"Les gens, ils attentent toujours une révélation pour se lancer dans l'entrepreneuriat"
"Le scepticisme c'est le dernier mur à battre pour réussir à se lancer dans l'entrepreneuriat"
"Pour ceux qui concerne la carrière ordinaire, nos options sont assez visibles, elles sont inscrites sur un contrat, pour ceux qui considèrent la carrière entrepreneuriale, il y a plus de l'inconnu"
En juin 2008, Olivier Nishimata et son frère Julien lancent Dynamique Mag, un magazine dédié aux dirigeants et créateurs de TPE/PME. On y trouve des interviews d'entrepreneurs ainsi que des dossiers pratiques, le tout sur un ton décalé. Les deux frères s'intéressent particulièrement aux entrepreneurs en tant que personnes.
Ce magazine, disponible en ligne et sous format papier, s'écoule à 69 000 exemplaires chaque mois !
Try to put an entrepreneurship venture into words and music, and then push play. Jan Lepoutre gives us the soundtrack to your entrepreneurship movie.There are musics that echo greatly with a moment in your life, whether it's a celebration or a stressful moment. Creating a company is one of the biggest venture one can undertake, and yet there is no music or soundtrack dedicated to relate the emotions it bring. Or is there?
"In most important moments in life, we celebrate with music : we put our weddings in music, if our favorite team wins we all sing " we are the champions" by Queen, but when we think of entrepreneurship, which is also a celebration of human endeavour, of life, we don't put any music to it."
"Failure really is unimportant, but it takes courage to make a fool of yourself.""If you really wanna see what you are intrinsically capable of, it's not going to be in your dreams. You'll have to take action, and if you fail, you'll just have to continue and to persevere until you see what you think you are really capable of."
« Il faut autant qu’on peut obliger tout le monde. On a souvent besoin d’un plus petit que soi. » (La Fontaine)
« Patience et longueur de temps font plus que force ni que rage. » (La Fontaine)
« Une start-up n’est pas une entreprise en modèle réduit. »
« On ne peut pas compter que sur soi. »
« Cash flow is more important than your mother. » (Kenneth Morse)
« Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, as the firms look to advance their technology. » (Henry Chesbrough)
"L'Homme n'est pas un moyen dans l'entreprise mais l'Homme en est la finalité."
"Le sens de la vie n'est pas d'être l'homme le plus riche du cimetière.
""Il y a un choix à faire à un moment donné entre l'avoir et l'être."
"My goal is to provide you as much value as I can, helping you achieve success in entrepreneurship if it is that what you want to achieve"
3 things you shouldn't do when building your own company:
1. "I want to be my own boss"
"You shouldn't lunch a company because you want to be your own boss. Being your own boss does not exist, when you are a CEO, you have employees you need to help, you have investors you need to report to, you have emergencies you need to deal with..."
"To me a CEO means having complete control over your schedule, over your tasks and that never happens in a company"
2. "I have a great idea"
"Having an idea is worthless, what matters is the execution, is how you are going to attract the right investors, how you are going to attract the right employees, how you are going to build a product that is simple enough to use, how you are going to target the right users for your products. That's what matters"
3. "I can't tell you my idea"
"Talk and share your idea, I am going to give your feedback. That is how you are going to find employees, co-founders, maybe investors. So please talk about your idea as much as possible"
3 simple things you should do when building a company:
1. "Passion or die"
"First of all you want to have incredible passion for your product, you want to live your product, only think about your product"
"One of the biggest failures today is that if you are driven by anything than passion you won't succeed. Money, fame, that doesn't work, that comes and goes. Passion stays forever"
2. "Don't start a company, start a project"
"There is a big difference between launching a company and launching a product. I think today a lot of people want to launch a company. You want to launch a product, you want to start small, with a fun project and then share it with a few friends, etc"
3. "Solve your own problem"
"Forget about 15th year old children's problem, you don't know what their lives are, what their problems are, you don't know how they deal with their problems. You know how to deal with your problems. So, if you build a product that fixes one of your problems the odds are that there are some people in this world that have the same problem as you do. So, focus on solving your own problem"
"Toolification of the world"
"The current shift I'm seeing with entrepreneurs is that engineers that build successful products 5-10 years ago they started building tools for other people to build great products. So you have access now to tools that don't require technical skills"
"In entrepreneurship what is next is you, you non engineers, not entrepreneurs yet, that are next in line to build the amazing companies"
Talking about honesty, honestly.
