by Eric Koester
I’ve often heard the phrase “You get out of something what you put into it.” And in most cases, that is true — if you put in some time, some energy and some effort you’ll get an equal amount back out of it. With Startup Weekend, that phrase also applies — it’s just that you’ll get 5 times more out versus what you put into it.
I’ve had the opportunity to attend a half dozen StartupWeekends. Some weekends have been a fun chance to meet people; some weekends have been a chance to build something cool; some weekends have been the opportunity to challenge myself to learn something new; and some weekends have left me with more to think about than at the start of the weekend. But in each case, I consistently got much more out of the weekend than I put into it.