A Startup A Week – Episode 2

We’re back with our next episode of “A Startup A Week”, the online reality show where we challenge a team of developers to build a startup in just one week.  For episode two, we’re trying something a little different by bringing together “A Startup A Week” with an event called “Incubation Week”.  Instead of working with just one team, Incubation Week brings together multiple teams of entrepreneurs for a caffeine-fueled week of coding, all leading up to a final presentation in front of a panel of experienced angel investors. 

For this video, I flew out to Boston to check out the initial Incubation Week event.  We definitely had a great time, check out the video to see if the teams were able to complete their apps in time for their presentations to the investors.

A Startup A Week – Episode 1 Day 5

With less than eight hours to go, the team comes together one last time for the conclusion to Episode One of “A Startup A Week”.  The concept of the show is to bring together top developers and designers, pitch them an idea for a startup, and give them just one week to take the idea from concept to reality. 

Today the team prepares for the final presentation to the head of the Seattle chapter of the non-profit Room to Read.  Our team is building out a Facebook application that can use the viral power of the social graph to raise money for a computer lab in Cambodia.

If you’re watching this video right now, chances are that you had access to a computer when you were a child – or your children have access today.  In just five minutes, you can help be a part of a community that will share that gift with real children living in Cambodia right now.  Here’s how:

  1. Click here to view the application 
  2. Dedicate a five dollar brick to a friend or loved one
  3. Share the app with five of your friends

The person at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the project will get to dedicate the school, and everyone who donates will receive updates on the progress of the lab.

Thanks for watching the pilot episode of A Startup A Week, and be sure to check out the first four days of the project on www.astartupaweek.com.

A Startup A Week – Episode 1 Day 4

It’s Thursday and the team has just one day remaining to complete their project for “A Startup A Week”.  The concept of the show is to bring together a few rockstar developers and designers, pitch them an idea for a startup, and give them just one week to take the idea from concept to reality. 

For the initial project of this series, our team is building out a Facebook application that can use the viral power of the social graph to raise money for a computer lab in Cambodia via the non-profit Room to Read.  On this episode, our developer Adam Loving shows how he used LINQ and SQL Server to keep track of donations, our designer Jay Dokken of Design Commission gives us a very quick sneak preview of his awesome design, and Kyle Cressman sits down with our special guest Dominic Canterbury from D/C Strategic

With less than 48 hours remaining, can our team come together and create a startup in a week?  Stay tuned for the finale tomorrow, and be sure to check out the first three days of A Startup A Week – Episode One.

A Startup A Week – Episode 1 Day 3

It’s Wednesday and the team has reached the halfway point of the project on “A Startup A Week”. The concept of the show is to bring together a few of Seattle’s top developers and designers, pitch them an idea for a startup, and give them just one week to take the idea from concept to reality.

The team has been working on Facebook application that allows users to work together with their social networks on a Room to Read fundraising campaign to build a computer lab in Cambodia. On this episode, our developer Adam Loving sets up the donation system with a great PayPal hack, our designer Jay Dokken of Design Commission gives a 3D preview of the virtual computer lab, and our marketing expert Kyle Cressman calls up the non-profit Room to Read to get their support.

With only three days remaining, can our team come together and create a startup in a week? Stay tuned for new episodes each day this week to find out!

 

Click here to watch the Day 3 video

A Startup A Week – Episode 1 Day 2

We’re back with day two of “A Startup A Week”. The concept of the show is to bring together a few of Seattle’s top developers and designers, pitch them an idea for a startup, and give them just one week to take the idea from concept to reality.

Today the team got started building out the Facebook application. Our developer Adam walks through the basics of setting up a Facebook app using Visual Studio 2008, our designer Jay gives a 3D preview of the virtual computer lab, and our producer Stephen runs into the first setback of the project.

With only four days remaining, can our team come together and create a startup in a week? Stay tuned for new episodes each day this week to find out!

A Startup A Week – Episode 1 Day 1

Finally – the pilot episode of “A Startup A Week” is live!  The concept of the show is to bring together a few of Seattle’s top developers and designers, pitch them an idea for a startup, and give them just one week to take the idea from concept to reality. We’ll be hosting the videos on a Microsoft blog site (www.visitmix.com) but also putting additional material here (outtakes, code samples, etc..)

Please check it out and let us know what you think!

Stay Tuned…

We’ve got something cool planned to launch here on 3.17.  In the meantime, check out a closely-related blog over at http://astartupaday.wordpress.com