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54 hours to develop a company from an idea. Does that sound crazy? Maybe, but it has been done. You could do it by signing up for Startup Weekend Bloomington!

What exactly is Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, biz devs, and startup enthusiasts come together and share their startup ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Startup Weekend is a global event that happens throughout the year. We’re very lucky to have one right here in Bloomington!

Startup Weekend Bloomington will take place November 15th-17th at City Hall-Showers Building. The event kicks off Friday at 5:30pm with a pitch session, followed by team formation, and then it’s time to get to work for the rest of the weekend. Sunday, the event concludes with all teams presenting their final product to a panel of judges.

This is a great way to get your startup idea out in the open, have extra hands, eyes, and minds all working together to make it a reality.

Register now for a great weekend where you could potentially find that co-founder you’ve been searching for, plug-in to the startup scene here in Bloomington, find valuable resources and make great connections, while not worrying about finding a time to eat, because Startup Weekend Bloomington will provide SEVEN meals for you!

When you register use promo code COMMUNITY for $15 off. For all students- email olawal@indiana.edu using your .edu address to receive a promo code for $50 off.

Start brainstorming ideas for the next great startup. In the meantime, follow Startup Weekend Bloomington on Twitter and Like them on Facebook for updates and announcements!

We’ll see you next weekend!

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Posted by Kacey on November 11, 2013 SproutBox No Comments

We’re excited to announce the revamped version of Kincast– our latest Sprout!

Kincast started out by solving the real problem of how to privately share and store video taken on a smartphone. With this latest version, Kincast has taken direction from its 20,000+ early customers to develop new and exciting ways to engage their loved ones.

Unlike public social sites like YouTube or Facebook, Kincast is private by default, using email addresses and private links to share directly with loved ones. Senders of video don’t have to worry about privacy, size limitations or upload progress bars, and recipients don’t need accounts or the app installed to view videos.

This week’s release of Kincast includes several new features that get the whole family involved:

Chat. Every share starts a chat – giving loved ones an easy way to say thanks and join the conversation without having to create an account.

Video Greeting Cards. A new, neat way to reach out on holidays and special events – helping you stand out and show you really care. Plus it’s personal, fast and free.

Say Hello. Kincast’s video messaging feature is an easy way to say hello. It’s more personal than a phone call and easier than writing.

We also focused on stepping up the user experience. We went screen by screen creating a beautiful new user interface. We also developed Flair (a fun way to add sizzle to your videos with frames, music and titles), and a “scroll-friendly” immersive timeline.

To see the product in action check out this short video:

The Kincast iPhone app can be downloaded at http://iphone.kincast.com. Web users can create a Kincast account at http://kincast.com.

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Posted by Mike on December 13, 2012 SproutBox No Comments

This alternative purpose of this post is to announce Finish Day. Read on for more details!

The Indiana startup community is growing at an amazing pace. It’s true. More events, more entrepreneurs, more startups, and more amazing ideas are getting started. This is an encouraging thing to watch. Lots of people from different disciplines are getting together at Startup Weekend, Bloomtech, Verge, and other events to talk startups and get people involved. The Indiana startup community is a friendly and thriving place!

We’ve Got a Kink In Our Armor

Everyone needs software developers. From startups trying to get their idea off the ground to fully funded companies wanting to lay down some rubber, we need developers. Every startup event I attend I hear the same thing, “How can we attract more developers to the startup scene in Indiana?”.

CS Students Don’t Know We Exist

We need to pull students in technology-related majors into our ecosystem. Take the lead and offer internships for your startup and promote them like crazy with professors and students. Students want this experience and a well-motivated young programmer will learn how to contribute quickly. Internships are a great way of coming up with candidates for developer positions or part-time work.

Mentor An Inexperienced Developer

Getting the right kinds of experience for building web applications and mobile apps is hard to get from the perspective of someone doing a non-startup tech job or a student. If the developer you’re looking for doesn’t exist or already works for someone else, bring an inexperienced developer for an unpaid internship or a part time job. This is a great way to test the most important trait for startup developers: the ability to learn fast.

Poach Them From Silicon Valley

So what if a developer can make 30%-50% more in an equivalent position in the Valley? Our cost of living is 88% less according to Salary.com’s cost of living calculator:

Let’s Be a Real Community

Indiana’s startup events are forging real communities and churning out great entrepreneurs with great ideas and companies. Let’s build a network of Indiana developers. We’re announcing Finish Day. On Saturday, July 21 we’re opening up the SproutBox office space to local developers, designers and any other tech-related-unclassifiable-creatives. Finish Day is a free day-long event; the goal is to take a personal project that’s been hanging around for too long and finish it. We’ll have snacks, pizza for dinner, and board game breaks. Join us!

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Posted by Chris on June 28, 2012 SproutBox 3 Comments