Last week was our mid-program week of no program activities, just “get the hack out of the building” and do customer development. One team took that literally and traveled to India to test their app with their target customer base. They also had time to take in the Taj this weekend.
Another team is working on some pretty bleeding edge stuff so they decided to take over the inactive local meetup dedicated to the topic and hold an event. There was a great turnout with lively debate and lots of customer development.
Lastly, while we had no mentors and meetings planned this week, we did have one optional mentor visit Saturday with Paul Harris, an American based in Manila, who has been working and developing deep relationships with a large number of Philippine based startups from idea to mentorship and funding. Since it was a low key week, Paul held court at one of our local bars and the teams came in and bought him beer and spend 30 or so minutes with him each. Then the rugby came on TV and that was the end of any business talk (it is a British bar…)
All the other teams were hard at work, but Friday we had a BBQ to Celebrate the 4th of July. (Yes we celebrated it on the 5th, kicked off the weekend!)
Unfortunately I missed the BBQ as I was speaking at the Scrum Gathering Shanghai on Friday.
Back to the normal program this week!