After I finished my MBA late 2011, I headed directly to Spain to build a startup with a bunch of my friends that I met while doing my MBA in Hong Kong. But, on 1st of June I officially left the startup and Barcelona, heading back to Kuwait. Before heading back to Kuwait, I spent 10 days with my family in Europe to clear my head and to decide on my next move. It was clear to me what I’m going to do next, I’m going to start my next startup.
I arrived in Kuwait on the 10th of June 2012. I started right away to build my startup. I hired a programer, shared my dad’s office and started developing the website. Now, since I’m back in Kuwait, I needed to deal with one of the most difficult question. The question is “Where are you working now?” It’s a good question, but I know that they are not going to like my answer. Why? Because people expect you to work in stable, high status and good paying job after doing your MBA in one of the top business schools. They also expect you to stick working in finance after passing CFA level II exam and work for 3 years in finance.
Hmmm, to be honest, they have some good points. So when I tell them I’m working full time in my own startup, you can see their shocked and disappointed faces right away. Why you leave an easy choice to make a good living and pursue your crazy dream!! Moreover, they will tell me “work a full-time job in the morning and do your crazy idea at night”. I get this again and again and again. In the beginning I wanted to kill myself, now I started to get used to it.
First, we should all agree that they are right, I’m crazy. I’m crazy to go all-in to do an idea that never have been done before. But, I believe this is what it takes to build a great product and a successful company. You need to be passionate, optimistic and 100% dedicated to your startup to deliver your promises to your customers, partners and investors. People nowadays have higher expectations for whatever you are creating. They are open to all kind of products and services from all over the world. They know what’s good and what sucks. Imagine if you are trying to develop a website or an App to serve the whole world, can you do it as a part-time job? Of course not, you’ll be crushed from your first competitor.
Technology is changing our lives, the world is getting smarter. Everything is becoming much easier, much faster, more convenient, more efficient, more fun and more interesting. Tons of startups are created everyday everywhere in the plant. Investors are pouring billions of dollars in crazy startups that one day will change our lives. What looked like a crazy stupid idea, today is a multi-billion dollar company.
Do you want to jump into this exciting movement and help shape the world or you prefer to live a stable normal life?
A rational person will choose the normal life. But, entrepreneurs wants to create something new, innovative and different, something that makes people lives better and generates tons of money. But, when they choose to do so, people call them crazy. So yes, I guess I’m after all crazy.