Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Failing A Pitch at Startup Weekend


As you may know Silicon Ireland and Emerald Valley are hosting the first Belfast Startup Weekend on May 18th 2012. Here is a great post from Startup Weekend about trying again if your pitch did not succeed.



First Steps In Disguise: Failing A Pitch (Twice!) Can Be The Way Forward

“Working with other entrepreneurs at Startup Weekend,
I realized that what they were doing and how they were
doing itwere the same things I’d been doing, too!”

Owen Morris came up with the basic idea for his location-based mobile game, Arg Zombies, while deployed in Afghanistan.  At that time Owen didn’t describe himself as an entrepreneur or a game developer.  He had experience in digital content and 3D animation but had never built a game from scratch.
After returning to the US Owen found Startup Weekend online and attended Startup Weekend San Francisco in August 2011.  Owen pitched the bare bones of his game idea, however, the pitch failed to grab the crowd’s imagination and he was unable to create a team.
Owen says of his first Startup Weekend experience, “Startup Weekend San Francisco was great because it showed me what it was going to take to get my idea off the ground, and it showed me that I had important skills to the bring to the table… as well as where to go to find good people when I didn’t have the right skills.”
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