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NEXT Starts September 11

Durham, NC – The Startup Weekend Organization is bringing NEXT to the Triangle starting September 11th, 2013. You may know of the successful Triangle Startup Weekends in March and July, and NEXT is another Startup Weekend program.

What is NEXT?

NEXT is a product of UP Global which helps startup founders become better prepared to build successful startups. It is a five-week “pre-accelerator” program rooted in Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology, driven by mentors and unique video content. The NEXT program helps founders gain a crucial base of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

What You Will Learn?

  • How to generate assumptions to validate about your assumed customer’s wants/needs, motivations and behaviors.
  • How to find and reach out to people for interviews that match your assumed customer segments.
  • How to define experiments that validate or invalidate assumptions you have about your business model.
  • How to develop your own customer discovery interview plan.
  • How to conduct effective customer discovery interviews.
  • How to turn customer feedback into real insight.

How do I register for NEXT?

Registration is easy through the EventBrite Registration Page. An Early Bird pricing of $149 is still available which is a very reasonable charge to entrepreneurs to be able to gain this knowledge.

Disclosure: I have signed up for the class and am not receiving any benefits for promoting the class. Sign up soon and join me for what looks to be a fun time! Warning, there may be a lot of work involved… At least I hope so.

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TEDxRaleigh Arrives November 2

Raleigh, NC – TEDx Raleigh 2013 is scheduled for November 2, 2013. The theme this year is “Quarry the Marvelous”

What is TED?

We have all seen TED talks on YouTube and in FaceBook posts, but what is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

Since 1984, TED has expanded to include conferences, the TED Talks channel, TED Conversations, TEDx community programs, TED Fellows and an annual TED prize. You can find out more about TED on the TED website.

What is TEDx?

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

TEDx Raleigh 2013

The line up for speakers portend only great things for TEDx Raleigh 2013

  • Matt Tomasulo – Chief Instigator at @cityfabric and @walkyourcity
  • Aly Khalifa – Founder of @DesignBox + @SparkConner
  • Chris Marlow – Founder @helponenow
  • Mital Patel – Entrepreneur, Agitator @trianglestartup co-host
  • Bonner Gaylord – @citycampNC co-founder, Raleigh Councilmen
  • Kyle Berner – Intentional Wanderer @feelgoodz founder

Register now as this event is sure to sell out!

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If TEDxRaleigh sells out and you are looking for something Tech to do on Nov 2, or if you are more of a Maker than Sit-and-Listen, get your inner Trebuchet on and register a team for Cary’s Great Pumpkin Chuck. Disclosure: Cary’s Great Pumpkin Chuck is co-sponsored by Tech Tank and the Town of Cary. Read the Cary Citizen article for more information.

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May 4 is a Busy Day for Tech in NC

This coming Saturday, there is an Analytics event in Durham, NC and a Code Camp in Charlotte, NC. Both events still have space available.

AnalyticsCamp 2013 – Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. AnalyticsCamp is a free day of networking and learning for folks interested in any kind of analytics.

Carolina Code Camp 2013 – Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) in Matthews, NC (Charlotte). Get in-depth exposure to exciting new developer technologies. Sessions will range from presentations, to hands on labs, to informal “chalk talks”. We will have a mix of speakers including Microsoft MVPs, authors, and most importantly, local developers just like you! Carolina Code Camp also includes a Builder Faire. Tech Tank Fellows Ian Cillay and Jamie Dixon are presenting sessions at the Code Camp.

May 4th is a busy day for Tech in NC with many options for those that do not watch the Kentucky Derby… If you go to either event, let us know what you learned.

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NC DataJam Coming April 22

Raleigh, NC – The first part of a Data Palooza is coming to HUB Raleigh on April 22, 2013 from Noon to 6pm.

The NC DataJam registration site has all the details!

What is a Data Palooza, you ask? It is a sort of hackathon that has been used by Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Assistant to the President. Todd has been a champion of using open innovation strategies and the Lean Startup approach to government initiatives in his role at Health and Human Resources (HHS). The innovation events at HHS evolved into Data Paloozas. Now as CTO, Todd is bringing Data Paloozas to other areas of government.

We found a June 2012 McKinsey & Company interview article titled: Unleashing government’s ‘innovation mojo’ which includes a good description of the Data Palooza in Todd’s own words:

The approach we took at HHS was to convene a group of 40 leading minds in the technology and health care arenas, and we put a pile of data in the room and said, “If you had this data, what would you do with it?”

Over the course of about eight hours, they brainstormed different applications and services. At the end of the meeting, we challenged them to come to the first Health Datapalooza—90 days later—and see if they could actually build what they had just brainstormed. The two criteria for products and services at Datapaloozas are that they must provide concrete value and have a sustainable business model; the Datapalooza is not meant to showcase stuff that’s purely academic or theoretical. Well, these innovators showed up 90 days later with more than 20 brand-new or upgraded products and services.

The Datapalooza had two important effects. One, it inspired entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved. Two, it gave us ammunition to liberate more data. Some folks within the government were adopting a “wait and see” attitude about data liberation. They weren’t ideologically opposed—it’s just that they said, “We’ve got a lot to do, so why should we invest in this?” We invited them to the Datapalooza, and when they saw that in 90 days these amazing innovators had taken open data and turned it into fully functional new products and services to advance their mission, they were blown away.

So NC DataJam will hopefully provide us with ‘ammunition’ to liberate more data from the municipalities in NC! If you go, let us know what you think of DataJam.

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Education Disruption Coming to Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – The “Triangle Startup Weekend – Education” will be held at Hub Raleigh from March 8-10, 2013 and will be the first Education themed Triangle Startup Weekend event ever.

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