So what happened…


The madness began on Friday 27th January when over 115 people gathered at TIE convention center located in San Jose Santa Clara, CA. Many attendees completely unaware of what would transpire over the next 54 hours.  However, there were also seasoned Startup Weekend vets sprinkled into the fold. Everyone huddled around and ate the flavorsome pizza from Tasty Subs while trying to figure out who is who and what is going on.

César Salazar formally jumpstarted SW calling the attendees to their seats and outlined the flow, expectations and what to takeaways from this weekend. Setting the stage for David Weekly who electrified the audience with his energy and enthusiasm. Leaving us with this classic “Starting a startup is like having a baby but, knowing it will probably die.” Which seamlessly transitioned into fire pitches- 1 minute for individuals to pitch their startup ideas for companies they’ve dreamed about for ages or just came up with in the moment.

In total there were 60 pitches all vying for votes from their peers which resulted in the formation of 17 teams. Who rocked great demos that can be seen online.

But there can only be one winner. Congratulations to the My St Fair (pitch starts at 17:53) A 3 member team led by Ijeoma Nelson by way of London, Dez Udezue from Washington and Michael Kendrick of San Francisco, who proved that pitching pennies truly matters. They aim to create a web and mobile applications that will allow shoppers to handpick clothing, name purchase price and receive notification via email or sms when the price drops to shoppers desired levels.

A close second went to Scott Sambucci and Andrew Nguyen of Salesqualia. No more excuses for sales people. Salesqualia offers real time sales analytics for sales managers to monitor and track performance.

Factual issued a prize of $500 in Amazon gift cards and free use of their Factual Accelerated API to led by Alex Conrad and his amazing team which will shake up the pager notifications at restaurant.

The winner of the coveted Blackberry Playbooks went to ActionCreations spearheaded by Demian Borbe and Douglas Saisho. These gents created not 1, not 2, but 3 apps that work simultaneously to give race car drivers and pit crews real time analytics to make changes to adapt driving on the fly.

On behalf of Nora, Tristan, Darius, and Joseph. Thanks again for making this a wonderful event and pictures will be posted soon.


Joseph Okafor