Some friends emailed me their support just when I saw starting out on a three-hour drive, and I was grateful to them. The night trip was mystical but flawlessly easy. I especially liked hearing the GPS telling me "And now go straight for the next seventy-five miles." That's Texas for you, and there are two such stretches on the way from Houston to Austin (and back).
What they showed us at Dell was exciting and inspiring. This included their world-wide support center and their social media control center, but they also made us sign an NDA :)
Then came the time for the presentations, and I was awed by the nine other startups that show-cased their achievements and plans. The team at Dell that put the event together told us that it all started a year ago with the top management at Dell, and was coming to fruition on that day, and the team was amazingly instrumental in doing that.
Last but not least my gratitude goes to the senior Dell management, who sat through the two hours of presentations, at the end of their busy day, and asked questions that not only helped the management clarify the picture about the startup, but also helped the presenter herself better define her goals and the ways to get there.
Again, thank you very much everyone.