The difference between being a boss and being a leader

Exploring the difference between being a boss and being a leader (in my favorite format, an infographic!)

Infographic on being a leader

Click on the image to see the full infographic on being a leader

Being a leader is not as simple as just wearing a title or having great ideas. There is so much nuance to the process of leading other people to do their best work. Each of your employees have certain skills and for the company to do it’s best work, these talents need to be encouraged, developed, and appreciated.  Continue…

Local Motors revolutionizes manufacturing

A speaker from Local Motors came to the GAA conference in Clemson last year and then I was able to go by their facility in Phoenix when I was out there for a conference. At the facility, they had vehicles that were in the middle of assembly, but they aren’t moving down a line. They are built one at a time, many times with the participation of the person who purchased them. Some parts of the vehicle are 3D printed, but the large printer was not in Arizona when I went by (they have several different facilities that share the 3D printer between them).

At Local Motors, there is a huge area set aside for local creatives to come and prototype their own ideas. Parts and pieces that are mid-construction are all around the shop room floor.

Local Motors re-envisioning manufacturing in the 21st century

Local Motors re-envisioning manufacturing in the 21st century

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Entrepreneurial opportunities with The DEN

The DEN logoThe value of entrepreneurial opportunities for Clemson students really can’t be underestimated. Clemson GC has a brand new section of The DEN, which stands for the Design and Entrepreneurship Network, this Fall semester in partnership with the Bioengineering and mechanical engineering divisions. I am hoping to see other departmental divisions pop up around campus and join in the excitement next semester.

The DEN was started by PhD student, Bre Przestrzelski and Bioengineering faculty lead, Dr. John Desjardin. Throughout the semester, students get to participate in a network of activities, mentors, cross-disciplinary student groups, guest speakers, and field trips which pave a new path for student entrepreneurs. Continue…

The Clemson DEN in the news

This article is great! Congrats to the Clemson DEN on getting on the front page of the Greenville News this week. I hope some +Clemson Graphics people consider joining and getting involved with this CI class. In the class you’ll be able to contribute and work with start-up ideas, both your own and ideas from across all disciplines on campus.

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Clemson program takes students’ ideas from classroom to start-up
A team of Clemson bioengineering students had an idea for a new medical device to improve rotator cuff surgery.But they had no idea how to take it to the next level.

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Reconsidering risk taking

Risk taking comes in many forms. Hang gliding could be one.

Risk taking comes in many forms. Hang gliding could be one. Photo credit- http://www.seekextreme.com/hang-gliding/

Risk taking is something entrepreneurs rarely avoid. In fact most entrepreneurs seek out rewarding risks. In the GC4510-Entrepreneurship course offered each summer online through Clemson University and the Department of Graphic Communications, we explore the value of recognizing and responding to risks in a way that stretches our comfort zone and prepares us for the mindset of an entrepreneur.

I ran across this article a while back and even upon a second reading of it, I love the quotes presented, especially in the context of who said them. For instance, number 5:

“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller Continue…

Entrepreneurship education goes MOOC

Entrepreneurship roundtable summer 2014 featured a diverse range of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship roundtable summer 2014 featured a diverse range of entrepreneurs

MOOCs are no longer just a small fad. The 6-week Coursera course on Entrepreneurship mentioned in this article had 23,000 students enrolled, including students from more than 180 countries. With high speed internet, education is no longer for an elite few and in my opinion that is a very good thing.

As many of you may know, I launched an online course on entrepreneurship (GC4510-008) this summer. 9 @ClemsonGC students enrolled in the course and participated from all over the easter United States. Certainly no comparison with 23,000 students, but still I felt like material covered in the course and the conversations generated between students was really interesting and I hope extremely valuable for the students enrolled. Even though we never met in person, we all had the opportunity to meet several times synchronously online. Continue…

Do you have the GRIT it takes to thrive?

Angela Duckworth has developed a test for grit, that ubiquitous, necessary character trait that predicts future success. She moved from the classroom to the laboratory in order to study what makes people successful. Through her studies, Duckworth discovered that two main traits play a huge role- self-control and grit.

In my studies of entrepreneurs during the past year, I have heard many of the same character traits as Duckworth studies. Entrepreneurs tend to be born with extraordinary drive and commitment. I would venture to guess that they would test quite high in Duckworth’s grit test. I am looking forward to taking it to see where I fall in the continuum. Do you think you have grit? Take the test to find out! Continue…

How Entrepreneur Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

Startup Funding Infographic A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million from a VC another six months later. If all goes well. See how funding works in this infographic: First, let’s figure out why we are talking about funding as something you need to do. This is not a given. The opposite of funding is “bootstrapping,” the process of funding a startup through your own savings. There are a few companies that bootstrapped for a while until taking investment, like MailChimp and AirBnB. If you know the basics of how funding works, skim to the end. In this article I am giving the easiest to understand explanation of the process. Let’s start with the basics. Every time you get funding, you give up a piece of your company. The more funding you get, the more company you give up. That ‘piece of company’ is ‘equity.’ Everyone you give it to becomes a co-owner of your company. Continue…