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Microsoft Accelerator Week 1 > WTF am I doing?

Week 1 at the Microsoft Accelerator powered by TechStars is in the bag. Phew!

The accelerator lasts 13 weeks. So, while I am glad to have a few minutes to rest and collect my thoughts after a hectic first week; we need to make things happen… and quick!

Just like most other accelerators, this program is designed to gather feedback, iterate and find Product / Market fit quickly. Uniquely, though, the @MSAccel is positioned to really scale a startup’s market research by leaps and bounds by combining the incredible networks of both Microsoft & TechStars.

We met with a number of investors, customer prospects and seasoned CEOs / CTOs everyday. This all sounds great (and it is!) however, by day 3 we had heard everything from – ‘This is exactly what I need!’ to ‘WTF do you even do?’ and everything in between.

Needless to say, my head is spinning. Will anyone pay for what we have built? Do we need to scrap everything and start from a blank slate? Do we just need to message better?…

I feel fortunate to have all of this feedback, but it is really what we do with that feedback that matters. For now we will filter, process and execute – stay tuned to see how the saga unfolds!

Hello Seattle! … and the Microsoft Accelerator powered by TechStars

Hello Seattle! …well almost.

I am sitting at the Denver International Airport, *not* so patiently waiting to join our team and the rest of nuMVC and the great teams, people and mentors at the Microsoft Accelerator.

I am super excited and honored to get to know and learn from the rest of the great teams and people in the Spring 2013 class! Checkout this great post about our class by Scott Guthrie: the Spring 2013 Windows Accelerator for Azure

On behalf of nuMVC, a big thanks to the Microsoft Accelerator and TechStars teams! We are ready to take the next big step… More updates soon.