How Silicon Valley differs from Brazil: an aspiring entrepreneur’s perspective
Every single business starts from an idea. Every single entrepreneur already had an idea. I don’t remember my first idea, but I have a new one almost every day. Currently, I have been thinking about new ideas much more than ever, and it is easy to know why. Despite all this, have you ever thought about where the ideas came from?
An idea comes from unfulfilled needs; but is your idea a business opportunity? There is just one way to find out; to work on it.
From where I came in Brazil when you pitch your idea you got, frequently, two answers:
“Wow, really nice!”
“It will never work.”
The second is much more widespread. I don’t know how many negative answers I already heard in my life, and because of that, I learned not to censure a new idea. You can regret this it in the future. After three months living in the Silicon Valley, I discovered that validating your idea is not so difficult.
Here are 3 things I noticed about Silicon Valley vs. Brazil:
People are more optimistic in the Silicon Valley, an important skill of the entrepreneur: they are more open to new; they are ok about taking risks. I didn’t find out what is in the air that makes people thinking different, but I will discover much more about this area. I’m sure that I will because this is addictive.
This addiction can be called passion, and I’m passionate about new ideas. I learned from one of my UC Berkeley Professors that without passion is harder, almost impossible to succeed.
Failing is OK. It isn’t easy, but if you don’t try it, you will never know if it works. I will work, I’m trying, and I’m preparing myself to fail. What comforts myself is that here, at The Silicon Valley; you earn credits when you fail. In the entrepreneur’s world, you can try everything; you just can’t miss the opportunity.
What do you think? Leave a comment. I’d welcome hearing about your initial experience with Silicon Valley.