Reposted from StartupNorth
By David Crow
Are you curious about what being a startup is really about? Do you think there are too many events in Toronto?
“Being in the community is important to you, but being in front of your customers is what is important to your startup.” – Jevon MacDonald
Well, we’re trying to help connect entrepreneurs, designers, developers and others interested in starting new high potential growth companies. Why? Check out Paul Graham’s What Startups Are Really Like. In particular, 17. The Value of Community. We’re trying to create a peer group, people who are facing similar obstacles in creating new tech, software, mobile, social Internet startups.
“One of the most surprising things I saw was the willingness of people to help us. Even people who had nothing to gain went out of their way to help our startup succeed…The surprise for me was how accessible important and interesting people are. It’s amazing how easily you can reach out to people and get immediate feedback.” – comments on What Startups Are Really Like
I want a vibrant, connected, accessible community of founders, investors, advisors and others in Canada. And I’m not alone. There are great communities across the country in Ottawa, Montreal, Waterloo, Guelph, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver (and be sure to check out StartupDrinks). Here’s what we’re doing locally:
- Consider attending DemoCamp Toronto # 25 on January 27, 2010.
- Are you looking for a social opportunity to connect with the individuals that fund high potential growth startups in Canada? You should consider applying to attend Founders & Funders on February 15, 2010.
- StartupEmpire is happening on May 20, 2010. Stay tuned for details.
So it’s not about partying, but it is about finding others facing similar challenges and those that might be able to help your startup.
I hope you will participate.
David Crow is an emerging technology and start-up advocate/evangelist. At Microsoft Canada, he is responsible for helping Canadian start-ups gain access to software, support and visibility in the Microsoft ecosystem through programs like BizSpark (details at microsoft.com/bizspark). David blogs at http://davidcrow.ca/ and http://startupnorth.ca/ or follow him on Twitter @davidcrow