For our new series of hackathons, we didn’t want participants to try to find a problem (that may or may not actually exist), build a business model around… · More it, and leave with a prototype, pitch, and prize for spending their time on something they could have built anywhere. In my mind, that’s like cramming for a test you’ve aced a few times already, for a class you took last year.
When planning our Geeklist #hack4good we chose a different path. There are problems that already exist. Problems that affect the lives of people that don’t have the latest smartphone, people that aren’t in traffic, people that don’t have scheduling conflicts or LinkedIn profiles, dinner plans, or even a plan for dinner tonight, or tomorrow. There are problems that already scale, because of earthquakes, flooding, fires and famine. There are verticals as large as 99% of the population. We chose to make this a hackathon for good above all else.
launched my ad agency at age 22, sold it at 26 to launch my first startup...raised 6+ million and built first online Spanish Bookstore (think amazon for spanish books when all amazon did was books and cds) sold it at 29... invested in and advised a few more
and then Geeklist and Hack4good. Now building Sensorydata Corp
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