WebFWD Weekly Update - July 22nd
- Pascal Finette | Mozilla.com
- 2011-07-22 @ 21:39
Welcome to our inaugural weekly WebFWD update.
We will try to give you a concise picture of what we did in the last
week, what we're working on and what's coming down the road for WebFWD.
Plus we'll add the random bit of chitchat. ;)
Please feel free to contact us at any time either in person (if you're
in MV) or via email at email@example.com, email to any of the team
members (Didem Ersoz, Julie Choi, Tobias Leingruber and Pascal Finette),
IRC, telephone - you name it. We want to hear from you.
Without much further ado - the week at WebFWD:
We eat our own dog food and modify ("pivot" in the world of lean
startups ;)) WebFWD based on strong customer feedback: After rolling out
our current offering (the 4-week bootcamp) and speaking with lots of
potential candidates it became apparent that the market has a strong
need/desire for a program which is longer in duration (6-12 months) and
So we will introduce the WebFWD Fellow program on Monday next week -
WebFWD Fellows are projects which will receive all the benefits from the
4-week bootcamp minus the bootcamp (and financial aid) itself for 6
months with the option to extend to a full year. As we are not bound by
physical presence of the project in a specific location we will open the
Fellow program for projects from all around the world.
Check out http://webfwd.org later next week for full details.
If you're in MV you might have seen our Kanban board - we're tracking
and logging all our activities on an electronic Kanban board which is on
public display at the 2nd floor on Castro St. Read more about our Kanban
board here: http://blog.webfwd.org/post/7809771818/live-at-the-kanban-wall
In terms of "actions completed" we cleaned out a s#%&load of todos this
week - anything from a bunch of blog posts to signing up Seedcamp
(Europe's Y Combinator) and Teens in Tech (an amazing organization
focussed on teaching Highschoolers coding and entrepreneurial skills) to
project management and team org. Further we reached out to hundreds of
universities, hacker organizations, etc. -- all with the goal of gearing
up the program for a mid-August start.
# Team Manual
As we develop & build the program, create a team around the WebFWD ideas
and get processes stood up, we started to document all this in a team
manual - it's very much work in progress but you can see it on our wiki
Once the manual is in some shape it will help us onramp new team members
faster, guide our actions (and make sure we stay on track), identify the
stuff which worked and didn't and overall provide us with a much better
and deeper insight into our own work (and hopefully will serve other
projects as inspiration).
- Tons of nitty gritty work done this week
- New partners: Seedcamp & Teens in Tech (with more to come)
- Lots of outreach activity
- Introduction of new Fellow program early next week
Please continue to help us with 1) spreading the word about WebFWD and
2) pinging us when you see an awesome project you think should be part
The WebFWD team