What do you think are the key drivers of an entrepreneur to start a business ? Is it money? Wealth? Is it power? Is it changing the world? I'm pretty sure everyone has a rough idea, but I made my little inquiry about it, and believe me or not, it is about 80% of us, entrepreneurs, who's main goal when we start a business is to change the world.
Now the question is: How do we change the world ?
Well, until recently, those big tycoons of the traditional industry, those who made billions once they got 60, 70 years old, had some time to retire and then think: " Ok, how am I gonna give back?" "How am I gonna give back to the world what it gave me before?"
But in this stage of their life, I think when you are 70, 80 years old, you are more in a kind of passive attitude, where you are ready to invest as a philanthropist, but maybe you have a little bit less juice to get on.
Now we, social entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs from the IT industry, we had the chance to work in a industry where the velocity is amazing. And it gave us the opportunity, to get access to these... call it whatever you want: wealth, capital, access to network, strategic vision and experience, while we are still 30, 40 years old, I believe we still have juice.
Do I have juice here? Enough? Ok, good!
And until now, as I said, I think this give back situation was more in a passive way whereas us. When I say "us", this is not only me, but this is again, a vast majority of my friends who had the chance to succeed in business. They don't want to stop. Eventually, they want to go back to an ex-venture, but most of us, believe me or not, want to do it differently.
Most of us now, we want to change the world and use this access to capital, this access to strategic vision, this access to an amazing network of contacts we've made in our entrepreneur life, to do things differently.
Now... How to change the world ? There is a Chinese proverb, everyone knows it... Sorry to use that again, you've heard it so many times. " If you wan to feed a man, teach him how to fish." Right?
Ok, I am going to use this metaphor a little bit to explain what I believe social impact is.
Around the world, they are millions of people who are trying to fish everyday.
In a word, that need access to capital, that need access to advice, that need access to networking, and, well they need teachers. I think social entrepreneurs can be considered as teachers. Fishing teachers. And they are millions, maybe not millions, but thousands of social entrepreneurs in the world: Africa, Europe, US. These entrepreneurs who have as a goal to teach people how to fish.
Now, us, investors, those who have had a chance to get access to capital, our role is to identify those fish teachers, to give them access to capital, to grow faster, to get a better understanding and more advice, strategic advice, and get access to more network.
These 3 key elements in a growth of any project. The growth of any project, you need to get: money to found it, you need to get access to networking and you need to get access to strategic advice.
Until recently I believed these were exclusively reserved for the start-up world. IT start-ups? Yes they had access to that. Biotech start-ups ? Yes they had access to that. "Social" business and social NGOs ? Not really, I mean, in everyone's vision, there is still a vision like where social business is more like a kind of dusty NGO somewhere held around a nice table with old women drinking tea and coffee.
No, that's not it. Social entrepreneurs today are entrepreneurs who are moving ahead with a lot of energy and they want to use this energy and the capital we provide them, the advice we provide them, the strategical advice and the network to grow faster.
The fisherman story, I want to use it one more time.
You students, you in this room, just imagine: what do you want to do in your future ? Do you want to sail a big ship and with one single boat catch millions of fish every single day with one boat? Or, do you want to teach millions of people how to fish around the world ?
And I believe today the planet has no choice, I mean we're in danger, the planet is in danger because there are social problems around the world, there are biodiversity problems, and I think there is no choice. But you, you are young, I think you have a choice.
Gary est Fondateur et Président de DEWAYS, une solution de location de voitures entre particuliers.
"Je ne suis pas un expert de l'entrepreneuriat, ni un théoricien. Je suis juste un entrepreneur qui un jour a fait un rêve, s'est lancé et aujourd'hui accompagne la croissance de son entreprise avec son équipe."
"Il vous vous arriver des événements incroyables à partir du moment où vous allez décider de monter votre boîte."
"Lorsque vous lancez votre boîte, et surtout votre première boîte, vous allez devoir apprendre deux métiers à la fois. Le premier métier, c'est le premier, c'est le métier de l'entrepreneur. [...] Et ensuite, le métier de votre marché."
"The best advice I could give a leader is: Inquire! Ask questions!"
"It is so natural as a leader to only give talks, to only communicate. We are so intent on conveying our vision. Getting it out there. Making sure that people understand that it is very natural and very easy to fail, to stop, to inquire, to find out what's on peoples minds."