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TeamCamp how to sessions on Web Startups


I met Chris Schmitt a couple of months ago over lunch at the Corner Grill and he told me about a cool web-based shopping list application that he was bootstrapping (or rather moonlighting). He was looking for developers and was hoping for introductions. We got into talking about cool new distributed development models, the “camp” movement, and the opportunities in Ottawa to bring people together around innovative ideas and cool technology.

Little did I know that it would lead to the birth of TeamCamp, a really cool concept that Chris has spearheaded with support from Ian Graham at the Codefactory.

I’ve seen Chris at several events around town since that first meeting and I’m constantly impressed with his dedication to the idea and the opportunities of TeamCamp.

So when he emailed me about a series of “how to” meetings on web-based startups he was coordinating, I was immediately excited.

Here are some of the topics:

  • Defining your product or service
  • Picking the right business model
  • Sales, marketing and distribution Channels
  • Competition/Competitive analysis
  • Market research
  • Starting your business
  • Patents, trademarks, licensing and intellectual property
  • Building your business – how to find people, keep your people and make steady progress

Chris’s plan is to bring in local entrepreneurs with some battle scars to talk to these points (and no doubt those opportunists at Labarge Weinstein for the legal session!) which I think is a fantastic idea.

You can learn more about the session on the TeamCamp website and I encourage you to contact Chris for more information.

Chris – is there somewhere we can signup?

By Scott Annan

Fired Up! A Startup-Primer

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By Aydin Mirzaee

DemoCamp Ottawa 10

Ladies and Gents, we’ve hit double digits! Congrats to Ottawa!

Ian Graham of The Code Factory posted on his blog yesterday that the 10th edition of DemoCamp is being held on Monday, the 29th of this month. Sign Up Here.

DemoCamp is one of the most exciting grass-roots tech events that happens in this city. There will be 6 short presentations from local groups that are presenting new and exciting technology that the’ve been working on.

Here are the presentations:

  1. Sixent – multi-profile social networking platform for sharing your life differently online
  2. FixIt Ottawa – upcoming local problem reporting tool
  3. Thinteknix – Communication / Computing solutions for SMB
  4. GiftMyList – A private gift exchange
  5. Chide.it – Will be showing two products: fluidSurveys.com and ReviewRoom
  6. Gazaro – Find the biggest sales!

Here is the location information:

  • Date: Monday, September 29, 2008 from 6pm to 9pm
  • Location: The Velvet Room 62 1/2 York Street
  • Format for 6 demos: 2 minute introduction, 8 minute demo, 5 minutes for Q&A and discussion

If you’ve been at a DemoCamp before, you know how amazing they are. If you haven’t been to a DemoCamp before, you’re in for a treat! See you there :-)

Here is the sign up link again: DemoCampOttawa10.

By Aydin Mirzaee