SWKhartoum Team Feedback

This was my first experience as a Startup Weekend mentor and I had a lot of fun. I was testing my own assumptions and validated ideas as I was mentoring because I would like to develop my own startup to serve the startup space. I am going to write about and critique every group, giving you feedback and suggestions. I will be brutally honest because I believe honesty is the best policy. Feedback will help you improve and we should always be seeking ways to improve and get better! Please understand though, my comprehension of the Arabic language is poor, my judgement of some your groups may only be based on my observations of […] more

Debrief: Startup Weekend Khartoum 2014

SWKhartoum

Congratulations, you did it! You survived the inaugural Startup Weekend Khartoum event. You’re now a part of history here in Sudan. The Sudan startup scene is going to thrive because of you. I’ve had a great time here in Sudan and I’ll definitely be coming back. So now Startup Weekend is over, you’ve hopefully had some rest, what to do next? You only have a few hours left to submit your startup video for the Global Startup Battle so if you haven’t already, go make your video and upload it! There are some awesome prizes on offer, don’t miss out! The very next thing you should do is thank the sponsors! Startup Weekend is […] more

Sneak peak: The business model canvas

The business model canvas is your 1 page business plan. Your startup team will be given an A3 sized blank business model canvas and you will populate each section of the plan with your ideas scribbled down on sticky notes. Why sticky notes? Because they are temporary. Your plan will change over the weekend. Take a chance now to understand each section of the your startup business model canvas.                     http://sworg.s3.amazonaws.com/01_attendee-resources/business_model_canvas_poster.pdf                                                 more

How to validate your startup idea at SWKhartoum

The best idea won’t win Startup Weekend so forget about your idea. Instead, focus on the problem that your idea is trying to solve. Focus on validating your idea with actual customers. Fall in love with the problem, not your idea! Brilliant startup ideas solve a pre-existing problem so don’t even think about putting an MVP together until you’ve defined exactly what the problem is that you’re trying to solve. Then go find your potential customers and test your assumptions. Is solving the problem going to create enough value that somebody will pay you money for it? There’s only one way to figure out whether or not customers will love what […] more

Group dynamics – what to expect at Startup Weekend Khartoum

Tim at the Taj

It takes more than just a brilliant idea to win Startup Weekend. You need teamwork. Your startup contingent will need to function as a cohesive unit for 54 hours; collectively executing on a brilliant (and validated) idea and by times up, have a demonstrable prototype to be appraised by your judges. You won’t have time for messing around. Leaders will need to lead. Autonomous toil will need to collaborate. There will be pressure. There will be stress. There will be a dichotomy of adulation and triumph as well as moments of dejection and listlessness as you progress over the weekend. Your startups discourse, its ability to overcome challenges, is part of […] more

How to pitch your idea at Startup Weekend Khartoum

Startup Weekend Khartoum

On Thursday evening you’ll be given just 1 minute to pitch your idea at the inaugural Startup Weekend Khartoum. How to even? Because overwhelming excitement, it’s totally plausible that all 100 participants could be pitching their startup idea. How will you stand out and get your idea endorsed by the crowd? How will you attract co-founders and form a capable, cohesive and victorious startup team? #SWKhartoum will be limited to 20 startups only. That means only 20 ideas will make it through the 1 minute pitch playoff. The rest will be culled. If your pitch isn’t successful, you’ll have to sideline your idea for now and go join another startup and help work on […] more

How I became a Startup Weekend mentor

#SWKhartoum

That tech startup failure festival Startup Weekend is coming to Khartoum for the very first time (Nov 14-16) and I’ve been asked to mentor. How am I even qualified for such an esteemed job? For the uninitiated, Startup Weekend (SW) is where a bunch of wannapreneurs pitch a tech startup idea on a Thursday evening. They’re hoping to inspire a cohort of developers, designers and hustlers to champion their glorious idea into a working prototype by Saturday night. They’ll then demo that prototype to a panel of experts, who are judging – looking for the next big thing in tech  – providing feedback, and declaring winners for the weekend of the best startup idea. This is […] more

Here in Sudan, I had an idea

Suited Tim

I was gleefully celebrating my 31st birthday in the early hours and then BOOM! It hit me. Funnily enough, It was just after I’d belted out a passionate rendition of Enrique Englassius’s Hero. Was it a sign or merely a coincidence? I’m not afraid to admit it. Never mind. I’ve had ideas before and let them pass. This time was different. This idea had struck me with such tremendous force; immediately I had to go acquire a pen and paper to get it written it down. Never mind secluding myself from my birthday shindig. This idea had to get out of my head and put onto something tangible. Birthdays always make […] more

