Tips, Tricks and Tools

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Given that you have only got a couple of days to go from zero and hero, we recommend you take advantage of as many tools, tricks and tips as possible.

Thanks to the good people at Startup Weekend HQ, their global sponsors, our local supporters and a couple of awesome Perth-based startups, we have got a bunch of  resources that you can take advantage of over the course of your #SWPerth experience.

First, check out the Attendee Resource Doc and Global Sponsor Resources pages on the Startup Weekend website.

  • Google is offering $1,000 in AppEngine credits for use throughout March. All info regarding how to redeem these credits can be found in the Global Sponsor Resources doc – use Verification Code SWAE-02 for your #SWPerth hookup.
  • Amazon Web Services provide a $100 credit per person to help power your startup with a secure, reliable, easy-to-scale, low-cost cloud-based computing platform.  We will distribute promo codes at #SWPerth, plus our AWS friends will be on hand to provide some technical support (and maybe even a few more promo codes!) over the course of the weekend.
  • .CO offers free domains to Startup Weekend participants. Read more about their program here and feel free to use Promo Code SW13032896 between now and next Thursday to grab yourself a .co domain. You might also want to check out domain.com’s Startup Weekend redemption process for more domain freebies.
  • Microsoft’s BizSpark program provides technology, support, visibility, and community to promising startups and entrepreneurs at no charge. If you want great support for your startup, start here.

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Windows Azure enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any operating system, language or tool. You can use the platform in many different ways. One example – you can use Windows Azure to build a web application that runs and stores its data in Microsoft datacenters. Find out more and download your free trial here.

PITCHING, CH-CHING

Pollenizer’s Universal Startup Pitch Deck is a terrific tool to get your pitch short, sharp and focused… Remember, you have only got 60 seconds so you’ve gotta make every second count!
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BRAINSTORMING

Local startuppers (and @Space3ed @SWPerth alumni) GroupMap have developed a brilliant real-time collaboration tool to help you share ideas, brainstorm and get input from your peers. Check out this YouTube video to learn how to create your own GroupMap.

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LEAN CANVAS

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Lean Canvas is your Startup Weekend bible. Check out the Lean Canvas website if you want to learn more.

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MARKET VALIDATION

Nothing beats pounding the pavement to find out what your customers want, but sometimes it’s easier to reach a wide audience by using online surveys.

Local startup stars Floq provide stylish and intuitive surveys and benchmarking tools that are well worth checking out, or you can go down the boring ol’ SurveyMonkey path.

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SPLASH PAGES

One of Startup Weekend’s greatest success stories LaunchRock is tailor-made for those of you who need to get a landing page live stat, and want to take advantage of the social sharing power of their Facebook, Twitter and email widgets.

PROTOTYPING

No doubt the designers in your team will already have heard of these, but even if you’re not so design savvy check out Balsamiq and Fluid UI. Both are really powerful tools, whether you want to create stylish prototypes or simply wireframe some ideas.

PAYMENTS

Just as there is no better way to find out what your customers want that to pound the pavement, there is simply no better way to complete the customer validation process than to convince customers to part with their hard-earned dollars to get their hands on your product or service!

Pin Payments is Australia’s first all-in-one programmable payment system. Built for startups, Pin Payments helps Australian companies sell to global audience with a modern API and no merchant account required.

Test credit card payments can be added to your app for free while building your proof-of-concept or MVP. After the weekend, Pin Payments is offering special pricing to all Startup Weekend companies who proceed with their new venture!

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Last, but certainly not least, local payment attorney, trademark expert and #SWPerth sponsor Rohan Wallace will be on hand on Saturday morning to answer any intellectual property questions that you might have. Grab one of the organisers or grab a spot for your team on Rohan’s roster from 10am.

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