User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship

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We’ll let you in on a secret. Innovation isn’t confined inside the walls of research labs swarming with PhDs. More often than not, innovation is about ordinary people solving problems that matter to them personally. This could be you.

First, think about what you need. Next, find out whether others want the same thing. If they do, you can start a venture – for profit or non-profit - to supply others with the novel product or service you first developed for yourself.

The examples of user innovation are infinite. A surfer created the GoPro to take “selfies” while surfing. A student came up with Dropbox after forgetting his flash drive. Two broke entrepreneurs rented out their living room to help pay rent, and Airbnb was born. They’ll share their paths to startup success.

Taught by Eric von Hippel, the founding scholar of user innovation, this course will help you think about what problems you should choose to solve an...

We’ll let you in on a secret. Innovation isn’t confined inside the walls of research labs swarming with PhDs. More often than not, innovation is about ordinary people solving problems that matter to them personally. This could be you.

First, think about what you need. Next, find out whether others want the same thing. If they do, you can start a venture – for profit or non-profit - to supply others with the novel product or service you first developed for yourself.

The examples of user innovation are infinite. A surfer created the GoPro to take “selfies” while surfing. A student came up with Dropbox after forgetting his flash drive. Two broke entrepreneurs rented out their living room to help pay rent, and Airbnb was born. They’ll share their paths to startup success.

Taught by Eric von Hippel, the founding scholar of user innovation, this course will help you think about what problems you should choose to solve and how to share your innovations with others.

You can innovate.

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Job van den Wildenberg

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Completed this course by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Anyone can be an innovator as long as you are willing to think creatively, acquire new skills and don't get stuck in the past.
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3 years, 3 months ago
I like the fact that this is a "hands-on" type of course. In most courses we just watch the videos and answer quizzes, but with this one it's different - you have to actually put the knowledge to use. The videos were fun and interesting, as well as the entire contente. This was an easy, breezy course that was interesting without being too heavy. I love the fact that Prof. Von Hippel distributed his book through Creative Commons, so we all could benefit from it. Thanks, Professor!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 5 months ago
Amazing course ! I loved it ! It was passionnate, and the intervenant was so nice :) Thank you so much !
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Lakshay Bisht

9/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 7 months ago
I think this course is very helpful for those who can't able to do or can't solve there problems and who back out from there works.This course helps there needs where he can do there works without any problems and without taking any help from others.
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Joseph Clark

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Excellent presentation and a departure from the dated instructional model. This course was as entertaining and fun as it was informative. I was immediately able to apply what I learned in my career before the course was completed. I recommend this course to anyone regardless of your learning type.
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Reinaldo Fernandez

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This course is amazing. I really learned what is a user innovation. I adopted this method in my rotine, I used the ideas in my job. I recommend this course.
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David MacFadyen

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
If I'd had Professor von Hippel's MOOC available in 1960 life would have been different. Today's lucky learners, all over the world can have a rewarding, exciting, and fulfilling entrepreneurial career. Dr. von Hipple makes it easy. Unlike other MOOCs on entrepreneurship, EdX User Innovation, A Path to Entrepreneurship clearly delineates the path to successful innovation (studies show von Hippel's approach to to be 500% more likely to lead to success. Take the course. There is no better way to spend your time. Not to spoil the experience but to encourage you, the process is simple: look at the problems bothering you, choose one of them shared by many others, use your talents (and those of your friends and others) to solve that problem, then share that innovation for others's benefit. You may profit like zuckerberg or change the world like Khan.
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Spencer Soyemi

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4 years, 1 month ago
You all have made my life better with this course and you all would never have a clue, I would eternally be grateful for the experience.
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Christoph Hienerth

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 1 month ago
I teach entrepreneurship across all teaching programs (bachelor, master, MBA, EMBA) and always start with one or two 90' classes on the sources for new business ideas. As we know, with prominent approaches such as the canvas, lean startup and especially customer development the problem and need component as a source for starting new business has become more prominent than ever! However students usually have a really hard time to understand exactly what that problem orientation is and where needs emerge from. While the tools available help them a lot to sketch out new business models and platforms such as the lean launchpad have been of incredible help to make the process more hypothesis based and experimental, students usually still lack the very basics of understanding where to look for needs, how to interpret them and also to understand, how development stages from needs and pain points lead to business opportunities. So, while ... I teach entrepreneurship across all teaching programs (bachelor, master, MBA, EMBA) and always start with one or two 90' classes on the sources for new business ideas. As we know, with prominent approaches such as the canvas, lean startup and especially customer development the problem and need component as a source for starting new business has become more prominent than ever! However students usually have a really hard time to understand exactly what that problem orientation is and where needs emerge from. While the tools available help them a lot to sketch out new business models and platforms such as the lean launchpad have been of incredible help to make the process more hypothesis based and experimental, students usually still lack the very basics of understanding where to look for needs, how to interpret them and also to understand, how development stages from needs and pain points lead to business opportunities. So, while teaching hundreds of students each year, many of them really have difficulty moving forward in the venture development course because they simply cannot think of a personally compelling idea to develop into a new enterprise and because they lack the skills to identify needs and pain points in the first place. This year, I decided to have students view the five video segments of User Entrepreneurship - a two-hour assignment. I turns out that the “I don’t have an idea” problem disappears for almost all of them - and also that the overall quality of student ideas increases. I truly believe that this course is the perfect add-on for students who want to investigate new entrepreneurial tools like the canvas or the launchpad to get even better and more confident in the first phases of idea development and search for starting points. I highly recommend this course as a quick and efficient way for other professors to solve this common teaching problem.
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Roy Wang

