Startup Weekend Resources

I've now taken part in two Startup Weekends (both in Pittsburgh). They're awesome! Friday is key to getting your idea together and moving forward. Instead of wasting time researching things you'll need, I'll try to get them organized here!

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    Trello - free collaboration

    Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, know what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.<br><br>Use this to organize your team over the weekend. It's free, and almost no learning curve.&nbsp;

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    Successful companies created at Startup Weekend

    Here's just a little inspiration for you! It's 100% possible to get a successful company going from your efforts at Startup Weekend. This is a blog post from Inc showcasing some profitable companies that came directly out of past Startup Weekend events.&nbsp;<br>

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    Startup Weekend's List of Resources

    This is a pretty large list of resources to use this weekend if you want to explore all your options! Most of the important resources are displayed in this toolset, but a little more research can always help if you need something specific!&nbsp;

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    Google Groups - find testers here

    If you need some people to validate your idea, this is where I always start! I'd advise you to get out on the street, as well, but use this as a supplement.&nbsp;

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    Launch Theme For Wordpress

    Launch Effect is a free responsive Wordpress theme that lets you create a viral campaign in minutes. Download and see examples.<br><br>This is the best Wordpress theme for creating a launch. Use it and measure.&nbsp;

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    Heroku - host your app here

    If you're going to go ahead and create a working app, host it here. You can do it for free. Just deploy from github.&nbsp;

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    Mail Chimp - Email Marketing and List Manager

    Design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. It's free for all you'll need at Startup Weekend. Perhaps a nice way to get some customer feedback and your word out. <br>

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    GitHub ยท collaborate and host code here

    If you're a programmer, you don't need me to explain Github. Set a a repo and start sharing the code you're writing here! Then, deploy at Heroku.&nbsp;

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    Steps to Build a Wordpress Website

    Alright. This is shameless self promotion. If you're planning on building a site in Wordpress over the weekend (perhaps a launch page) - follow these steps. I outline exactly what you'll need to do.

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    Balsamiq Mock-ups

    Use this for mock-ups. You can try the web version, or even do a free trial. The trial will get you through the weekend with the full version. Get your website or app drawn up really quickly. <br>

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    What is Startup Weekend?

    Just for introductory purposes, here is a video of what Startup Weekend is all about.&nbsp;

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    Lean Canvas - optimize your plan here

    This is a really easy and free way to hash and your plan and communicate your business model. A great place to start!&nbsp;

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