So I may be behind, but I love how twitter incorporated this little interactive feature. Notice when I scroll, my twitter handle and photo appear in a static nav bar? Great stuff twitter!
Day 1 of Techstars: Jumping right in
After 2 grueling weeks of finishing up my old job and wrapping up my life in Michigan, I have finally made it to Boulder, Co to join the Techstars madness as a Hackstar.
As soon as I arrived to Boulder, I lost my breath, the mountains and beauty here are astonishing! I’m excited to explore this mountain town some more and just learn more about it! I arrived to Techstars HQ at 1:00 p.m. and jumped right in. I’m first working with a company called Varsity, a tool aimed to help college students discover events happening on or near their campus. I would have LOVED to have had this app when I was in school.
I also had the chance to listen to Jerry Colonna, a life coach, teach the companies + me about “Being a Founder.” We dove in deep, really deep. It was almost like witnessing a therapy session for these people. It’s interesting to see the flaring feelings these companies are experiencing. It’s obviously really exciting to be part of a startup with Techstars, but it also must be completely terrifying. The fear of failure is looming. However, Techstars is equipping their companies with tons of awesome mentors and talks like the one we had tonight with Jerry, in hopes to provide their founders with lots of techniques, knowledge and skills to be really successful companies.
One thing that really stuck out to me during this talk was this statistic: 65% of startups fail because of founder issues. Techstars provided Jerry Colonna as a speaker and mentor to help combat this alarming statistic. I’m hoping what he said has stuck with the founders because they definitely need to be equipped to handle feelings and the reasons behind why people feel the way they feel.
So far, I’m truly excited for what’s to come. I have some UI/UX work in my near future, so I’m gearing up for that. All in all, I have a great feeling about Techstars and I’m so grateful to be able to be a part of it, even though I’m late to the game.
Airbnb’s newest design rollout includes lots of fun colors! It’s nice to see a company branch out from just primary colors to brightening up their palette. I’m still iffy on their logo, but I appreciate their efforts to make their audience feel inclusive of their brand. They want to make you feel “at home,” just as their hosts want to make their guests feel like they are at a home away from home.
Airbnb scroll, I LOVE this color change