A recent business discussion took me back to 2004, when a lightbulb went on in my mind. Mobile phones were not luxury items anymore, and had become everyone’s ‘third arm’. Brilliant! So all I needed to do was to create virtual classrooms and now everyone can learn, I thought. MAXIS came on board as did M3 Technologies, but it was an idea before its time. Yes, it won awards repeatedly for ‘Transforming Teaching and Learning’ but there were other barriers to overcome before my product could become viable.
Since, technology has advanced at such a rapid rate that THE time is at hand, and laying the groundwork all those years ago was very good. It is now possible to focus on being creative in instructional designs, and keep enhancing the users’ experience, enabling up-skilling in personalized ways.
From the experience, I share details of my learning curve with entrepreneurs to help them get their products into markets more quickly than I did. Some tips are to look at the regulatory environment of your product or service, and the buying behaviour/culture of each segment of buyers you are providing for. Like excellence, some things take longer to mature but are worth developing.