As far as I can tell, it depends on whom you ask. Some say it was a life-changing experience. Some say it was exhausting. Portland Startup WeekendThe startup weekend program gets a few dozen people together for a long weekend, during which they create a new business. In a recent one they ended up pitching Guy Kawasaki when they were done. There was very little sleep, a lot of work, lots of creativity and collaboration, and lots of real thinking about what makes a startup go. Here’s more from the website:

Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54-hour event that builds communities, companies and projects.

Founded in 2007 by Andrew Hyde, the weekend is a concept of a conference focusing on learning by creating. It is known for its quick decisions, “out of the box” thinking, unique facilitation technique and letting the founders show what they can do. The program has already met with success in Boulder, Toronto, New York, Hamburg, Houston, West Lafayette, Boston, D.C. and more.

If that sounds interesting to you, I suggest you browse to startupweekend.com and take a look. I found the videos alone entertaining enough to make it hard to pull away from that site and get back to work.

Jake Weatherly
Look for Jake Weatherly there

One of the next ones happening is Portland Startup Weekend, here in Oregon, May 23-25. You can use that link to get more information and to register. And our own Jake Weatherly, Palo Alto Software’s star nice person, is already registered and will be there with sleeves rolled up, ready to work. I’m looking forward to getting his feedback, which I intend to share here.

The schedule also includes San Antonio, Texas, May 16-18; Memphis, Tennessee, May 30-June 1; and Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 20 -22.

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Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com. Follow him on Twitter @Timberry.