We're entrepreneurs. We run on caffeine, late nights and big vision. We are passionate about our work and love to talk about it. That's why I was so excited to have been invited to participate in an entrepreneurialism panel at the 2012 A Better World by Design Conference, in Providence this past weekend.
If you haven't heard of A Better World by Design, check it out. The conference was started in 2008 as a collaboration by students at Brown University and RISD and connects students, professionals, and individuals from a variety of disciplines in order to build a global community of socially conscious and passionate innovators.
I participated as a member of the advisory panel at Barnum's Transforming Ideas into Enterprise workshop. It was kind of like speed dating. Entrepreneurs pitched their big ideas and business plans to the panel and we in turn provided helpful feedback drawing from our collective experiences. The conference draws a diverse crowd, so the presentations covered a wide array of topics, but each one rounded out with a big vision that focused on the greater good of humanity.
At JumpRope, we've spent a multitude of hours defining our vision and mission, lining out our business plan and marketing plans and we've learned a few things about ourselves. We've realize that defining ourselves as a tech or software company is not the whole picture. The software that we develop is merely one solution to our big vision. At the end of the day our goal is not to create a better gradebook, our goal is to empower teachers and students and improve our systems of education. Whether that happens by providing software or selling lemonade; we'll be out there doing what we can do to fight the good fight.
So, thanks to all the entrepreneurs and go-getters we met this weekend. It's a pleasure to be working along side you in the quest to better our world.
And here’s a quick run down of the three ventures that presented at the workshop:
Benevolent Media is a social enterprise dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good. They focus on people, organizations and projects that compel audiences to care about a cause, take action on an issue, or promote a point of view through strategic and inspiring multimedia.
Cleverhood is a small company in Providence with the will to sell a superior product made in the USA. We’ve created the eponymous Cleverhood, a smart-looking, high-performance rain cape. The ‘hood has been designed, crafted and manufactured in the US, putting good people to work. And every single, high-quality material that we could get, like zippers, trim and tags, are local too. Some of our fabrics are from overseas. But we’ll change that if it means we can still provide a superior product.
POP is asking the question, what if anywhere in the world every designer could be an entrepreneur. POP’s goal is to curate designers & goods from across the globe into unique pop up shops and exhibits that travel the world in order to connect consumers with design entrepreneurs.