Brainstorming Tips

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A quick presentation on brainstorming tips and tricks for the seed-stage companies in 500 Startups during the Design Boot Camp. Caution: This presentation makes excellent use of memes and expletives.

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Brainstorming Tips

  1. 1. BRAINSTORMING
  2. 2. “”I  know  how  to  brainstorm.  Like,  duh.    Are  you  seriously  doing  a    presenta:on  on  brainstorming?    This  BS  presenta:on  is  going  to  be  total  BS.  Source:  You,  In  Your  Head.  
  3. 3. 1Alcohol  and/or  copious  amounts  of  caffeine  can  help.  TipsforaProductiveBrainstorm***Kinda  kidding.  
  4. 4. 2 Create  a  judgment  free  zone.    
  5. 5. 3 Throw  some  crazy  ideas  out  there.  
  6. 6. 4 Build  on  other  ideas.  
  7. 7. 5 Go  for  quan:ty.  
  8. 8. 6 Feel  free  to  sketch  
  9. 9. 7 Role  play.    For  example,  How  would  Dave  McClure  address  the  problem?  #WWMcD  
  10. 10. 8 Brainstorm  ways  you  could  totally  screw  it  up.    Take  the  nega:ves,  Reverse  to  create  posi:ves.  
  11. 11. 9 Create  a  shared  inspira:on  folder/document  for    your  team  to  kick  off  sessions
  12. 12. 10Add  a  new  personality  to  your  product  or  a  flow  you  are  struggling  with.  
  13. 13. 11Make  it  into  a  game.  Fact:  Everyone  is  more  crea:ve  with  pipe-­‐cleaner  glasses  on.  
  14. 14. OrForexample…Make  3  post-­‐it  note  awards        Craziest  (S:ll  Semi-­‐Focused)  Idea        Poten:ally  Illegal  Idea        Most  Feasible  Idea  So  Far  
  15. 15. Ifyoudon’thaveapressingproductproblemtoBSaround…•  Any  features  you  are  considering  building?  •  Work  on  crea;ng  a  shared  inspira;on  folder/doc  for  your  team  (pinterest,  gdocs)  
  16. 16. QuestionsorSuggestions@carrieflips    carrieflips@me.com    Use  the  subject    “BS  Presenta:on”  so  we  can  both  have  a  li_le  lol  J  

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