I have recently stopped working at TeachStreet and would like to announce what I will be doing next to you all. Maybe there are parallels between what I will be doing and what you are looking for, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.
While I was working at TeachStreet I got to be the lead organizer for Seattle’s first Startup Weekend EDU event. The event was a big success bringing in people like Mitch Kapor, Vinod Khosla and Michael Arrington. Also, we had an amazing turnout with 15 teams demoing Sunday evening (here is a link to coverage of the event). From this experience, this was something I knew I had to be more involved with. I recently became a global facilitator for Startup Weekend which is a volunteer role that allows you to travel to SW events and actually facilitate the entire weekend while representing the Startup Weekend company. Usually facilitators do 2-3 events per year but I thought to myself, “why only do 2-3 per year? why not do as many as I can?” (the local organizing committees provide travel expenses). So… I came up with this crazy idea which I titled my “Startup Weekend Mission.” Some people go on religious mission trips where they embark on this journey of service, enlightenment and culture, but startups have been my religion for the past 5 years. I proposed the idea of facilitating Startup Weekend events every week in a different city around the world for 3 months straight. The guys over at Startup Weekend loved the idea and now I am in the planning mode.
Here is a quick slide deck that covers my “Startup Weekend Mission.”
Like I said in the deck, I will be constantly diving into each startup community to do a few things:
1. Meet as many people as I can and build relationships. If you are looking for something in particular (i.e. skill set, work experience, similar ideas, etc.) let me know and I would love to help connect people.
2. Researching best practices in each community. If you are curious about certain ideas or hypotheses, let me know and I would love to help collect data.
3. Learning about cultures all around the world. If you had this opportunity of travel, what would you like to seek out? I would love to help answer any questions you have with my experience.
If you are interested in developing any partnerships/sponsorships for any part of this trip please feel free to contact me at joey.aquino7(at)gmail(dot)com. You will be able to have a presence at all Startup Weekend events I facilitate globally and will start to build a strong relationship with the Startup Weekend company as well.
Please follow this blog for more updates on my travels. Also, here is a video covering the last Startup Weekend event I helped facilitate in Vancouver