February 24th, 2009

OTBC: So, you start up here often?


OTBCFor many “side project” entrepreneurs, the most difficult part of getting an idea off the ground—and out of the garage or basement—is finding that business partner that complements their skillset.

Business people with good ideas can write all the business plans they want, but they’ll eventually need a developer. And developers can crank all the code they want, but eventually they’ll need some way of approaching the market or getting more funding. But how are they supposed to find one another?

Enter OTBC startup speed dating.

After some networking time, we’ll have each idea person looking for a team give 2 or 3 minute elevator pitch, have each of them head to their own corner of the room, and let people circulate around to check out the startups that sound interesting to them.

The first speed dating event will be held Saturday, February 28 from 1 – 4PM at the OTBC (located in The Round in Beaverton, right on the MAX line). Best of all? It’s all free.

If you’d like to give folks a little pre-briefing on your startup turn-ons and turn-offs, give them some more details your idea. Word around the campfire is that at least 10 startups will be participating. Details on those startups will be listed this week.

For more information, see the OTBC post, Upcoming, or Meetup. And of course, I will mention that OTBC speed dating is on Calagator, too. (Because I heart Calagator.)

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4 Responses to “OTBC: So, you start up here often?”

  1. Steve Morris says:

    Thanks Rick. We’re up to 15 startups/ideas posted (and I have 2 more to put up today!) That’s a lot of startup ideas.

  2. Rick Turoczy says:

    Oh, I see the list now. Sorry, I’m not so bright.

    I expected them to be listed in the body of the post, not the sidebar.

    For anyone else having the same problem:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/turoczy/3307127118/

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