Launching a Business in 54 Hours

December 23, 2011 | 4:04 pm by Anne Fisher

“I was skeptical at first about whether you can really accomplish much in just one weekend,” said Ryan Flynn, a graphic designer who worked on voice-recognition technologies at Motorola before moving to New York from Chicago in 2010. Mr. Flynn is the founder of a fledgling enterprise called Closed Capp, whose first product is a mobile app for real-time closed captioning, aimed at giving the hearing-impaired access to cellphone conversations.

Mr. Flynn’s initial doubts soon dissolved: Startup Weekend introduced him to two fellow techies who “helped me figure out a workable business model and refine the technology,” he said. “It was great to have two solid days to focus on solutions to things I’d been stuck on. We had a working prototype by the end of the weekend.” He also had several promising conversations with interested investors, he added....

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