Startup Bootcamp LA is around the corner, so to help you prepare, we will be making important announcements in the time leading up to the Bootcamp. Below you will find details about:
Final payment and supplemental package of room & board
Prep work related to our unique curriculum and experiences
Signing up for optional airport shuttles each weekend
What to bring
The QØ team
Prep For the Bootcamp
Our goal is to get you all speaking the same startup language - so that when you arrive you know your MVPs from your BMCs and your pivots from your pitches.
We will be sending out prep work intermittently between now and day 1, along with other tips and inspirations to help make sure you get the most out of your QØ experience.
Prep Work 1
One of the best podcasts around is called Startup by Gimlet. It follows the founder of a company called Gimlet in its first season and then tells the origin stories of many companies in season 3. The podcast is a great look inside the heads of the founders and first few employees of a startup. You will deal with many of the same obstacles and feel the exhilaration of success that these folks go through. We recommend starting with Season 1, Episode 1 - it’s perfect for a study break between AP and final exams. Most of you will probably devour season 1 - if that’s you, go on to season 3 for some of the most cool, unknown, stories of the startup world.
Get on Slack + Meet Your Cohort
As we have mentioned, Slack will be students’ primary communication tool for the duration of the Incubator. Slack is used frequently in the startup world & a great way to communicate with your venture, the cohort, and soon the QØ Alumni Ecosystem. Slack has its own startup success story which you can read about here. Please let us know ASAP if your access to Slack will be impaired before or during the Bootcamp!
Read all these directions before doing anything!
Getting Set Up
Download Slack onto the personal phone and laptop you will be using this summer.
This week students will be receiving an invite via email to join the Bootcamp LA group. Once you accept, you will automatically be added to the ‘General’ channel which also includes all QØ alumni from years past.
You will also be added to a private channel called ‘startup_bootcamp_la’ which contains the 35 students in your cohort plus QØ staff.
Introducing Yourself by Thursday, August 2nd
Once you join the Quarter Zero workspace there are a few things you need to do by Thursday, August 2nd.
Change your Avatar to a closely cropped picture so folks can see your face clearly and start to put faces with names
Use your real name for your screen name
Post a short bio about yourself in the Startup Bootcamp channel (less than 200 words). Keep in mind your audience for this: peers that are similarly interested in startups and entrepreneurship that are scattered across the country and world. Make it interesting and memorable!
Keep In Mind
A few things to keep in mind about the QØ Slack Workspace
All QØ alumni are also on slack and are part of the ‘General’ channel. They have their own private ‘alumni’ channel that you will be added to after the incubator.
Please turn on notifications on your phone and computer for Slack. This is the main tool we will use to communicate during the 10 days.
You cannot delete messages, so think twice before posting anything. Please also take the time to review the Student Respect & Expectations contract that you signed where we set ground rules on respect, professionalism, and responsibility. (Click here to read the full Participation Agreement & Release.)
A few special pieces of prepwork will be posted in the Slack channel so be sure that you join!
Airport Shuttles - RSVP Closed (7/13 Deadline)
Quarter Zero provides an airport shuttle for arrivals & departures that correspond with the program schedule. Please only sign up for the shuttle if your plans are confirmed & submit by the RSVP date.
If you do not sign up for the shuttle, we will assume you are organizing your own transportation (Ubers, taxis, or local airport shuttles) and will meet us directly at the hotel during check-in (3:30-4:30pm). Many students choose to organize their own transportation because they are traveling with a parent/friend, their flight time is too early, or they want to see the city. If students would like to connect with each other to organize transportation, Slack will be the best option when that becomes available.
Arrivals: No Later Than 2:00pm
We suggest booking flights that land no later than 2:00pm local to allow enough time for a student to deplane, retrieve luggage, and walk to the meeting point which may be in a different terminal.
Departures: No Earlier Than 5:30pm
Sessions conclude at 2:30pm on Sundays. We suggest booking domestic flights that depart no earlier than 5:30pm and international flights no earlier than 7:00pm.
Los Angeles International Airport - LAX
Arrival: Shuttle will depart airport at August 3, 3:00pm PST
Departure: Shuttle will depart program site at August 5, 2:30pm PST
Arrival: Shuttle will depart airport at August 10, 3:00pm PST
Departure: Shuttle will depart program site at August 12, 2:30pm PST
Double check if you have RSVP'd for the shuttle! Check the list here.
If you are on the arrival shuttle, we have created a handy Shuttle Guide that provides you exact details of which spot to meet us, who to look for, what to do if your flight is delayed, and more! In addition to that, you will be added to a Slack group with QØ team members & other students on your shuttle to assist the group in communication on the day of travel. Students, make sure you have this downloaded onto your phone ahead of time!