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
Very impressive. An innovative way to teach innovation. Deep, precise ideas are conveyed in a humorous and entertaining way. It really help me develop innovative ideas.
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Frank Piller

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
I am a professor of innovation management at RWTH Aachen University in Germany (a chartered EdX member and Germany's leading university of technology). I have recommended Eric von Hippel's MOOC on user entrepreneurship as an additional source to my students (M.Sc. level). It turned out that they all really loved it and asked me to make this mandatory and to use the Mooc content as a core element of our class, which I of course was happy to do. We have always integrated the paradigm of user innovation into our classes on innovation management. However, the subject still is sometimes a bit abstract to students with work experience. Here, the videos helped tremendously to get this through! In addition, Eric's MOOC (and the great examples and illustrations by the co-host) helped my student to come up with an own innovation idea. Previously, I realized that someof them found it difficult to think of a personally compelling idea to de... I am a professor of innovation management at RWTH Aachen University in Germany (a chartered EdX member and Germany's leading university of technology). I have recommended Eric von Hippel's MOOC on user entrepreneurship as an additional source to my students (M.Sc. level). It turned out that they all really loved it and asked me to make this mandatory and to use the Mooc content as a core element of our class, which I of course was happy to do. We have always integrated the paradigm of user innovation into our classes on innovation management. However, the subject still is sometimes a bit abstract to students with work experience. Here, the videos helped tremendously to get this through! In addition, Eric's MOOC (and the great examples and illustrations by the co-host) helped my student to come up with an own innovation idea. Previously, I realized that someof them found it difficult to think of a personally compelling idea to develop into a new enterprise. Here, the five video segments of the User Entrepreneurship class helped a lot (just a two-hour assignment). This provided the students both with ideas for their project, but also with a larger academic understanding of the subject. I highly recommend this course !!
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Dan Cooper

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
I had read most of von Hippel's book and looked forward to this course. Also, I had taken a few EdX courses that I had not finished, so I paid $100 for a certificate to motivate myself to complete (it worked). While the course content was very valuable and insightful, I was a little disappointed in the experience of taking the course. First, I expected a much bigger dose of von Hippel. What we got felt like cameo appearances, and the course overall felt like "The Erdin Show." I expected Erdin to be like a modest news interviewer, but in fact he stays on center stage way too much, given that the course description says "Taught by Eric von Hippel..." Second, the verbal communication in the course has two conflicting styles: (1) chatty and "with it," e.g., "We'll let you in on a secret..." in the course description vs. (2) the final exam, which had the vocabulary and style of a graduate school exam. It needs a consistent voice. Fin... I had read most of von Hippel's book and looked forward to this course. Also, I had taken a few EdX courses that I had not finished, so I paid $100 for a certificate to motivate myself to complete (it worked). While the course content was very valuable and insightful, I was a little disappointed in the experience of taking the course. First, I expected a much bigger dose of von Hippel. What we got felt like cameo appearances, and the course overall felt like "The Erdin Show." I expected Erdin to be like a modest news interviewer, but in fact he stays on center stage way too much, given that the course description says "Taught by Eric von Hippel..." Second, the verbal communication in the course has two conflicting styles: (1) chatty and "with it," e.g., "We'll let you in on a secret..." in the course description vs. (2) the final exam, which had the vocabulary and style of a graduate school exam. It needs a consistent voice. Finally, there were several significant changes in the schedule during the course, makiong clear that it was not fully tested before being aired. In a course on innovation and entrepreneurship, this came across as "do what I say, not what I do." Honestly, I felt a little ripped off; if I'd paid $10, I'd have felt okay, but this wasn't a $100 experience. Von Hippel's insights are supremely valuable, but there wasn't enough of him in this course.
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Craige Hardel

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Generally very insightful course. Von Hippel's intellect and insight into de-mystifying the innovation process really opened my eyes. His book though written ten years ago was quite and still is a valuable source of information and knowledge. Also, the course team's effort in producing and highlighting present examples adds a lot of perspective to all the information presented. Good very good course
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