Bootcamp Spring 2017: Seen and Heard

January 23, 2017

On Saturday, students got a crash course in entrepreneurship from industry experts at our Spring 2017 Bootcamp. In addition to getting a run down from Assistant Director Greg Affsa on the many ways the Accelerate Startup Challenge can jump start a student’s idea, they also heard from the following professionals. Take a look at some of their most valuable takeaways.

“Prototype, prototype, prototype. You should be prototyping from the idea stage. It’s a continuous process and helps reveal pain points in your design.” – Kat Ely, Principal Designer & Founder, CLEAR design lab

“In marketing, use images that explain exactly what your product does. If it’s flexible, show it in a photo. People don’t like to read long descriptions.” – Kat Ely, Principal Designer & Founder, CLEAR design lab

“In general, people don’t invest in ideas, they invest in people. Build a network around you as soon as possible to bring your innovation to.” – Jason Abrahams, Director of Strategic Revenue, CarGurus

“Focus on trying to make sure you’re doing the right thing. You’re solving the right problem.” – Jason Abrahams, Director of Strategic Revenue, CarGurus

“Teams are interdependent, it’s important to get to know each other’s story. It builds rapport and trust.” – Dishon Mills, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

“Culture governs how decisions get made, how you communicate decisions. It’s the glue that holds everything together.” – Dishon Mills, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

“Every problem has a solution, it’s a matter of how hard you want to work.” – Dan Lawless, CEO & Founder, Portlet Power Inc.

“It’s not necessarily how much you get paid, it’s about the knowledge you gain from the experience, especially in the beginning.” – Dan Lawless, CEO & Founder, Portlet Power, Inc.

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