I started Intermz.com because I believe the fastest way to learn anything is to put it "in terms" of something you already know. By finding similarities between what you know and what you want to know, you cut down on the overlap get right to the new information. And I`m convinced that the more you learn, the faster and better you learn everything else. I`ve used this method to learn many skills, make precocious career progress, and help anyone I teach to grasp and master skills quickly. Intermz.com isn`t just about learning; it`s ultimately about being good at anything you want to be good at.
I think it might be in Detroit? They just finished one in Columbus, OH.
Startup Weekend was an amazing time for us. Intermz went from a one-person dream to an eight-person mission because of Startup Weekend.
I`ve started a blog series called "Being a founder" about trying to take concept to market, from a founder`s perspective. My latest entry is about how entrepreneurship events like Startup Weekend can be the difference between whether an idea makes it or not.http://www.intermz.com/blog/2008/07/27/being-a-founder-4-go-to-entrepreneurship-events-like-startup-weekend/
Hope it gives you some insight into the event`s value!
The web project I posted about a couple of months ago (www.intermz.com) has recently gone from a one-person effort (me) to an eight-person team and is gaining some real momentum.
One of our members thought I should start a blog series about what it`s like being the founder of a web-startup and how we are bringing our dream to market.
So that`s what I`ve begun to do:http://www.intermz.com/blog/category/being-a-founder/
It will be a very honest, revealing look into what we are doing and how we`re doing it, and why. Hopefully it can help you avoid our mistakes and capitalize on our successes in your own web startup.
Do let me know if it`s helpful, and if there`s any particular topic you want me to write about! And if you do find it helpful, please subscribe to our RSS feed.
Good luck and go get `em!
On June 20-22, in Ann Arbor, MI, StartupWeekend.com will host a
gathering of entrepreneurs, techies, project managers, business
managers, cooks (gotta eat!), and all manner of people to come together
and try to build a commercially viable business around an idea - in 54
The format:06/20 - Participants pitch ideas and vote for which ones to pursue; teams created
06/21 - Design, code, code, code
06/22 - Code, code code; at midnight, release prototypeBeyond creating a business, the real purpose of the event is to get
passionate and skilled people together to have fun and network.I would love to meet anyone from the StartupNation.com community
who lives in the area (or who makes the commute from afar) and would be
interested in this kind of thing! Anyone (literally, anyone) can come
and participate in any capacity they would like.I will be there as a backend developer/architect, my wife will be
there as a project manager, and some of my coworkers will be there in
some development capacity.Prior events (in six different states) have apparently been very successful and garnered bona fide media attention.There is a nominal registration fee that I think simply covers
rental of the space (Libery Square, downtown Ann Arbor) and some food.Sign up at:http://annarbor.startupweekend.comYou can find more general information about the events at:http://www.startupweekend.comIt will be an amazing experience. I hope to see you there!
You asked for critical, so here it is =)
The thing that stands out to me most is that you promise interactive, Web 2.0 sites to your customers, but your own site does not sit well with other Web 2.0 sites and is not very interactive (not much to click on). This is despite having a deluge of text everywhere that is too closely spaced.
Web 2.0 sites benefit from AJAX interactivity and highly streamlined designs. Your site uses too much italicized/bold font with dark outlines that does not represent the commonly clean "Web 2.0" trend (see something like www.mint.com); that kind of type setting has been outdated and implies loud yelling for attention. If anything, one or two bolded headers would be fine, but too many of them compete for attention.
I`d start with making your menu you bar more apparent as a menu bar, adding space between your main body and your right column to clean it up, then revisit your use of bold/italicized text.
Also, because you seem to be compiling lots of news stories, I would promote your RSS feed at the top. For me, your site is too "loud" to go to regularly, but I would (and did) sign up for your feed because your content is useful.
Best of luck!