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Talk about your project with as many people as
possible, as often as possible.
It helps reﬁne your thinking and better communicate
your goals and approach.
Connections, connections, connections!
Strong collaborations, determined team members, and
supportive faculty members are a great boon in building an
eﬀective team, which will aid in the success of your idea.
Don't be afraid to fail early and often.
This is how you learn, develop, and grow.
Do things the right way the ﬁrst time!
Make sure to have the legal framework to protect you
and your company or idea.
Build a company that will be as meaningful to you in
ﬁve years as it is to you today.
Let other people make mistakes, even if you
think you could have done it better.
In a team setting, it's important to give other
team members the opportunity to try out their ideas,
even if they don't turn out as expected.
Bring up team problems quickly.
Regularly sharing feedback with each other and discussing
your biggest concerns may create momentary tension, but it
keeps things running smoothly in the long run.
Micro-management is ineﬃcient.
Working on a project with so many moving parts
makes you realize you can't control everything. You
need to build a team and delegate.
Spend a lot of time personally getting to know
the people you’re trying to beneﬁt.
Without their approval and support, it would be very diﬃcult
to make a long-term positive impact in their lives.
You can't be everywhere at the same time.
Decide where you are most eﬀective, and after that be
satisﬁed that you are making the best use of your
time and energy.
Be kind to yourself so you can be generous
You need to be in a good mental state to be able to
make an impact and assist others.
Be patient and ﬂexible, but persistent.
When you’re trying to make big changes or are
working in an unfamiliar context, things will move and
change slowly. This will give you an opportunity to be
more reﬂective, eﬀective, and capable in the long run.
Make sure to get buy-in and input from all key
Listen to criticisms and be open to learning from others.
Be honest about challenges or delays.
Show your incomplete work to potential
Show your incomplete and early work to potential
investors so they can see your progress.
ARAM/mHealth India (2014)
Assured Labor (2009)
Augmented Infant Resuscitator (2013)
The BeTH Project (2012)
Demining Tool Kit (2003)
First Step Coral (2006)
Ghana: Science in Action (2014)
Kepler Tech Lab (2015)
Mantra Medical (2005)
New Dots (2007)
Design and Creative Direction
Carolyn Escobar Kent