Thursday, 1 March 2012

When You Lack Experience, Sometimes Simply Participating Is Enough To Get Started


When You Lack Experience, Sometimes Simply Participating Is Enough To Get Started

“If not for Startup Weekend, when I graduated I’d be looking for jobs like my classmates instead of creating them.”

When Anna Sergeeva and Fei Xiao attended their first Startup Weekend in LA in February 2011 they didn’t quite know what to expect.  With no real understanding of front or backend design and as the only college students at the event, Anna and Fei felt out of their element.  Their classes in entrepreneurship at USC had whetted their appetites for the world of startups but they weren’t founders and didn’t know anything about coding.Despite any doubts, on Friday night they pitched an idea.  It was an idea that, somewhat to their surprise, proved popular with the other attendees.  With a team in place, they got what Anna describes as a “crash course” in technology.
“We had an awesome and understanding team,” Anna says. “They could tell we didn’t have much experience, but they were very supportive and brought us up to speed on everything from wire-framing to agile development.”
Not to let the momentum of Startup Weekend fade away, by mid-2011 Anna and Fei had participated in Startup Bus and found a USC graduate student to come on board as TrueRSVP’s CTO. Read More!