Last weekend I went to Amsterdam to take part in a Startup Weekend. This is a 54-hour event where participants form teams in order to launch a startup. It was super fun, but also very educational and fulfilling!
I am not the best at networking, meeting people, and that kind of thing, so I decided to pitch my idea as a way to introduce myself to the crowd at large (as well as get my idea out there). As it turned out, someone in the crowd had already been working on exactly what I had in mind. My pitch didn’t end up being voted one of the top ideas to develop further, so after the voting was completed and the teams were ready to be formed, I set out to find a team to join. Luckily, I’d signed up as a designer, who were in short supply. I decided to join Bucket Buddies, which is probably one of the best decisions I made that weekend.
The idea for Bucket Buddies is simple. Doing things on your bucket list is great, but it’s no fun alone. For instance, perhaps you’ve always wanted to go to Oktoberfest, but none of your friends want to go with you, so you’ve never been. So we set out to create a platform where you can enter goals on your bucket list and find people with whom to do those goals. We’ll then match you up with whoever can help you reach this goal—whether it’s a skydiving company, airline that has a flight to your destination, or even just a bus trip to Oktoberfest.
So we worked very hard to validate whether this is an actual problem people have, started work on a back end and a front end for a web app, made a landing page to get some signups, and, of course, refined our business model.
In the end we gained some traction with quite a few signups and Facebook likes and wrote a pitch that convinced the judges to vote us as the overall winner of Startupweekend Amsterdam 2014!