Startup Weekend 邁向創業之路

在參與過 Startup Weekend 之後,有誰真得領悟出新創甘苦之後,成功的在新創路上,闖出一片天空呢?

今天要介紹的是矽谷新創團隊 Loopd 共同創辦人的 Allen。Allen 是 Startup Weekend 台灣元老級的夥伴,參加了台灣 Startup Weekend 第三屆。Startup Weekend 對他來說,是特別具有意義的活動,他也從 Startup Weekend 中得到很多能量,並且將這些能量轉換成自己往創業路上的養份,不斷的碰撞之後產生了 Loopd。

Loopd 這個產品的想法,是針對大型活動大家要互相交換名片,浪費太多紙張。而 Loopd 希望能夠藉由握手取代交換名片,來減少浪費紙張的問題。並且透過軟硬的整合,讓展場資訊流通更有效率。Loopd 利用 Beacon 的技術,並且改良 Beacon 使吊牌能做雙向溝通,當參與者的吊牌互相碰撞,就可以交換自己的名片資訊,也可以藉由 App 內的展場地圖協助參展者搜尋到附近想要認識的人。

而目前 Loopd 已獲得100萬美元的種子輪資金,朝著每月10場活動量目標邁進。

After participated in Startup Weekend, who really comprehend the Startup knowhow, and can succeed in a Startup company?

Today we introduce a Silicon Valley startup team Loopd co-founder Allen. Allen is a Startup Weekend Taiwan alumni, participated in the third Startup Weekend Taiwan. Startup Weekend is particularly significant to him, he got a lot of energy from the Startup Weekend, and convert that energy into his own for his startup company.

Loopd’s product idea is aiming at large-scale events where people exchange business cards with each other but wasting too much paper. Loopd hope to replace the exchange of business cards by shaking hands, to reduce the paper waste problem through the integration of hardware and software so that the exhibition information flows more efficiently. Loopd use Beacon technology, and improvements so the Beacon tag can perform two-way communication; when the tag participant collide, you can exchange your business card information, and find people you want to meet through the Exhibition Site Map App.

Loopd has now received $ 1 million USD seed round funding and is moving towards its monthly goal of 10 exhibitions per month.




精實創業的概念 Lean Startup Concept

精實創業簡單來說,就是利用最少的資源(包括時間),做出被市場認同的產品。

對比過往的創業概念,有可能自我良好的認為自己想出了一個的空前絕後的創業idea,進而大膽的投入資本,甚至向親朋好友、銀行融資,但凡事總有意外發生,或許你的idea並不被市場所接受,若是在此之前有個更好的驗證方式,更有創意的執行方式,不是更好嗎?

精實創業最寶貴的價值在於「驗證」,透過精實創業找到在議題上適合的夥伴,進而做出原先的產品原型,或許這個原型不是很美觀、操作方面也不是很順手,但是能夠利用這產品原形向市場解釋:「這產品能夠解決什麼樣的問題?」當產品射中了受眾內心深處隱隱作痛的「痛點」,他將會願意提供資金或是相關資源協助整個團隊完成這偉大的作品,因為「你解決了他的問題」,從中已經達到了市場驗證,並且得知這確實有需求。

在精實創業的過程中,必須不斷的去測試,並且對於計畫不斷的做修正,以真正解決消費者真正的問題點,這中間我們可以使用網路的力量蒐集相關情報,以修正眼前的方案,網路的蓬勃顛覆了過去傳統的創業方式,驗證、調整腳步、再驗證、再調整腳步……到最終產品完成,「小步快跑」即精實創業的精髓,這種的創業邏輯是在網際網路發達之前很難發生的,換句話說「精實創業」是網際網路時代下的新思維邏輯。

Lean Startup Concept

Lean Startup concept is using limiting resources (including time) in creating a minimal viable product (MVP).

Compare to the past startup concept, one might consider themselves with a start of an unprecedented idea, and boldly invested capital from friends, family, and bank financing. However, what if your idea is not accepted by the market, is there a better way to validate your idea and product? Is there a more creative way to execute your startup idea?

