Humanizing Entrepreneurship

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by Gokul Nath Sridhar on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Section
Geekery (Science, Tech and Life Hacks)

Session type
Lecture

Technical level
Beginner

Objective

To understand that there is something more to starting up than a multi-million dollar exit.

Description

We are all told to solve a problem that people would pay for. Therefore, we are focused very much on building companies with the hope of multi-billion exits in terms of acquisitions, IPOs, etc.

While there is nothing wrong in trying to secure an exit with a fat cheque, I believe there is something more to entrepreneurship. What if we focused on making something more than money? What if we embodied the true spirit of starting up -- making people's lives better -- and made THAT our primary focus? What if "exit strategy" takes a back seat?

It's time we understand that human value-adds are more precious than monetary ones.

Requirements

An open mind, and the ability to think of $$$ less.

Speaker bio

As an early adopter of technology, I often come across new products, some of which entice me and some of which don't. The ones that do, inevitably and unequivocally have a human touch to them -- the designs of Apple, Tea Trunk, etc. These are products that I would gladly pay a premium price for -- because they're humanized.

Additionally, as the founder of a startup that borders on the social space of the consumer web, I believe I understand people, and hence, the need for a human touch in whatever we build.