Many of you have been following our coverage (first here and a longer feature) of The Startup Bus, which threw together 25 ‘strangers’ — entrepreneurs and techies, including nine Australians — on a 48-hour journey from San Francisco to the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Their goal: to collaborate against the clock and emerge at SXSW with fully-fledged startups to pitch to a panel of investors and judges on arrival.
The Startup Bus participants have been posting videos taken on the bus, including everyone’s introductory speeches. Here is primary organiser Elias Bizannes addressing the posse soon after departure. He makes some telling points about entrepreneurial networking and collaboration and the secret of success in Silicon Valley and other vibrant commercial hubs.
Hope you’re not prone to motion sickness, as it’s a bumpy ride!