Adobe VP Scott Belsky Shares His Advice for Startups

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Scott Belsky is the VP of Products-Community at Adobe and the founder of Behance, an online platform for creative professionals to share their work.

He’s also the author of the book, Making Ideas Happen, which he characterized as a list of best practices he learned and engineered while growing Behance into a massive community.

Making Ideas Happen is all about not getting swallowed up in your ideas, which he said is the No. 1 problem entrepreneurs and creative people face.

“The greatest obstacle to making ideas happen is ideas, and more ideas, and more ideas,” Belsky said. “The creative’s conundrum is that they must make a particular idea happen.”

Belsky said the key to focusing on one idea is a “process of refinement.” When creating a product, he said newer entrepreneurs tend to justify every feature in their product. On the other hand, seasoned entrepreneurs often focus on one feature in their product and make sure it works to perfection for its precise target audience.

Belsky said he and his team have done that successfully at Behance, which was acquired by Adobe two years ago for a reported $150 million.

“[Behance] has fewer features, it has fewer options, it is less customizable, and in some ways, you could say it’s a far more immature product,” Belsky said. “But in my opinion, there’s a level of maturity in a simpler product.”

Scott Belsky is a featured speaker at The Next Web Conference in New York City. Follow @Grant_Engle for updates on the event.