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Our second project for the Technology Entrepreneurship Venture Lab 2012 course from Stanford. For educational purposes only and no commercial purpose intended. Although we might build it if someone has deep pockets and wants to fund us? ;)

We were saved from missing the deadline by the video editing skills of one of our team who is also a friend of mine. He finished it just 3 hours before delivery time. Every piece of tech we used "broke" or glitched at some point. From the video camera to software to hardware. It turned a relatively straight forward video into days worth of PC, Mac, Camera and other hardware support and software learning.

I've now downloaded and used SnagIT, since my Camstudio couldn't handle the video animation running in Prezi, downloaded switch to convert audio files, learned how to use VLC to convert a .mov file into a .mp3 file, and played briefly with Camestia for video editing. I couldn't figure out how to do overlaying of tracks and adjusting audio channel separate from the video so it was back to Final Cut Pro for my buddy. I've learned how to rearrange a hard disk on the fly and under pressure when you run out of space, and how not to do a project in Prezi. Also had to set up slideshare and got my first real taste of document collaboration through google docs and prezi. I guess that's why they call it an education but it would have been nice for things to work a little smoother on what was supposed to be a part time course and project.

Let me know if you think we did a good job in the 4 days we worked on it. Two of us mostly full time.
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You are doing much better than we are. The "bad idea" we tried to save was a stink bomb alarm clock. I wanted to do one where the snooze button forced you to deposit a dollar in a savings account, but the "team" - ir you want to call it that, wanted to make a bad idea even worse, and it turned into email game playing. I put a huge amount of effort into getting the team formed, only to have it immediately dumped for the second team that was assigned to us. I am pretty disappointed because I was really excited about the class.
+Jason Hurtado Daniels Thanks Jason. Next phase of the course is to flesh out the teams and define roles and select our project for the rest of the course. We'll have our first face to face meeting tomorrow.

+Rob Gordon I'm sorry to hear about your team headaches. We have about 6 of us active in varying degrees with most of the talent weighted on the tech side. There are still a couple of people we haven't ejected yet who have barely engaged at all. A total of 1 or 2 posts in Trello and not much else. One looks like he has mean audio skills so it would be great if we can get him on board.

So our team is still around 8 people from the original group. We'll find out this week how it will pan out for the rest of the project. I think one of the main problems is that everyone is busy and is doing this part time. Plus the course was free so you got a lot of not so engaged people saying why not and then bailing when they saw it would involve actual work.

Are you going to reach out to find another team or has the experience soured you enough that you want to just audit the rest of the course now? There's a spreadsheet of people and a LinkedIn group where people are posting interests and networking to form their own teams if you haven't seen those. Don't give up! The world needs your entrepreneurial passion. The VBT is a great idea and fills a real need no matter how hard it may seem to keep the engagement up. The course has some issues with organization but if nothing else you can cherry pick the best concepts and processes for the VBT.
+Jason Hurtado Daniels Yes there is a lot going on. I think the need for entrepreneurship is pretty high in the US at the moment and there are a lot of people who have been nudged down the entrepreneurship path by the economy and rapid technology uptake. Many of the jobs we've lost won't ever come back. But periods of great change represent massive opportunities as well. Rob's launch of the VBT, your initiative here on G+ and the launch of Stanford's course are all great tools for those of us early in the startup life cycle. I see problems and viable business models to fix them a plenty. But building the team and executing on them is the biggest challenge.

I'm obviously not the only one. There is a lot of dialog here on G+ and 35000 people signed up for the Stanford course. If you do a search on youtube for Technology Entrepreneurship Venture Course 2012 you can see some of the commercials they produced for the 'bad' ideas of someone else they were allocated. Ours was an app that you had to view an advertisement before you made an outgoing phone call but you got paid a dime for doing it. We turned it into the DaD concept.
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