Do You Have the Guts to Become an Entrepreneur?

Last Thursday, Isaac Budmen, co-founder of Little Tinker and a current SU graduate student, shared his entrepreneurial experience with us in my social media class. His presentation was short but inspiring.

Isaac recalled his experience of how he met with Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare and an SU alumnus. At first, Isaac was unable to set up an appointment with Dennis using his SU connections. Then, he went to Twitter. “Surprisingly,” he received a tweet from Dennis and finally met with him for a conversation. What a great example of using Twitter!  

The founding of Little Tinker did not come from a brilliant idea or a 10-billion plan; it was simply triggered by an incident where Isaac and his friends added the hashtag of #Drinkup in their tweets during a happy hour. All of a sudden, #Drinkup became a global phenomenon. Isaac saw that as a great opportunity and “jumped in” to pursue his entrepreneurship ideas --- an entrepreneur may not know everything of starting up a new business and there will be mistakes on the road, but s/he must “jump in” and start working on the “small” ideas.

I believe that great business ideas must root in useful service, but not all ideas need to be “big.” As entrepreneurs “jump in,” they can further twist their ideas for a better business plan.

Do you have the guts to “jump in” and become an entrepreneur? What other lessons do you learn from Isaac’s experience?

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