Startup Weekend and Lean Startup Machine
March 21, 2012 by Fernando Duran
I attended last November the Toronto Startup Weekend. I won a free ticket by proposing an "Email Analytics" idea to the great people at Context.io. Sarah-Jane (who also attended) was most supportive, here's her recap of the event.
Out of about 23 teams we won 2nd place at this Toronto Startup Weekend event with a jury that included VCs so we were pretty happy and all in all it was a great experience.
In January this year about half of the people from the original team including myself attended The Lean Startup Machine in Toronto, the first in Canada.
You get from these events what you put in. My ideal startup event would be a modification of the Startup Weekend were there's an extra day or half a day, someone from the Lean camp comes in to stress the importance of validating your business model hypothesis and the ideas are submitted some time before so participants can review them and make comments online so that we all better understand them and the best ideas (not the loudest pitch) are selected.