It was the first time for me to go to DG (Digital Garage) headquarters and this time it was to participate in an event called “Technical Founders” with Ryan Holmes, (@invoker) CEO of Hootsuite and Shinnichi Fujikawa, founder of Movatwi.
For those of you that don’t know what HootSuite is, if you are a twitter user, I suggest you to visit hootsuite.com and create an account to enjoy twitter from a completely new set of options. It’s a must for heavy twitter users. Movatwi is a twitter web site optimized for Japanese mobile phones. It was really interesting to listen to these entrepreneurs and understand the differences between Japanese and western mentality, about how they approach risks and goals.
I went to that meeting to learn something new. I hoped I could learn some new formula, something that will give me the elements to start my own business. Is there a procedure? Something that I should do first? Some ancient book with the secret of success?
At the end, after listening to their experiences, the initial problems they had, some advices and the whole saga… the conclusion was so so simple!
Follow your dream, don’t stop, listen to people with common sense and run away from the negative ones. Adapt, learn, and remember that mistakes are good and let you learn more. Jump!
Well I knew all this before! Yes really, I knew it, well… Everybody knows, that’s what everybody say, but sometimes we refuse to follow simple things. We want to find something else, something special that will give us those secret elements to find the right path. Sorry but there is no such formula. Infinite paths could be chosen to reach the same point. How you do your own path, will determine a failure or a success. Of course you need investors and angels but as Ryan said, negative responses from one of the investors gave him the elements to approach the next one in a better way. It’s a learning process. Thus, you have to be ready to learn.
Pick up a book about “how to start-up” and just do it. But before you take any step, please, stop and think that you need 100% of self motivation. A 50% of your brain saying yes, the other 50% saying maybe and some spiritual part saying $#%&((!! is not enough. You will find the time, the resources, the advices while you are doing the path, but you need the determination to be sure what you want, and you will walk through it.
My good friend and fantastic photographer, Derek Arnwine