Job-dreams of the generation x in 1998, robotic-employees and how to start a start-up in 2016,2017,2018,....
The silicon valley & innovation buzz-word boom is there since some years and attracts the millenials, the generation x,y,z but also ex Mc Kinsey, Accenture and Roland Berger consultants in their 40 and 50ties, who have the money to start-up and looking for individual fulfilment.
Today startups are not anymore for nerds in a garage, who have no other friends than their computer. No, they became trendy and for everybody as same as nerd glasses from Austin Powers.
Sometimes, we 40 somethings(generation x) look back to our own teenager age, the time where only nerds founded startups and we were reading books, traveling to asia and middle east as packpackers, had parties at the beach and were thinking, that the more you know, experience and read, the best job you will get. We grew up without war with parents who were childs during WW II., who teached us to study, learn and read a lot of books, because knowledge is power. And now ? Do we rule the world ?
It's funny to compare your goals & plans from 1998 with them of 2008.
In 1998 my friends and I, all from intellectual families, thinking the more you read and learn, the easiest it is to become a Journalist, Theater Director, Embassador, Secret Service Agent, DAX Boss or Author. Our idols were our grandfathers/parents, born between 1920 and 1945, who were intellectual entrepreneur pioneers and a special species, you find rarely today in politics, entrepreneurship and and other economic job field.
because only 10% of us came in positions they have dreamed of by vitamine B, all the others became consultants, accountants or sales people and started from scrach after their studies, but with a degree in sinologie, middle eastern science, theater science, litarature or history of art. So we started to find our new job for the 2nd part of our work life(first part was exploring the world and studying), and a few of us joined during this time the startup train and became Sergej Brins and Reid Hoffmanns, the others not. So the last goldrush in Silicon Valley started in 2005 and became ordinary in 2012, when everybody wants to be there and make money.
Not the person with the best arguments, experience and knowledge becomes the leader of a company or a state, more a person who is loud, trendy and a degree in appeasement politics to keep the mass under controll. "Everything is ok on the Titanic, we need just some more Human Rescourses!"
on the other hand, the 40 plus generation(x), some of them have a family and kids, is in a trap, because they need the job and the money to pay the bills, and so they have to keep calm, flecmatic and self-abasing, not being replaced soon too, by a student. About the 50+ generation I havn't talked yet...
This are the reasons and chances, why we have this startup boom today and a chance for all, who want to move something, but can't in the environment they are trapped at the moment to pay the bills.
I am sure, that every working human being from 25 to 60 is looking for individual fulfilment in work, which wasn't possible in the old-times, but now, we do have the technology and the freedom to work smart from everywhere, anytime with everybody worldwide and not only from 9-5 in the office.
If you have to start to evangelize your team, than it's the wrong team, which just costs you time and nerves and in the end they won't understand at all, what you mean and what mojo means. So, try to find people with a similar mindset,mojo and experience and also don't forgett the diversity, then you have the best basis for a successfull startup team, if you are 20, 40 or 50 doesn't matter, it's never to late, but when you start to evangelize, it is.
This seems to be ok for some, because everybody is replaceable, but I say:
NO, he/she isn't, only if he is a robot and not a human being.