An interesting thought to start with, could entrepreneurship be the solution to major problems like the planets climatic predicament, the water problems being faced by developing countries, health, hygiene, low life expectancy. Somehow every startup meet I have been to is just the same routine of talking about this brilliant idea where there could be potentially “random number” of consumers and eventually a “random number” of profits. Is there something that we are missing out on? Entrepreneurship could also mean breaking the convention to the societies aspect of just being able to come up with new things. I am sure that entrepreneurship is a solution towards a cleaner, greener and healthier tomorrow. So why haven’t we thought along those lines. This does sound critical of what we have done so far in the course, but i am just putting forward this question that we as future entrepreneurs should take the future into consideration.
There are a few notable people who have taken the idea of entrepreneurship to another dimension. One such person coming to my mind is Elon Musk. The man could have been comfortable with the amount of money he received from Pay-pal. He rather invested all of it into three different ventures, two of which was into renewable energy and that is making a massive difference. Now I can say that we had lectures about what to do when one had an idea, means to gain investments, decisions to take at crucial junctures between the start and the possible success of a company. But never were we told that entrepreneurship could be an answer to the numerous problems our planets facing today.
“A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”. This was one of Steve Jobs greatest quotes and Apple has always worked along this. Nobody ever knew that they’d want a phone without a headphone jack , pun intended. But this is the beauty of entrepreneurship perhaps not in the case mentioned before. If you could break down that one quote and just translate it into one single word, the word has to be IMAGINATION. Now that’s what he actually suggested. Imagination is the way, I know most of them gets to see these wonderful ideas over Facebook, like the water bottle that collects atmospheric air and condenses it to get water. Now that can be used and using technology it can be improved to solve water crises. Unfortunately though it is quite difficult to raise capital with such ideas and that is eventually where we loose the plot ( that is just a thought, correct me if I am wrong). The fact that we have this incredible academia to help us out through the technical difficulties we could be facing should gives us a hope to pull out a new tomorrow, a cleaner and a beautiful tomorrow.
Would be interesting to know what each one of you think about what I wrote.