WANYE GOES TO NERD CAMP

Wanye
July 07 2012 07:12PM

Last Sunday we boarded an "aeroplane" and headed off to nerd summer camp in San Francisco. And because we basically use the Nations as a diary and because Kent hasn't figured out how to override our author clearance on the site you are about to hear all about it.

Come on it's summertime - you gotta read about something right? Right.

WHY NERD CAMP NERD?

 

Your ol' pal Wanye - pictured above - is a pretty nerdy chap. And despite the absence of any schooling on the matter and not having worked for an actual tech company we have been a part of starting three internet companies now.

The Nation Network - an identity stealing phish site masquerading as a bunch of hockey blogs. 1dollarteetimes.com - a discount golf website that tries it's darndest to convince stingy Edmonton golf courses to get involved. And finally In-House Tickets which white labels ticket software allowing our clients to sell their tickets online and stuff.

Since 2007, we have tried to learn as much as we could about everything internetz related. We have watched very talented people build products and sites while we played Words with Friends. We have tried our hand at selling advertising. We have attempted partnerships with media companies like the Edmonton Journal and Astral Media. We have 11.2 billion tweets under our belt. 

But we have been losing momentum of late and so now it is time to take things to the next level.

We have plans see. Grand plans. Plans so epic that pitching them in conversation usually illicits blank stares of non-comprehension and comments like "You still love the computers then. Can you sync my iPhone to my bluetooth to my VCR?"

GOTTA GO WHERE THE NERDS BE

 

So with that in mind we applied for an Entrepreneur camp called YouNoodle several weeks back. 

They have this to say about themselves:

"Entrepreneurs are changing the world, every day, step by step. At YouNoodle, we connect, inspire and train tomorrow's entrepreneurs, while actively trying to measure the impact they have. On YouNoodle you can plug in to the global grid of entrepreneurs. You can share your startup, be inspired by others, connect with co-founders, or find the opportunity of a lifetime."

"YouNoodle is backed by a group of business angels from three different continents. Our chairman is Dr Charles Lho, CEO of Amicus Group and founding investor in Quid. Early backers of the YouNoodle project also included Peter Thiel (Facebook) and Max Levchin (PayPal). We are advised by Consulting Professor Tom Kosnik from Stanford Technology Ventures."

Sounds pretty sick right? How they let a guy who listed his profession as "unpaid virtual Oodle Noodle spokesman" into the camp is beyond us but we have been here for a week already learning, listening and walking around with a dazed look in our eyes. Everyone here has been super nice and it is an honour just to be allowed to attend.

We would liken it to being an unsigned free agent showing up at a WHL camp. Nothing is guaranteed and they could send us home an emotial wreck with shattered dreams. If we do make it to the next level and begin a new startup company you ain't makin no millions - it's couch surfing and Subway sandwiches every other day.

But it is one HELL of an opportunity and a big step in the right direction in following one's dreams. We are going to work like we are the Nuge trying to reach the top shelf in the pantry to eat delicious cookies. Harder than all the other kids have to and never giving up. Ever.

You can follow us on twitter if you want to see tweets from the grind and the after parties which we seem to be quite adept at sniffing out.

We will see how this goes.*

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH AND ONE OTHER THING

Don't think that just because we are sitting in a classroom in California that we didn't notice that the local backup goaltender has become a trillionaire in our absence. Despite the logic of Jason Gregor in his great article we can't help but think that this is such a laughably bad contract that Steve Tambellini is trying to follow Tom Renney to Detroit by any means necessary. 

Dubnyk - by all accounts a super nice guy who is improving year on year we will grant you that - is now making big smoke despite not being a starting goalie and letting in more than the odd shaky goal. We aren't cheering against the guy we just can't believe this is the contract that it took to keep him around for the next two years.

For those of us keeping track at home let's get this straight. We have $7,000,000 committed to goalies next year. And those goalies are a 39 year old Russian with a wonky back and an 11 foot tall poster boy for Capital Power. Good thing the team is gonna be sick. If this affects a single dollar of Jordan Eberle's new billion dollar contract* someone is gonna get a punch in the grill. 

