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When were you “bitten” by the entrepreneurial bug?
I became interested in entrepreneurship when I received an email from a friend in 2009 who was raising money from friends and family to support a new business idea he had created. I thought the idea was great, contributed money and was excited to watch him grow the business. Prior to that email, I wasn’t really aware that as a young person with a good idea, you could even start your own business. After that exposure, I started doing my homework and learning all that I could about what it takes to build a business from scratch.
What’s been the hardest part about starting your own business as a millennial entrepreneur?
I think one of the hardest parts about being an entrepreneur is building awareness for your product. When you start you spend a ton of time analyzing the market, thinking through ideas, validating the idea with potential users, building out and testing the new product and generally preparing everything to be good enough to go out and wow the world. And then once you launch, thats when the real work begins. Because now you’ve done all your homework, but it’s time to really test if what you have matters to enough people to make a business - and you have to make sure you find the people that care. Basically, don’t underestimate the difficulty in gaining traction and finding the product market fit. I wish it was just as easy as going “viral”…
What resources have you found helpful in blazing your own trail?
I think product hunt has been extremely valuable in showing me new tools and ideas that I use to make my life easier or gather ideas on how to improve by analyzing others models. Quora is also a priceless community that is fantastic for inspiration or general “How to” guidance.
Who’s your entrepreneurial hero?
Elon Musk - It’s kinda hard not to be impressed with a guy who’s currently working on solving the renewable energy problem and space travel all at the same time. Is he really human?
What advice do you have for today’s aspiring entrepreneurs?
Learn as much as you can from others before jumping in and starting your own business. It’s not as glamorous as current news sources would have you believe, but if it is your calling, then there’s no better place to be. Don’t be afraid to work at another startup or two before launching your own business either, I know it sounds like a drag to not get immediately started on your own thing, but learning in someone else’s school house is preferable to learning on your own when the stakes are much higher. It’s a long life and the experience you gain in your field of interest maybe what you need to spot the hole in the market that your idea could fill.
How can our readers connect with you?
Feel free to send me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect on linkedin, and follow me on twitter @adamrivette
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