Marion Gillet, Product Development Manager of our product innovation fund Spark, shares some of the stand-out, snappy observations she’s overheard and scribbled down over the course of the programme.

Communication

  • I have more conversations than my brain can remember. To not get overwhelmed by it all, I take notes. Taking notes shows that you are listening and taking something in. No pen, no gain.
     
  • The devil is in the detail: email signature, voicemail and tone of voice. Get it right and make sure people can contact you.
     
  • Not sure of where the email conversation is going? Pick up the phone…

Strategy and branding

  • There are so many bad products out there. They are the proof that it is possible to take any product to market and pave the way for better ones.
     
  • Communicate about your product or don’t bother! There is no point if people don’t get it.
     
  • Is the product about you or your customers? What aspect of your personality are you going to use to engage with your customers?
     
  • You really have to believe in your values.

Financial modelling

  • Are you an opportunity business = cash generating? Or a risk business = cash absorbing?
     
  • Investors aren’t sharks - like any broad category they are made up of different people - some you get on with, some you loathe. Have you ever thought about what’s in it for them? 

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