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Episode 61

Andrew Hyde

Founder of Startup Weekend and Startup Week. Now back at Techstars!

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Andrew Hyde is the founder of Startup Weekend, a 54 hour event to create communities and build companies. Andrew joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, how he built a worldwide startup movement, how Startup Weekend grew so quickly, what it's been like returning to TechStars, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Andrew.
  • Learn more about how Andrew got into startups.
  • How Andrew approaches community development and events.
  • What it's been like returning to TechStars with the acquisition of Up Global.
  • And much more!

Episode Overview

Andrew Hyde is the founder of Startup Weekend, a 54 hour event to create communities and build companies.

Andrew joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, how he built a worldwide startup movement, how Startup Weekend grew so quickly, what it's been like returning to TechStars, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Andrew got into startups & entrepreneurship.
  • How Andrew approaches community and events.
  • What it was like launching & growing Startup Weekend.
  • What it's been like returning to TechStars.
  • And much more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:20
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

1:54
How do you approach community development? What are the 3 things you think others who are trying to build communities don’t know about or don’t spend enough time on?

3:15
You’re the founder of the Startup Weekend movement. What is Startup Weekend and what motivated you to start it?

4:55
How did you organize the first few events? How did you approach growth beyond these first events and across the world?

6:43
What process did you use to grow Startup Weekend and how has it evolved?

8:00
What marketing/distribution channels have been the most effective for growing the Startup Weekend movement?

9:35
Startup Weekend has a lot of awesome partners - how did you approach them and convince them to work with Startup Weekend?

10:40
What’s the most important lesson about startups you’ve learnt over the past few years?

11:38
Do you have any hilarious or unbelievable stories that you’d be able to share with us about Startup Weekend or your experience as an entrepreneur?

15:28
Up Global was recently acquired by TechStars, which you used to work at as the Director of community - so what was this acquisition process like and what’s next for Up Global in 2015?

21:42
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded?

24:11
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Andrew on Twitter
Andrew on the web
Startup Weekend on Twitter
Startup Weekend on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, & Books

The Creative Class
Steller
Robinhood
Hipstamatic
MailPlane
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Monkey Wrench Gang
How To Be Black
Game of Thrones

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