The Junction Wave
I should say good-night until it be `morrow.” – Shakespeare
Over this period, in more than one way, the group taught us what is The Junction. Introspecting, the junction is all about building an infrastructure for mutual help and self-improvement. Improvement for us and mutual help for resident companies and hopefully, the community at large. After this first wave, it’s clear that the best way to achieve that is by limiting the waves to 3 months periods, have us give as much as we can to them during that period, and hope for reciprocity between them and the rest of the community.
It one of those bitter sweet moments. After you get attached to such a group of awesome people, you need to part and bring in the next group.
Looking back, it’s been a great few months. The chair+private spot+internet+as-much-coffee-as-you-can-drink concept worked out (well, except the Internet thing for the first week). Other concepts turned out to be pretty powerful, like office hours. It’s a good time to thank Prasanna Srikhanta, who connected many-a-junction members to silicon valley contacts, Donna Avraham who kicked butt in improving their presentation, Ori Lahav that shares our vision of mutual-help in the Israeli high tech who found time outside his CTO role in Outbrain to talk scalability and of course Noa Bichovsky, Danny Sterlitz, Guy Marcus & Yotam Troim helping on product & UX.
And all that, for free and with much passion. THANK YOU ALL!
So, two presentation days later, a werewolf and poker nights (to be continued!) and a lot, a lot of cross pollination and helping each other, two companies launched:
- Simplee, a group of rockstars that are working to change the US healthcare system. They recently got an investment from Greylock. Kudos!
- Hitpad by Jay Meydad & Nir Ninio which is now one of the top newsreading apps for the iPad platform. Awesome.
I am sure you’ll be hearing much from many of the groups in the 1st wave of the junction.
So, what’s next you (and I) ask?
A new group is coming in June 1st. Some of the groups that came in later will stay. I think it’s key in passing on this great culture of the 1st wave on. Some of the members in the current group are looking to rent a place together, which for me is a great indication that something worked out.
The game changer for me is we manage to build an Alumni culture together. The type of alumni that when a 22 year old kid from the 4th wave calls into Jay of Hitpad, Lior of Kidous or Roberto of Simplee, they pick up. The kind of alumni that connects the many islands of talent we have with deep rivers.
Bring it on!