Entrepreneurship is Everywhere!

Why do we always tend to look at the Silicon Valley when we think of entrepreneurship ? Undoubtedly there is a lot of energy, excitement and buzz around things that come from there. The Wall Street Journal published an infographic in 2015 depicting the 73 companies globally valued at over $1 billion. Yes, admittedly, tech unicorns like Uber ($41.2 billion) and Palantir ($15 billion) were in the upper echelons with possibly inflated valuations. But there were several non-tech companies too, such as a consumer good company – Honest Co., ($1 billion), a healthcare company – Theranos ($9 billion) and a real estate company – WeWork ($5 billion).

Silicon Valley has been the center of a great technological revolution. The tech valuations do sometimes defy imagination and their successes are not always easy to replicate.

None of this is meant to diminish what is happening in Silicon Valley, rather it is meant to assert that entrepreneurship is possible everywhere in every industry. Furthermore, businesses that tend to make money, rather than just hoping to make money, are more sustainable. So where should you look? Everywhere.

To help my students understand the breadth of possibilities, I have them read Rachel Bridge’s My Big Idea, which highlights 30 small entrepreneurial ventures across a variety of industries in the UK. Examples include companies offering hot dogs, coffee, baby foods, insurance and travel. There is even the story of the young lady who convinced the musical group Abba to support her idea of making the musical Mama Mia. Where did all these ideas come from? Often they arose from their passions, their life circumstances and their travels. The students breathe a sigh of relief because these are stories they can relate to and they can see themselves doing similar things.

I do not want to minimize the great benefits created by Silicon Valley type companies; they have generated enormous value and in many cases changed the way we live. But I do want to emphasize the fact that there are many ways to create value, in virtually every industry and in every country. Create a technology company if that is your passion, but using technology as a driver may open up even more opportunities.

 Problem – Solution, that is the real mantra of entrepreneurs . Understand the process, develop the discipline and see how your world changes.


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Changing the World One Entrepreneur At A Time

Millennials will soon be the largest population group, surpassing 75 million people. Many of you, it seems to me, are overeducated, underemployed, underpaid, and simply unfulfilled. You were told a college degree, funded by large loans, was the yellow brick road. Yes, being a barista, an Uber driver, a perennial student, or having three part-time jobs, can allow you to survive. But surely life can, and must, offer more.

I meet many people who are seeking meaning and fulfillment in all aspects of their lives, willing to give up “job security” for the possibility of following their passion. I suspect many of you feel this way too. You have a sense of adventure and you like to travel. You love experiencing food, music, and ideas from a plethora of cultures. You have the talent and enthusiasm to collaborate with people from every corner of the globe, the capacity to influence customers through social media and the ability to deliver goods speedily and inexpensively, all of which give rise to many opportunities. If anything, the array of choices is overwhelming. The first line from A Tale of Two Cities capture this dichotomy perfectly: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

If all these trends are pointing towards entrepreneurship, why aren’t we all rushing to the promised land of entrepreneurship? Why are you still wondering? Why haven’t you jumped into the fray?

 The most likely reason is fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of risk. Fear of failure. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of not being creative enough. Fear that your idea will be laughed at. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of losing what you currently have. Fear of fear.

Are you the only one with this fear? No, this is called the human condition. If you take the plunge, is success assured? Of course not. No one can guarantee success. But factors such as hard work, commitment, vision, discipline, and an intense desire to create something do increase the probability of success.

Our goal, on this blog is simple: To help 50 or 100 or 1000 entrepreneurs get off the ground.

Join us regularly if you want to get started on this journey that may as yet define your life.