Learn How to Code with Dev Mountain!

We are excited to have Dev Mountain on board as a Startup Weekend Sponsor this year!

DevMountain is an industry-leading coding bootcamp with offices in Dallas, Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Founded by fellow coders, DevMountain’s expert faculty love sharing their craft, and empowering the next wave of programers and entrepreneurs. DevMountain brings affordability + the highest quality / hands-on education to the tech space.  There’s many ways to get involved on campus including networking events, workshops, part-time classes and full-time immersive programs. 








Volunteer Orientation for North Dallas Startup Weekend

If you are interested in volunteering this year, please read on and follow these instructions:
1. Mark your calendars! The event will be held July 8-10 at NoD Coworking
2. Sign up for a Volunteer Orientation – we have two options in May at NoD Coworking which you can sign up for here: http://doodle.com/poll/e45kfbpg55dzicq3 (All volunteers are required to attend at least one of these sessions)
3. Let us know by which days you can help out (July 8, 9, or 10). This will help us assign shifts ahead of time. (Deadline: June 1)
4. Let me know your t-shirt size! Each volunteer will receive a Startup Weekend t-shirt and a NoD t-shirt! (Deadline: June 1)
5. Register here as a Volunteer by using code “VOLUNTEER” (Deadline: June 1)
Thanks and see you all at Volunteer Orientation!
-Chirag, Kelly, & Carri (NDSW 2016 Organizers)
PS: Tickets are available now, so if you’d like to share on social media, go right ahead: Startup Weekend Fitness, Food, and Physical Education







Announcing The Winners of North Dallas Startup Weekend! #WINNING

North Dallas Startup Weekend
July 17th-19th, 2015

First Place: LL Bev – Ecommerce Safety. Bridging the gap between clicks and handshakes.

Second Place: Take Us Out (TUO) – Can’t decide where to go for date night? Let us do the work for you. We’ll pick you up, take you to eat and to a special event for one unforgettable night. All you need to do is be at your doorstep.

Third Place (Tie): Peeyr – a revolutionary tutoring startup that connects experienced peers to other students.

Third Place (Tie): CoTech

 








MyStartupCFO.com To Sponsor North Dallas Startup Weekend

We are excited to announce that MyStartupCFO.com will be the Gold Sponsor for North Dallas Startup Weekend 2015!

With offices in Dallas, Frisco, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, MyStartupCFO provides accounting services to startups all over the US.

On their website, they say: “This isn’t just about bookkeeping and taxes. While you run the business, we run the company. A good CFO goes beyond maintenance of clean books. They are a true business partner giving you fact based business advice across the board — advising on business set up, setting up compensation structures, negotiating leases / business contracts, budgeting the precious money in the bank or the limited equity you have to give away to employees, telling you how to pitch your company to investors for the next round of funding, etc. myStartUpCFO brings you all the CFO you need, supporting your business where it’s needed the most, when it is needed the most.:

At Startup Weekend, we will have their CEO, Sandeep Shroff, share his career story and talk about accounting best practices for early stage startups. Here’s his complete bio (taken from MyStartupCFO.com):

Sandeep brings over 20 years of experience spanning finance, investment analysis, strategic planning and technology, including the last decade of leadership experience (as CFO) in fund raising ($100M+ aggregate raised) and strategic and tactical financial management. He has worked with dozens of start ups from pre-revenue to multi-million dollar revenue. He has grown companies from unfunded dreams to sales to Fortune 10 buyers.

As Co-founder at Gridstone Research, he played a leadership role in raising four rounds of funding and grew the company to ~350 headcount. At Infosys he led the US team responsible for investor relations and M&A activity. He was an integral part of the team that ran a very successful $1B+ secondary stock offering for Infosys.

Sandeep has a Master’s in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA in Finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.








Michael Sitarzewski Confirmed As Guest Speaker

The North Dallas Startup Weekend Organizers are thrilled to announce our Sunday “Commencement” Speaker, Michael Sitarzewski!

Around Dallas, Michael is known as a pioneer and leader in the Dallas startup community. He has spearheaded countless initiatives and partnerships to bring the startup community closer together and to raise awareness around all of the great things happening in Dallas. Notably, he played a key role in starting the BigDOCC (Dallas Open Coffee Club meetups), LaunchDFW’s Dallas New Tech event, DSCTA (Dallas Startup Community Transportation Association), and Player’s Lunch.

Recently, Sitarzewski has also started an initiative that is taking a fresh look at the issue of homelessness in downtown Dallas. He recently published a guest piece in the Dallas Morning News describing his plans in more detail.

In 2011, Michael spoke at Ignite Boulder on how to save money and get out of debt. Check it out here. And more recently in 2015, Michael was interviewed by Jason Croft on Startup Dallas.

For those who are new to the startup community and participating in their first Startup Weekend, Michael’s talk will serve as an awesome ‘orientation’ to the startup community: how to get involved with the startup community and how to take your startup to the next level coming out of Startup Weekend!








Founder of SF-based Dating App To Speak at North Dallas Startup Weekend

We reached out to startup founders around the US who had recently raised money from angel investors. We were delighted to get a response from KJ Dhaliwal, the Founder and CEO of Dil Mil. Based in San Francisco, Dil Mil has raised money from an all star group of angel investors who you can read more about on their Angel List profile.

But that’s not even the best part! The best part is that when KJ set out to start his company, he actually met his co-founders by attending a Startup Weekend! Which just goes to show, that anything is possible at Startup Weekend. Here’s a snapshot of KJ’s team (taken on July 1st, 2015 from their Angel List profile page):

Dil Mil Team
Dil Mil Team

Get your tickets today and be sure to catch KJ’s talk during North Dallas Startup Weekend 2015!

[UPDATE] This is the latest update from KJ on their upcoming round of funding:
We’re getting ready to announce our seed round of over $1M, with investors such as:

– Will Bunker – founder at Match.com
– Scott Banister – former PayPal board member & Ironport founder ($830M exit)
– Naval Ravikant – founder of AngelList
– Rich Nelson – former Managing Director for M&A at IAC (owners of Tinder, Match, etc.)
– Tom Fallows – founder at Google Express, cranking at Uber
– Maiden Lane – Institutional backer to the best angels in the world (Gil Penchina and the like)
– 500 Startups – seed stage fund via Pankaj Jain
– Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate – seed fund (investor in 2RedBeans, fastest growing Chinese dating app)








NoD Coworking Space To Host North Dallas Startup Weekend!

We are proud to announce that our venue for North Dallas Startup Weekend will be NoD’s (pronounced “node”) 11,000 square foot coworking facility in North Dallas. They are home to many local tech startups, including the winners of the 2014 Startup Weekend EDU (held at The DEC): AnonyQ and Kinskii. NoD is also the official home for the #UXRoast, and they have agreed to reserve 2 spots in the September 18th #UXRoast for winners of the North Dallas Startup Weekend! So what are you waiting for? Sign up here: http://www.up.co/communities/usa/dallas/startup-weekend/5029

NoD is run by serial entrepreneur and Dallas native, Chirag Gupta, who moved back to Dallas in 2013 to open up the first coworking space in North Dallas. He will be playing a key role in organizing the event and will also be on the lookout for promising startups to join the NoD.

We can’t thank them enough for their support of Startup Weekend. Give them a shout out on Twitter (@nodDFW) and let them know you’re stoked for the event in July! Here’s the whole story behind NoD featuring the founder himself:

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