Ethan Imboden: Design and Entrepreneurship (Part 2)

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Ethan Imboden is the Head of Venture Design at frog design and the Founder of Jimmyjane, a company that produces high-end, design-oriented sexual accessories. In part two of our two part interview (you can find part 1 here) , Ethan answers the following four questions taken from the standard Breaking Biz quickfire Q&A for entrepreneurs:

Ethan Imboden

You know someone who wants to start a business but fears leaving their job. What do you say to them?

  • Are there people who start a business for the wrong reasons?
  • What are the most important lessons you’ve learned?
  • Can you recommend any books or resources that have helped you along the way?
  • What’s the best part of your job?
  • What’s your biggest fear?

 

Select quotes:

 

Entrepreneurs chasing quick money and fame

“They won’t survive that perseverance test and will have a very hard time finding that success that they imagined for themselves.”

Starting his own company, Jimmyjane

“To me, everything looks like design.”

“I wasn’t just designing the products or the brand. I was designing the supply chain and the team and the investment strategy and so on.”

Design and Entrepreneurship

“I really felt that through design, I could launch stronger startups.”

“Through entrepreneurship we become better designers and better creatives.”

“Through design we can launch stronger startups but also through entrepreneurship we become stronger designers.”

“Ultimately I think it’s people and experiences that we learn the most from, not books.”

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