Aspiring entrepreneur

I’m 15 and I want to be an entreprenuer by the time I’m half way through college. I’m a mobile developer and recently started with web development as one of my goals is launching an internet startup. But with all the buzz about how nauseatingly painful startups are, I’m doubting my abilities to succeed in my little seeded venture.

  • Do not at all be discouraged, that gives you 5 years to hone your skills. That is 5 years to learn about business and maybe even start a company and learn by failing.

    Not all start-ups have the ‘cut-throat’ culture that the media likes to show. If you start with an idea now and keep at it, you will be able to refine over and over, which will allow you to pivot if need be with very little risk.

    Starting your journey at 15 is great, I hope you go far.

  • That’s really great that you are starting at 15. You’ll learn a lot. Just don’t give up, and you’ll get there.

  • The startup world is 100x more diverse than the media would have you believe. You can choose your product and business model such that the company fits your skills and lifestyle, whatever that may be. Cutthroat competition is entirely optional.

    However, the internet landscape is changing very rapidly. So don’t obsess about learning skills that are in vogue now, instead build a very strong technical foundation. That way you’re setting yourself up for success by the time you’re 22. Also make sure to finish a couple of ambitious projects by then. It’s hugely important to demonstrate you’ve got the grit to see things through to the end. The projects don’t have to make money yet, so you can just work on whatever captures your attention. Working for free for an established startup for experience is a good idea. You can get away with anything at 15, and nobody will hold it against you if you mess up.

    The years you have now are unbelievably important if you want to get a head start. If you don’t build the right skills now you won’t have the skills when you’re 22 and you’ll have to get a job like everybody else.

    It’s very easy to squander your opportunities. Don’t. Don’t listen to people who say you’re young and you have plenty of time. You don’t. Many people have dreams of entrepreneurship, and then only make a halfassed attempt. Don’t be that person.

  • You have the most valuable asset anyone can ask for – time. Time to learn how to succeed and fail. Time to develop your skills. Time to understand your strengths. Use your time wisely.

  • I’m 19. I started getting involved with startups at 15. I’ve seen all sorts, and all kinds of founders. I’m writing a book on my adventures. I open the foreword with this:

    I cannot recommend the startup environment for anyone except those who wish to punish themselves for every success and reward themselves for every failure. That being said, I do recommend that you get a real job before you start your own startup. The difference between the young founders that succeed, pace themselves and win the marathon and those who don’t is their work experience, or lack thereof. The founders who succeed are driven, passionate and have a basic understanding of the real world, even if it is that they don’t want to go back there. To contrast this, the ones who do not succeed often do not have experience in a real desk job, do not know how and what the real world is like, and do not understand the risks of failure (can’t make rent, pay bills, feed kids, etc). This healthy fear of failure is the biggest asset an entrepreneur can have. It is also the most dangerous.

    It’s a cutthroat world if you make if that. I’ve seen too many people drive themselves into the ground for nothing, too many suicide attempts, and all because they didn’t care for themselves.

    Care for yourself. If you are not healthy, happy and aware of your surroubdings, you will end up the river without a paddle.

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