Monday, November 19, 2012

Why we went to StartupWeekend Bratislava 3…

54 hours of hard work, crazy fun, sleep deprivation, networking, overcoming challenges, learning… And much much more… This is what StartupWeekends are all about. This is the reason why I have been to all three StartupWeekends in Bratislava so far and why I don’t plan to stop anytime soon…

I have heard that some people complained that we joined SWBA3, even though we already had a team and a working prototype of our product. Honestly, I had similar feelings during the previous StartupWeekends.

However, we didn’t come to win the StartupWeekend. We knew that this would actually disqualify us from winning.

We came for all the other things that is StartupWeekend.

We came because we had some big challenges we thought were worthy of tackling and that we were not able to solve alone.

We came to meet all the great people.

And we came for all the priceless feedback.

Originally, we also wanted to join with some crazy idea like running from cats or blame it on the bird. And just enjoy the spirit of the StartupWeekend in full. From zero to something, WOW…

But we decided we didn’t want to start a project just to abandon it after the weekend. We are committed to see Instando succeed and we knew we would have neither the time nor the resources to carry on with a new project right now.

We didn’t want to cause any misunderstandings or leave any bad feelings. I hope our decision is a bit clearer now. I think it was definitely worth it: we had a great time, did some great work, met amazing new people and learned priceless new lessons.

That’s what I think StartupWeekends are all about…


PS: Please feel free to disagree, I would really love to hear your feedback and resolve any misunderstandings.

6 comments:

  1. I dont understand why this is an issue. You paid for your attendance, you were rightfully voted into the competition the first day and hence you had the right to be there. Did you move forward during the weekend? I believe you did. It's all that matters. Stay true to your goal and mission. Let haters be haters.

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    1. Thanks Marcel, we obviously agree with you :) It's just that similar feelings appeared also during the previous StartupWeekend and it would be good if this gets clarified.

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  2. I think you were rightly not included in the top three, but the judges definitely recognized that you didn't just come to get new hires, but actually worked on your product all weekend and showed something for it. I guess I see the critics' point of view, but, last time I checked, this is a free country...:)Miska

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  3. TranslateKarate has taken part at SWKE either. Our main goal was to make translation toolbar go live.
    We accomplished it and presented our pitch ( http://www.slideshare.net/translatekarate/translatekarate-pitch-at-startup-weekend-kosice ) and demo (http://www.screenr.com/rMi8 )

    I totally agree with your participation at SWBA.

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  4. I agree you should have been there as I really enjoyed meeting you there, guys. Still, I miss some more exact rules for participation in general. Like, for me is little strange if a team at SW "cannot" or "would probably not" get to first three because of something. For me, either you should be able to apply for full participation, or not.
    Still, I trust you that you came to do work on your project and have no problem with your participation.

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