Another post that I’ve been sitting on for few days is a rundown of theIgnite Philly 8 event last Thursday. First off, for those that haven’t had a chance to see one yet, it was an energizing and great event. Admittedly, last Thursday was my first time attending an Ignite so my experience might not be representative of all the Ignite shows, but from what I’ve seen online, the quality looks to be consistently high.

Ignite works great not only as a show case for several great startups including StartupCorpsand Wash Cycle Laundry, but also a chance for the community gather and jabber excitedly about the ideas we’ve been kicking around in our heads.

Interestingly, one of my favorite decks from the evening was presented by a talented young lady with little interest in profits, running lean, or term sheets. Operation Nice is about spontaneous acts of kindness and on a more visceral level, about making you feel good. Melissa did a great job of presenting and I couldn’t help but think that there was something special about the mission she set out to achieve. In truth, what Melissa captured in her presentation is what made the event as a whole such a blast. The intensity of the 5 minute pitch, the tight-packed / beer-laden crowd, and the shared enthusiasm seemed to refreshingly avoid all the parts of a pitch that you usually don’t care about. Instead, the atmosphere was all about genuine emotion.

Of course, the next step for Ignite and the multitude of similar startup get togethers is inciting action. This is something that is on the forefront of the team at the BDQ. Now that we’re starting to see the community solidify, how we move forward really is going to determine whether the project succeeds or flounders.

It is probably worth reiterating that the goal of the BDQ is still focused on being more than just a glorified meet and greet. What got the founders on board and I think was has brought others in is that especially within graduate school, we’re frustrated with our inability to easily engage other young professionals outside our program. Creating the channels of communication, then using the value of a diverse community to make better startups / improve our world is something that I believe is worth getting excited about.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m a firm believer in lean methodology so I don’t mean to imply that we’re at a an all or nothing precipice. What I do want though is to keep the good momentum we’ve got going right now and use it to now move beyond a simple article share. Next meeting is this afternoon, can’t wait.

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