This probably isn`t the ideal way to introduce myself, but I
just had to chime in on this discussion.
I am one of three partners at YoungGoGetter.com, one of few communities targeted at young entrepreneurs.
The latest version of our site has only been live since January, but YGG has been around since about August of 2005.
What Craig originally said kinda` got to me:
I myself am 22 years of age, and the majority of our members are between 16 and 24. Almost all of which have created and owned at least one business in their short lifespan and are at least partially employed as an entrepreneur.
In my opinion, experience is having an understanding of what works and doesn’t based upon the chances you’ve taken in the past. The thing is, not everyone would have or should have approached the problems you’ve encountered in the same way.
What worked for you (experience) may work for others, but that breaks the cycle of innovation and results in millions of people creating similar businesses, with similar offers, similar marketing, etc… Almost all of which are undistinguishable from one another and don’t reach anywhere near the level of success the initial idea/direction did.
Experience is golden in areas that rely on formulas and processes. You sure as hell don’t want to be creative with your accounting, but should try to be with your product or service, marketing, and almost every other aspect of your business.
There are times when experience is a necessity (ex. landing a large client or performing open heart surgery), and there are times where labeling yourself inexperienced is essential in a treading a new path and developing your own understanding of the processes (ex. generating ideas for new businesses or building a prototype of your product).
I don’t consider our community competition with Startup Nation, in fact I hope I have the opportunity to chat with Rich or Jeff at some point. But if you’re looking to label us as a “Startup Nation for Juniors” it would be somewhat accurate. We’re not trying to replicate them in any way and I only/luckily stumbled upon this community a few months ago.
There are other communities out there like us that target young entrepreneurs, and range in size of memberbase and average age. Nonetheless, we serve as a showcase for developing and successful entrepreneurs, and there’s no question that anyone, whether 15 or 25 can be extremely successful.
Creating a community for such people to converse, as we have, is far from a stupid idea and can become an essential resource for many teens to begin the journey of creating their own empire.
I may post a copy of my response here on our blog to carry this discussion on and involve some of our community members.
Although it may seem, I’m not trying to convince anyone that I’m right and Craig’s wrong. We have different worldviews on young entrepreneurship and without them, discussions like these wouldn’t exist.
So a thanks goes out to Craig for finally convincing me to join Startup Nation, and a welcome to anyone that needs any advice or would like to discuss a "Startup Nation for Juniors” any further.
Partner at YoungGoGetter.com