But how? Practical tips on starting a startup
Launching a startup isn't about launching an app. It's so much more. We caught up with Silicon Valley veteran and UTS lecturer Julia French to hear how we can apply innovative tools that startups use throughout our uni lives (and beyond!).
While many people in the startup world ask 'why?', Julia French asks 'how?'
How did that company get to that point? What was their strategy? Who was in their team?
Asking this question has taken Julia far - in fact all the way to Silicon Valley where she worked with giants Dropbox and WhatsApp before returning to Australia and joining UTS as a Diploma of Innovation lecturer.
Here are the top takeaways from the UTS Startups team after hearing from Julia.
Record your ideas
Needless to say, our situation and our daily needs are rapidly changing. Look out for opportunities to improve these systems and keep track of them!
Everyone records their ideas in different ways. For Julia that looks like a table, grouped into categories: feature, platform, or product.
And when it comes to communicating these ideas, "Put your idea out there, but not necessarily for feedback," says Julia. This also gives you the opportunity to establish yourself as a thought leader in this area, especially if this idea is truly new.
Promote community through networking
Find a supportive community in UTS Startups!
An encouraging and supportive environment (less competitive) is key to developing a strong community. You can do your bit by ensuring your personal attitude promotes community spirit and helps others feel responsible for each other's success.
Only then do people feel comfortable to get honest feedback, and to reach out to get the help they need.
"I would talk to everyone smarter than me and have a coffee with them. Those networks are essential," says Julia, "it takes friends and community to bounce ideas off each other."
For Julia, these networks became lifelong friends.
Just "work it out"
"We all can help the world, whatever you're best at, do it," says Julia.
To start a business you don't need to be an expert. Sometimes you'll find yourself doing a lot of things outside your comfort zone or skills.
If you're in that position, Julia says you've just got to "work it out". But don't ever feel like you're on your own, there’s a lot of material out there to help (including Julia's recommended reading).
Purple Cow - Seth Godin | Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi | Radical Candor - Kim Scott | Peopleware - Tom DeMarco | Don’t make me think - Steve Krug | Five dysfunctions of a team – Patrick Lencioni | React | Node JS
Julia French is a lecturer in the Diploma of Innovation. This diploma enables students to gain exposure to real-world problems while developing the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial practices sought by government, employers and society alike.
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This content was adapted from a live Q&A with Julia French. Join us at one of our weekly level-up events.