Don’t become an Entrepreneur!

It’s definitely interesting seeing all these African startups doing so well, and all these young people getting into entrepreneurship. But the problem I have with this new trend is that young people start to see entrepreneurship like a shortcut. They think to themselves: “Why should I go to school or work hard while I could just start an e-commerce site or an app and be rich and famous?”

Please don’t learn to code.

Interesting article tackling the notion that anyone can just learn to code and become rich and famous.

Entrepreneurship isn’t always about following a trend, or even someone’s technical abilities. It’s about a fervent dedication to creating value -making the world a better place … and that’s what these youngsters lack. Value!

This is probably one the consequences of the glorification of the “Silicon Valley” culture through the media. We watched “The pirates of Silicon Valley” and “The Social Network”, we read about all these folklore about kids leaving school to start multi-billion dollar corporation with VC funds, and we imagine that all we need to be the next Mark Zuckerberg is a colorful pitch deck, some buggy prototypes and an idea that will be X [well known American tech company] for Africa [or any other emerging market].

Kids all want to be the next UBER, FB, SPOTIFY. They just look for concepts and business models that have worked in the US and try to apply them in Africa instead of looking around them.

Mark Essien, founder of talks about how Africa can become a strong technology hub

I am not trying to discourage anyone from pursuing their dream. Africa needs people with great dreams and strong desire to succeed. But if your only reason for starting a company is to make a quick buck, then I suggest you stay in school and find a Job. There are many other ways you could make a ton of cash. Much more money than if you became an entrepreneur.

Dont be an entrepreneur for the wrong reasons -Phil Libin, Evernote’s CEO

if you’re really passionate and serious about creating some real value, and impact people life then do it. Look around you, find a need, a gap you can fill and make it happen.

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