My Venture is called Steam Education. It is a One Stop location for all things Education and Video Games. It focuses on creating a community of educators who work together to create content to be used with commercially off the shelf video games in the classroom. It does so by creating a sharing economy with real rewards. Check out the elevator and venture pitches below.
This project was a real eye opener for me. I’m a teacher, not a business man. At least that’s what I thought in January when I started this class. I was actually thinking of dropping the course because I thought it was out of my realm of experience and expertise. I am glad I did not. I think from this project I have learned that it takes a ton of work to start a business or even to think one up and plan it. But if you are willing to do the work, and you have a good idea, then it is worth it.
I genuinely think my idea is a good one. If I had connections with Valve and Steam I would probably try and pitch it to them. The actual implementation of this idea would take a lot of work and even more publicity to convince people to join the community.
When it comes to the strengths of my pitch I’d have to say I think both (the elevator and venture) and engaging and interesting. They are visually strong and make compelling points. The production skills (video editing) are close to professional (as close as a self-taught editor can get). I feel like I was concise and didn’t say anything that was not important to the pitch(s). Obviously I think the idea is a strength as it is a real problem that no one is currently solving. I am happy with what I produced.
But, I am also not naïve. I already know I am lacking in a few areas. I think my strong point is the idea and describing how it would work, my weak point? Backing it up with solid data and business acumen. I would have liked to add more details around the market forecasts in these areas or the amount of money it would take to launch such a venture, but to be honest I just have no sweet clue how to come up with those numbers (other than my imagination). I think I adjusted for this weakness by focusing the investment and returns on things like, time, communication, participation and real benefits (not connected to money). I also would have liked to talk about what made us different than others in this area. I just ran out of time. I had a small section about how Minecraft Education Edition was doing something similar with a community website with resources, but it is just for Minecraft. Alas, learning how to balance time in a presentation is hard.
Finally when it comes to personal lessons learned I think the number one is that I “could” be a business man. I think I have always felt that entrepreneurship is for others and not me. But with a good idea (that actually came to me in the shower about 2 months ago) you can really move forward. My life is too busy now, but at some point I think I would like to try to venture into the world of business. I think one of my strengths is my words and my enthusiasm. I think I am good at writing things that have wit and clarity and I’m good at presenting it.
It’s been a great journey (that as of right now I am happy to be taking a break from soon).
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