This is what I call empowerment and life changing. Approximately 9 months ago I had my first taste with this global movement called Startup Weekend. I was the lead organizer for Seattle’s first Startup Weekend EDU. One weekend with this amazing company has not only changed my life but it has accelerated my growth towards living the fulfilling life I have been seeking (especially from my last blog which was all about the chaotic times of what do you do right after college)
Here is a timeline of my experience w/ Startup Weekend until now:
September: We hosted Startup Weekend EDU at the University of Washington and had 127 attendees which led to 15 teams formed. This is when I caught the bug.
November: I became an official Startup Weekend global facilitator and co-facilitated my first event with SW rock star Shane Reiser.
– I stopped work at TeachStreet.com and proposed the idea of doing my Startup Weekend Mission. Before I knew it, Marc said:
and he helped me get set up on this journey quickly.
January: I started my 3 month journey that turned into 4 and has led me to this experience:
1. I have helped over 1027 aspiring entrepreneurs learn more about themselves and starting a company.
2. I have logged 648 Startup Weekend hours working with entrepreneurs.
3. I have traveled 44,870 miles to different cities around the world.
4. Introduced 155 amazing mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs to help build out their network.
5. Slept on average 18 hrs per weekend.
6. And now… Startup Weekend has offered me a job!
My advice for any startup is to strive for this type of empowerment and succession with your tribe. If you can create a pipeline this empowering, you will be able to really create a world changing movement. Oh and the kicker, hundreds of people do the exact same thing I did for Startup Weekend all around the world and are completely on a volunteer basis. Empower your tribe to hold responsibility and to take action.