Skillshare Student Stories: Brian Park
Meet Skillshare student and entrepreneur Brian Park.
After taking Michael Karnjanaprakorn’s “Launch Your Startup Idea for Less than $1,000" Online Skillshare class, Brian set out to take his newly developed startup idea and bring it into fruition.
We recently received this email from Brian:
"You sent me a e-mail to review Michael’s Launch your startup idea class a few months ago. Since that time I’ve launched my business’ Kickstarter campaign (http://bit.ly/V19mKz). The class was invaluable in giving clarity to my business idea and really gave me the motivation to move forward.”
We reconnected with Brian to learn a bit more about his experience, the startup he’s launching and his upcoming Kickstarter campaign he’s using to get it off the ground.
Hi Brian! Tell us a bit more about yourself and your background.
I’m a 27 year old ICU nurse in Washington, DC with a long standing interest in entrepreneurial endeavors.
My father quit his job as a chemical engineer to start a successful art gallery when I was very young. So, my entrepreneurial spirit is deep-seated. I started by selling Beanie Babies and Pokemon cards online at the age of 10. Then, I moved on to repairing electric guitars and reselling them on Ebay. I still remember selling a couple “Tabasco” the bull Beanie Babies for $200 each when I was just 11 years old.
We recently heard you used what you learned in a Skillshare class to launch a business of your own! What’s the story?
I heard about Skillshare on the popular blog, Lifehacker, and proceeded to sign-up for the class, “Launch Your Startup Idea for Less than $1,000”, by Skillshare founder, Michael Karnjanaprakorn. I had started planning for my business about 2 months prior, but had lost the motivation to follow through with my idea. Michael’s class helped to re-motivate me and gave me a number of valuable insights into starting a new business.
The concept of minimum viable product (MVP) was new to me and was the focus of my first Skillshare class. It helped to validate my business idea before I invested too much time or money into it. I did a lot of experimentation and research, which included wearing colorful socks to the gym and selling test samples to nurses. It eventually showed me that my idea had a lot of potential, which gave me the drive to finish what I had started. Now, I have everything prepared to open up my new business, Nabee Socks, a designer compression sock company, and have a Kickstarter campaign that’s currently making great progress.
Are there other ways that Skillshare has been helpful to you professionally or personally?
I’ve always liked to learn new skills and ideas in a structured format with other people. Skillshare provided that to me in a way that was both accessible and low cost. I also met a lot of people through the class; both locally and internationally. My local Skillshare meetings in DC were both fun and helpful. Being able to bounce my ideas off of other entrepreneurs was invaluable and hearing other people’s ideas was inspiring. Meeting new people with similar goals also provided me with a lot of support and resources that made starting my company easier and more enjoyable.
Do you have any tips for other people on how to get the most our of Skillshare?
The information provided by all my Skillshare teachers has been amazing, but in order to get the most out of Skillshare, you should connect with your classmates. Meeting up with local Skillshare classmates has been the most fun and valuable experience for me, but doing Google Groups internationally can be a very enriching experience also. Skillshare organizes hundreds of people with similar interests into one virtual classroom. So, learning by interacting with your classmates is an opportunity you should take.
Check out Brian’s Nabee Socks Kickstarter campaign at http://kck.st/RAYl1P, and help his Skillshare startup idea come to life!Tweet