I’m excited to announce the launch of Ringside Startup! The gist of the website is that I’m raising $20,000 from readers/sponsors — to enlighten everyone’s entrepreneurship education. With the contributions, I’m going to launch a web start-up (one of the Techquila Shots ideas) and blog the entire journey.
I have a bunch of advisors on-board (and adding more) who will be commenting on my posts to help educate during the process. Thus, you (readers) will get to see the entire process of launching a web start-up — from idea selection (readers will be polled to select which idea I develop) to programming development to launch to marketing, etc.
Contributor participation entitles you to vote on some actual business decisions — the first of which will be which idea that I’ve exposed via Techquila Shots will be the web start-up I build from the ground up. I will blog about this entire journey as openly as I can — taking you through the entire start-up process (beginning with incorporation — whether to be LLC or S-Corp Inc; in Delaware or NY) and providing feedback from VCs to Entrepreneurs along the way. My hope is that we’ll all learn quite a lot about the start-up process from this experience.
The goal is for entrepreneurs to learn from all the processes and obstacles I go through — and gaining insight along the way from seasoned professionals.
I have commitments for advisor participation from:
- Brad Feld (VC)
- Jeremy Liew (VC at Lightspeed Venture Partners)
- Susan Wu (VC at Charles River Ventures)
- Simeon Simeonov (VC at Polaris Venture Partners)
- Andrew Chen (Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MDV)
- Jay Parkhill (lawyer and co-author at Startup Review)
- Ryan Carson (seasoned entrepreneur, founder of DropSend)
- Fred Wilson (he’ll comment when he can, but is unable to commit that he’ll comment at all)
Of course at any point, any of them can remove themselves from this project.
I have posted my favorite ideas for Ringside Startup to use.
More Advisors Sought: I’d really like to add some more seasoned entrepreneurs. If you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, VC, or Angel that has been down the road with many start-ups — and you’re interested in helping to educate other entrepreneurs on the start-up process, please drop me an email.
I’m looking for 15+ seasoned “advisors / educators” for this project — not seeking any money from you, just hoping you’ll comment on various topics through-out this openly blogged start-up process when you feel you may have good input. My hope is for 2-3 comments (short or long) from you per week — but one per week would be better than none. You can drop-off at any point — your participation as an advisor/educator/expert is that your comments will be highlighted / featured in my posts.