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Before we share this week’s updates, we want to take a moment to recognize the hardships that the communities in Boston and Watertown are facing.  Suffering and violence are a tragic reality all over the world, and it is only through shared efforts of compassion that we can begin to enable healing in the midst of great adversity. Our thoughts are with our community and the greater community in Boston and Watertown.

Here are a few ways that you can help: 

You can donate money via TUGG and Fundraise.com or one of these organizations who will be supporting victims in need of prosthetics from the attacks (special thanks to Boston SW Organizer Ethan Bagley for this information). Other organizations accepting donations: OneFundBostonSalvation Army, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Athletic Association, Challenged Athletes Foundation.

If you know of another meaningful way for others to support Boston, please email social@startupweekend.org. 


This week at Startup Weekend:  

Google Partners with Startup Weekend to Expand NEXT, a Pre-Accelerator for ‘Customer Discovery’  — The Next Web

On April 17, Startup Weekend CEO Marc Nager announced our newest partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs at Google’s London campus.  Launched in November 2012, NEXT is a five-week entrepreneurial education course, with the first course on Customer Discovery.  With this new partnership, we will be using Google+ hangouts to train instructors, expand course offerings and instruct entrepreneurs on how to launch their business. To see the full article, click here.

You can also read more about this on Google’s official blog.

To find out more about NEXT, visit the website.



‘Hackathon’ Events: Do They Really Help Anyone?  — Forbes

In this article, Communications Manager Claire Topalian discusses the importance of measuring the big picture impact of events.  She highlights how Startup Weekend events have catalyzed progress in fighting poverty, influencing politics, and reforming education.  This article emphasizes how Startup Weekend events have proven to be a catalyst for change in their communities and encourages a collaborative approach to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Read the full article here.

Franck Nouyrigat: The Right Price? $9.99, Of CourseWall Street Journal

Franck Nouyrigat, Startup Weekend’s Co Founder and CTO, guest mentored in the Wall Street Journal about product pricing for startups. He writes of the importance of product positioning: would you rather have fewer customers at a higher price point or more customers at a lower price point? To read more of this article, click here.

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything Harvard Business Review

This week, Board of Directors member Steve Blank was the featured cover story in May’s Harvard Business Review. In the article, Blank discusses the Lean Startup model which favors experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over traditional “big design up front” development. In the article, Blank offers an overview of the lean startup technique and its evolution. Read the full article here.

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