Last week was our second week at AcceleratorHK and
things are starting to fall into a good cadence. On Monday, we had our first of the
weekly 1:1 meetings and Paul and I worked directly with the teams on the issues that
they face. We also had two amazing mentors come in:
First was Salim Virani, the creator of Leancamp.
He talked to us about Customer Development and took a lot of time out of his vacation
time in HK to spend with the teams on how to ask the right Customer Discovery and
Customer Validation questions.
Later in the week we had Mikaal
Abdulla, co-founder of 8 Securities,
a Hong Kong startup success story, come in and tell us the story of leaving a well
paying secure job and going out and starting a new business in Hong Kong, along with
the war stories of raising money and some secrets to their brilliant
On Friday we did our first Friday all-hands meeting and was able to have an update
by each team on their progress, practice their elevator pitch (next week I am going
to put some of them in an actual elevator to practice), and ask the cohort for any
help. We also gave out some Telerik tee-shirts. We
have a strict attendance policy, so one member had to phone in via Skype who was home
sick. (Notice we gave him his tee-shirt anyway.)
On Friday night we went out for some beers after a long week at the Accelerator doing
Customer Development. The teams are still focusing on Customer Discovery and Customer
Validation and will be in Week 3 as well. Stay tuned…
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).