This post on Medium that offers ‘A Guide to University for Student Entrepreneurs’ is rather good.
It covers university/not university as well as what to do while there, or not there to build a successful path to entrepreneurship.
It boils down to the following:
- “A revolution in entrepreneurship is underway. Student entrepreneurs involved in technological innovation can reach a global audience with their new product or service
- Go to university if you have the opportunity and there’s no obvious reason why you should not go
- Include a technical degree in your studies or at least start with a software engineering subject
- Make an effort: Meet new people, go to events and join clubs and societies
- ‘Meander in your walk’ while at university and early in your career — try doing things you wouldn’t normally consider
- Create an open network. Learn to be comfortable meeting people and develop into a network expert, be authentic and genuine in your interactions with others”
Go read and apply as best you can, as we’re all still learning as we move through life.
The nice folks at Ginsberg.io have posted a good review of what works for them in digital marketing on Medium.
I like the piece as it provides the basics from which you can quickly find your feet and then move on to other things as you grow. It’s also nice as Kate was a speaker at our Northern Lights conference last October, and has also spoken at TechMeetup Aberdeen for us a long time ago too.
There is an interesting discussion in Quora about ‘What are some easy ways to make a million dollars?‘ The best answer, I think, is the one pointing out that you can do this by setting up a service you offer to others for $83/month. As soon as you hit 1000 customers you have your million. Sure, this isn’t your money to do with as you please, as you’ll need to pay expenses and overheads, but it does show that it’s achievable. More importantanly, it shows that it is repeatable. This million will keep coming each year as long as you keep your customers, and will also increase as you grow your customer base too.
Happily in the digital era this is not too hard to do. You just need to find a service you can provide, which people are willing to pay for at a reasonable sum, and to set it up to look after itself. You probably have the tech skills, so just need some help with finding and developing your idea, and there are lots of places where you can find help with that. What are you waiting for?
The Economist magazine issue of 18 January 2014 has a good review of the tech startup scene. Go get a copy, or read the online version. There are useful info graphics and articles on why this is a good time to launch your startup, and overviews of incubators, investors, and the business eco-systems that sustain startups. It was very focused on the big places for the most part, with a few mentions of smaller startups coming for smaller scenes.
The main emphasis of the survey of articles is that this time is different from the bubble of 1999/2000 because you there is a better eco-system of tools and support for startups. This means the threshold for entry is lower and with the many APIs as well as cloud computing platforms available, it is easier to launch your idea. This is no guarantee of success, but it is easier to try and make it work.
A growing part of that ecosystem to sustain tech startups in Scotland can be found at the Scottish Entrepreneurial Support Network, an online tool to explore the different nodes of support in Scotland. You’ll find about incubators, finance, education, and networking events and other types of resources you can use.
The article supports what we’re doing in that we are there to help provide support in a safe environment with our programme. According to the survey article, 90% of startups fail. We aim to help you be successful by looking for validated ideas until you find one that works for you and your team and then pursue that further and launch the idea. During this time we’re there to support you, and if you end up staying in and around Aberdeen after you graduate, then you will have the community around you still too with our growing Aberdeen tech scene.