November 10, 2011

Charlotte Startup Weekend 3 Recap

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Charlotte Startup Weekend 3
Two weeks before Charlotte Startup Weekend 3, I was pretty worried.  Registrations were low.  I was talking to more new-to-me people than ever about the event, but no one seemed to be signing up.  As soon as I walked in the door with my part of the stack of pizzas, I knew we would be fine.  There was a buzz of people talking.  Whenever it's not a sprint to the food when you walk in with it, that means meaningful discussion.  That's a major part of what Charlotte Startup Weekend is all about.

We had a shocking (to me) number of first-timers, so I am more excited than ever for CSW4.  I think we're getting close to 100 alumni.  The demos were so polished, and our judges were convinced that we had three companies worth proceeding with.

Check out the compendium of tweets and videos I gathered from the event.  You don't have to hear any more about the event from me, let's hear it from the people who lived it.
The Geek Fest
Yesterday was the Geek Fest at the Levine Campus of CPCC.  I was thrilled to have a chance to speak about the Lean Startup (a concept I'm passionate about).  Here are my slides.  The event had a great energy, and the facilities at CPCC are very impressive.  We're very lucky to have a resource like CPCC in our orbit, and I guarantee you'll read about some further announcements and events out of CPCC in the future.

Jim Van Fleet
Founder, it's bspoke



Upcoming Events

Charlotte Grok
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Venue: The Garage at Packard Place (map)
Host: Bermon Painter

There is still time to sign up for Grok!  The reviews have been great. Skookum Digital Works has stepped up to sponsor the event, providing money for refreshments.  

Here's the pitch from the meetup site-- sounds good to me!

This Grok exists to get you out of your silo, build relationships with like-minded individuals, and to help strengthen our startup community.

Come chat with us, carry on a conversation, pose a question, share your startup experiences (good and bad), and get some feedback.

For those of you who had your first community experience at CSW3, this would be a great follow up. If you can't make it, don't worry! Stick with this newsletter, and there will be plenty of opportunities in the future.

Startups at 1627
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
Venue: Brazwell's Pub at 1627 Montford (map)
Host: Les Porter

After a long-time presence as an organizer in the community, I had thought that Les Porter had retired to a life of focusing on his startup Kyck.  As it turns out, it looks like he was just taking a little extra time to find a stack of Charlotte startups to drink on Travis Parsons of Cloud Castle's tab.  This looks like a great networking event, and I plan on being there to see how it goes.

FreelanceCLT's Connect and Reconnect
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Venue: Lightbulb Coworking (map)
Host: Tyler Ford

Tyler Ford of Lightbulb Coworking has also brought back FreelanceCLT from a hiatus for a social event.  If you are practicing freelancer in Charlotte of any kind, you owe it to yourself to visit Lightbulb Coworking.  It is a hub of startup activity, and a great place to get referrals and build your professional community.  Life can be cold and lonely as a freelancer, but Lightbulb is a wonderful place to find support and kinship.  I loved my desk at Lightbulb as a freelancer, and hope you'll join the meetup or head out to see the space sometime.


About it's bspoke

It's bspoke began life as Jim's freelance consulting company.  Since Jim now works full-time as CTO of OtherScreen, Inc., it's bspoke contributes to the Charlotte startup community.

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