OurPangea is built by people. And transforming an idea into reality is a process, a fun one. What I’ve learned is that it’s a process best done by a team.
Teams are interesting. Everyone brings their strengths, but also their weaknesses. It’s a matter of figuring out how to motivate everyone towards a single goal and helping each member apply themselves in that direction. Celebrate strengths and help with weaknesses.
Networking around Austin has opened my eyes to the wonderful diversity of people, but what strikes me most is that everyone has something that makes them happy. It’s incredible how diverse these things can be, and it makes me wonder how many people out there share the same interests with me? If only we had OurPangea to help.
While networking around Austin has opened my eyes to the granularity of people, the granularity of people has opened my eyes to the similarities. Austin is a weird place. So weird they probably take that as a compliment… There are so many people here, but at the root of everyone lies the same hopes and fears. It’s kind of wonderful.
At the root of OurPangea, we hope that each user finds a similar experience. That of difference and acceptance. When everyone is working towards the same goal, in this case representing culture we will have to accept the differences along with the similarities, both strengths and weaknesses.
Teams are interesting because of their diversity. United toward a single goal we learn from the strengths of others and hope to improve our weaknesses. It’s an interesting experience where we learn the value of others, but most importantly we learn how to value others.
Many years ago, a fortune-teller spoke of the coming of a powerful movement. This vision saw many disparate, disconnected designers coming together to fulfill a powerful destiny involving prophets, paddles, and ping pong.
The ping pong prophet has finally arrived in David Lowe and his company Überpong. Some say the idea came to him in a dream with paddles shaped like scimitars. Others say he just thinks a little flair will help people will enjoy the game as much as he does.
Imagine a Grand Slam tournament for Ping Pong, right here in Austin. “Andre Agassi changed the way tennis was perceived when he wore crazy outfits on his way to winning Grand Slam tournaments,” says Lowe. “We want to do a similar thing with ping pong. The Uberpong ping pong paddle designs are an extension of your personality. We want you to play with style.”
Want to play with style and be a part of the legendary revolution? Überpong has just launched a project on Kickstarter and is asking for your support! Go contribute to their project here!
Überpong has already gained a healthy following and become a welcome player in the Austin social scene. On a typical Überpong night you’ll get people of all ages, neighborhoods, and professions coming together to share a passion for ping pong. And for that we say Hail to David and Überpong!
Join Überpong on Kickstarter!
Are people ready for something different when it comes to getting coffee? Briggo Coffee, a new take on the coffee experience created in Austin, TX, thinks so.
In a world of dark-roast inundated coffee swilling connoisseurs, Briggo has found a way to make things better for the people buying the product. They thought, ‘hey, we shouldn’t make our community wait for 15 minutes just to get a good cup of joe, and getting coffee between classes shouldn’t be a nightmare for students.’ So Briggo has eased the entire process for getting caffeinated. Here’s how it works:
1. Download the Briggo App
2. Customize the perfect coffee right from your phone, and order it through the App
3. The Briggo Coffee Robot receives your order and goes to work for you, before you even get there.
4. Pick up your order at the Robot
Because of the Briggo App, you never have to wait in line for coffee again. Go check out what they’re brewing at the Flawn Academic Center on the UT campus. You can just stop by to pick up coffee and if you have a few minutes take a second to make friends with the attendants and founders themselves! They’ve got a good story to tell and are bringing culture, convenience and the beginnings of a new community to Austin.
Hail to Briggo!