Friday, September 7, 2012

TechStars - two weeks and counting

We are happy to announce that we have passed the hectic critical two weeks of TechStars.

Settling in in Boston was not that hard. Boston is beautiful and very hospitable and we have found a place to stay quite easily.

We have started full steam on the first day where we had gone through the orientation and the mentor meetings. We have landed feet first and tried to make an impression with the mentors which gladly was remembered later on during our 1 on 1 meetings.

Katie, Reed, Bob and Joe gave us the feeling that they have seen it all and we can never surprise them with anything, they are encouraging us to open up every problem we have and they assure us that Saverr can work it out together because "it is your company".

The associates and hackstars are lifesavers. Having another pair of eyes in the meetings who helps you figure out what was going on there and taking notes is sooo important, thank you guys, and the hackstars are so eager to help. It feels like we have a team to help us get the most out of this program.

We have met many mentors and we have encountered the dreaded Mentors Whiplash. Every mentor have extensive experience in his/her field of expertise and they reflect this experience on our company and provide us with his insight, which is awesome. The problem is that these insights don't always go together. One mentor can say that we need to have feature A and another mentor feels that we need add feature B to be more appealing to specific customers. These insights sometime contradict each other and makes our head spin, but there is one thing that Katie told us that every founder in a company has to know, "you are the smartest person in the room when it comes to your company", this is a great advice and moreover you have to remember that "its your company". The decision are ours and we know the best about our company, this really helped us survive the whiplash and we just came out stronger from it.

Bill Warner has taken us on a journey to understand the difference between building a product for the market or building a product from the heart. When you build a product from the heart you address your set of beliefs and you intend to address them which enables your company to change and evolve rather than get stuck in an ever changing market. Bill workshop helped us understand the essence of our product and assured us that we are building a product that we truly believe will help others, this is one of our significant intentions in life.

We were blushing so hard when we got compliments from Tom Hughes, the man who created the apple logos, about our product, it was so good to hear.

Wish us luck,

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