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As long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of tinkering, inventing, and trying to create something new, unique, and useful which I later parlayed into a career focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Some ventures have been smaller, like cutting lawns as a kid and then growing a network of subsidiaries across neighborhoods. Some ventures have been larger, like Visible Measures the current venture-backed start-up. While, some are still getting off the ground, like Lime Design makers of The Barmaid: the world’s first handheld drink rimming device.
This blog is meant to share the perspectives I’ve accumulated so far (as well as those that I’m still learning and forming) toward helping others create and commercialize their innovations. I call this “Innovation Architecture“, which encompasses principles of design, engineering, and entrepreneurship merged together to develop concepts and see them through to market in a systematic manner. My hope is to provide an “innovation cheat sheet” to help others shortcut the process based on my learnings of what works….and to avoid the many mistakes I’ve made.
The world needs more entrepreneurs, innovators, and people who are willing to break a little glass to make things better in the long run. My aim is to use this blog to help others save millions, by avoiding the common pitfalls, and make millions, by finding what works for you and your venture. In the end, we’ll see a whole lot more “Innovation Architects”, who can fuel our economy by bringing valuable products and services to market that make things better for us all.
Hope you find it inspiring and entertaining – and if it’s not, feel free to comment.
For those of you in need of a “real” (business) bio, you can view my LinkedIn profile, or else you can use this one below:
Rishi Dean is a seasoned entrepreneur with experience in getting companies off the ground. He currently serves as the VP Product for Sittercity, and prior to that as SVP of Product for the leading Facebook marketing firm, Nanigans Inc. He is a thought leader in social and mobile advertising & analytics, from his experience as part of the founding team at Visible Measures, the leader in third-party digital video measurement, where he spearheaded the core technology and pioneered methods to unify measurement of paid, owned, and earned media for the biggest online video publishers, brand marketers, and ad agencies. Additionally Rishi has founded two other startups, has served as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the MIT E-Center, and is an advisor to many startups, including CustomMade.com. He graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Systems Design Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo, and holds a U.S. patent for a consumer technology invention.