Startup Weekend San Diego is here!
330 A St.
San Diego, CA 92101
If you are driving yourself to San Diego Startup Weekend, there is free street parking on Friday evening after 6PM and all day Sunday. On Saturday, however, you’ll have to find a parking lot. Luckily a Discounted Co-Merge rate of $6/day is available at the
Park and Glide lot at the Holiday Inn Express
1425 6th Ave. San Diego, 92101.
Look for it on 6th between Beech and Ash just south of Café Indigo.
Tell the attendant you are working at Co-Merge to get the $6 rate. Park on P2-P4 and take the stairs or elevator to P1/6th Ave. to exit. 3-4 min walk to Co-Merge. – $6/day and the lot accepts cash/credit
Another option closer to Co-Merge is the 5 Star parking lot on the corner of 4th and Ash. 368 Ash St. San Diego, CA 92101 – $10/day and the lot accepts cash/credit
Unless you are parking near the venue, both the bus and the trolley can get you at or near Co-Merge with little hassle. The blue line and the orange line trolley lines both drop off two blocks away from Co-Merge on C Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave at Civic Center Station. The #3 bus drops off at 4th and Ash, just up the block. For other lines that may go near Co-Merge, please see the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System website.
Take Uber! Visit www.uber.com and register an account, download an app, and use the code “startupwkndsd” for $20 off your first ride
What to Bring
- Laptops, tablets, phones – or any other mobile computing devices
- Chargers (for your electronics – not of the football variety!)
- Notepads and pens or pencils (yes, even in the digital age this may help!)
What you don’t need to bring: snacks and beverages.
If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions (whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or otherwise), please let us know and we will do the best we can to accommodate you.
What to Expect
The following post was written by Adam Kaye, an entrepreneur and organizer of Startup Weekend Tallahassee. This comes from the official Silicon Tally blog, a local tech incubator founded by Adam.
Many of the participants are emailing us and asking us, “What should we do to get ready for Startup Weekend?”
Well, if you don’t plan on pitching an idea, then you should just relax and spend “quality time” with your friends or family during the evenings this week, because they will not get much attention from you this coming weekend at Startup Weekend Tallahassee. At most, I would reccommend reading a few articles on TechCrunch or watching a few episodes of TechStars Reality Show Series on Bloomberg TV here online
However, if you are do plan on pitching your own idea to work on then I recommend doing these two things:
1) GET CUSTOMER VALIDATION AHEAD OF TIME!!!
It’s not cheating to work on your startup before the weekend, but know you aren’t going to win if you are pitching an existing business or launched company. What you COULD & SHOULD be doing now is getting customer validation on your idea or concept. Get out there and ask people what they think of it, if it solves a problem that they experience, would they use your product/service, and what would they pay for it. Perhaps even get these recorded on video. Perhaps send out a survey from SurveyMonkey or Wufoo. If you can prove that “demand,” then it won’t only impress the judges but it could also help your case when pitching other participants to work on your idea that weekend.
2) WORK ON YOUR PITCH! YOU ONLY HAVE 60 SECONDS!!!
So, many of you are concerned about only having 60 seconds to convince a group of people to like your idea so much that they spend their next 3 days working on it exclusively instead of watching college football or spending time with the family! Below is a slide from the Powerpoint presentation which the event’s facilitator will show you on how to do it. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse… Please do not be one of those people who spends the first 45 seconds talking about their background to then get cutoff from the mic 15 seconds later when they haven’t even stated what their idea/product actually is…
ALSO, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE STEALING YOUR IDEA… some people are scared to share their idea because they believe it is valuable. The truth is that ideas are worthless and execute is everything. This is your opportunity to EXECUTE on your idea in one weekend and get it to a “pitchable” state. Don’t worry about people taking your idea, instead focus on executing on it faster than anyone else can. Your competition is not going to be in that event venue, they are in Silicon Valley, New York, Beijing, Eastern Europe, or some other place full of “hungry” entrepreneurs and developers.
To learn more about Adam or Silicon Tally, visit the Silicon Tally website.