This is the third of a series of posts answering questions that were submitted at the Lean Workshop series conducted at StartSLC on 1/30 and 1/31 - you can find the first post here, and the second post here.
StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series Part III: Idea Generation
Question: How do I cultivate product ideas?
I chose to answer this question next because just last week, I was at an event at Startup Ogden with a number of entrepreneurs and startup co-founders, where we discussed this exact topic.
The format of this event was an un-conference, where attendees discussed topics that they really cared about and that impacted them, including “How do I come up with product ideas?”
Idea Generation: Back to Basics
When discussing the topic of generating startup or product ideas, we tend to over-complicate the process.
My answer to this question is pretty straightforward and simple. Ready?
This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure and honor (I've always wanted to say that) of presenting two startup-related workshops at the inaugural StartSLC event in Salt Lake City, Utah.
StartSLC is the largest startup festival to have ever taken place in Utah so far, and it was buzzing with a number of panels, workshops, hackathons, pitch competitions, and a startup awards ceremony.
The two workshops I presented, which were sponsored by the Women Tech Council, were titled:
1) Get Hands-On With Lean (Co-presented with Cache Merrill of Zibtek), and
2) Startup Metrics: How to Measure and Drive Your Startup
When I present a session, I like to gather questions and specific areas people want to learn about before we get started, so I can target the presentation to their needs.
I then try to address any remaining questions after the presentation, so everyone can benefit from the answers.
For these two sessions, I wanted to articulate my answers to the questions that we gathered here on the blog, just in case there was anything we weren't able to get to, and also as a way to share some of the Q&A with those who weren't able to attend.
The answers will come in a series of posts, with this post being the first in the series.
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