Start Norfolk – Next up Feb. 2

Start Norfolk – Next up Feb. 2

 is a network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams, and communities. A common interest in all attendees is entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene. Every attendee should be interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. If this sounds like you, this is the event for you!

News Coverage

We Are the Norfolk Start-up Community, Hear us Roar: Start Norfolk

Entrepreneurs gather in Norfolk to spawn startups

Links to Everyone’s Blogs Added in Sidebar

Take a few seconds to double check that your name is in the right list for your section and that the link is correct for your blog. If something needs fixed, let me know in the comments. 

You’ll also see that I have a list started for the group blogs. 

Some helpful (b…

Some helpful (but not required) reading for your groups. Pick and choose — you don’t have to read them all. Skim them, even. They’re here for you.

These are writings from Y-Combinator discussing startups that should help give some inspiration for moving from thinking like just-another-group project-for-class to coming up with something really innovative and cool.I don’t expect you to actually start a real one (unless you do…then by all means!) but take these essays as inspiration for guiding your groups and later in life.

How to Start a Startup

In particular, you don’t need a brilliant idea to start a startup around. The way a startup makes money is to offer people better technology than they have now. But what people have now is often so bad that it doesn’t take brilliance to do better.

A Student’s Guide to Startups

Till recently graduating seniors had two choices: get a job or go to grad school. I think there will increasingly be a third option: to start your own startup. But how common will that be?

Organic Ideas

There are ideas that obvious lying around now. The reason you’re overlooking them is the same reason you’d have overlooked the idea of building Facebook in 2004: organic startup ideas usually don’t seem like startup ideas at first.

The Top Idea in Your Mind

Everyone who’s worked on difficult problems is probably familiar with the phenomenon of working hard to figure something out, failing, and then suddenly seeing the answer a bit later while doing something else.

Ideas for Startups

why do people think it’s hard to come up with ideas for startups?…What people usually say is not that they can’t think of ideas, but that they don’t have any. That’s not quite the same thing. It could be the reason they don’t have any is that they haven’t tried to generate them.

Discussion Prompt

What do you think about your problem and your group after reading one or more of these essays? Where do you go from here? Do these essay alter the course you were thinking of going in? How so?

Grading Abstracts

Although I skimmed many of the abstracts as they were published, I’ll begin actual grading tonight. I’ll do my best to get 5-10 abstracts graded each day. You’ll see a comment on the abstract post from me, as well as your grade in the Blackboard Gradebook.