Posted by: Russpd - 20 April 2009 / 14:55
I returned last night from the DreamIT’s orientation and am officially pumped about the summer. First off, the offices that we are going to be working at are amazing. All the companies are located in one huge room in the University Science Center in Philadelphia which will be sure to foster collaboration. Following Mike L’s advice, I plan on taking a day off and working for another team. Seeing how another team handles similar (or even completely different issues) than we face will help me think of better solutions for tough decisions at Scribnia.
I expected all the companies to be in similar stages of development, and this was one of the big surprises for me this weekend. Some companies like Notehall already have thousands of users while other companies are in stealth mode. I wonder whether this is a good thing. DreamIT brings in speakers that are meant to help companies as they encounter issues. The first speakers focus on scaling, development, and other technical issues while later speakers focus on raising angel investment and perfecting VC pitches. If all the companies are in different stages, this strategy doesn’t work quite so well. The founders of DreamIT obviously have a lot a of experience in working with startups and I am curious to talk to them more about their rationale behind this strategy this summer.
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