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Launching My First Incubated Startup Today

Here’s what I’ve quietly been up to for the second half of 2010: Slipstream. It’s my first incubated startup and I’m proud to announce that it’s launching today.

In July 2010, I was the first one accepted into LaunchBox10, LaunchBox Digital‘s 3rd accelerator program. 130 startups applied. 7 were accepted. They said they’d never take a single founder. They made an exception for Slipstream.

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How to Have a Better Startup Networking Event

Monday I attended Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs, a networking event sponsored by the Mayfield Fund and First Round Capital. Roughly 100 founders were invited to come network over finger food and the chance to win a mentoring session with a famous founder like Jay Adelson (Digg), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Aaron Patzer (Mint), Gina Bianchini (Ning), Max Levchin (Slide), or Mark Pincus (Zynga).

There are a few things that made this event stand out from others that I’ve recently attended. I recommend the following for a better startup networking event:

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3 Ways to Fail at Customer Development

For the last few weeks, I’ve been auditing Steve Blank and Eric Ries’ Customer Development and the Lean Startup class at UC Berkeley. I’ll discuss the class as a whole in another post but I wanted to share a great talk we heard tonight from the co-founders of Flowtown: Ethan Bloch and Dan Martell. They shared customer development mistakes they’ve made and what they’ve learned from them. The following are my notes from their talk.

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Firefox 4 Home Tab Concept

I just submitted an entry for the Mozilla Labs Design Challenge Winter ’09. It deals with the new home tab in Firefox 4. The home tab will replace the home button as a persistently open tab that shows a Firefox-hosted start page.

The challenge from Mozilla Labs was to design what would go in this new tab. Whereas most of the other entries focused on complicated metrics and cramming a ton of already existing browser features into the tab, I took a much simpler route in my design.

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Awared 4th place at the CSUA Hackathon

I had a great time this last weekend at the CSUA Hackathon on the UC Berkeley campus. Basically, about 100 people got together for 18 hours (from 6 pm Friday to noon Saturday) to build the coolest things they could in that time frame. There were about 30 teams and definitely not enough food. Long story short my team (me, myself, and I) got 4th place for Slipstream, a twitter client that filters your stream based on things that are relevant to you! Justin.tv has a clip of me presenting Slipstream on Saturday but stay tuned for my own screencast (with better video and audio quality).

UPDATE: Check out Slipstream here.

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