Orlando Startup Weekend

This past weekend I participated in StartUp Weekend in Orlando. From their website: “Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.” “Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.”

I’m happy to announce that my team came in 4th place out of 16 teams in the competition. While we didn’t win any direct prizes, we still have an opportunity if one of the top 3 teams fails to incorporate and move forward. Myself and Andrew Miller with assistance from Jeremy Holstein came up with an idea to shift the uncertainty that merchants face in achieving sales to the uncertainty that some consumers are willing to accept in reduced choice of product. If we incorporate and follow through with our business idea, we have a chance for getting $10k in seed money.

You can review our deck though this might not give one the entire picture without the talk we gave along with it. If anybody wants to learn more or invest millions of dollars (Disclaimer: said tongue in cheek not a solicitation for money or an offer to sell :-))

It was so much fun, I wish I could go to Tampa Startup Weekend but I’ll be at the Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend.

I, also, just found out I’ll have the pleasure of attending the NYU/Princeton Conference on Mobile and Location Privacy: A Technology and Policy Dialog.