What does it take to move from an idea to launch? How do you kill an idea quickly and move on? How can you develop skills and curate experiences in college to make you a successful entrepreneur? Ryan McManus, Founder of SHARE and an entrepreneur who has taken 45+ products from idea to the first customer, talked to students in the Red Frame Lab, about all of these things (and more!) kicking off the Imagine Entrepreneurship Series. Ryan discussed the innovation lifecycle, validation, and crowdfunding told students the skills they needed to develop now and recommended some books they should read to give them an edge after college.
What were some of the quotable quotes from the session? Too many to list here, but among them:
“Entrepreneurship is about owning every day.”
“Fail, fail fast, and learn from it.”
“We [entrepreneurs] live like others won’t so that we can live lives that others can’t.”
Ryan was candid about his own failures, even calling some of his own ideas or execution of the “atrocities,” punctuated with engaging stories like “I didn’t even like the coffee shop I owned.” Ryan provided tips on how to gain some of the skills of entrepreneurship during college: intern with big and small companies, organize an event, start a business and kill it, and consider your personal brand.
This behind-the-scenes look at the world of an entrepreneur provided an incredible opportunity for students to imagine what their own futures might become.
The Imagine series continues throughout the Spring.