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Startup Accelerator: Anything Goes Lab two week pilot

July 11, 2010

I've been trying to "hack the startup process" with a new kind of startup lab for a few months now. As part of the process of trying to launch TenZeroLab, I've been talking to a lot of people, pitching and describing the concepts behind it. Recently I started getting one particular piece of feedback: "Talk to Bill Warner, he's got something going on you'll be interested in".

Finally, I managed to talk briefly with Bill at Tech Tuesday this past month and he suggested I join his "Anything Goes Lab" Anything Goes Lab accelerator project happening at the CIC. Come Monday, I'm going to be participating in the two week pilot program.

What is it? It's a co-working space but with a special focus on startups and teams. Bill and his partner Nick Tommarello have some interesting ideas about startups and startup formation. Many of the principles behind AGL seem to stem from Bill's recent talks about intention and creating startups "from the heart".

I'm not only excited to meet and work with some really interesting individuals, but also to see if I can contribute some of the ideas I've been working on with my own startup lab. I'll be very interested to participate in the program, to see first hand the things that work in this environment and the things that don't.

TenZeroLab and Anything Goes Lab appear to have some core principles in common, not the least of which being that we need to start helping each other. Facilitating the creation of trust-based working relationships is, I believe, a path to creating many more startups in the Boston area.

There's a lot exciting stuff happening around the Boston startup scene and I'm glad to be a part of it.