<The leap into the unknown>
As a Silicon Valley native, I have lived in a world of creativity, risk, wealth, ambition, all of which have to do with entrepreneurship. I grew up comfortably in the middle class, nothing to crazy but had what I needed to grow up in a healthy environment.
High school was tolerable because I was a social butterfly but when it came to grades, I barely survived. During those four years I had not yet discovered the world of entrepreneurship, had no idea what a ‘venture capitalist’ was, never heard the term ‘startup’, you get the picture. I had heard of Tesla, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Google, Instagram etc. but I hade no idea who Elon Musk was, Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Spiegel, Jack Dorsey, Larry Page, Kevin Systrom or any of those guys were. I only knew the products and not the entrepreneurs behind them.
It wasn’t until my third year of community college that I was introduced to the world of entrepreneurialism. My very good friend Timotei, a business major, wanted to join a business club. Out of all the clubs to join, there were not any of them even remotely related to business. So, with him having the entrepreneurialism running through his veins, he founded the Entrepreneur Club of West Valley College.
I hardly knew what the term ‘entrepreneur’ meant at the time, to me it was a cool term given to the guy who had the ‘golden’ idea which made everyone want to work for him. I was on the fence about being part of the club so Timotei told me to check it out and see what I thought of it. I checked it out and the synergy present in the room was mind-blowing.
"Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts." -Ray French, Charlotte Rayner, Gary…www.dictionary.com
I remember getting goose bumps listening to the individuals in the room bounce ideas off of each other, there were no NDA’s present, which was funny thinking back on it because some of the ideas that we came up with had serious potential. After that meeting, I was hooked on the whole ‘entrepreneur’ thing.
That was a few months ago. As of today, I am heavily immersing myself into the world of entrepreneurialism. I am the co-founder and CEO of a startup, working hard to build it up, and solving serious problems that people face everyday.