No matter your reason for attending startup events, there is always something to learn from them. The great thing is that it doesn’t even matter what your background is. Everybody is welcome to see what they are all about. Even if you don’t work in the startup world, you would still enjoy your time, because a startup event brings out opportunities for everyone.
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Organizing startup events is not easy
As an attendee, you obviously don’t think about what is going on behind the scenes of the startup event you’re at. Sometimes, you even get a little bit annoyed by some unpleasant circumstances you encounter. If that’s the case, then you should know that the organizers’ team will do anything to solve your problem, and make you feel comfortable. There’s a lot of work involved in these types of events, before, and after as well. It’s always good to keep your human side, and accept the fact that people make mistakes. In the end, they are the reason why you get to see your favorite entrepreneurs, meet potential investors, and network with professionals. It’s always nice to congratulate those who made the event possible, and show them your appreciation. Also, feedback is really much appreciated, and sometimes even necessary to make sure the future events will be even better.
You will make friends
Startup events don’t have to be so formal. They represent a great opportunity to make some new friends, aside from meeting business people, and connect with them. Since you have a lot in common with these people, it will be easier to establish a relationship with them. Also, you will find that behind the mask that people wear every day, people that stroke to you as unpleasant, even though you didn’t know them in person, can prove to be really cool, and open. The coffee break can be the ice breaker you’ve waited for to go up to someone you’ve always wanted to meet.
Startup events are challenging
The atmosphere is absolutely crazy at a startup event! And I mean crazy in a good way. There are so many companies that come to talk about who they are, and what they do, so many people running around, amazing technologies for you to play with – basically tons of things to do, so you don’t get bored. Business cards are not in fashion anymore. Now there’s an app that helps you exchange contacts with other participants. It’s easy to lose your head at startup events. Try and taste it as much as you can.
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This is an exciting thing, especially for those that attend a hackathon. A hacking marathon can be the challenge of your life. Having just a limited amount of time will put your limits to the test. Working under pressure is for most of us a good thing. Just think about all those sleepless nights you spent finishing projects for school, because you postponed them until the last minute. The same thing will happen here. You will give the best you’ve got, knowing that it’s your last shot to do it, and to prove that you’re worth it. It’s also nerve wrecking, because an entire team depends on you, and you on them. In the end, it will all be worth it, because you’ll go home smarter, wiser, and with an entire new vision on what you’re capable of doing.
Speakers will motivate you
My favorite part of any startup event are the speeches. Organizers from all over the world are always trying to get on stage business people, entrepreneurs, professionals that have various backgrounds, different life stories to share with the audience. Because of that, I strongly believe that what these people have to say is extremely valuable, and we can all extract something to apply in our life (personal and professional) from their own experience. There’s a reason why they’re on the state, right?
Share your stories with me
Here is a great article wrote by Elliott Hauser, Co-Founder of Trinket, and Winner of Startup Weekend Education Raleigh, who shares 9 startup lessons he learned since he won the award. It’s worth checking it out.
Now, it’s your turn to share what you’ve learned from the startup events you went to. Also, I want to know what is your favorite part about them? Write your thoughts down in the comments.