049 – Andrew Young of Global Fashion Tech Battle – Poland, Prizes and Potential: The Overworked Asian Part 2

Starting startups…Andrew Young on FIYB Part 2

Andrew Young (Co-Founder of Global Fashion Tech Battle, Manager of Startup Weekend NYC, Co-Founder of SWILL) joins Pavan Bahl (OS Fashion), Rob Sanchez (Ralph and Remington [Episode 22]) and Marc Raco (The Hope Is Project and Monkey Radio), in studio for Part 2 of an extended interview with the hyper-connector and entrepreneur [Episode 48].

Discussion continues about the Global Fashion Tech Battle and the sixty pitches filtering down to fourteen presentations, how it works, star status of developers, what it takes to qualify as “fashion tech”, the real benefits of participating, and learning how to bring a product to market rapid pace. What motivates people to participate, how roles change through the process, and integrating video.

Andrew Young on FIYB Part 2 2 Last year’s original winner, the impact of team politics leading to disqualification, alternate winners and drama from last year’s competition, and the uneasy and emotional path to finding a good match for a co-founder. How this year’s competition will be different with growth, upgraded tools, guidance and event structure. The attraction of a  curiosity in building ideas, the opportunity to travel to Poland/Eastern Europe with a new set of connections and an international community of similar minded folks, different cities, and global diversity. The success of four of fourteen companies who met, collaborated and have launched, experiencing real success. How participants can win the chance to be taught by some of the best minds in the field, and how to get access to people you would never get access to (i.e. the amazing Kay Kopolvitz [Episode 14] and incredible Liz Bacelar [Episode 38]).

A segment of Off the Grid Questions explores being a part of one of the biggest Internet startup failures ever, on-demand movie rental and food delivery, bike messengers, the origins and management of Young’s doing of many things at the same time, how love, passion and value play into what motivates him, how the meaning of his name relates to the potential for his future, a challenge to work more closely with the Asian community, what happened when Young’s parents first glimpsed his influence and “startup universe”.

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