By: Ty Mathen
THIS IS MY STORY ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST THRILLING AND INSPIRING WEEKENDS I HAVE EVER HAD.
It’s been a a week since those photos you see here and I’ve wanted to write this post since Monday, but my mind was still downloading everything that took place. Now, a week later I’m ready to share my experience.
When I arrived I was like a kid in the candy store, I was looking around and what I saw was seriously over stimulating as I tried to take in all that was going on. This was my first event ever in the tech world and I had no idea what to expect but I knew I wanted to build a product and WIN.
Boy was I so wrong on what the the true meaning of StartUp Weekend.
I am here to tell you in my own words how we won as a team and just how far $100.00 can go.
Friday night was pitch night. I wrote my pitch 30 min before, but soon realized I was so excited and there was no way I would remember what I wrote so I decided to wing it! This was my project, my baby. I didn’t need to memorize something I love.. After I pitched www.Dropost.it attendees were able to vote giving Dropost.it 27 Votes and making it into the Top 8.
My team was soon formed after several people expressed interest. We went into a conference room and at that point I stood up and pitched my team about ME, my beliefs, why I was there and what wanted to accomplish. We had two people leave and after that I knew I had a team!!
We not only built a product, but we built a team in there. We put our heart and soul into the weekend and it paid off. We didn’t win the prizes or even place in the top 3 but we won in life. We came together as one and now I am proud to say we are continuing on with Dropost.it and out of the 11 original members 7 have agreed to take this to the end of the world if we have to. To me that means way more than winning and to think it only cost me $100 dollars to attend StartUp Weekend Tampa…
So I Thank You for changing my life forever….
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