I would like to share my thoughts concerning the course.
I took this course to discover how great leaders and successful persons like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or any men of this kind did to succeed. And for me the main issue that we have been told so many times is to think if the opportunity is big enough. As you know when starting a new business every entrepreneur should be focused 100% on it. I think it is hard to be really convince and invest ourselves to build a product that you think won’t reach, not everybody, but a major part of the people.
The second part I was expecting for is the idea generation. I wanted also to discover how do these persons made to generate the success we all know. And it is more about inspiration rather than a recipe. I expected that one since if there was a recipe everybody would use it…
But the paper on the organic ideas, the ones than grow when you turn off some filters and you pay attention to what surrounds us, is in my opinion, a great recipe for every future entrepreneurs. For the first assignment, I had trouble to find a good or an OK idea but I realized reading the paper that we should never do that again if we want to create something. Sitting in front of your computer waiting for the solution is the worst thing to do to understand that it is good to have done it at least once. This first assignment helped me for two different purposes: understanding how not to proceed with ideas generation but how to proceed to evaluate the merits of one.
In the same idea the elevator pitch assignment helped also to experience what we should not do when pitching. By seeing others’ and my mistakes I realized how it should be built and most important than an advice I understood why we should do it and why we should do it like this. The two other assignments emphasized the importance of not being alone and the need to share our thoughts. Before I thought that when you had a good idea you should keep it for yourself to avoid anyone from stealing it! It seems quite normal to hide your treasure but in reality it usually brings the opposite effects.
We have been going through many concepts of marketing, supply chain, economics but in my opinion it is not the reason why I think this course is important. The link, between different resources that are used for a new product, interested me more than the specific knowledge of how we use these resources. We can learn that in other courses. To conclude I would like to highlight the importance of the articles and feedbacks from others. Reading these articles and experience the real world is not the key of success but it is a good start to know what we should not do. And I said should because there is no recipe in entrepreneurship.