Unconventional Approaches, Meaningful Information

Hi All,

Thomas here. How’ve you been? Today’s post will focus on unconventional approaches to conveying meaningful information.

Summer Startup Studio has attacked the issue of business and product development from different angles as established by a variety of speakers. Last week we had our session led by Rick Genzer (Director of Investments & Information Technology at Ben Franklin Tech Partners – https://www.sep.benfranklin.org/our_people/rick-genzer/), and he framed his presentation as a discussion of points raised in the film “Animal House” and how they related to business.

He chose a number of points from the movie, and then built instruction around those themes. Here are a few:

  1. “You fucked up, you trusted us.” – In other words, people are who they say they are. Do not be disappointed nor surprised when people meet the standards they would claim to meet. It’s not their fault for being who they are – It’s your fault if expecting them to be something they are not.
  2. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – It’s important to have a good plan.
  3. “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” – You can learn what you need to learn, and apply what you need to apply. Practice until mistakes are non-existent.

The fact that Rick was able to draw lines between his business life and popular entertainment serves to show that others can be able to make connections between topics less-known (ex. business-savvy) to those well-known (ex. Animal House).

Lastly – In memoir news, I am in negotiation now with one potential publishing group as to what the terms would be for our publishing together. Still TBD.

Until next time!