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Internet 2012 Bus Tour: Day 0: Startup Weekend Iowa City

I just finished facilitating Startup Weekend: Iowa City. This is the 5th Startup Weekend event I've facilitated, but probably the 14th or so I've been to.

I've mostly been to larger events - New York City, Seattle, Atlanta, DC - that draw 100+ people. But this was a smaller event, about 25 attendees. (This was actually my second "small" event, my first being a few weeks ago in Louisville, Kentucky.).

And I think I like the smaller events better.

On Friday night, I went through the usual facilitator song and dance. We had some great local speakers, we played Rock, Paper, War, and then we kicked off the pitches.

FounderConference: Adeo Ressi, Drew Houston, Dave McClure give tips;

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Another awesome event at the Mountain View Microsoft campus (the last one was the FounderShowcase event) called FounderConference.  This was a seven hour marathon event geared towards tech founders, and it featured industry heavyweights Dave McClure and Adeo Ressi, as well as the founder & CEO of Dropbox, Drew Houston and reporters Anthony Ha from VentureBeat, Ryan Singel from WIRED, Chris O'Brien from SJ Mercury News and Hooman Khalili from Alice 97.3FM.

Here are videos from the event - they're all phenomenal and worth watching.

Adeo Ressi gave a very honest (brutal) assessment on being a founder, and he absolutely tore some entrepreneurs up on stage, but not in a vicious way.  He was very constructive about it.  Still it's sobering to watch.

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