Rupert Curry attended his first Startup Weekend in 2015. Since then he has continued to work on several different entrepreneurial ventures, with Noble and Savage being his main focus. Noble and Savage is a tea merchant company which makes premium loose leaf tea and is available in cafes and restaurants throughout New Zealand and Australia.
The main thing Rupert learnt from Startup Weekend was around, “never being too afraid or too proud to admit when something isn’t working.” Startup Weekend focuses on validating ideas quickly and changing what doesn’t work. Rupert also felt that Startup Weekend emphasised the importance of team and demonstrated the value of having a wide range of skills.
During Startup Weekend, mentors and business leaders are available to provide feedback on your idea. The challenge is that conflicting advice is often given by various people. Rupert recommends “filtering advice and making your own judgement call.”
The favourite part of Startup Weekend for Rupert was the general buzz and meeting so many clever people. The core group of people from his 2015 Startup Weekend venture have all become really good friends and still hang out every few weeks. Rupert has only attended the one Startup Weekend but plans to do another when he isn’t as busy as he currently is.
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