Saturday, December 7, 2013
It’s Sunday afternoon, and there are just a few hours left in Startup Weekend. By the end of this afternoon, the teams will have either a viable product or a rock-solid pitch to make to funders and partners for future growth.
Most of the teams have also adapted their branding or business model in the hours since they first made their pitches Friday night. Here’s an update from the three groups working downstairs at Peloton Labs:
The People’s Movement (formerly known as “Green Porta Potty”):
This team’s focus for today is in making a killer presentation for funders. Various members of the team report that they worked well into the wee hours of the morning. Marketer Emily Straubel shows me a very slick slide deck that they plan to use for their presentation and website (I hope to get copies of these presentations to post here later this evening).
“We were fortunate that Kendall (the team’s leader, and the source of the original pitch) had such a solid conception of what she wanted to do,” says team member Justin Nadeau. “She had all the data, and we just had to organize it.”
CareerMash (formerly known as UMake.com)
Don Gooding, one of Startup Weekend Portland’s organizers, was the source of this pitch, and he showed me their site prototype, which is live and located at careermash.com.
The idea is that students will be able to compare different fields, and different careers within those fields, in terms of expected salaries. Their college choice and choice of where to live will also affect the outcome.
“We’ve talked with about 20 people to see if this might be useful. Fletcher Kittredge, who’s one of the coaches this morning and the founder and CEO of GWI, thinks this could be a recruiting tool, if we can tell him who’s searching for what, and where they are,” says Gooding.
The prototype site is very basic, with only a couple of career choices for now. The plan is to backfill it with vensus data, “but there’s much more that could be done,” says Gooding.
CareerMash will be delivering a draft presentation at 2 p.m. from team member Ned Swain, founder of Devenish Wines and a cofounder of Local Muscle Moving Co. “I haven’t thought a whole lot about the presentation,” says Swain, “but we have all the pieces, and I’m confident that it’ll come together.”
KrashPad (formerly Crash Pad)
This team was incredibly focused on their work, and I felt a little bad interrupting them for an update. They have changed the spelling of their name (since crashpad.com was taken, so they’ll be at krashpad.co instead). They’ve also registered a Twitter handle: @Krash_Pad.
And, as other teams have done, they’re asking people to take a quick market research survey, here.
They’re delivering a draft presentation at 2:40. “We should be good,” says team leader Steve Fortune.
Below: a sticky note storyboard from the Krash Pad team on the wall of Peloton Labs on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
I’ll be live-blogging from Startup Weekend through the rest of the day, so stay tuned. You can also follow along on Twitter by following the hashtag #swportlandmaine.
Previous posts on Startup Weekend:
Commercial Confidential tracks Maine's business leaders and economic indicators.
I'm an economics wonk and an online content producer for the Portland Press Herald.
"On the Move": Submit items of interest regarding new employees, promotions and professional honors — with photos and LinkedIn URLs — to business [at] pressherald.com.