Entrepreneurial Product Development: Week 1

This will be a space for weekly blog posts related to learnings from my Entrepreneurial Product Development class at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Design.

Week One///8.30.2018

In the first Entrepreneurial Product Development class of the year, Professor Ted Burdett let us know that we would soon be launching our own Quickstarter project on Kickstarter. A Quickstarter is a “creative prompt aimed at starting small campaigns,” and often has a low funding goal and a limited campaign run time. The idea is to get people to try out quick, fun, and creative projects that they’d like to share with the world.

 Class notes on Quickstarter campaign constraints. Follow #uicepd on Instagram for project updates!

Class notes on Quickstarter campaign constraints. Follow #uicepd on Instagram for project updates!

We started discussing concepts and constraints in the first class, in addition to thinking about audiences and communities that our projects might have traction within. It was compelling to hear about my classmates’ diverse interest areas and the communities that they are a part of.

You don’t have to listen to everybody.
— Professor Ted Burdett

One piece of advice that Ted gave us early in the process is that “you don’t have to listen to everybody.” While this is a simple statement, and technically something most of us know, it’s an excellent thing to be reminded of. It can be easy to end up as a puppet being jerked around by others’ opinions when you are tossing ideas around and seeking inspiration or feedback. In this light, it’s important to seek input from those you trust, respect, and those who you can speak freely with.