[Hartford Courant] Startup Weekend Stamford Day 1: Wow

The Stamford Innovation Center at the old Town Hall

The Stamford Innovation Center at the old Town Hall

March 30th 2012

The first day of Startup Weekend Stamford is in the books (for me at least, as I’m sure newly-formed teams are still working on their business plans as I write this).

With the goal being to start a company in 54 hours I expected the process to be fast-paced but it was even more intense than I anticipated.

“Startup Weekend is a ton of energy and excitement,” Derek Koch, a volunteer facilitator, said. Koch is the founder and CEO of Independent Software and has participated in previous Startup Weekends so he’s there to make sure things run smoothly for the first-timers.

The evening began with speeches from Startup Weekend New York winner and Share With 911 CEO, Erik Endress, author and entrepreneur Bob Dorf, and “Doctor Disruptive” Jonathan Yarmis.

Then the excitement began with 48 company pitches. Each presenter was only given a strict 60 seconds to present their idea. Then the various designers, developers and other participants…Read More

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