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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Other than finals, getting into Longhorn Startup Lab has been the conversation topic of choice for the last few weeks. Most of you are curious about two things: the application and the competition. I've profiled a few of the teams that you're up against:

  • 1) Flo Technologies: Flo streamlines sorority recruitment for a more effective and efficient recruitment process. Rumor has it the team is in talks with a major potential customer in the panhellenic market. 
    • Team: Katherine Allen, Payton Scott, Mackenzie Decker
  • 2) Snakeskn: Snakeskn is a crowdsourced fashion platform that connects in-store shoppers to retail stores. Earlier this month, the startup secured Dainty Hooligan, the popular boutique on Guad, as its first retail customer. 
    • Team: Nathalie Rovall, David Burkhalter, Jack Steinglein, Hayeong Choi, Seun Obitoye, Jessica Li, Susan Seo
  • 3) Desk: Desk is a productivity environment for students that have written homework assignments, delivered through an app built on multi-touch technology. No website, but the team has a working prototype (I've tried it myself and it's pretty cool). 
    • Team: Cage Johnson, Arjun Nagineni, Daniel Miyares, Mo Li
  • 4) Juicebox: Juicebox allows people to rent external battery packs to charge their smartphones by the hour at venues that host large events like sports games or concerts.
    • Team: Zak Keener +1 non-UT student
  • 5) Rapid Diligence provides a software based solution that allows users to generate diligence reports on any website within seconds.
    • Team: Ahmed Raza 
I also chatted with the outgoing TA for the class, Sanchana Vasikaran:
  • What's different about this year's applicants? This year, teams are farther along in terms of product-market-fit. "Last year the bar was simply having a good idea and/or a website," Sanchana tells me, "this year we are seeing more operational businesses and products already in testing."
  • Funny interview story: "Last year, we did a set of Google Hangout interviews. One student was in his room at home and kept getting called by his mom during the interview."
  • 2 biggest pieces of advice for applicants? Know your customer and market to the core. Have an actionable plan and show your relentless drive to achieve it. 
So far, I've heard about at least 1 team that's been admitted into next semester's batch. Good luck to all of the teams that applied!

-- Kelsi

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY CLARISSA
Featured: 40 Things Women Can Do to Get Ahead in Work and Ventures

Tuesday, 11/29 • 6:30 - 8:30PM • Google Fiber Space
Don't miss this loaded panel of women leaders in the Austin work scene. From the Founder of BossBabes ATX to the Global Employer Brand Mgr of Dropbox these women have plenty to share. Each of the four speakers will deliver 10 actionable items for advancing women in the workplace. 

Open Austin Civic Hack Night
Tuesday, 11/29 • 6:45 - 9PM • Dev Bootcamp
This bi-montly meeting is open to anyone interested in contributing to civic apps, regardless of your skill level. Bring a laptop and be prepared to jump in on a project with fellow hackers!

The Entrepreneur's Journey: Founders of Lick Ice Cream
Wednesday, 11/30 • 6 - 8:30PM • Google Fiber Space
I scream, you scream for honest ice cream! Learn from the founders of Lick Ice Cream and why their business is listed as one of the top 5 spots in Austin according to the New York Times. With free appetizers and beverages, this event is sure to be a hit.


Free Crash Course - Intro to Java: Creating a Bubble Sort
Wednesday, 11/30 • 7-9PM • The Iron Yard
So you're interested in coding? Start here with an intro to Java, one of the most widely used programming languages. No experience is required; just bring a laptop and your brain!

Entrepreneurship Live! John Berkowitz of OJO Labs
Tuesday, 12/6 • 6-7PM • McCombs Legacy Events Room
John Berkowitz is the co-founder and CEO of OJO Labs, which uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalized customer conversations on a massive scale. Check out this case study-style talk where he'll dive into his lessons learned. 
 

RECOMMENDED READING
"UT Student cooks and delivers healthy meals to 60 students through business called Health Crave"
Kiara Ringgenberg, one of LEA's Freshman Founders, recently landed on the front page of the Daily Texan. Check out this piece to learn about her healthy meal delivery service.
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