The most valuable element in the Lean Startup concept is “Validation”: to make a Minimal Viable Product (MVP). Perhaps this prototype is not the most beautiful, does not provide the perfect users experience, but to take advantage of how this MVP can solve real customer problems. When the MVP helps to resolve audience aching “pain points,” the person will be willing to provide funding or resources to assist the entire team to complete the project because “you solve his problem.” In this way, the project can be validated by the market, and verify your product has actual demands.

In the Lean Startup Process, we must continue to test, and make iterations in order to resolve the consumers’ real problems. This can be done by the power of the Internet to gather relevant information, which cannot be done quickly in the past, more traditional business model. Verify and adjust, and revalidation until the final product is complete, the essence of the “quick iteration” is the new essence of entrepreneurship. This entrepreneurial logic was difficult to execute before the Internet, in other words, “Lean Startup” is a new thinking logically Internet Age.




群眾集資 – Crowdfunding

群眾集資是什麼?

群眾集資是一個項目或企業通過了大量的人籌集資金,通常是通過互聯網提供資金的做法。集資是另類融資,是傳統金融體系之外的一種形式。

在台灣,Startup Weekend難有長期性的贊助收入,都是單一場次籌款,再加上一些報名費收入,做為基本的活動經費。活動籌備過程,能省則省;若遇上籌款不足、總收入不如預期,就由執行團隊自掏腰包補足。在過去十屆Startup Weekend Taiwan,都有這類自掏腰包狀況,差別只在金額大小。

多場活動下來,有無其他方式能支持、解決Startup Weekend的活動經費問題?於是,【iiiNNO】發起這次「用54小時,為台灣創新創業播下種子──第11屆「Startup Weekend創業週末」活動募資計畫」,希望能集結更多人力量,合力促成Startup Weekend能在9月份舉行。大家各依自己的狀況和需求,酌力支持,共同為現在和未來的台灣,做一點我們可以做到的;也發掘和育成下一個成功的台灣新創公司、傑出的創業家!

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a way to raise money for a project or business through a large number of people, usually financed through the Internet. Crowdfunding is an alternative financing is a form other than traditional finance through banks.

In Taiwan, Startup Weekend have difficulty in finding long-term sponsorship, funding is per each Startup Weekend: sponsor funding plus some registration fees, as the mean to pay for operating expenses. If insufficient fundraising happens, the organizer has to pay with their own money. For the last 10 Startup Weekend Taiwan, the co-organizers have to pay the difference. Additional fee such as pre event, visiting sponsors, were all out of our pocket

There has to be other ways to support Startup Weekend funding need. Therefore, [iiiNNO] initiated this “Startup Weekend Taiwan 11 Crowdfunding” campaign, hoping to raise funding through the people that can bring Startup Weekend live in September. May each person back the project according to its own situation and needs, discretionary power support, together for the present and future of Taiwan, to do something we can do; also explore and incubate the next successful startups and outstanding entrepreneurs in Taiwan.




Startup Weekend Taiwan 11 場地介紹 – 青創基地

Startup Hub
行政院青創基地

這次的場地[行政院青創基地],是由行政院及中小企業處創業育成組一起為創業者提供的一站式服務中的實體空間。行政院將金華官邸空間釋出活化以Start-up Hub概念將線上資訊結合線下實體服務。很榮幸的#SWTaiwan11將會是在剛剛8/21成立的青創基地舉辦!

大家如果對創業(包含新創)想要了解政府跨十三個部會中的創業計畫,都可以來到這裡提問及了解。

要買預售票還有六天: http://do.iiinno.co/projects/startup-weekend-11/

The venue “Executive Yuan Startup Hub” is a one-stop service for entrepreneurs provided by the Executive Yuan and the SMEs Incubator Group. The Executive Yuan released its Jinhua residence space to use as the Start-Up Hub concept, which combines online information and offline information service. The #SWTaiwan11 is proud to hold at this venue after the Hub’s August 21st opening.

