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Now on to my guest for today, Donteacia Seymore, founder of Creation Nation.
Donteacia Seymore’s goal is to help a million people develop their ideas into products.
In the midst of campaigning for local office in Florida, Donteacia realized she had an idea for a marketable product: a glove that holds your smartphone while working out. She dropped out of politics and instead devoted all her time and energy to developing her product. She eventually succeeded and, after selling the patent, went on to create a system to help other inventors build and patent their ideas. While she previously “followed all the rules,” she realized that she was better off throwing all those old, outdated rules about product development “into the trash bin.”
As an African American woman, Donteacia helps others like her by setting an example and providing support, encouragement, and guidance to go after their dreams and make entrepreneurship a reality. Donteacia credits the help of Kickstarter campaigns and a business accelerator, which has helped her grow her business and take the next steps.
Now let’s get better together
Actions to Try or Advice to Take
- A big takeaway from our conversation was that people worry too much about protecting their ideas. Work on developing your idea; worry about the patenting later. The truth is, many people can have the idea, but very few will actually execute it.
- Question the established rules when it comes to business-building. Innovation comes from looking at what’s needed and what works, not what you’re “supposed to do.”
- You don’t have to go it alone. Seymore brought a lot of skills, experience and a positive mindset to the table, but she has found tremendous value in participating in a business accelerator. Her own business is there to help inventors and provides a step-by-step process to help them and well as encouragement and support.
- It’s all about the journey. Seymore has found that for some of her clients, even if they did not go on to sell their product, they found enormous satisfaction in getting it built.