Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Categories: Entrepreneurship
Excerpts from interviews with: John Berthels of Cocoon, Grant Robinson of Atomic, Dean Elwood of Voxygen, Elizabeth Shassere of Textocracy, Scott Nelson of BigControls and Steven Rahseparian of Secured Universe.
Has your age affected your life as a startup founder?
- I’m still in the same general industry but now I’m productizing my knowledge from over the past 20 years.
- It’s a much bigger risk now than if I was in my 20s. I’m not couch-surfing and I can’t go back to live with my parents if I fail. You have no choice – you have to make it.
- At 21, I didn’t have an entrepreneurial bone in my body. That’s something that developed over time as I gained experience of my craft... I hate to think what 21-year-old me would have done in these situations, it would have been a trainwreck.
- I’m better able to get on with people, and more life experience means I can better see the ‘bigger picture.’
- One of the oddest things i’ve found is that because I’m older and have had a leadership role and worked for many years, people assume I don’t need any help, so they don’t tend to take my pleas for assistance very seriously. It’s not that they don’t want to help, they just aren’t sure how to help.
- The hard part is walking away from a steady job. I’ve got three kids. It’s only been possible to become an entrepreneur with deep support from my partner.
What would you say to someone thinking of moving from a steady job into entrepreneurship?
- You have to be comfortable with risk.
- ... It’s the fastest way to learn and grow as a professional. I wish I had done it sooner, and after you make the jump you almost certainly will too.
- Just get out there and do it. People want to help. I’ve not met anyone who didn’t in some way want to help and support me.
- You have to be all in, with your family along with you.
- Longterm happiness is important. With a strong relationship you can put your collective happiness on the line because you’re in it together. You have permission to fail – you can take that step into the unknown because someone is there to pick you up if you fail, with the understanding that you’ll do the same for them.
- Do it. Whether you succeed or fail it’ll be the best thing you ever did.
Source/s: The Next Web
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.