Concept Camp – Two Reasons

If I had a high-tech business idea for a product or service I had invented, I would go to the VT KnowledgeWorks Concept Camp, a.k.a. Does-This-Idea-Have-a-Chance? Camp.

Two reasons:

Reason #1: Secrecy

Something about asking, "Is this good?" reverts me to the vulnerable kindergarten state of walking from the back of the room to the front of the room to my teacher, clutching my crayon drawing.

I’m not that great with crayons. I’m terrible with public humiliation.

Blissfully, confidentiality is expected from attendees of Concept Camp.

I would show up at Mountain Lake (for immersion in biz ideas and to decrease the chance that someone in the absolutely smallest town on the planet would see me), share as much of my idea as I cared to, get feedback, learn from the experiences of others, and hear in a small group instead of in front of the entire universe that the answer to the question, "Is this good?" might be "Yes," but it might also be "No." Then we would all shake hands, leave, and only my fellow Concept Camp attendees would know that I was daring to dream.

Whew.

Reason #2: Jim Flowers

Remember this quote by Jim about prospective VT KnowledgeWorks member companies from this blog’s very first post?

"I want to make sure," he said, "what they create is something they really want."

I want to run my high-tech business idea by a guy who thinks that way. During "The New Economy" of the late 90s, I had a business. It created something all right, something that broke my back, broke my bank, and still stings my spirit.

It never even occurred to me to ask what I wanted. I was just running with the idea.

The odds are not great that I will come up with a high-tech business idea…  Hey, wait! A nanoblog! Whaddya think, Jim?  Should I go to Concept Camp?!

The next session of VT KnowledgeWork‘s Concept Camp is June 25-27.  For more information, please contact Lindsey Eversole, [email protected].

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