9 May

Seventy-two hours.  Four thousand three hundred twenty minutes.  Two hundred fifty-nine thousand and two hundred seconds.  Three days.  A lot can be accomplished in this amount of time.  In fact, a small group of people who founded the event known as ‘3DayStartup’ believe it is enough time to start a technology company.

They were right.  This past April, the semester-recurring 3DayStartup event took place.  I was an organizer for it this semester, and I ended up participating as well.  In a period of three days(one weekend) forty people from a variety of backgrounds(computer science, business, engineering, law, design, advertising, etc…) got together at the Austin Technology Incubator (an office space for start-ups) and started up a few tech companies.

It was eye-opening to see just how much work could get done in one weekend.  Servers were programmed, websites were made, business plans were written, logos were designed, all in a sleepless three day period.  This built a large amount of momentum which made all the participants excited about staying involved with the companies post-weekend.

One of the best parts about 3DS is the people.  The organizers spend a lot of time agonizing over recruitment and it shows.  Every single person that participated was extremely knowledgeable in their own realm of study, and most were smart in general.  I made a lot of great friends through my experiences with 3DayStartup and I hope to continue to meet brilliant people.

Anyways, I am very excited to see where all the companies will go in the next few months.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I can go into detail about what each company is working on, maybe in the future.  I will be an organizer for the event again for the Fall 2010 semester.  If you’re interested in start-ups, or think you have a skill set that would be valuable for the event – check out the website here.  I strongly recommend it.

I will probably post more about 3DayStartup as the next event approaches.  In the mean time – there will be a 3DayStartup in Aachen, Germany on June 4 – June 6.


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