Skip to main content

If Only All Successful Founders Will Be Like Michael Seibel


I woke up today feeling more loved than ever; with the numerous amount of messages and emails I received, at this point it struck me; it was the "Valentine's Day Celebration. 
As curious as I'm always to see Nigerian's reactions during festivities, I logged on to my twitter account (@geraldokonkwo_ looking forward to meeting you on twitter 😆) to see what's going on with 'Twitter Nigeria' and I stumbled upon this mind blowing tweet (look below) from Michael Seibel (founder of Ycombinator);

Here's a tweet from Michael's Seibel founder; of YCombinator
What struck me more was the part where he said "helping each other is a core value in the tech Startup world". For some reason I was really excited that our 'egbons' (meaning elders in Yoruba language) in the Tech Industry are really excited about helping younger startup founders succeed, but my excitement was shortly met with a sad realization & reminder that Michael Siebel is in the United States and could be referring to helping startups there (don't correct me it's just an assumption)

My mind Immediately went to our very own "successful" (cause over here we count raising funds as success) founders in Nigeria; I remember personally reaching out to a lot of 'more successful' founders earlier on while  trying to figure things out with iFixng.com and they all seemed to be reluctant to help; one time I approached a very reputable founder loved from afar by everyone, wanting to find out how he's managed to solve certain challenges I was having at the time, and on meeting him, after greeting and introducing myself and what I do, his immediate response was "my friend is working on something like this already", I was astonished cause he didn't even wait to hear what the question was, again this is just one of many experiences I've had from 'bigger' founders in Nigeria, sent mails, text & Whatsapp messages I never got responses to, it goes on and on, and sadly this is the plight of many other startup founders around this region.
It begins to only seem like the 'successful founders' come and speak at events just for cheap press and never really care about startups or their founders cause it's what happens outside these events that really matters. This is one of the many reasons why I stopped attending startup or tech events.

How I feel when I approach successful founders for help and I'm turned down


The BIG QUESTION for me is what's the reason behind Successful founders finding it difficult to help other startup founders, is it fear of competition?, pride?, greed?, dues?,
I know there are a couple of exceptions but a large number don't and this has been a question I've been asking myself for a very long time, one of my motivations to start this blog was to help ask or answer many unasked & unanswered questions I hear founders ask during interactions.

I really do hope that Michael Seibel's comment today will spark a call to action to create a friendly Nigerian/African Tech Eco-System 'cause as far as I'm concerned we don't have an Eco-system, just a couple of friends and cliques in the Tech Industry who won't help anyone outside their circles.

Thanks for reading Today's blog, feel free to follow me on twitter @GeraldOkonkwo_ and don't forget to signup to receive newsletters right in your mail box.
Happy Valentine's Day, I love You All.

Comments

  1. I've had little experience from this too...many are just moderators/speakers for programs with no background efforts to help people,they'll tell you there busy,you'd be wondering how they made it to the top and have no plans helping others to their too

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Tech Cabals Instead of Tech Eco-Systems?

I've grown tired of hearing the word "Tech Eco-system" what does it really mean? my friends at bite.tech helped me understand it better; 

"a tech ecosystem is an interconnected, interdependent network of various players that combine to create innovative products and services in tech. These players primarily include tech startups; more established tech companies; tech company founders; investors and investment groups; mentors and organisations that provide business support. A successful tech ecosystem allows for many smaller companies to bring innovation to market. "
after reading this it becomes clearer that we're far from having a tech eco-system in Nigeria, though a few people like Mark Essien (boss at hotels.ng), OO Nwoye (the Nigerian) and a few others are endlessly trying to build such environments, our inherent nature to have cabals keeps diminishing the efforts of these great men. 
I'll give you a personal account; I attended a "tech party"…

YCombinator Declares Intention To Start Up In China

High-profile U.S. startup accelerator; Y Combinator is making a push to bring more China-based startups into its program after it announced its first official event in the country. The company has announced plans to enter China and welcome startups in all phases to join their program whether it's at concept phase, product testing phase or fast-growing phase.

Y Combinator said that they are looking forward to meeting and working with more Chinese entrepreneurs and announced the launch of their Startup School on May 19th at Beijing Tsinghua University. The event will be free to attend — though attendees might apply for a ticket — with the goal of showing the benefits of participation in its U.S. program.
Participants of the program will have the chance to work with YC partners, president Sam Altman and founders of YC-invested US startups such as Airbnb and Stripe as well as China-born Raven Tech and Strikingly. Raven Tech; a Chinese AI startup, was acquired by Baidu in 2017.
YCombinato…

Has Mark Zuckerberg Forgotten About Our Satellite?

I have an unconditional love for Mark Zuckerberg (oh Zuck my man, if you've never heard of him, you may now rest in peace), he's one of our most celebrated Tech Heroes for all his accomplishments and immense contributions to new media and the tech community at large. He's recently taken a philanthropic view with his corporate social responsibility projects at Facebook, Africa included.

He Posted this on his Facebook page on the 5th of October, 2015:

He promised to launch a satellite called Amos- 6 in collaboration with Eutelsat to help beam Internet connectivity to large parts of Africa (especially sub-saharan Africa) so people living in remote regions can equally have access to the internet (and grandma can finally signup on facebook lol).
Space X (a rocket company owned by the batman of Tech; Elon Musk) which was contracted to launch this satellite into space so we can start enjoying "beta Internet",  unfortunately, accidentally destroyed this Satellite during one…