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5 Lessons I Missed from Startup Weekend Johor Bahru

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14 November 2014 - 16 November 2014

88 attendees, 29 idea pitched, 16 teams formed. 60% Hustles, 30% Hackers & 10% Hipsters!
Are you there? Did you missed the "Biggest", "Historical", "EPIC" and "Exciting"  weekend in Johor Bahru?

Startup Weekend Johor Bahru

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if start up ideas are viable.  On average, half of Start up Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Extracted from  Startup Weekend

Well. I missed it. I only managed to attend the first 5 hours of the events.So, I  stop crying over the spill milk. Let get into the top 5 lessons I missed from Startup Weekend Johor Bahru

1.   54 Hours of  Happiness ( No Talk, Just Action)

After 29 ideas been pitched, each pitcher need to go around for votes. Only 20 ideas will be build over the weekend. My idea was not well received. However, I got the chance to join TEN20 team. William Yap, founder of OnZ4Sports had this idea to summarize a long content into 10 sentences.

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Our team consists of participants from different background. The team members ( MUZ, RS. Tai,  Cong and Foo) were working very hard to build up the product in just 54 hours. MUS built up the website and app in a short period of time. Cong focus on shaping the business plan. RS.Tai and Foo Were finding great content and compiled it into informative detail.  William was a great leader at guiding all the novices to the goal. I was busy with my work or looking at the conversation remotely.  Although our team did not win, the friendship and value were so much greater in our current entrepreneur path.

2.   Sharing from Experts

Panel of judges and mentors were sharing their experience and knowledge with the participants.

Panel of Judges
1. Ramlee bin Jaafar - CTO, MSC Cyberport
2. Jeffrey Paines - Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
3. Shamsudin Yusoff - SVP Corporate Development & Finance, IRDA
4. Heislyc Loh - Program Director, MaGIC
5. Vidit Agrawal - Operations Manager, UBER Singapore & Malaysia

3. Validate Ideas

Heislyc Loh, founder of Startup Mamak  guide the team members to interview strangers on the road. While, Anthony Law of MagicPay team went around the shopping mall for opinion. John Tan from I-Home team even drove to some developers' office to pitch his idea. Everyone was so eager to find out weather their idea able to work in the market.

4. Precious Mentor Session

Mentors from all over the world.
1.Jam Long, the best UIUX designers from Kuala Lumpur,
2. Rob, founder of Common Extract
3. Oko D, co-founder of Startup Mongolia
4. Olav, handsome coder
5. CEO , Tiny Mesh
6. Professor Dan, UTM  Technology Entrepreneurship Centre

That was not me in the picture. How I wish I can take photo with handsome guy too.

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5. Actually launch a Business

Platform was at our door step, Johor Bahru. Participants get free domain name, free Google Cloud platform, cooperative team members and idea been validated. The business can just launched in 54 hours. Is it all worth it?

In conclusion, LerLer like to congrats the wining teams. Congratulation to all participants. You have gain an experience like never before (may be in the future too). Good jobs to the organizers. All the best to the incubator teams. I look forward for Johor Team in the global challenges.

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