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Entrepreneurial Frustration

I been working on few interesting projects lately ,it was started as a learning project and to solve some Engineering problems ,but in between I thought how about I make it a marketable product ,at this stage I didn’t know what it takes to get a product to the market

Then I came across this lean canvas ,it made me explore more ,started my research from the day one ,more I read more I wanted to explore
But slowly I started to realise ,market is just not ready to adapt innovative products, or are we targeting the wrong market?

Once you start making your product for the market ,it’s no longer your expression of creativity ,it’s the customers need that’s the first priority

And most of the time the customers ,don’t even know what they want or do they ?
Resulting we have to dumb down things for them.
Market is just so slow to adapt to new tech,I mean come on ,spend some more time on it ,ull figure it out

I mean just imagine having a coffee bot in a cafe or at your workplace ,isn’t that going to bring your more customers? ,won’t that make your work place more interesting? ,won’t that bring smile on your face when you collect the coffee from a cute little robot? ,but NO! it’s too complicated to adapt
I don’t say to replace people but once in a while its great ,it’s something out of the box

But I do respect the fact finding the balance between the innovation and customer needs makes up a good product designer or a entrepreneur and
it’s thought in every design workshop I attended.

Market is making innovators to stop before they start .But then comes in people like Elon musk ,he just takes the leap of faith and does it.

When it comes maintaining the esthetics of a product we fail there too ,at the end the investors first going to see how the product looks like.
And we don’t a proper manufacturing resource ,no matter what technology we use ,no one wants to keep a junk of microcontroller and jumper wires on their office table ,however we engineers like to do so
Injection modeling is just so expensive ,they demand 500-1000 pre-orders if I’m not wrong and cost is just out reason
And we 3d printing ,which is very cool ,but not yet affordable to manufacture

We start to develop a product thinking we will make it for a lower price and make it affordable for people ,but wait the Chinese have already made it and it’s stoping the creative minded people to innovate

if I had started my projects with market research I wouldn’t have started with anything ,I wouldn’t be on collaborizm,I wouldn’t have met so many talented people,I wouldn’t have been exposed to so many opportunities .lol I would have been playing my guitar in a cafe (lol.I still love to do so )

This something we all will come across at some point

#Fails

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Great piece by John covering Entrepreneurial Frustration.

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It’s certainly frustrating. I hear you here. But it’s also part of the saying “no pain no gain”. Lean Canvas really makes you think out your model. It helps you plan out your business in the future.

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Yes Steven I agree
Thank you for the advice :)

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np john

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