청년 창업 유감

청년 창업과 관련해서 새로 생기는 행사, 신규 단체 – 많아도 너무 많다. 때로는 거품도 필요한 것이라고는 하지만, 정말 이건 너무 심하다. 창업 동아리 신규 모집에 몇 년 전보다 몇 배가 넘는 인원이 몰리지 않나, 기업가 정신과 별 상관 없던 모임에서 갑자기 ‘창업’을 외치지 않나…

닷컴 버블이 꺼지고 ‘벤처=사기꾼’ 취급하던 2000년대 초반부터 중반까지 창업 동아리 활동을 했던 선배로서 지금 학교에 있는 후배들이 걱정된다. 창업을 하면 겪게 될 수많은 현실적 어려움에 대한 언급은 전혀 없이, ‘창업은 간지(!)나는 일이다, 창업하면 너희들도 부자가 될 수 있다’ 이렇게 속삭이는 사회 분위기가 정말 할말을 잃게 만든다.

올해 후배들에게 내 이야기를 해줄 기회가 오면, 과거 몇 년 동안처럼 ‘창업해라, 도전 해 볼만한 일이다’라고 외치는 것이 아니라, 창업하면 얼마나 사서 고생을 하는지 이야기 해줘야겠다. 창업 할거면 적어도 그 정도 ‘개고생’은 각오하고 하라고. 그래야 견딜 테니까.

사랑하는 창업 동아리 후배들아, 제발 우쭐해 지지 말고, 1~2년 지나고 나서 이 거품이 사라져도 그 무관심과 주변의 시선에 굴하지 마라. 혹시 창업을 결심하게 되었다면, 이것만은 꼭 기억해라. 창업은 정말 힘들다.

창업해서 열심히 만 하면 못해도 본전은 건진다는 것은 충분한 시장 규모를 가진 바다 건너 있는 어떤 나라 이야기다. 창업해서 몇 개월 만에 어마어마한 성공을 거두었다는 이야기, 그걸 내 이야기로 착각하지 마라. 그런 일이 드물기 때문에 기사에 나는 거다. 모두 다 그러면 왜 그게 기사화 되겠나?

창업을 결심하면 각오해야 할 것이 많다.
몇 푼 안될지언정 너와 네 부모님, 친구들의 돈을 몽땅 날릴 수도 있고, 정말 마음 잘 맞던 친구와 원수가 될지도 모르고, 남자친구 또는 여자친구에게 이별 통보를 받을 지도 모르며, ‘옆집 자식은 취직 해서 돈 많이 벌어서 가져온다 던데…’ 류의 자존심 상하는 비교를 당할지도 모른다.

이런 현실을 담담히 받아들일 준비가 되었다면, 창업해라.
현실을 알면서도 도전하는 그 정신이 아름다운 것이고, 진짜 박수 받을만한 일이니까.

– 두 번 실패하고 세 번째에 도전하고 있는 선배로부터.

Execution, Execution, Execution – The Primary Virtue of Startups

 There is old saying between venture business fields.

‘1000 people think ‘something nice idea’ at the same time, but only 10 people make execution.’

Long time ago good ideas based on knowledge and insight was the only gift for nobles. Many people have to work for living daily and don’t have much time to think and make good ‘ideas’. But Industrial Revolution made people ‘live well’ than before and people could have enough time, knowledge to make a good idea.

Actually this kind of concepts can be more powerful to make certain IT products – software and web applications. They can be modified and redistributed easily than traditional industry products. Compare them with a car manufacturing company to modify specification of their newly launched model after showcase.

Fast modification with user’s feedback can be great strength to them. (Of course manufacturing Companies can apply Rapid prototyping to make this kind of strategic concept. See ‘The Art of Innovation’, story of Ideo.)

Execution is the most important thing to Startups including new business Task Force Team who belongs to big, fat size traditional company. 

Ideas are worth nothing unless executed.

 

P.S.) This article inspired with books below

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley and more.

Getting Real by 37signals

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck

 

Challenge after understanding

Original Post : A Korean microblogging service sees two of its users getting married

Me2day, just like Twitter, seems to follow the right path. The only concern I have is, compared to Twitter, Me2day’s core users could be too small in numbers because the service is only offered in Korean. In fact, that’s the same kind of limitation that works against our company as well. Which is why we should have “globalize or die” mentality

As it is mentioned widely in certain marketing theories – Purple cow, Blue Ocean and etc. – ‘different market conditions’ can give great chance to business – the ‘differentiation’.

Moreover, some ‘cultural specialties’ protect some start-ups because English base star-up teams can’t make efficient strategies to Korean market. 

(Yeh, that’s right. They may don’t need Korean market. But don’t consider that kind of views in this article.)

But anyway, small IT business market size (or user pool) in Korea gives certain limitation of growth (or chasm) to start-up ventures – this is exactly what I concern about in these days.

Globalize or die strategy is very desirable thing to Korean IT start-up teams including my company, but I’m afraid that it’s really not easy to Koreans make and maintain successful web service targeted to global market.

I learned that from my full time job – global targeted community portal.

Conclusion

We have to understand SW(+OT) of us. We have to know about ourselves first.
Though with these inevitable things people or team dreaming about great company should keep challenging to our goal.

 

‘Good to Great’

A flunked student’s story.

Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.
– Frederick Smith, Founder of FedEx

A high school graduated man’s story.

There are a lot of things that go into creating success.
I don’t like to do just the things I like to do.
I like to do things that cause the company to succeed.
I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.

– Michael Dell, Founder of Dell Computer