Kluster Will Try the Startup Weekend Concept at TED

From Read/Write Web this morning:

Founder Ben Kaufman, who bankrolled the company in part with money from the sale of his last company Mophie, has organized a gimmick over the course of the TED conference he hopes will prove Kluster’s worth. Kaufman intends to let TED attendees — and users from around the world — design a completely new product over the course of 72 hours.

*cough* been there, done that. Doing it again in Portland in a few months. I think what this shows is that Andrew Hyde’s Startup Weekend model — get a bunch of smart people in a room, give them a challenge, set them loose — has legs and strikes the right chord in people.

I’ll be really interested to hear what Kluster comes up with. Operationally, I’m interested to hear how you can “launch” a physical product – not a website – in 72 hours. There will be a lot of interesting (yet minor) dissimilarities with Startup Weekend. It will be good to compare and contrast.

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4 Responses to “Kluster Will Try the Startup Weekend Concept at TED”


  1. 1 vcwear February 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    very interesting! Can I get a *cough* invite for next year?

  2. 2 Anthony Stevens February 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    You mean for SWS-’09? I’ll gladly invite you back for that!

  3. 3 curtispalmer February 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    been there, done that (see blog.birminghamstartup.com)… we’ve done it and will do it again, independent from the official “startup weekend” organization.


  1. 1 Where’s the Kluster TED product? « The Pursuit of a Life Trackback on March 3, 2008 at 10:15 am

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