Here are some links to some products made in the Capital Region of New York, aka Startup Tech Valley
A major key to being successful in life is the ability to see opportunity when it happens. By recognizing the problem from the beginning helps you identify and create both an interesting and creative solution. A key step into spotting opportunity would be to think outside the box. It is important to notice opportunities that may have been missed. Another way to see opportunity would be to completely understand your business and/or product inside and out. By understanding your company’s history and preparing your company’s future, you are more than prepared to notice any opportunity and not let them get away. Having confidence in yourself and your business will get you anywhere you want to go in life and will help you develop an open mind to welcome new opportunities. Written by Darrah Hernandez
Choosing a career is arguably the biggest decision a person can make. It can determine the people that will surround you on a daily basis, where you will live, how much free time you will have, and even the person you will become. Entrepreneurship gives people a unique opportunity to have more control over these intimidating changes than most, but it comes at a huge risk. There is much talk about how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur and the fierce determination needed to succeed, but there should really be a discussion about the benefits to a person’s outlook that comes from this career path.
The ability to create and control something that you are passionate about gives entrepreneurs a better understanding of the concept of being the master of your own destiny. The ability to choose your team and what your product associates itself with builds an attitude that looks outwards of the limitation that society typically places on it’s members. When asked about careers in college, it is often implied that you will be working for someone else. The chance to be your own boss and not have to report to anyone is seldom brought to light. Experienced entrepreneurs are able to look past this and apply this mindset to other aspects of their lives.
Independence is a skill and habit that is mastered by entrepreneurs. Of course there is the need to collaborate with others in the industry, but entrepreneurs are able to choose who these outside forces are. The ability to create your own timeline and not have to check over work with coworkers allows for fewer restrictions and a feeling of freedom that many are not able to experience in their professional lives. This is liberating and decreases the stress of pleasing others, which creates a more positive frame of mind in general.
Hope is of great importance to entrepreneurs, and a skill that is not developed overnight. It has to be learned and built upon. Those that risk it all to be entrepreneurs have to be optimistic that the rest of the world will also see the potential in their idea that the creator does. There is a need for trust and the positive thoughts generated from this are powerful in their ventures. When the world is looked at with the thought that anything is possible, the best qualities in everything begin to be blatantly obvious.
Creativity is the key to first coming up with a concept that you can make your career, and it is further developed as you delve into the industry of your choice. Making something that has never been done before is daunting and demands unconventional solutions to problems that appear, such as how to set it your business apart from competitors, finding an audience, and finding funding. There is no blueprint to finding success for an entrepreneur, so they must find their own path.
Although there are so many opportunities for independence for an entrepreneur, networking is a prominent factor in business today. It assists entrepreneurs in getting their product out there through word-of-mouth, which is a very cost effective form of marketing. This also adds a personal touch to your product and allows for your message behind the company to be prominent to investors. Entrepreneurs learn how to bring up their ventures without it seeming that they only have interest in someone’s money. They also have the ability to maintain relationships long-term with many different individuals, in order to keep contact across different fields.
Robert Braathe of BEYourStart Startup Accelerator will be attending the Startup Saratoga event on Wednesday October 11th.
Braathe Enterprises, based in Saratoga Springs since 2008 and founded in 2005, has provided consulting and training for entrepreneurs and business leaders in a variety of industries including IT, e-commerce, hospitality, not-for-profits and consumer products.
He most recently worked with startups this summer as an Entrepreneur In Residence at a startup accelerator in Troy, NY.
Meet Robert at this event or contact him at 518-290-0812 for more information.
Be sure to visit the BEYourStart application page www.beyourstart.com/apply to get your application in before October 20th. Priority will be given by submission date of application.