Startup Weekend Toronto

Edit: looks like these guys are on their way! http://www.vuru.co/

I attended Startup Weekend in Toronto during the weekend. What an experience that was! Met lots of great people, there were lots of great ideas, and everyone was a fellow entrepreneur minded individual like me. Everyone pitches their idea, and then everyone gets together into different teams, with each team working on their most viable idea.

I worked with a team called Vuru, with our team leader being the co-founder Yoseph West. The idea for the application was that it contained an algorithm for choosing stocks such that a value investor wouldn’t need to pour over financial statements himself. I thought it was a pretty cool idea, being an investor myself, hence why I joined. The website was already working for the most part, and me and another developer mostly made incremental changes to the site to enhance different functionality of the UI using PHP.

In the end, our team didn’t win the competition, but we did come up with a pretty cool storyboard:

Our persona and use case
Our persona and use case
He doesn't have time to research stocks
He doesn't have time to research stocks
Vuru automates everything
Vuru automates everything
We are more cost effective than our competition
We are more cost effective than our competition
Vuru analysis application
Vuru analysis application
Portfolio performance & tracking
Portfolio performance & tracking

Overall, I enjoyed it, and look forward to working with more people next time!