MATTHEW BUCKLAND: There are many kinds of entrepreneur, but they share one crucial trait
By saying that an entrepreneur can be many things, we run the risk of defining nothing
Am I an entrepreneur? It’s the question asked of me the most. Despite the economic challenges we face, our start-up scene is a parallel universe of optimism, innovation, job creation, creativity and wealth creation. When SA was in the midst of the ratings downgrades, juxtaposed was the country’s start-up sector with positive news of start-ups winning funding and entrepreneurs exiting their businesses. Being an entrepreneur means you are by default an optimist: you believe your business idea will flourish into something bigger. Start-up entrepreneurs have BIG doses of optimism. Founders of companies are not homogenous. They come in many different flavours, ages, backgrounds and personality types. They can be introverted, extroverted, conservative or flamboyant. Young entrepreneurs throw caution to the wind and approach their start-up with boundless energy with little tying them down. Older entrepreneurs use accumulated capital, experience and extensive networks to make businesses fly...