If you are on the departure shuttle, there's not too much to worry about since you'll already be with the program! We will be dropping students off at their respective terminals.
Please Note: Due to past issues of frequent changes & vendor charges, we have modified our airport shuttle policy this year. Because of the high volume of students & vendors we are working with this summer, please only sign up for the shuttle if your plans are confirmed. After the listed RSVP date, our team rents shuttles based off of confirmed numbers. Therefore, additions/cancellations cannot be accommodated. Cancellations after the RSVP date or no-shows on the day of the shuttle will incur a $15 cancellation charge.
Hotel and Daily Drop Off & Pick Up
On Friday, August 3rd, program check-in for ALL students, regardless of supplemental package purchase, will be from 3:30-4:30pm local at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles at California Plaza.
If you are organizing your own transportation, please keep in mind Los Angeles can have a significant amount of traffic.
Please note: Hotel is only available from the supplemental package. Program check-in will be located at Omni Hotel and is required from ALL participants.
We suggest booking flights that arrive no later than 2:00pm local to ensure you will not be late to check-in. Depending on the activity, the cohort may be leaving the hotel at 4:30pm.
Students will be staying in the following hotel, in double rooms with a different roommate each weekend. This is to help facilitate networking beyond venture teams.
Please note, unfortunately Quarter Zero is unable to coordinate parent or family lodging. We encourage families to contact the hotel directly for availability and rates.
Quarter Zero students are considered guests of the hotel, and agree to act with a high degree of professionalism at all times. Students are expected to adhere to a 10:00 PM - 6:00 AM quiet time policy and are not permitted to leave the hotel after nightly check-ins without the express permission of QØ staff and the presence of another student. Please also note that due to security & hotel agreements, students are prohibited from switching room assignments.
If you are organizing your own transportation, programming will start and end at the following locations & dates.
QØ staff will be available up until the following end times of each day to assist you, should you need it, but will be departing once the program ends.
Friday, August 10
Drop off at 5pm & pick up at 8pm local:
555 W 5th St, 35FL
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Saturdays, August 4 & 11
Drop off at 9am & pick up at 9pm local:
360 E 2nd St #400 (4FL)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The time at the end of each day is critical to team development and cohort dynamics. Please note students are not permitted to leave early.
WeWork Gas Tower
WeWork is the community of creators. It provides the space, community and services our members need to create their life's work. WeWork’s mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork has a current valuation of roughly $20 billion and manages 10 million square feet of office space.
WeWork Gas Tower is located in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of Downtown LA.
555 W 5th Street, 35th FL
Los Angeles, CA 90013
General Assembly Los Angeles
General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.
General Assembly Los Angeles (DTLA) is located in the heart of the historic Little Tokyo neighborhood of Downtown LA.
360 E 2nd Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Meet The QØ Team
Throughout the Startup Bootcamp, you will be spending time with the incredible QØ team.
The QØ team is here to support you and your ventures along every step of the way. From small things like where to find bandaids to big things like which customer your venture should actually pursue, we’ve got it covered.
Click a picture to learn more about a QØ team member's background.
Packing & What To Expect
What Should I Expect For In-Person Weekends?
You’re about to embark on growing a legitimate business and will be operating in the real world where you’ll be treated as young adults and are expected to respond as such.
You can find the latest version of the schedule here & we’ll be revealing more details in our next email!
What Should I Expect For The Virtual Days?
Every team will be different but as an average expect to spend 20 hours during the four virtual days working actively with your venture team. This will include:
Daily or every-other-day team meeting (up to your team to decide)
One 90 min meeting per week with your Advisor
One 60 min meeting per week with your Community Team Member (CTM)
What Do I Bring?
Beyond the standard stuff you would normally take when you travel, please bring the following each day:
Extra pocket money -- you will have a handful of team-bonding meals out with your venture & the option to buy snacks on both Saturdays.
What Should I Wear?
Feel free to dress comfortably & casually! Keep in mind that Quarter Zero is an opportunity for you to network with like-minded young entrepreneurs, advisors, and industry specialists.
Student communication will primarily take place via Slack. Students will need to have Slack installed on their phone and computer prior to the Startup Bootcamp LA - more details coming soon.
Event Logistics (Airport Shuttle, Hotels, Meals, Etc.)
Event Coordinator, Ren Liu: firstname.lastname@example.org, 646.902.4614
Final Payment and Room & Board - CLOSED
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