Hunted! Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt Joins Global Startup Battle As Judge

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We’re extremely excited to welcome Ryan Hoover, Founder and CEO of Product Hunt to the Champion’s Track as a judge. He will join:

  • Mary Grove, Google for Entrepreneurs
  • David Brown, Techstars
  • Danielle Morrill, Mattermark
  • Wade Foster, Zapier
  • Leslie Jump, Startup Angels
  • Jonathan Ortmans, Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Rand Fishkin, Moz
  • Tallis Gomes, Easy Taxi
  • Frank Gruber, Tech Cocktail

Product Hunt is a key way to discover new tools and services and a must-read for entrepreneurs. Frank Denbow of Startup Threads (A Startup Weekend company and highly “hunted” Product Hunt startup says, “As an entrepreneur, I follow both Product Hunt and Startup Weekend really closely, they share a common desire to build community around innovation, having Ryan as a judge is a perfect fit and a win for the startup community.”

Please join us in welcoming Ryan to Global Startup Battle by using this click to tweet!

Welcome to @StartupBattle @rrhoover, we’re happy you’re here! #GSB2015 @ProductHunt @StartupWeekend @Techstars


Global Startup Battle 2015 is well underway, follow the action at globalstartupbattle.co and jump into the Hashtag Battle. There’s still time to find a Startup Weekend to join as well!

Can’t make Startup Weekend, but want to compete? Here’s how.

 








MEET the Judge – Mentor

Kåre Bottolfsen is the co-founder of TicketCo, who have just been awarded the Deloitte Rising Star

He will be the SuperMentor of Bergen Startup Weekend and will follow the whole process from the scratch idea to the final pitching


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MEET the Judge

Aslak Sverdrup is an entrepreneur and energetic leader with broad experience from government – and private sector with projects world wide
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MEET the Judge

Ida Nerbø shares this advise with Startup Weekend participants:
“Work hard, have fun and be a team player. Everything else we can fix.”
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Judge Spotlight: Manfred Jaumann

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Manfred Jaumann. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.

Biography
Manfred Jaumann

Manfred Jaumann is currently Head of Operations Engineering & Services at Airbus Defence & Space, Business Line Space Systems in Bremen, Germany. Manfred has been with the Airbus Group since 1991, where he has held many positions at several locations and business sectors throughout Europe. Some of his many experiences include Head of Engineering Services, Head of Site Relations & New Projects, Head of International Affairs, and Head of Marketing with Airbus Defence & Space, Business Line Space Systems (formerly Astrium Space Transportation). He also has experience as the CEO of BEOS GmbH and Head of Offset Directorate at DASA Headquarters.

Manfred received his Master’s Degree in Air and Space Technology from the University of German Armed Forces Munich. He also received a diploma in Industrial Engineering and International Marketing from AKAD University. Manfred’s other experiences include serving in the German Armed Forces. He was a Captain in the German Air Force where he received an officer education in Surface-to-Air Missile systems such as HAWK and PATRIOT.

As a director in the leading European aerospace company, he is one of the leaders who will be driving change in the European space sector to usher in a new era where innovation and agility are key to maintaining our competiveness in the international market.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Judge Spotlight: Thomas Tanghe

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Thomas Tanghe. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.

Biography
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Thomas Tanghe is an Associate for SpaceTec Capital Partners, an advisory firm working with European institutions on high-tech strategies and providing start-up coaching on business development and internationalisation through its global network. SpaceTec is an accredited coaching partner from leading seed funds like Hightech-Gründerfonds and BayernKapital. Thomas’ expertise in innovative financing instruments for space ventures includes crowdfunding and other early-stage capital. Prior, he worked for the European Space Agency in the Industrial Policy Division at the research centre ESA ESTEC and the Policy Department at ESA HQ. Thomas started his consulting career as a Business Analyst for Deloitte Consulting. He has a Masters in General Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Judge Spotlight: Robert Bush Jr.

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Robert Bush Jr. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.

Biography
Robert Bush Jr.

Robert Bush Jr. is CEO of Majlis Capital, a merchant bank and financial advisory firm focused on facilitating investments and strategic partnerships between international companies and Middle East-based firms, primarily in the oil and gas, utilities, financial services, commodities, real estate and retail industries. Bush has more than 18 years of experience in investment banking, venture capital, hedge funds, private equity and Islamic finance. He has served as acting chief investment officer of Forsa, a women-only investment company owned by Dubai World that focuses on investing in real estate and small to medium-sized companies in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Bush was recently a founding managing director of Istithmar PJSC, a private equity and alternative investment company owned by the government of Dubai. A USA National 7s’ All-Star Rugby player, Bush received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, where he was president of the student body. He attended the master’s program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Judge Spotlight: Sebastian Erler

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Sebastian Erler. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.

Biography
Sebastian Erler

Sebastian Erler is an authorised representative of nordwest Kapital, nwk, the private equity division of Die Sparkasse Bremen. nwk seeks minority investments in unlisted small and medium-sized businesses in the growth and maturity stage and provides mezzanine capital. In his function as investment manager, he contributed to more than 40 private equity transactions in various industries, including aviation. He holds a diploma degree in business administration and engineering from University of Applied Sciences Bremen as well as an Executive MBA in Mergers & Acquistions from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He is furthermore a visiting lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Bremen in the field of reporting, planning and entrepreneurship.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Judge Spotlight: Chad Anderson

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Chad Anderson. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.

Biography
Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson works at the intersection of early-stage capital and the emerging commercial space industry as Managing Director of Space Angels Network. Based in London, he also works with the UK government to develop and commercialize the UK space industry by accelerating startups and mobilizing investment in space ventures. In the past, Chad has worked with a space robotics company and developed the first ever market assessment for commercial lunar transportation. Chad is a prominent advocate of the emerging space industry, with numerous public papers, speaking engagements, and interviews on the subject.

Chad holds an MBA from the University of Oxford with a focus on Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He also holds Finance and Economics degrees from Seattle University, magna cum laude. Prior to graduate school, he spent three years as Director of Finance for an aviation startup and five years as Business Manager for JP Morgan Chase. With experience in all aspects of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Chad is intimately familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by both entrepreneurs and investors.

Additionally, Chad is an avid volunteer and social entrepreneur earning recognition from both the President of the United States and JP Morgan Chase as Volunteer of the Year for his work supporting the marketing and development efforts of Seattle Children’s Theatre. He was Chairman of the Oxford Social Impact Network, a group of 200+ students using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, and served for two years on the Board of Directors for Greenside Development Foundation, a social enterprise focused on youth entrepreneurship and business incubation in Morocco.








10 Questions Judges Ask Startup Entrepreneurs

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The biggest startup battle in the world is currently taking place, so what better time to brush up on the things you need to present to judges, if you want a fighting chance at taking home the big prize. Assuming that your product demo went well and your user interface and experience was compelling, here are ten questions that you can expect to hear from the judges at your startup competition.

  1. What proof is there that this is a real problem?

  2. What proof is there that this is the right solution?

  3. What is your defensibility? (i.e. Why won’t an existing company do this? Why can you do it better and/or faster?)

  4. How will you get your first 100 customers?

  5. How big is the market? (i.e. How many people can potentially use this solution?)

  6. How often does your product show up in your user’s day or week?

  7. What will be your phases of product and business development?

  8. How will you monetize and scale?

  9. Why is now the right time to solve this problem?

  10. Why is your team the one who can pull this off?

 

Anything missing from this list? Add it in the comments section below.