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The Interview Kit: Learning from entrepreneurs

In order to make it easier to interview entrepreneurs, this handy form will ask the right questions and make it easy to post the insights as an inspiration!

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Yesterday, Anne-Laure and I created this form to send out to the web entrepreneurs we knew. By creating it on Google docs, it makes it easier to send around and consolidate the responses. You can make your own form by using these questions or I can send you the link! I'll also be posting some inspirations I collected soon.  Here is the collection of all the questions we asked:

How might we support web entrepreneurs in launching and growing sustainable global businesses?

Web entrepreneurship is emerging as a key building block for economies globally. Against a backdrop of challenging financial landscapes, increased adoption of technology is providing opportunities to connect, co-ordinate and catalyse. In this OpenIDEO challenge, the European Commission’s Digital Agenda Assembly is looking for help identifying ways to improve the environment for online start-ups.


So tell us, what was your greatest resource in the early stages?


What was the greatest barrier when starting your company?


What kind of people or organizations helped you on your journey? How?


What about technology, did you find a particular innovation helpful?


At what point did you feel good (confident, motivated)?


At what point did you feel low (isolated, powerless)?


What surprised you most about starting a company?


If there were a start-up genie in a bottle, what three wishes would you have?


Tell us a story: what was the issue you were facing and how did you overcome it?

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DeletedUser

Thanks, I have also sent it to some entrepreneurs i know.

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Very Nice, Ohood, we look forward to seeing the insights.

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DeletedUser

Such a great tool! Thanks for creating and sharing it. I always find entrepreneurs' personal stories and lessons the most insightful and helpful. Didn't have time to contribute much to the inspiration stage -- looking forward to jumping in on the concepting stage!

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Thank you Charlene, you can keep using this tool to collect insights during the Concepting phase too, perhaps modified to suit the nature of your concepts.

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A couple of things I'd recommend if folks are using this great tool. 1. Mention on your post that you used it and post a link back here to encourage others. 2. At the end of your post: summarise your key takeaways from the interview in a few sentences to promote onwards discussion.

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Now that's what I'm talking about! ;^)) Brilliant posting using the kit from Anne-Laure: http://www.openideo.com/open/web-start-up/inspiration/insight-from-a-french-entrepreneur/ Her closing summary really engaged me with her insights!

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Thanks Meena. I was inspired by your comment. :-)

Photo of Krassimira Iordanova

Ashwin, what a great idea! I will use this list to interview an enterpreneur.

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Let us know how it goes. Also thanks to Vincent's suggestion, we posted it as a google doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDlVby1BTWtKVFZmYVpucGxZaWNFaGc6MQ#gid=0

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Hi Anne Laure, I used the questions in an interview and posted the inspiration.

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thanks Krassimira and the inspiration is great.

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Way to go guys! Looking forward to seeing what insight this turns up.

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Thanks! Ashwin already gathered some insights from another NYU-Poly who started his IT business: http://www.openideo.com/open/web-start-up/inspiration/the-story-of-an-entrepreneur-using-the-interview-kit/
Hoping to be able to share more stories soon

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Awesome interview guide Ashwin & Anne-Laure . Thanks for sharing with everyone!

Maybe you could even post a link to the online survey here (Google Docs allows you to let people fill out the survey, including anonymously, while keeping the data private)?

That way others could refer web entrepreneurs they know through the link, and web entrepreneurs passing by are just 1-click away from sharing their perspectives.

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Here you go :-)
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDlVby1BTWtKVFZmYVpucGxZaWNFaGc6MQ#gid=0

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thanks Vincent for the comment. Glad you found it useful and thanks to your suggestion and Ashwin's reactivity, here it is for all to access. :-)

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Ashwin, I sent it to a few entrepreneurs that I know in Europe. I hope to hear from them. I might also use this as an interview guide for face-to-face interviews.

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DeletedUser

Thanks, I have also sent it to some entrepreneurs i know.

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Just have to chime in and echo Meena: this is SO great! I'm excited to hear the entrepreneurial stories this interview kit will surface.