A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

And the startup weekend winner is...

Photo from Michigan Daily

It's cool, I'm with the band tech startup competition nerd winner. A few days ago, Ben participated in an event called Startup Weekend. Here's the explanation of the program from the SW website: All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

On Friday night, he pitched Gramofon, a web and mobile based service that allows you to record the sounds around you (the birds chirping outside, music at a concert, sounds of a bustling city street, etc.) and share them with your friends, inviting them to experience the sounds of the world around you. Shortly after getting up in front of a crowd of strangers and sharing his idea, he was approached by developers, designers, and others to help create the business model. By the time he came home Friday night/Saturday morning (it was pretty late), the gramofon team had been formed. They spent all weekend- day and night working on creating the product; from validation to building out the website on the front and back end, to being able to actually use it and show it off in the final presentation to the judges Sunday afternoon. 

Little Bird and I were in the grocery store as the judges were announcing the winners. There was no live stream of the event, so I had to follow along on twitter. Somewhere in the produce department I saw the tweet announcing that Gramofon won the competition! I was so excited (pretty sure the old couple buying the beets thought I was nuts!). I'm also very proud of Ben for all the hard work and discipline that went into the long weekend. Well done, team Gramofon!

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