Last night I went to the Six Hour Startup event held at the Collins Pub in Seattle. The premise behind 6HS is: start something up and get it launched in 6 hours, using the combined talents of a group of startup folks.
It was my first time attending a 6HS event, and I’ll definitely be back for more. My key takeaways:
Don’t be afraid to come if your expertise is not in Python or Django. What better way to learn than to start coding with experts sitting right across the table from you to help you get through the inevitable setup and configuration hurdles? I’d never done any Python or Django before but was able to get up and running with very little pain, and I learned a ton. Thanks, Brian, Justin, and Anders!
You don’t need to be a hardcore nerd to attend. We had quite a few business/legal/marketing/PR folks attending last night, and everyone contributed.
You’ll learn more than you thought. I was able to get the Yelp API calls working last night, after never having touched them before.
Community matters. It’s so much better to do these types of things with other motivated people in the startup community than alone, or only with people you already know well. Take a chance and stretch those social muscles a bit!
The side talks are very valuable. Last night Wes Maldonado showed me the beta version of a new product that Pivotal Labs is working on called Pivotal Tracker, which is a very sexy-looking web based XP project planning system. I feel like Pivotal Tracker may be just the thing I need to push Crowdify to the next level.
Roslyn Brewing Company makes a damned fine beer.
And, surprisingly, the Deschutes Black Butte XX is amazing as well. I say surprisingly because I’m not normally a fan of dark beers. This one was yummy. Thanks Marina!
All in all – a great evening, and one I hope to repeat many times in the future.