People seem to have a misconception that, in order to participate in a startup, that you have to be an expert in your field.
This simply is not true.
When I mention to people the Startup Weekend that’s happening in Santa Barbara in two weeks, a lot of people have the initial gut reaction: I am not talented enough to participate. At best, this expresses humility…but at its worst, it belies a lack of self-confidence that is undeserved and is a missed opportunity.
Nobody who participates in these Startup Weekend events is perfect. Nobody who shows up has it all figured out. That is the very reason they are coming to the events: to learn about how to get better, to learn from the mentors and their expertise, and how to iterate a product via a trial by fire.
If you are involved in a startup–whatever the startup, and whatever your role–you will learn something from this event that you can use to enhance your own career.
And, if you are looking to build your own career, a Startup Weekend is by far the most expedient way of getting expert advice about your idea, and learning how you can make it a reality.
There are worse ways to spend a weekend. Why not make the leap and register to participate now?