3 Three Things I Learned From An Accelerator

Accelerator, Startup, Kairos, Miami Startup, NewMeRunning a startup can seem like a constant reminder of how far I have to go for success. Yet when I come across young startups or new entrepreneurs, I sometimes marvel at some of the mistakes that are made early. Mistakes that I would surely have made if I had not gone through an accelerator.

At Kairos, we were blessed to have gotten into the NewMe Accelerator in San Francisco. It was 12 weeks that changed my life. I often tell people, we went into NewMe going 40 mph, and left NewMe going 400 mph. It was that impactful. From what I learned there, I was able to parlay into a termsheet for 1.2 million dollars just last week. That termsheet represents months of learning, pitching, praying, and most importantly, building the company. NewMe is taking it’s act on the road, and I will be mentoring alongside some other great folks in Miami September 27th -29th. Google has sponsored them so that they can offer content across the country.

What are you going to hear, a LOT, and it will be tailored to your specific startup. Real 1-1 time. To give a taste, I thought I would offer my top 3 things I learned from NewMe.

1. NDA’s & Secrets

Don’t ask anyone to sign a NDA. VC’s will never do it, and it shows your immaturity in the process. No one wants to steal your idea, nor would they have as much passion for your ideas as you.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice

Learn how to tell your story, in a clear, succinct, and empathetic way. Then tell it over, and over, and over, and over again. Tell it so many times that the members of your team can tell it, tell it until your kids are repeating it at school. Tell it until your girlfriend or boyfriend leaves you because they can’t stand to hear it again.

3. Learn the lingo

Cap Table, Delaware C-Corp, traction, disruption, lean, patents, H1-B… These and a TON of other words need to be in your lexicon as a startup founder. VC’s and other startups will rate your maturity on the lingo you use and the answers to some standard questions. Accelerators and Incubators can help founders to learn these terms, and use them to qualify you as opposed to disqualify you in the eyes of your peers, funders, and media.

Startup is a wild and crazy world, but these three items can lay the foundation to a very successful enterprise.

Ad Astra!

Brian Brackeen is the CEO of Kairos, a enterprise facial recognition company recently selected as one of the Wall Street Journal’s top 20 startups. He lives in Miami and is a rabid Miami Heat and Philadelphia Eagles fan. 

Code On The Beach, A Coder’s Conference In Paradise August 16-18th

CodeOnBeach,Florida,startups,conferencesPicture this, the thick of the summer of 2013 and you find yourself at the amazing One Ocean Resort in beautiful Atlantic beach. You’re there with hundreds of like minded coders, developers and software engineers, learning, living and having fun. Oh and did we mention your wife and kids are hanging out by one of the pools or on the sandy beach? This sounds like a great “working” vacation right?

It’s a reality at Code On The Beach, a software engineering conference in Atlantic Beach August 16th-18th. The conference will cover topics from ASP.NET MVC to Windows Azure to HTML5 to SQL to mobile.  Friday will feature intro and beginner tracks while Saturday and Sunday will feature intermediate to advanced level content. Conference organizers have made the session length longer so you can “dive in”, but they’ve also structured the event so you can literally take some time and “dive in” to the ocean.

  • Intro sessions on Friday afternoon
  • Intermediate to Advanced sessions on Saturday and Sunday
  • Great hospitality with a full beach resort experience
  • Family-friendly: bring your spouse and kids
  • Top speakers from across Florida and the U.S.
  • Longer session length allows for deeper dives
  • Open Space track where you can speak on any topic you desire
  • Nightly hackathons to benefit local non-profits
  • Opportunities to meet local industry leaders and employers
  • Steps from the session rooms to the beach or beachfront pool
  • Walking distance to excellent local beach dining and nightlife
  • Early registration starting at just $99 (compare to other weekend conferences!)

So if  you’re like me and constantly on the road to conferences and events leaving your husband or wife at home to tend to the kids, no worries, Code on the beach will be a vacation for them too:

  • Catch sun or waves at the beautiful Atlantic Beach
  • Lay back or splash at the beachfront pool, with poolside docent services (hotel guests only)
  • Relax and get quality treatment at the ocean view hotel spa (hotel guests only)
  • Visit the 24/7 fitness center for exercise (hotel guests only)
  • Walk to nearby beach shops, dining, and nightlife
  • Attend beginner programming sessions so they can get in on the conference action too
  • Hack on projects with you at nightly Hackathons by Ignite for local non-profits
  • Travel to nearby attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Adventure Landing Water Park, and Talbot Island State Parks

You can get in on the early bird registration and a savings of $60 per night at the resort. The link to register for the conference is here.  The link for hotel registration is here.

For more information visit codeonthebeach.com

While you’re checking out conferences, the early bird rate for attendees for Everywhereelse.co ends this weekend.