In the days when everyone is calling himself an entrepreneur or claims to be thinking of starting a business, I often wonder what is the real, intrinsic value of some of these ideas. These weird ideas are being funded by the biggest VCs or/and accepted by accelerators. Startups going so niche, exploring weird angles of something a normal person would simply call “useless”.
One of the the latest startup I was discussing with Kuba is PetCube, a videocamera/pet food dispenser (not really, as it only throws few pieces of dry cubes as a treat) allowing you to “interact” with your pet while you are away. Although I love animals, I don’t get it. Actually… I do get that some people are so emotionally attached to their pets that they buy that. But what does it serve? We are gamifying real interactions with our pets. It reminds me a little of tamagotchi, with the difference that your tamagotchi character is your own pet.
Is this tech really solving the problem? IS there any problem? Maybe the problem is us not being able to to work out our life priorities, not enjoying time with out loved ones (may be the four and two legged ones) and working overtime for no good reason?
Fear of what other people will think is the most paralysing dynamic in business and in our lives. Some say, that you will never own the future if you care about what other people think.
While this may be true, I think there is a much more destructive factor than fear – it’s inertia itself.
Yes, it derives partly from fear, as people wrongly assume since they stay within their comfort zone, this will render them calm and trouble-free.
Another few hours spent on polishing slides for my company’s website – Amuse.
2 hours spent on creating a concept with a humoristic tinge. 1 hour spent on browsing the right font. 1 hour spent on finding quality images for slides. 3 hours spent on figuring out these bloody settings of the Java plugin. 2 hours spent on proper timing the slides.
Fuck no. I don’t like the shape it is. It’s not funny anymore. Joke heard more than once stops being funny. Actually, I don’t know anymore if it was funny at the first place.
2 hours spent on changing the concept, 2 hours spent on timing the slides properly…
Jim Rohn once said:
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
It doesn’t matter much how smart you are (Although it certainly helps). It doesn’t matter how talented you are (There are so many untalented, yet successful people), which skills you have (Bright people delegate things which they can’t do to skilled experts) or which family you came from. All that counts if you want to be successful in life is the people you surround yourself with.
How often do you feel “in the zone” – when you lose yourself completely in that book or painting that you don’t feel when these few hours passed by?
In the era of constant phone notifications about that new event, facebook message, new movie coming out, hot trending articles (damn you Wikipedia, Ted and Quora!), “recommended by others” books, movies, videoclips, that new Instagram photos of these people you are secretly following and envy their pretty, perfect lives full of freedom… All of this is distraction which softly kills our limited time and pulls us away from realising our dreams (both, these precisely drafted and these blurry ones e.g. One day I would like to have my own business). It’s much easier to click and absorb something which is already materialised than create something by yourself.
So you found your vocation. You feel your idea can change the world and you spend nights and days on sketching and documenting every important bit of it. Your head is pounding. Queen’s lyrics “I want it all and I want it now” become your life motto. Days, weeks, months are passing by and you are still not enjoying the sweet pains of success. You feel constant frustration but you can’t stop. Being a startup founder is a f%#&@#ng nightmare, you think. But you still stay on.
Entrepreneurs are the modern rock stars. So they say. Young founders such as 26-years old David Karp, founder of Tumblr (who recently sold his company to Yahoo for $1.1bn) or known by almost everyone Mark Zuckenberg (29) let people think that creating a start-up is easy and glamorous…
As some of you may know, we have recently entered Million Pound Start-up competition organised by Mayor of London for his Digital Shoreditch initiative. Yesterday we received great news – Evoque qualified for penultimate round!
Four days ago, thanks to my friend @airindel, I had a chance to participate in Campus Party, organised by O2 and Telefonica each year in different countries (this year it was UK, London). It was also a special day as it was “Women In Tech” part. I listened to many more and less inspiring speeches, attended Women in Tech panel hosting female experts and co-founders from Facebook, Mint.com, Mozzilla, LastMinute.com and some more.