Archive: Nov 2012

  1. Time to pair-up – 3rd founders pair-up night at The Junction

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    Registration until Wednesday Dec 12th, 24:00!

    It’s time to pair-up again! Action required: 

    • If you’d like to be evaluated for the current event, you will need to re-fill that form, as I’m sure much of the data you originally filed is outdated.
    • If you teamed up already, GREAT! Forward this to a less fortunate friend who is still looking. They will THANK you.

    Some background: A few months back, we set up the first and second pair-up events in Israel. It’s been an awesome experience, and coupled with a few great success stories, it’s a real high.

    And yet… Much like when we wrote the original post, the most common conversation starters we hear is “I need a co-founder”, mostly of the technical variant. We now have the opportunity for you to find the perfect co-founder, AGAIN.

    “How?” you ask? Simple. We invite you over to our humble crib at The Junction (week of December 9th, most likely), and let you pitch you, your idea & venture status for 2 whole minutes. No powerpoints allowed.

    If you are just out of 8-200 or from another startup and feel ready to start your own, how cool can it be to be pitched by 30 people, all wanting you to join them? You just need to pick & choose. The focus for the night is consumer b2c and b2b2c companies.

    So, who should register?

    Each pitch event will have ~ 30 ideas pitched to a crowd of 40 available entrepreneurs. We will review the list and send invitations for both pitchers and listeners a week before the event.

    To make it easier for people to “get it”, and tell who is the right person for you… We have set a dress code this time:

    - Blue shirt for developer/CTO

    - Red shirt for marketing

    - White shirt for CEO/Business

    - Black shirt for Product

    And there is a prize -  The first pair to get together, build something awesome and submit it to us for before March 1st, will win 2 seats in the Junction Wave 8.

    Registration until Wednesday Dec 12th, 24:00!

    Please! Wait for an official invitation, don’t just drop by (hint, hint).

  2. Testing…Testing…Testing…

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    This is a member post by The Junction Wave 6 member, Uri Haramati, Founder at Skedook | @uriharamati 

    In my opinion, accelerators play a significant role in the lean startup movement. Startups who do not act “lean” will not make the most out of an accelerator. Many of us understand the lean startup concepts and methodology, but I found that only when you actually face your users can you truly learn what it is all about. For me, it was from Skedook’s emailing service that I learned this important principle.

    Working from an accelerator will add enormous value to anyone with the will to absorb all that it has to offer –it doesn’t matter if you are a lean or hardware-heavy startup, a blogger, a freelancer, an industrial designer or a lawyer. Why? It’s simple. The cross-pollination and creativity, and the fact that you are working around people who want to make a change will only benefit you.

    The real question is who can make the most out of an accelerator and at the same time give back? I believe that the right startups for an accelerator are those who have an idea, and a plan on how to test it from the very first day they join the accelerator. To understand what I mean by testing, I highly recommend Alberto Savoia’s talk about pretotyping, which can be found here. (more…)

  3. BetterInternet@theJunction

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    A guest post by Oren BarzilaiOren is the CEO of BetterInternet (http://betterinternet.co). BetterInternet enables you to modify & improve any website and publish your creation under a new domain. Try it out!

    It happened that we were invited to launch BetterInternet@Techono.me & present it to the junction’s investors panel a week later.

    Sounds simple right? go on stage, present your company, rest for few days and do the same thing all over again. WRONG!
    Two presentations with different purposes for different audience. (more…)