. For those that know me, I spent the last 4+ running a search engine marketing firm in Denver. While this was an exciting experience, it also took me away from the startup community and stifled any entrepreneurial spirit I might have had. Instead, I spent my days focused on client relations, sales, human resources and all the other fun things that come with running a small business. Now that I sold the company to a bigger interactive agency, my time is my time again.
Now, surrounded by some of the best coders, programmers, UI, and thinkers in the Boulder/Denver area, I am going to be challenged to be a valuable asset to this group. What I am most interested in seeing is how a money focused marketer (can this idea make money?) integrates with a room full of problem solving technologists (does this idea add value to society?). I am pretty comfortable that the end company will be a nice mixture of the two, and someone is excited enough about the idea to run with it beyond the weekend. Who knows, The Next Big Thing might just come out of the weekend….
Just by the ideas that are beginning to form on the StartupWeekend blog, its shaping up to be an amazing weekend of big ideas, good people and some elbow grease.
There is probably still time to sign up for the weekend.