This is a really fascinating example of a cultural phenomenon that seems to be brewing. It seems like the same kind of smart and imaginative young people who in 1965 would have been starting rock bands are now trying to create startups. Maybe in a few years from now the time will be right for Codestock Nation.
After reading a few comments I feel like there might be need for some clarification. The following is taken from my Quora post in the thread that I already linked to:
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The StartupBus is a powerful filter for people.
Participants are under pressure to communicate and work with a limited toolset and random strangers; most importantly they can't back out and leave. On top of that they must deal with mundane things like overflowing bathrooms, snoring people and all kinds of other muff.
The people that are comfortable with all of the above constraints are almost always interesting, intelligent, successful (in many different ways) and exactly the kind of people that I'd like to work with. The other people don't even bother applying.
Last year all participants got along great and the real value (e.g. this year's bigger, better event) was created only after the bus.
I did a facebook auth and retweet, a couple of minutes later I had two new private followers and a personalized email with "Hey Daniel, I vouched for you to apply for the StartupBus this year. Go here to find out more and definitely apply so my vouching for you isn't wasted."
I know it's all automated but the feeling of being kind of important still stays.
LeanDog has a pretty kick ass office on an old boat anchored in Lake Erie, which used to be a restaurant. They host all sorts of meetups & such (including Cleveland Startup Weekend), they're incredibly active & helpful in the community here.
Just one of the challenges that forces people to get creative. Yes, planning ahead does help, but sometimes you just have to power through and work with what you have...or pull your hair out and finally get that 5 minutes of sleep you haven't had for a while.