Accelerator - Startup Weekend Style Assignments, Week 3
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Another great week for the teams at AcceleratorHK. This week at the 1:1’s Paul and I started to push for the teams to build MVPs around a core assumption or two. We also brought in technical mentor and Telerik customer advocate, Dhananjay Kumar (DJ), to talk about hybrid apps and also give an overview of Icenium and Everlive for the technical co-founders. DJ stayed a few days and worked 1:1 with several of the teams. (A team from cohort #1 even came up to visit DJ as well..)
We also had some agile training with a session I delivered at The Good Lab. I talked how rule #2 of the “Customer Development Manifesto” by Steve Blank is to pair agile development with customer development. I told lots of stories how I screwed things up when I did my startups. That seemed to work well.
We then went on a field trip to visit Makible, a Hong Kong startup that is building the Makibox, the world most affordable ($200 USD) 3-D printer. I bought a Makibox for the cohort to play with and we should have a beta version to play with in a week or two.
We also had a great round table with Makible’s founder Jon Buford about startups, funding, and early revenue.
From there we had the first outing to Happy Valley Racetrack!
While we had some doubters in the house (Team Portugal), most of the cohort followed my winning strategy on horse betting. As usual I walked away a winner.
It was a super hot and sticky night in Hong Kong but we were able to have a ton of fun. Two of the local HK guys in the cohort had their first Happy Valley visit, it takes an Accelerator to get them to Happy Valley!
The next day, the teams wanted to relax somewhat and they took advantage of the Good Lab’s awesome bean bag area. Looking at the guys in this photo you can tell that we are in a mobile accelerator!
As usual we had our founder talks and Friday Check-In. We also finished the week with a Friday afternoon mentor visit from Mike Michelini who worked with the teams on their social media strategies.
We have another action packed week up ahead, stay tuned!