Week 1 @ExcelerateLabs: Mentor crash course

This past week my co-founder Kevin Melgaard (and friend since 1994) and I started at Excelerate Labs, the nation's #3 web startup mentorship-driven accelerator. We will be spending the next 90 days meeting with the best and brightest start up mentors (investors, entrepreneurs, teachers...all around successful people) to get a crash course the on the best way to launch a web startup. Building relationships with the best-fit mentors is job #1 at this point. After all, being resourceful as hell is the key to being a good entrepreneur, right? Here...the resources are coming to us. It is our job to make the most of it.

Getting in was hard. Excelerate gets hundreds of applications from all over the country. They only pick 10 companies. Getting in was great validation, not that we've got some insanely awesome idea, but that we've busted our asses and that we've shown we have what it takes to go through the REALLY rough spots of going through a startup and still

We've got a ton of work to do to build a better product, build a better team, build a better business...in 80 days...no pressure, eh?

After the first week, we've:

- Pitched to 100+ mentors, after hearing we would only the morning of...great learning experience and I'm glad it happened the way it did.

- Sat with David Cohen, Brad Feld, IDEO, Craig Wortmann, the class of 2010 Excelerate and many others. Seriously, how else could you get this level of quality in one week?

- Met with the Excelerate leaders about where we are and where we need to go.

- Slept very little and learned a lot.

Here's to week 2...starting bright and early tomorrow!