Occipital is proud to be a TechStars company. Beyond spending 3 great months doing more faster in 2008, we continue to benefit as active members of the Techstars family. We keep close ties with the program, especially those in the Boulder program. That’s where we first met Danny, and well, we’ll let him tell you the rest of the story:
A year ago I was bored. I was at a gigantic company, too big for its own good. My job title said Software Engineer, yet I was averaging about one line of code per meeting I was attending. That lack of productivity was slowly sucking the life out of me. My only coding joy came on nights and weekends when I was able to tinker with the apps or websites I had built to teach myself some new things. It was time to search for something more exciting.
However, beyond looking for excitement, I had no direction. Something fast paced, a place where I could help create and innovate, but where? Startups seemed meet those criteria, but as a complete outsider to that world, where would I begin? How would I know if a company was right for me?
I’d been following TechStars for years and it seemed like a holy grail for tech startups, but without a company or even a cofounder, it didn’t look like I’d have the pleasure of learning about building a company from some of the greatest mentors in the world anytime soon.
That’s when I discovered Hackstars, a back door into the TechStars program. As a Hackstar, I’d get to go through the TechStars program as a mercenary developer, helping out the companies wherever I could for the duration of the 3 month program. I’d also be meeting and learning from some of the greatest entrepreneurs around, just like everyone else in Techstars. The skies opened, light rained down on my keyboard, and I started my application. After a few weeks (and some incessant emailing) I met with Nicole Glaros and secured my spot as a Hackstar for TechStars Boulder 2011.
The 3 months I spent in TechStars were everything I’d hoped they’d be and more. I was looking for new opportunities and I found them in tremendous, tremendous supply after the program. I went from a complete outsider to having some of the best connections you can have in the Boulder startup community (and beyond). As it came time to find a job I was put in touch with Occipital, a company I saw as one of the great success stories of TechStars. It was soon clear this was the place I could proudly sport my new Hackstar credentials.
Shortly after demo day I started working at Occipital as a mobile engineer. When I had dreamed of something new and exciting a few months earlier, I couldn’t have pictured things working out as well as they did. I owe most of it, if not all, to being a Hackstar. If you’re thinking about applying, do it. You won’t regret it.
We’re happy to have Danny’s mobile development talents on the Occipital team. In addition to cranking out code to support 360 Panorama on Android, Danny is the founding member of the Occipital quadcopter R&D team.
We’re excited to be joining 13 other TechStars companies on the first night of SXSW to kick things off right: By celebrating startups and entrepreneurship!
Headed to Austin for SXSW? We’d love to have you as our guest! Come meet our team, mingle with other TechStars companies and friends, and grab a few drinks on us.
The fun kicks off Friday night, March 9th at Cedar Street Courtyard at 8pm.
RSVP now to save your spot!
As iPhone developers, you have to test your software on every OS version. This would be fine if there were a reasonably simple way to switch between iPhone OS versions. As it turns out, there isn’t. Upgrading is easy — but downgrading isn’t allowed by default within iTunes.
There is, however, a way to do it. I figured it out the hard way, so I’m posting these instructions to help anyone else who might be in the same situation. Partial credit is due to other tutorials that I borrowed information from.
If you’re getting iTunes Error 1600 and iTunes Error 20, this tutorial should help.
Disclaimers: Don’t do this with your personal phone, because you have to remove iTunes and completely reset the phone. Restoring everything later is probably possible via backup, but make sure there’s nothing important on the phone before proceeding. I don’t think this works on the 3GS phone. But don’t even try it.
Downgrading from iPhone OS 3.0 to 2.2.1
- Completely Uninstall iTunes 8.2 AND Apple Mobile Device Support
- Install iTunes 7.7 (find it on an old version website).
- Download the 2.2.1 (or 2.2) ipsw file for your phone.
- Launch iTunes, connect to USB, and enter DFU mode (see below).
- iTunes will mention restore mode. Click OK and then Shift-click “Restore”
- Choose the ipsw file you downloaded. Wait for restore.
- If this completes successfully, congratulations! You’re done! If you get Error 1013 (as I did), ignore and continue.
- Hold the Power and Home button for 15 seconds, then press Power for 2 seconds to reset your phone.
- You should now have the “Emergency Call” screen. If your phone has service, it should activate itself.
- If you’ve switched phones (to a 3GS for instance), you will need to either purchase phone service for it, or activate it via jailbreak.
- Once activated, you’re ready to start testing!
Let us know if these instructions work for you!
We had a great time this summer as one of the 10 companies that participated in TechStars. I took a lot of photos, and I finally got around to uploading them to the internets. However, these photos are a skewed view of TechStars because I mostly took photos when we weren’t working. So consider the following photos mostly a story of the 5 to 10% of the time we were goofing off.
Our team from the summer. Left to right: Gandhi, Jeff, Vikas, and Shun. This is actually one of Andrew Hyde‘s photos.
Soul Patch Concert
Unwinding at the St. Julien after the first demo day:
Foodzie with Howard Diamond, one of the TechStars mentors.
Rock Band! Andrew Hyde is rocking out on the drums as usual.
Our official company book, it goes everywhere with us.
Andrew Hyde and Jeremy Tanner hanging out at the Bunker.
Jeff and I on stage at Boulder New Tech Meetup.
Hungry entrepreneurs feasting on Foodzie food ferociously. Alliteration anyone?
Tailgating in the parking lot before a Live/ Blues Traveller concert at Red Rocks with Ignighter.
Team Ignighter vs a hybrid Occipital / TravelFli team in a beer pong tournament at our house on the Hill in Boulder. This tournament was where BHARD was born.
Samantha Murphy, the Highway Girl, being amazing on stage at the Laughing Goat.
Our sublet for the house on the Hill ended 2 weeks before the final demo day, and luckily Foodzie let us crash at their place. Gandhi and I slept on the living room floor. Here is Gandhi curled up on the living room floor.
Shun and Jeff slept in the extra bedroom.
Foodzie with Brett Jackson.
A pizza box with a phrase very similar to “BuyPlayWin“.
Austin asking “who wants to go to Houston?”
Nerding it up at the Bunker by playing StarCraft with Devver and BuyPlayWin.
David Cohen, executive director of TechStars, manning the grill. He’s saying “eat more, faster!”
T-Shirts from some of the companies.
Ben from Devver saying to his girlfriend, “I’ve got something really important to tell you, my real job is as a backup Britney Spears dancer.”
And here is Ben showing off those dancing skills in the Cohens’ backyard.
Speaking of the slackers… Andrew recently unveiled the TechStars lipdub, which is an accurate portrayal of how we spent our days this summer. And by days, I mean one single hour. The beer is all product placement, that’s how TechStars stays afloat. It’s true. By true, I mean false.