Product Company Entrapreneurs (apologies for cross posting)

5 Mar 2007 - 11:57pm
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Cwodtke
2004

As a fund-raising fool, I attend a lot of SV networking events for
entrepreneurs. There are plenty of them. I meet marketers, engineers,
business folks... but never any designers or folks with design
backgrounds (unless it's Frank Ramirez.) This might be my luck, or it
might be a trend. I'd like to hear from folks why you think this
happens? why don't more ID's, Interaction designers, etc become product
company CEO's? And yes, I've heard of 37 signals... but even they took
a different outsider path. Never raised capital, staying small and
service oriented...

Is there something different, and will it change? I'd like to write
some articles on it, and if folks also want to contribute go here
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/idea/view/5240 or if you want to discuss,
I'd love it if the moderators were up for allowing it since it was
cross-posted?

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6 Mar 2007 - 7:00pm
mtumi
2004

If you contact SVA's "designer as author" design masters program you
should be able to find some people - they encourage the students to
take a product to market.

here's an adobe article that gives an overview, along with mentioning
some designers who have successfully brought products to market:

http://www.adobe.com/education/designschools/spotlights/designer.html

I think of a lot of successful web businesses as having more of an
emphasis on design than technology or business. It's the idea and
how it is implemented that is the big deal, not the technology, and
the business model often comes after. I don't know if the founders
necessarily characterize themselves as designers or not though.
Some particular companies that come to mind offhand are Facebook,
YouTube and Dodgeball.

I'd be interested to find out more if you start a designer-as-
entrepreneur group or list. The costs of production are now low
enough that designer can much more easily go from prototype to
market, but that kind of thinking is more natural for a business
school grad than a designer (IMO).

Michael

On Mar 5, 2007, at 11:57 PM, Christina Wodtke wrote:

> As a fund-raising fool, I attend a lot of SV networking events for
> entrepreneurs. There are plenty of them. I meet marketers, engineers,
> business folks... but never any designers or folks with design
> backgrounds (unless it's Frank Ramirez.) This might be my luck, or it
> might be a trend. I'd like to hear from folks why you think this
> happens? why don't more ID's, Interaction designers, etc become
> product
> company CEO's? And yes, I've heard of 37 signals... but even they
> took
> a different outsider path. Never raised capital, staying small and
> service oriented...
>
> Is there something different, and will it change? I'd like to write
> some articles on it, and if folks also want to contribute go here
> http://www.boxesandarrows.com/idea/view/5240 or if you want to
> discuss,
> I'd love it if the moderators were up for allowing it since it was
> cross-posted?
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