*That's what she said

*100 years - 1 billion dollars per a dream we have every third night.

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#1 Chris Robison
July 07 2012, 07:18PM
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You're such a nerd

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#2 David S
July 07 2012, 07:19PM
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Drink those nerds right under the table Wanye!

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#3 David S
July 07 2012, 07:22PM
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And the ladies. Don't forget to tell us about the nerd chicks!

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#4 Randomhero79
July 07 2012, 07:30PM
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And bring souvenirs

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#6 Jamie B.
July 07 2012, 07:39PM
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Sounds good, but it's seriously called YouNoodle? Wat.

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#8 nuge2nail
July 07 2012, 08:15PM
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Oiler Domination to Follow

Dubnyk will earn his contract - Nick Shultz made Dubnyk much much better after his arrival - If Justin does the same this year, and Whitney recovers - Dubynk will not be overpaid - Kids going to be a star :)

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#9 Wanyes bastard child
July 07 2012, 08:23PM
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Wanye wrote:

HAVE YOU BEEN TALKING TO MY 4,345,329 UNREQUITED LOVES?

WHICH ONE IS MY MOM!!?!?!?!

Seriously though, way to go pops! Also, when you strike it rich, don't forget about me eh ;)

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#10 AnOceanPearl
July 07 2012, 09:44PM
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@Wanye

Wanye, we both know that there is only one unrequited love for you. And that's Jordan.

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#11 David S
July 07 2012, 10:59PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination to Follow

Dubnyk will earn his contract - Nick Shultz made Dubnyk much much better after his arrival - If Justin does the same this year, and Whitney recovers - Dubynk will not be overpaid - Kids going to be a star :)

Best. Off. Topic. Post. EVAR!!!

http://files.sharenator.com/stay_on_topic_stay_on_topic_RE_The_off_topic_topic_post-s599x450-147644-580.jpg

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#12 David S
July 07 2012, 11:04PM
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And while we're on the subject of off topic, the day we can embed pics on this site will be the most glorious of glorious days!

Now THAT'S nerd talk for you.

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#13 Archaeologuy
July 07 2012, 11:24PM
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If they don't tell you that you need to hire more archaeologists then you've wasted your money. It's basically a Litmus test for good Entrepreneurial Nerd camps.

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#14 freeze
July 07 2012, 11:29PM
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I'm pretty sure they gave Dubnyk an extra $2M for having had to do that commercial.

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#15 Reg Dunlop
July 08 2012, 12:11AM
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YouNoodle. San Francisco. Sure it's not snoodle?

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#16 #EM
July 08 2012, 01:25AM
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Good luck on your ventures, Wanye. Internet start-ups have been of interest to me as well as I have some rather innovative ideas for sites, products and apps. Would like to eventually attend one of these startup camps in the future. Missed a really good one to Silicon Valley last year as I was in my last semester of business school. Anyway, please keep us posted on how it goes, sexy man.

*Claps once so loud that the Oilers win the Stanley Cup for the next 3 consecutive years while at the same time Wanye and I become rich nerds, rich enough to hang out with Eberle*

(Still can't believe you removed me as a twitter follower AFTER tweeting your peeps to follow me. A year rolls by but I still weep.)

*Goes back into hiding*

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#17 Dan the Man
July 08 2012, 02:23AM
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You're wasting your time, the Internet will never catch on.

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#18 JDC
July 08 2012, 04:38AM
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Ummm... WTF IS THIS ARTICLE ON?!?!?!

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#19 pelhem grenville
July 08 2012, 07:06AM
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...as per usual when opportunity knocks ?

Wanye answers and comes home with the richest commodity from any young nerds quest ...

fire in his belly...stay happy and safe my boy

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#20 Chainsawz
July 09 2012, 08:55AM
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Dr. Charles Lho!!! You are sooooooooo l u c k y!!!!

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