Starting From Scratch

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Next IT is only 13 years old – and startup days, with their nerves, sweat and satisfaction, are a not-too-distant memory.

The nearness of the experience is a big part of why Next IT is 100% on-board with Startup Weekend Spokane. We know firsthand what it feels like to venture out into an unfamiliar landscape, unsure of what the road ahead holds.

For anyone making a bet that their big idea is worth building a business on, the opportunity to present ideas in front of a roomful of highly experienced entrepreneurs and investors – and not only get a reality check on the viability of a startup idea, but also an intense burst of assistance to help get it off the ground – is invaluable.

Next IT is now an industry-leading creator of intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) that solve problems for some of the world’s leading organizations. But in 2002, we were a startup with a vision that few people at the time could understand.

Our founder and CEO Fred Brown gained many of the principles he applied during Next IT’s startup phase while he was riding on the rodeo circuit. They were the subject of a recent article in Entrepreneur.com, and it’s worth reading in the context of Next IT’s growth as a company.

So best of luck to everyone pitching their ideas at Startup Weekend Spokane. If it wasn’t for people having the courage to move forward with their ideas – rising to challenges as they come along – we’d be living in a much different world today.

– Jared Brown, Project Manager, Next IT




Starting From Scratch

start-up-weekend-image-10 30 14

Next IT is only 13 years old – and startup days, with their nerves, sweat and satisfaction, are a not-too-distant memory.

The nearness of the experience is a big part of why Next IT is 100% on-board with Startup Weekend Spokane. We know firsthand what it feels like to venture out into an unfamiliar landscape, unsure of what the road ahead holds.

For anyone making a bet that their big idea is worth building a business on, the opportunity to present ideas in front of a roomful of highly experienced entrepreneurs and investors – and not only get a reality check on the viability of a startup idea, but also an intense burst of assistance to help get it off the ground – is invaluable.

Next IT is now an industry-leading creator of intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) that solve problems for some of the world’s leading organizations. But in 2002, we were a startup with a vision that few people at the time could understand.

Our founder and CEO Fred Brown gained many of the principles he applied during Next IT’s startup phase while he was riding on the rodeo circuit. They were the subject of a recent article in Entrepreneur.com, and it’s worth reading in the context of Next IT’s growth as a company.

So best of luck to everyone pitching their ideas at Startup Weekend Spokane. If it wasn’t for people having the courage to move forward with their ideas – rising to challenges as they come along – we’d be living in a much different world today.

–  Jared Brown, Project Manager, Next IT




University of Idaho Pitch Clinic – Get a Head Start on the next Startup Weekend Spokane

University of Idaho Pitch Clinic

Choose ONE session: October 13 – October 17, 2014, Monday through Friday, 6:00-8:00

  • Develop your business idea using the Lean Canvas method
  • Learn how to PITCH YOUR IDEA for a product or service
  • Get FEEDBACK from some pros
  • Meet other ENTREPRENEURS
  • Win a ticket to Startup Weekend Spokane

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An “elevator pitch” is an overview of an idea for a product or service. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch should be possible to deliver in the time span of an elevator ride.

Why should I participate?

You will gain excellent feedback on your ability to pitch from a team of judges who are business leaders and entrepreneurs in their own right.

Reserve your spot now, it’s FREE! http://pitchclinicsuofi.eventbrite.com

Light refreshments provided

Sponsored by University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene

 

Meet the pros:

 

George Tanner – Monday, October 13 & Wednesday, October 15

George Tanner is an instructor in entrepreneurship, in the College of Business & Economics, at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. George is the faculty advisor for Vandal Solutions, a not for profit student run business that is offered as an upper level course at the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics. It is designed to allow students to use the skills and concepts they have learned and apply them in sustaining a real business.

Marsh Cochran Sutherland – Tuesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marsh Cochran Sutherland is a Spokane native and serial tech entrepreneur who launched 4 startups in Boston. He brought Startup Weekend to Spokane with Brett Noyes in 2012, is a former Angel Hack Boston Organizer, Startup Weekend Providence co-organizer, and a judge for both Mass Hack hackathons and Princeton Alumni startup pitch competitions.

Karen Thurston – Friday, October 17, 2014

Karen Thurston launched an Internet startup in 1999 with her then 15-year-
old son, ran a software and consulting company for over a decade, and has worked as a software developer, analyst, and project/product manager for international corporations, public utilities, and telecommunications companies. She was formerly an adjunct professor of computer science at California State University, Sacramento. In her current position with the University of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene Center, she focuses her efforts on developing the technology industry in our region which stretches west to the Cascades, east to the Bitterroots, and south to the Idaho and Washington borders.

View the Pitch Clinic Flyer 

 




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