I got super interested, as soon as I first heard about the concept of Startupbus from some random source. I decided to apply (invitation only), and I got selected among the lucky 25-30 finalists out of 1500 applicants to board San Francisco Startupbus.
With zero expectation & tons of excitement, on March 3rd I hopped on the Startupbus San Francisco filled with total strangers who were crazy enough to do this 1800 miles in 72 hours road-trip from San Francisco, CA to Austin, TX to checkout SXSW 2013!
As soon as bus left behind the city of Golden Gate, everyone in the bus started to introduce themselves and pitch their ideas to fellow buspreneurs to form teams and make it into reality.
When David pitched his idea to connect coders with learners was super intriguing to me out of everyone else’s including the idea I pitched….that’s not important.
Within an hour or so, when we stopped at a Walmart in Las Banos by i5 pretty much everybody decided on which team they wanted to be in. Our team which included an amazing designer “Ruben”, powerful “Kate”, a gifted developer “David” and me!
We were driven way too much by our vision of this idea that so we lost track at times, and going back and forth about keeping this concept for profit or for non profit.
After getting feedback from our super awesome bus conductor “Falon”, we were back on track with still many doubts in mind about monetization.
Our designer/photographer/writer, Ruben showed his leadership skills after observing everyone for good-long couple hours, and made a to-do list with followup team meetings to discuss about what got done, or what will never get done on this bus.
We stopped by Launch Pad incubator near beautiful Santa Monica beach & downtown to get feedbacks by experts and free food. We didn’t got much help because we wanted to build Coders Without Borders valuable & meaningful beyond business plan & monetization crap.
By the time, we got to San Diego Downtown Lodge to work/sleep through the night, David who was the only solid developer on our team built the framework and wrote 80% of the code in couple hours.
Ruben designed the world map which was covered with codes which I had to check for “curse words” because he pranked us by saying that be inserts F words in codes on the world map! Haha. We didn’t find any bad word though.
Kate & I was doing our part of work with conflicts & shshsh, with David coming in between to sort things out and me getting annoyed & Ruben laughing at us, and Kate trying to prove everything I am doing is full of shit. All this was super fun, and brought all of us much closer as a team and I have to think through everything I was doing to save myself from Kate’s super power 😉 I have to say, Kate is one of most powerful & dominated girl I have ever met who truly (sometimes blindly) believes in her actions! Big hugs to Kate for correcting my shit. Lol
Ruben on the other hand is the super chill, laid back, understanding guy I have ever met and became friends with, all he needs is beers and his next assignment to get done. Otherwise he will give us a todo list, and put his fancy headphone on with mostly no music. 5000 credits to Ruben!
David is the most humble, honest, and driven developer I have ever got the chance to work very closely with. He’s a god when it comes to write code. In short, he knows what the FJBk he is doing or needs to be done.
I was mostly dealing with social media, managing what goes on website, what button looks like what and where and how do we find coders who are willing to teach aspiring coders in their communities etc.
More to come…..
At a big hug/kiss to eat24 for being our great Italian food in San Diego.