I’ll define a techpreneur is a techie wanting to be an entrepreneur. Over the past 3 years I’ve come across so many techpreneurs who have/had great ideas. Unfortunately, none of them really went ahead with their ideas and implemented them. The ideas were great, no doubt – but the flight never took off the run way.
One such techpreneur had met me about 2 years ago. He had a fantastic idea and to the best of my knowledge, no one in the town was doing what he was thinking. His idea was surely ahead of the city and I believed if he executed well, he’d have been a market leader by now. I was excited about his idea. One of the most essential part of his plan was to launch a web portal. He outlined his plan to me and there I knew – this guy won’t go far.
He told me he’s already started learning PHP to build his portal. I told him he shouldn’t waste his time learning PHP and instead, get started with a CMS and some customized software available in the market. Of course, being a salaried person – he could easily afford what I told him. But he went the ‘techie’ way.
20 days after our meeting, I asked him how he was progressing – and he told me he’s just too busy with his job and haven’t got enough time to work on his project. Few more days later, he told me he was ‘about to start’ working on his project once again – and to this day, he’s not began his project.
In the mean time, another startup from the city went ahead and launched a similar business and I guess they already have a built a good client base. The techpreneur I had met is still busy writing MoUs & attending boring review meetings.
Trying to be a ‘techie’ and not an ‘entrepreneur’ is, in my opinion, the biggest mistake techpreneurs do. What is your opinion?
–The Big K–