For Those About to Rock
Bart Bohn, a Director at the Austin Technology Incubator, began the 2011 Spring 3 Day Startup Austin (3DS) in an inspiring and surprising way: he set the mood for the evening by playing MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” at full blast to the crowded room of participants.
This is our decision, to live fast and die young.
We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun.
Yeah, it’s overwhelming, but what else can we do.
Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute.
These lyrics speak to the entrepreneurial spirit: becoming an entrepreneur provides a path away from a dismal office job life. And for many, 3 Day Startup is the first taste of what an entrepreneurial life entails. This hands-on, learning-by-doing program introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship and strengthens entrepreneurial communities.
Sunday Night Pitches/Demos
Sunday night was excellent this year and perhaps the best ever. The participants had done significant work before the event: their research and market validation efforts, combined with the 3DS Boot Camp and 3DS idea pipeline weeks before the event, had a huge impact on the quality of the Sunday night pitches and demos. As always, it was exciting to watch these ideas grow and change as participants tested and validated their ideas and focused on relentless execution. The final line up on Sunday night ended up as follows:
Liuna Fekravar and Rohit Sharma pitch Social Ease, a platform on Sunday night. SocialEase helps small businesses consolidate and automate social media activites through the use of a centralized dashboard. Rohit gave an engaging and humorous presentation that explained in simple terms why small businesses have a strong need for low-cost social media guidance.
The story of the event in pictures:
All photos courtesy of Linhao Zhang. Many thanks to Linhao!