2. Do not be afraid to ask.
3. Know what you want.
4. Share the vision.
5. Believe in yourself and your team, no matter how small.
6. Reach out to friends and ask them for help.
7. Use your network.
8. Get it done!
9. There is no time like right now to start.
10. Stopping is not an option, even when you are disappointed, or exhausted (or the food is bad). Neither Marci nor Ben won the event. But these two entrepreneurs are just getting started. Marci's Cheer Chatter team continued to work after the event and are at work today, executing the plan they built at Start Up Weekend. Marci is a cheer captain (you may know it as a CEO) with vision, drive and perseverance, and as a result you can find Cheer Chatter on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and see for yourself how an 11-year-old built a product and a company. I also have no doubt Ben and his team will be filling the virtual closets of tweens 11-14 online, pulling together a community of tweens who go from "without swag" to "with swag" in no time. The Swagometers (his rating scale for the outfits and apparel items) will be rising. To paraphrase from Ben's final presentation slide of competitive advantages, the biggest assets these two companies have may just be the kids themselves. They do not know when to quit. They may not have won the event, but I wouldn't be surprised if at the next Start-Up Weekend they're listed as two more companies that launched successfully and are still growing. >To submit a news tip, email: email@example.com.
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