For David Anderton, the inaugural MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp came at just the right moment to catalyze a career change. A former journalist for the Financial Times and performer at the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games, David knew he was meant for other things. He wanted to build. On nights and weekends he began devoting his time to MOOCs on coding and entrepreneurship.
“Taking MIT’s Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your Customer? on edX, taught me that entrepreneurial success isn’t random, but can be the result of a systematic process.,” David explained. “When that realization hit, I knew I wanted to go beyond the online course. Being an entrepreneur can often feel like a very solitary struggle. So hearing about the Bootcamp program encouraged me immensely.”
He applied to the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and was admitted. At the Bootcamp he met new teammates, whom he describes as “like-minded, slightly mad, enthusiastic individuals hell-bent on making stuff happen.”
That team created UpLook, the winning pitch of the inaugural bootcamp. UpLook allowed fashion bloggers to share ‘looks’ – an entire outfit – that viewers could purchase in a single click. The plugin simplified research and buying for consumers and made it easier for bloggers to increase revenue.
After the bootcamp, David continued to work with MIT on a variety of projects, including DeepStream.tv, a startup spun out of the MIT Media Lab, where he is now Co-Founder and CTO. This startup enhances online video by allowing viewers to annotate additional content from around the web. DeepStream recently graduated from MIT’s Delta V Accelerator, run out of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship where Bill Aulet, the Bootcamp’s lead faculty member, is the Managing Director.
When asked to name his most lasting impression from the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, David remarks that it is all about the people. “The biggest takeaway for me is that team is number one. Having a productive team is by far the most difficult aspect of building a company. If you have incredible people getting stuff done on a complex, world-changing challenge, you are most of the way there.”
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