Dear professor Douglas Muir
“Dear Professor Muir, I moved up to the city earlier this month as part of an accelerator in NYC called ERA. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, but they have a lot of successful portfolio companies and the application process is mega-competitive (1500 applicants for 13 spots). So we’re excited to be part of it.
I took your New Product Development class while attending the University of Virginia in 2016. I wanted to let you know that I continuously refer to what I learned while starting my own company, Yogi (https://www.meetyogi.com/) here in New York City
I’m glad I took professor Muir´s class
As opposed to some of the more theoretical classes that I took at UVa within the engineering curriculum, your class was the most practical I took. From developing financial models, to optimizing product development iterations, and identifying a clear value proposition, every class left me with nuggets of wisdom that I find myself using in my own start-up. I’m glad I took your class, Professor Muir, as it has prepared me for what I’m experiencing now. it’s been a huge value add both personally and professionally.
I look forward to seeing you soon!”
– Gautam Kanumuru, Founder of Yogi
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