WHEN SUDDENLY, the venue fell through the day before.
And my plan B also fell through...
Guinness World Records requires it to be a public venue, and that in combination with the attempt lasting through two nights means it's not easy to just find just any venue. Plan B was my company's office, Handshakin Video Series, (where I pay rent!) and the property manager notified me of a major maintenance issue. Are you f*cking kidding me?
I told myself that maybe it wasn't meant to happen... there were so many moving parts and right when I got one planned, it would either fall through or something else would come up. I was hours away from cancelling the entire attempt.
But that all changed when I walked into Redford's Tavern to give one last effort to finish planning the attempt when ran into my friend Stephanie Short who saved the day and found a way for us to use their unopened upstairs bar. (EDIT: 10/27/2019: Redford's is no longer in business, but I have a shirt for memorabilia.)
When suddenly, 9NEWS showed up during our celebration party Friday evening! They brought in huge cameras and interviewed us, my intern Annie, and many of our volunteers/witnesses.
That changed the entire energy level for us and all the volunteers and the entire night went by pretty quickly. Big shout out to our volunteers that stayed up the first night with us!
Around 6 or 7am the second day (Saturday, 1/30), we started seeing a few of our witnesses and volunteers showing back up to entertain us, see if we needed anything, and cheer us on. In fact the second day we had significantly more people around than the first day now that word had spread. It was going by pretty fast and we were actually having a fun time despite the cramps our hands were having. Heck, my hand hurts a little right now typing this blog post.
We got into Periscoping to livestream what was happening and probably had 20-30 online fans that were super engaged each time we'd turn it on. One of my friends even purchased the domain name handshake.party and created a landing page when he wasn't hosting the livestream. It's amazing to see what just a few people can do when they're dedicated to fighting towards a single cause. Also, here's a video 8 hours into it:
PS we didn't have time to plan donations due to the venue change, so if you want to support the Colorado startup scene please donate $20 here. Money collected before Tuesday will be rewarded to startups that win Startup Denver's Pitch Battles each month.