Entrepreneurship seems to have taken a new twist in the 21st century because it seems like the Tech-Revolution brought with it a new wave of Entrepreneur, the one known as the Internet Entrepreneur. This is a discipline practiced more-so in the first world countries, inline with the pursuit of the all mighty dollar. To put it in a simpler light one could say an internet entrepreneur is one who brings mixes technology with creative and modern ideas through innovation in the field of entrepreneurship, to satisfy modern day needs in an ever-changing technological environment. This discipline has yielded various kinds of businesses that have proved to be highly profitable and ingeniously innovative.
When talking about the Internet Entrepreneur we find the likes of Mark Zuckerbeg (Founder of facebook), Larry Page (Co-founder of Google), Jeffrey P. Bezos(founder of Amazon.com), Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist) to name but a few, because the list is endless! These individuals managed to create a product that is internet based that could cater for a growing need for, be it convenience of buying goods online, social interaction, networking, listings, buying and selling goods online, you name it! The list goes on and on. The point is they managed to bridge the gap between product and consumer through use of the internet. This has yielded quite sustainable enterprises that have grown to become multi-million dollar corporations.
The Internet Entrepreneurs could be said to be the men and women behind the many weightless economies. These are economies that are backed or supported by very techie enterprises, most of them close to not even supplying a physical or tangible product. This just shows the potential that technology holds for countries like Zimbabwe. The Internet holds a wealth of potential because nearly anything is possible! Well I guess our only limitation is possibly our imagination. The number of web-based start-ups out of Zim is quite a clear indicator that Zim houses a lot of potential for growth, in terms of e-Commerce and related Web based start-ups. I read in an article online, with the writer stating that Zim web-based start-ups are NOT failing. They are NOT FAILING ENOUGH! That means that Zim has produced stat-ups but the thing is we need more of them. With growing interest in web development and a budding developer crowd I think Zim is headed towards an e-Revolution. We have seen companies like Web Dev, Cyrex and Maruwa Zim that are exploiting the internet and are leading the way in terms of web development, web presence and innovative e-Business, that’s awesome! We need more of that. With unemployment still at its dreaded astronomical level our country could do with more e-Business. It’s about Zim breaking new ground and putting those ideas we dream off to work, who knows? We could produce the next Jack Dorsey or Noah Glass (co-founders of Twitter.com)
In the words of one off my one of my favorite Forbes writers, who inspired me to not look at failure as an obstacle but as an opportunity, and I quote: “What is Failure? Because people have lots of different definitions of what failure is. I think it varies if you’re in Silicon Valley, and if you’re in other parts of the world. It’s really a very different definition. I think failure is instrumental to success in the Valley, and perhaps it’s not so much in other parts of the world. Because in the Valley the thin line between Success and Failure is divided by the will to never stop. Failure is not fatal; it’s just another phase in the business life-cycle.