July 2015

How to make the move: Academia to a non-academic career

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Ever wonder what it may be like outside of research, textbooks, and prestigious institutions? Transitioning from academia to non-academia is not easy…but not to worry – you’re not alone.

Often times people think that shifting from academia to non-academia is a black and white change, but it doesn’t have to be (most likely it will not be) so abrupt or clearly divided.

Maybe there are many things holding you back from taking the first step: lack of support, lack of resources, lack of information, fear. But, the most important steps to alleviate much stress are to take a breath, plan, and take small steps forward. There’s a reason it’s called a transition and not teleportation.

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The 7 Deadly Healthcare Startup Sins

Last but not least, structure a learning plan. Embrace the Lean Startup tools and methods. Following this structure will cause you to write a learning plan. A foundational question to guide your learning plan in every part of your business model is “What do we need to learn before we invest more time and money?”

Source: steveblank.com

I especially like Todd Dunn’s final piece of advice!

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“Last but not least, structure a learning plan. Embrace the Lean Startup tools and methods. Following this structure will cause you to write a learning plan. A foundational question to guide your learning plan in every part of your business model is “What do we need to learn before we invest more time and money?”

Develop your value proposition & business model using customer validation

Using Blank’s customer validation process, you can develop your business model & your value proposition. Customer validation is step two of the Customer Development Model (the first is customer discovery).

Source: www.marsdd.com

Are you a startup or small business and don’t know where to even begin? These 4 steps of the customer validation process may make things a little easier! Check it out! 

July, 2015 Newsletter


The SearchLite

The Community Newsletter:

Did you know that the month of July was named after Julius Caesar because he was the one to give it 31 days? If you didn’t, have no fear because we’ve got you covered. In other news The SearchLite has quite a few more interesting things to share with you for the month of July!
– Christy

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As always, please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have (christyjsong1@gmail.com).


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