[BALU] LUG Startup?

David Truesdale dtruesdale at simpletechsol.com
Mon Nov 5 22:40:59 CST 2007

I'll help you out where ever I can.

David Wilkins wrote:
> Folks,
> There was an event this weekend to jump start a startup in just a
> couple of weekends (BirminghamStartup.com).  I wasn't in it (we can
> talk about the reasons offline), but I'm *really* interested in doing
> something similar.  I spoke on IRC about it tonight, and think there
> may be enough of us in the LUGs to pull it off.  We've already got
> some common interests, and probably some common values.  And most of
> us don't want to watch the next wave of "irrational exuberance" fail
> to pad our pockets.
> This group would meet to brainstorm an idea for a startup, then work
> like crazy to make it fly.
> I've got some fairly well formed ideas about the structure we'd need
> to have, and I've also got a few startup ideas I'd like to present to
> the group.  I think the framework would have the following components:
> 1) Mostly face to face meetings, once a week for 3-5 hours.  "Face to
> face" meaning that there is a group with a whiteboard and laptops that
> is co-located, and there are some number of participants who are
> remote, with access to voice and video in the room.
> 2) Open Source technology used to build and deploy.
> 3) An equity sharing agreement that rewards experience, hard work, and
> risk taking, but doesn't require all three.
> Is anyone else interested?  We're all doing side projects, and
> spending time in the evenings on some technology.  Why not work
> together for fun AND profit?
> I'm fairly poor at organization skills, but feel free to E-Mail me on
> or off list if you're interested.  If there's enough interest, I'll
> take the next step, which will be securing a venue for the weekly
> (weeknight) collaboration sessions.
> dhw
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