Thursday, December 12, 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.
Here are updates from two more teams:
Goals With Friends
“We’re feeling the pressure,” said team leader Erika Allison while she was grabbing a plate of lunch to take back upstairs. “We had kind of an identity crisis last night – GoalsWithFriends.com wasn’t available, and we were trying to decide whether we should change the name – but we decided that, for today, we’ll keep it, and if we move forward, we’ll look more at other options.
“We have an iOS developer on our team, and we’ve prototyped some screens, which we’ll sync together in a demo video for the presentation this afternoon. The judges are looking at three things: market validation, business model and execution, and we’re going to try and convince them that we’ve done all three (in our presentation).”
This group seems to be one of the larger, more focused teams: they’re working on a new online distribution model for documentary videos. I hovered over their shoulders for a few minutes while they discuss their presentation – specifically, the skills they’ll need to move forward.
“It’s a good market for freelancers, but there’s a dearth of back-end developers in Maine,” said Sam Wilson.
“We could find some in Boston,” answered team leader Emily Bernhard.
“Sure, but you’ll pay through the nose,” said Wilson.
There’s some further discussion about partnering with local universities to cultivate more programming and engineering talent before the group breaks for lunch.
Earlier this morning, the Media Shifter team talked with Fletcher Kittredge, the CEO of GWI Internet. The Media Shifter business model would rely on high-speed Internet to deliver video content, and Kittredge reportedly told them the region should expect high-speed fiber broadband within the next two to three years.
"I asked him if he could run it to my house first," says web developer John Moore. "He kind of confirmed our technical choices — we were looking at using CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) and he thought that would be a good direction," he said.
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.
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