Hello, My name is Robert Dale Smith. I am a fulltime student at University of Houston studying computer science and also working on launching a startup in Houston, TX called Chromemote.
I recently won the Startup Weekend Beaker Contest. The prize is to be able to spend the weekend at the Startup Weekend Condo in Seattle, to hang out with the Startup Weekend team, and to receive 1on1 mentoring with one of their mentors for my startup.
Unfortunately I am unable to afford the cost of the plane tickets to and from Seattle. Durring the recent Startup Weekend event, Jeff Reichman suggested that I put together a campaign to raise the funds.
Your contribution will have a huge impact on the development of a Houston startup as well as help an aspiring student entrepreneur to become one step closer to reaching his dreams.
What We Need & What You Get
The stay at the Startup Weekend Condo is free but the travel expenses are not covered by the contest. I will be flying out of Houston to Seattle on December 13th and returning on the 17th.
The roundtrip tickets are $281.50 and a rental car for the weekend will cost $197.55. So the minmum I need to raise to cover the travel costs will be $479.05. Anything I can raise beyond this amount will go towards covering the cost of food over the four days in Seattle.
There will be several perks available to contributors and non-contributors. During my time in Seattle I will share Twitter/Facebook updates with many photos and comments about the experience in real-time. Also upon return from Seattle I will write up a full blog article of my experience for the StartupHouston.com blog.
For those that contribute $100 or more I will provide one on one IT support (Houston,TX area only). Have me come onsite to your home or business to solve just about any computer problem or answer technical questions. Not only can you help me further my startup dreams, but I can share with you my past experience from being a computer technician.
I am extremely excited to have won a weekend stay at the Startup Weekend Condo and I can't wait to get to meet the Startup Weekend team. Your help will have a huge impact on not only my startup (www.chromemote.com) but on helping me further my entrepreneurial aspirations.
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can not contribute there are other ways you can help me out. Help out by spreading the word and sharing this page with your networks. Don't forget to take advantage of Indiegogo's share tools also!
Founder of Chromemote