This is the second in a series of followups with various Startups that started their lives at Startup Weekend. This week we talked to founder Dan Fennessy.
Which Startup Weekend event (City/Year) was your team created?
Tell us about your StartUp Weekend company/product. What’s the name…
Party with a Local
…and what does it do?
Party with a Local is a free app that connects travellers and locals that want to party. Because a night out anywhere is better with a local.
How has your company/product changed since Startup Weekend?
Went from vague idea, that probably would have remained that if I hadn’t attended SW, to a kick-arse product that is about to be launched!
What milestones or successes have you had since the weekend?
What has been the biggest challenge since Startup Weekend?
Product Development. It’s strange, but such a simple sounding idea like ‘party with a local’, that everyone gets straight away and seems to like, does not automatically mean a simple and great product. It’s taken a long time and a lot of false starts to discover exactly what ‘Party with a Local’ means and what it should be as a product. This will no doubt continue to evolve, but some tips; don’t assume you know best, get a lot of feedback from users, keep it as simple as possible, the less features the better… drink more beer.
What does the future have in store for you and your company?
1. App launch in European Summer 2012.
2. Rapid growth & lots of buzz.
3. World domination.
…and even if not, it has been, and will continue to be, a lot of FUN.
What was the best part about Startup Weekend for you and your company?
If you could rewind and do your Startup Weekend over again, is there anything you would do differently?
Celebrating getting the most votes in the Friday pitches & with forming a kick-arse team of 8 people by going drinking late probably wasn’t the best idea seeing as I already had a bit of a cold. Combine that with adrenaline, excitement, problem solving, stress, lack of sleep & more drinking over the weekend… by the last day I had the flu & couldn’t even speak to do the final pitch. Having said that… I had a great time & probably would do it exactly the same again.
Give one piece of advice for people (thinking of) attending their first Startup Weekend?
How can the StartUp Weekend community support you going forward?
Join Party with a Local, help promote Party with a Local and give us LOTS of feedback!
Are you hiring?
Sort of. Currently looking for guest Bloggers for the Party with a Local blog, ideally to write about the local party scene in cities all over the world.
Soon after v1 launches we might be looking for a whole range of great people; developers, designers, marketers, business people & more. Key requirements – must like to travel, party, meet locals… & must drink beer in meetings.