When I watched The Social Network last year, I was struck by a particular exchange of dialogues between Justin Timberlake (a.k.a Sean Parker, Founder of Napster) and the Stanford girl he just slept with:
Girl: So what do you do?
Sean: I’m an entrepreneur.
Girl: You’re unemployed (with painful facial expression)
Sean: I wouldn’t say that (coolly).
Girl: What would you say?
Sean: That I’m an entrepreneur.
Sadly, this view is somehow true. When people hear of someone being an entrepreneur, most often two extreme illusions come to mind: THE UNEMPLOYED and THE “ROCK STAR” RICH. While the vision of owning a business brings stars to people’s eyes (not excepting myself), the back of their mind is full to the brim of skepticism. It sounds great, but… There’s always the “but”. The scene mentioned above certainly reminded me of the gravity of the decisions I would have to make and the profoundness of each step I would have to take when I finally trudge that uncertain path.
At the time, I was only thinking of what business to get into. I had a few ideas in mind. But that was it, ideas and guesses. It was like that for many years now. Recently, I thought that if I did not get a move on I would be wasting more time. A little prod from the book I was reading (a review coming), I realized that I should really be getting started. Otherwise, I wouldn’t find out. But where to start and what idea?
Earlier this year, as I was reading business success stories for inspiration, the idea presented itself to me. I love the internet so much I realized that it’s where I should get into. I couldn’t believe I overlooked that. After preliminary preparations and planning… FundBubble was born.
Yes, I have finally started walking that path. Crazy, right? With no big connections from the startup world, not much money, and not much technical expertise. [I admit it. I am not a tech girl. But I love technology. Reading technical blogs became second nature to me (I will share some of my own personal favourites soon)].
Sean Parker’s conversation continued as follows:
Girl: Well, then what was your latest ‘preneur?
Sean: Well, I founded an internet company that let folks download and share music for free.
Girl: Kinda like Napster?
Sean: Exactly. Like Napster.
Girl: What do you mean?
Sean: I founded Napster.
Girl: Sean Parker founded Napster.
Sean: Nice to meet you.
And that girl’s reaction in the end is all startup owner’s dream. But I am far from it. I know it will be a long and rocky road. This path is new to me. A new world that has opened to me which decided to brave. But it feels right: entrepreneurship, startup, internet and the arts. Who knows where this would lead. All I know is I’m very determined and passionate about this.