Maybe I was wrong to be sceptical about the whole StartupWeekend thing and its US founder Andrew Hyde? The back-story – which I wrote on at length – is that he has been flying to several US cities working with volunteers to co-create internet companies in one weekend, where everyone has an equal share in the resulting web site. The movement has spread to copy-cat events, such as in Germany, but London will have an ‘official’ event where Hyde himself is due to appear. Needless to say, some events have been more successful than others, but it’s hard to fault the enthusiasm of the participants, whatever happens. Just don’t expect the next Google to be created inside 48 hours, I guess.
The London StartupWeekend (Nov 30-Dec 2) site now has over 40 people signed-up to create an internet company in just one “jam-packed” weekend and they’ve even made a video to explain how it will all work.