Posts Tagged by winning

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

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

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

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

The Best Way to Share Your Travel Stories

Peace

  Congratulations! You’ve traveled to some place, did some things and took a few photos. And now you want to share your precious travel moments with the people you love?   [contact-form][contact-field label=’You Can – ‘ type=’radio’ required=’1′ options=’   a) Do nothing and keep all your photos and travel stories to yourself :-(,b) Bore everybody to tears and present a slideshow of all your of your photos along with your boring %26quot;oh you had to be there%26quot; commentary.,c) Dump all your photos onto the Facebook and hope that somebody will leave a comment%26#x002c; compelling you to share a story.,d) Write a blog and attach some photos about your travels in a captivating way […] more

#FOMO #YOLO Bucket List

Tim Gardner Great Wall of China

#Fear Of Missing Out #You Only Live Once B U C K E T L I S T Recently I wrote about failing. Meh. How about some win? 100 things on my bucket list and I’ve already crossed off 34 36 #winning  Make Money From Something I Love Doing  Walk Down the Street Singing in the Rain  Fill up My New Passport Before it Expires  Live in a Penthouse Apartment  Discover my Family Tree  Buy a Really Nice Camera and Take Really Nice Photos  Go on a 5000km Charity Bike Ride  Hike Along the Great Wall of China  Sell Something for $10000  Perform in a Band Live on Stage  Celebrate NYE […] more