52 and 17: The Productivity Hack Your Boss Will Hate

Casino

I once had an associate who worked as a croupier at a casino. I thought it was an enviable job because of the generous working conditions. You’re basically getting paid to gamble, you get free meals, your uniform is taken care of and you get a 15 minute break for every hour worked. Despite the benefits, working at casinos can be incredibly depressing. It’s an environment full of losers losing. It’s no wonder this associate of mine had a drug problem. Anyway, there was one thing this casino was getting about right. The frequent breaks. A recent study by time tracking software spruikers Desk Time found that the most productive people take a 17 […] more

Always Sell the Results in Advance

Easy Money

997 Fajbusiewicz Na Tropie. It’s an infamous Polish TV crime series shot in Łódź. I recently took part in the making of an episode. I played a bit part as a crime scene investigator taking photos of a murder victim. My girlfriend works part time for the show looking after casting and location scouting. I was with her one day driving around the Polish countryside while she was location hunting for a suitable house to use for filming. One does not simply film a house to put on a TV show. You need to get permission from the owner. This requires negotiation. After cold calling on the 4th house she was getting frustrated by all these home owners […] more

June, July, August and then?

Hel

Seems I was sooooo motivated in May… I set myself 6 goals to accomplish. Its been more than 3 months since then. 109 days later in fact. So how did I do? Did I smash my goals or did I fail spectacularly? To get a sense of success it’s best to revisit what my actual May goals were. They were focused on 3 core areas, fitness, food and fabrication. All 6 goals were written to be Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant and Time Bound (SMART). My success was limited only by my ability and capacity to commit. Lets analyze the results. Excuse time :-/   “By the end of May I will squat 140kg for 1 rep unassisted” In mid May I changed gyms […] more

Mad Month May Motivation Much Mofo?

Mo Tim

What does, growing a mustache in November, quitting booze in July or a February addiction fasting have in common with eating McDonald’s everyday for 30 days?  MONTH – LONG – CHALLENGE  they all are. 30 days of committing to something. It could be diet related – eating less junk food (or more). It could be cognitively related – read more books. It could even be mustache related. It doesn’t matter. What matters here is that you’re setting yourself some sort of monthly target; a goal… Goals are awesome! Committing to a goal and then achieving it means you’re winning at life, you’re being successful; success can be defined simply as: the accomplishment of a desired goal. Having lots of […] more

India on a Bullet

Bullet 350

India on a Bullet: Memoirs of a hoon Went to India. Hooned. It’s about a 20 minute read. Best viewed here with Google Tour Builder. The getting arrested in Mumbai story is legendary. High speed chase. Guns. It’s a wild ride. \m/>.<\m/ If you can’t open the Google Tour Builder link then read on from here… Forward Want to make 1.2 billion new friends? Buy yourself a Royal Enfield motorcycle, tour India and you’ll get instant admiration from Indians the world over. For many, it’s a dream ride. A trip of a lifetime. But understandably, few have the courage or means to live their dreams. Not me. I lived this dream. And here is the […] more

Traveling: A Cure For Depression?

Keep Moving Tim Gardner

    This is the first time that I have ever publicly admitted that I’ve suffered from depression. Congratulations to me, I’m one of the apparent 1 in 5  Australians that have suffered from the black dog. It probably first started in high school, aged 13, and sporadically continued to rear its ugly head right up until my mid twentys. But now, I reckon, I’ve pretty much cured it. Mostly thanks to traveling. 3 amazing, wonderful, glorious years of traveling. I’m now onto my second passport because Australia, Malaysia, United States of America, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Mynmar, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Qatar & Bahrain stamps […] more

How I Funded 3 Years of Traveling

Tim Gardner Backpack

Have you ever wanted to take an extended trip overseas? It’s not an easy thing to do. It takes time and money. You need to take time away from whatever kind of life you’ve burdened yourself with and you need to scrape enough funds together to first buy that departure ticket. Now, I can’t help you escape from the drudgery you’ve trapped your life in (maybe) and I can’t help you with funding (yet) but I can give you a hot tip. I can tell you exactly what I’ve done to fund 3 years of travel. It involved hard work (I’ve worked in over 60 jobs, at times holding down 4 jobs at […] more

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