Every once in a while, you get that intrusive restless feeling: “What’s next? Should I have taken that job? Do I need more excitement in my life?” Left unchecked these thoughts echo, carelessly smashing around inside your mind. When it gets to this point, I like to do something crazy like jump out of an airplane or enter the woods for a few days with nothing but an ax and a lighter.
This time when the feeling hit, I went with something a little different. I went with StartupBus, where you pitch an idea, assemble a team, and get on a bus for a cross country trip. The goal is to use the trip to turn your idea into a real company and pitch it to real investors at the bus’s final destination: Boulder Colorado Startup Week. Startup buses depart from all over the US, Canada and Mexico.
I’m actually typing this on a moving bus headed from New York to Boulder, CO, fighting the motion sickness, chugging Club-Mates in order to stave off the bony fingers of the Sleep Witch. I’ll sleep when I’m dead or we win. The journey isn’t over yet.
Each bus is given a theme. New York’s theme this year was Press and Media. When you get on the bus, you get to vote for which idea you work on, and I chose a pitch, given by Brandon, that involved creating a decentralized, peer-to-peer communication platform that resembled BitCoin’s communication model. I thought it was brilliant.
Soon after the votes were counted, I met my other two teammates, Daniel and Luke along with Brandon. Daniel was the fast-taking deal maker and idea man. Every company needs a Daniel. Luke was the passionate, self-taught dev looking to use his knowledge to make a dent in an industry that still seemed too inaccessible to the general population. Brandon was our Jony Ives, and brought a killer design aesthetic.
The app we’re creating is called DropZone. It’s a discovery platform where an individual can leverage end-to-end encryption and anonymity in order to share information with journalists. In this post-Snowden era, people are starting to see that a single person can make a difference. By coming out publicly, Snowden has inspired others to come forward. For those that wish to stay anonymous but are concerned with responsible disclosure and repercussions, we made DropZone for them.
Here at DropZone, we have hope for a future in which fear is not a barrier to the liberation of truth.
Check out #DropZoneApp on Twitter.