Five days (and many hours riding a bus) after we left San Francisco, it was time for StartupBus to come to an end. It was a strange mix of feelings and impressions, something in between the last day of summer camp and a graduation ceremony. It was show day! Big time! Your mom would be watching, and it was time to make her proud. But I don’t think any of the finalists cared about the results. We lived the experience. We learned and changed – that’s all that matters!
The final five teams were kept aside to stay focused on our last push on the product or pitch. We took this opportunity to create a better-designed mobile experience, while another part of the team was trying to expand our vision and get it into the slides. While we were busy working in the finalists’ room, our friends from the combined SF/Florida SuperBus came to visit. They were all being supportive and trying to help. Theresa, our designer, broke her laptop the day before, and everybody was trying to help by fixing it or landing another machi…
This was it. All the buspreneurs from across North America were reunited at Studio 615 in Nashville for the last two days of the StartupBus journey. It was the moment of truth: finals.
Each team made their pitch to Elias (founder of StartupBus), Ricky, and Cole (National Directors of StartupBus), but only 15 projects would make it to semifinals. Meanwhile, the other teams were still working on their projects in another room. We watched the pitches in the other room projected on a wall with a mixture of excitement and stress. It was definitely a competition in some ways – but we were “competing” against friends. When a team was done with their pitch, they would return to laughter and cheers from the others in the main room. We all supported each other. Luckily for me, our team was the first to pitch so we didn’t have to stress out waiting for our turn.
My last post ended with us flying from Las Vegas to Atlanta. We arrived at 6am, tired after the flight. Compared to teams on the other buses, we had “lost” 6 hours of potential work and progress on our products, so the pressure was on to make things happen.
Just after we landed, we went to the hotel where our buspreneur buddies from Florida were staying. Combining the two buses had been a great surprise for all of us. Now we were part of a SuperBus with two great new projects and teams from Florida: BlockMafia and Ambulo. The merge really helped us focus on what we were doing by giving us insight into how other teams were performing. For example, BlockMafia managed to be the first of any team on StartupBus to get coverage in the news, on the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and Ambulo launched an
4:30am on a Thursday morning. That’s when the journey began. That might sound early to most of you, but for the crazy buspreneurs, it’s normal – just part of the adventure – and we have to earn it ;)
All the San Francisco buspreneurs met at the StartupHouse just few hours after the kick-off party we hosted at 3scale HQ ended. Even with very little sleep, we were super excited to get started building our projects! Bill, our conductor, welcomed everybody on to our cozy little shuttle bus and described the agenda of the day: buspreneurs will introduce themselves, pitch their ideas, form teams, and get started right away. In just a few hours, two teams were created, Screet and Luvvid. Before we knew it, there were only a few hours left to prepare before presenting our projects for the first time to p…
Atlanta June 11-13 & St. Louis from June 15
As if riding on a bus full of entrepreneurs through a whirlwind startup journey was not enough, we have decided to continue on after StartupBus to meet the startup communities in Atlanta and St. Louis!
We’ll be in Atlanta from 11th to 13th of June. While we’re there, we have couple of local events planned. On June 11, we’ll stop by IronYard to meet students learning programming and share some technical information about the world of APIs. Learning early in their curriculum how to work with and construct APIs could be really valuable on the job market!
Later that day, we’ll organize a meetup – open to everybody – at ATDC. There we’ll discuss the business of APIs, and why it’s so important for many startups to have an API from day 1.
Then on to St. Louis. We’ll have an API happy hour on Monday the 15th at <…
Five developer tools to save time on the road
We are only a week away from the StartupBus kick-off party that we’ll be hosting at 3scale HQ in San Francisco. Since the bus will leave the next day, it’s already time to pack!
What do you need to bring with you on this crazy journey? Besides your usual list of travel essentials, I have some suggestions for tools you’ll need as a developer on the bus. These tools will help save you precious time in the face of weak internet connection, rate limiting on APIs, using a language you’re not familiar with, and the huge bandwidth needed for communicating with APIs. Check ’em out.
Route 66 in the US, Abbey Road in London, Champs-Élysées in Paris – these roads have inspired many songs, movies, and stories. It’s time to make some new routes famous, among them: the path from San Francisco to Nashville.
In early June, hundreds of hackers and entrepreneurs (“buspreneurs”) from 7 major cities in the US and in Mexico will take to the open road for the best 3-day trip of their lives. But there will be no time for sightseeing. They will be hacking day and night. They will have only 3 days to invent a brand new startup and go through their entrepreneur journey.
On the road, they will struggle with the same questions that entrepreneurs face everyday: What is the problem they are trying to solve? How are they solving it? Who will buy it? How should they promote their product? Is it time to pivot?
And unlike a normal hacking competition, the deadline to finish your project is real – it’s physical – because once the bus arrives in Nashville, it’s over. Then…