Zach Weiner, Storytree

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  • Myth of the weekend side project. Just google “side project to startup”\nStorytree started in Design Garage.\nFun.\n
  • Did 500 Startups. What we did well was set expectations.\n\nThis is one reason to start a company while you’re in school, but also a reason why so few student companies succeed.\n
  • You have to do other things -- e-mails, lawyers, networking. The “hacker lifestyle” of building stuff in your garage is the side project lifestyle, not the startup one.\n
  • Now I get my priorities straight, realize that friends and family are more important than a business idea and it’s time to go back to school. \n\nLuckily, we had set these expectations from the start, but we should have paid more attention to them.\n\nBut the thing is, there’s responsibility to the investors and to my co-founder -- who was continuing full time -- now. I can’t just make it a side project again. Once you do a startup, it’s all or nothing.\n\nMy co-founder needed someone who would be all in.\n\n
  • Storytree lives on. And I have my own side projects now. Even though I’m not turning them into companies just yet, Storytree taught me how to make them real\n
  • Thank you for your time.\n
  • Zach Weiner, Storytree

    1. 1. The Myth of the Side Project Startup Failures of a Student Founder By Zach Weiner @zweinz zweiner@stanford.edu
    2. 2. “We hacked it up in a weekend”
    3. 3. “Failure is fine. At worst, we’lllearn something and I can go back to school.”
    4. 4. It’s hard. Love the problem, not the lifestyle.
    5. 5. You can’t go back. You have responsibility.
    6. 6. But you can go forward.
    7. 7. Thank you.storytree.me angel.co/storytree@zweinz zweiner@stanford.edu

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