The 3rd out of 4 posts about my StartupBus 2014 experience.
We made it to our hotel in San Antonio, TX around 1:00AM on Wednesday morning. Finally, all the Buspreneurs were under one roof. After our complimentary breakfast, we all piled back into the buses and converged at Rackspace, our new home for the next 2 days. An appropriate nickname for the place is “The Rackspace Castle” because it resides in an abandoned converted mall.
— TheStartupBus (@TheStartupBus) March 5, 2014
It’s day 3 of the StartupBus and you can tell that the pressure is on! The bus is almost silent besides a few hustlers fine tuning their pitches. We hit a snag in our journey last night traveling between Memphis, TN and Little Rock, AR. There had been an ice storm the night before and the entire highway was covered in multiple inches of ice. On the plus side, when you’re only driving a few MPH you can get a better internet signal. It took over 6 hours to drive 37 miles so we are grateful we made it safely to the hotel around 3:00AM!
— StartupBus NYC (@StartupBusNYC)
After rolling out of bed around 3:30 AM everyone stumbled sleepily to Spotify Head Quarters in New York City before the bus left at 4:45AM SHARP. Of course the sleepiness could not last too long – 10 minutes after scrambling to find a good seat (preferably one at a table) the fun began with the rally of our crazy conductors Alice Ng and Nate Cooper.
Everyone introduced themselves, gave their backgrounds and a pitch (whether they had one or not). All the Busprenuers have interesting and diverse backgrounds which makes for entertaining and motivating company.
Some people came with an idea, some people made up ideas on the spot, and one person even came with a full blown startup pitch including a pamphlet.
After that the game began. Everyone mixed together and tried to recruit people for their teams, and pitched their own skills to the teams they were interested in. After about an hour, everyone settled into their teams and buckled down to work. I joined a team for the startup MiniMap.
Here is a quic…