If you’re interested in entrepreneurship (including Startups) across thirteen ministries in Taiwan, you can come here to ask questions and learn.

6 more days until the end of the pre-sale ticket on http://do.iiinno.co/projects/startup-weekend-11/




Startup Weekend Taipei is back with greatest support from community and partners

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Startup Weekend Taipei (Taiwan #11 Startup Weekend)
September 18th, 2015 @ Taiwan Startup Hub in Taipei, Taiwan

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Startup Weekend Taipei will be held for the first time with joint effort among Taiwan central government, community and partner. Here is a list of the many FIRST Times:

  • First time in Taiwan using crowd funding to marketing and explore new sponsors and individual support (http://bit.ly/swtaiwan11)
  • First time hold in government sponsored location which is specifically designated to entrepreneurship – thew new launched Taiwan Startup Hub (launched on August 21, 2015)
  • First time inviting long time startup community across various cities in Taiwan  as mentor during the event
Startup Weekend 創業週末台北站將會是第一次結合 中央政府X社群X贊助商的能量,聯手一起在台灣舉辦第十一次的活動。 這次我們也將創造許多的第一次:

  • 第一次透過集資的方式來推廣活動及尋找贊助夥伴。(http://bit.ly/swtaiwan11)
  • 第一次能有榮幸和中央政府剛成立的Taiwan Startup Hub空間一起合作。(青創基地剛八月二十一日開幕)
  • 邀請長期在不同城市的新創社群來成為這次活動的導師。

Why crowd funding before official ticket sales? / 為何這次要在活動售票前,先推出集資呢?

Startup Weekend is an amazing event, and hope through crowd funding we will able to reach out to more potential individual and partner supporting financially in order to ensure financial sustainability for future growth in different cities across Taiwan.

Startup Weekend創業週末是一個超棒的活動。這次在台灣透過集資的方式,來嘗試尋找更多潛在的個人及夥伴在財務上面的支持,以便確保這個活動在台灣及不同的城市能持續的永續發展。

 

 

Why coming to Taiwan No.11 Startup Weekend / 為何要來參加這次台灣第十一場的Startup Weekend呢?

  • 更有機會找到來支持您的點子的人包含 (共同創辦人 X 天使投資 X 政府資源)。
  • 首次在台灣的官方超有能量及剛成立的「青創基地」,無縫接軌台灣政府及社群資源。
  • 更多有創業過的夥伴,將來參加,加速整個新創的能量。
  • 首次將提供出國參訪為獎勵的機會。

How to create a successful Startup Weekend that contributes to development of Taiwan startup community? / 要如何成功的舉辦一場能互助台灣新創社群成長的Startup Weekend呢?

 

How would be participants and support will benefits from this one? / 這次參加者及長期支持Startup Weekend將會獲得哪些不一樣的哪?

在台灣很榮幸能在五個不同的城市,共同舉辦了十次的活動,也嘗試了所多不同的元素包含了在全球第一次舉辦硬體的創業週末及同步和日本連線讓雙方的評審可以互相支持不同城市及國家的新創。

這次在台北將舉辦的第十一屆,希望能更讓有點子或想要測試自己的新創能:

  • 加速新創的發展: 因為這次將更密切的結合政府X社群X夥伴的資源,希望在活動中及之後的三到六個月的發展,新創的點子能因為有更多的資源及幫助,讓週末的團隊能有機會持續發展。
  • 連結台灣各地及亞洲: 這次邀請在台灣不同城市的新創社群夥伴,來擔任這次活動的Mentor,就是希望能在市場及商業模式驗證的過程,能第一時間提供目前在台灣不同地點是否有相同或接近的服務或合作夥伴,讓在週末將發展的服務或產品能更解決問題背後的痛點。

SWTaiwan#11 的團隊及支持者介紹 / 第十一屆的團隊及支持者介紹




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