Having a technical skill is not enough. Techpreneurs put too much concentration on gaining technical skills. Of course, that’s fine. It’s your core skill as a techpreneur. However, the truth is, you need far more than development skills to succeed as a techpreneur.
To start and manage your own technology business successfully, you need more than technical skills. You need a strong business skill to start and scale your business. In 2015, Google launched their Launchpad mentorship program to help techpreneurs build and scale their business successfully — this project has been very successful since it started.
It has helped a lot of techpreneurs start their businesses and grow into a successful company in the past 4 years.
Only a few techpreneurs survive the first stage of their startup because of little or no good enough business skills.
In this post, I’ll share the top 6 skills you need to succeed as a techpreneur.
“Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” —Michele Jennae
Being a solo techpreneur is great but to achieve your goals faster you need to build a team of radical entrepreneur minded developers, designers, and business experts. To do this you need some serious networking skills.
“But I’m an introvert. It’s hard for me to network with others, how do I go about it?” Well, you’re not alone, most developers are introverts too. I believe you can do it. Just do it
Pro tip: Attending programming meetups, technology conferences, business events and of course, be active on online programming communities. These can help you meet your next startup business partner and in an effective team.
2. Maintain a strategic business perspective
Techpreneurs are innovative people. I know you are as well. You need to know how to develop an effective business strategy to move your innovations to the next level.
John Kimani, Google’s Head of Developer Ecosystem in East and Francophone Africa, noted that majority of technology-based start-ups are collapsing in the early stages due to their inability to attract angel investors.
Creating and maintaining an effective business perspective can help you quickly map out strategies that’ll help you attract investors to your startup.
3. Product management knowledge
Big techpreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jack Dorsey are very strong product managers. Whether you started as a developer and have a lot of technical skill or you are a tech enthusiast that doesn’t know much about coding, as a techpreneur, you need to have a deep technical understanding of your product and understand every bit of the details therein.
This is a skill you can’t afford to miss.
Being a techpreneur is hard. Keeping up with trend — learning new skills and updating previous skills. It’s pretty hard. But success is not cheap. If you want to succeed as a techpreneur you should stick to your goal. Once you have a good product idea and have build it. Believe in your product, nobody will, if you don’t. Keep at it. Persist. You’ll likely hug success soon.
5. Strong Communication Skill
Good communication is one skill that’s completely neglected by most techpreneurs. Communication is a very crucial part of your business life and so, it’s something to be serious about.
You’ll be meeting a lot of people to share your ideas with them — investors and potential customers. How are you going to share your ideas and appear professional when you can’t communicate effectively?
6. Take big risks
The way to get ahead is to take calculated risk. Techpreneurs are high-risk takers. Even though you’ve done your research, the possibility of your startup succeeding is still slim. Start by launching your product when you’ve got a viable minimum product and scale as you go.
These are just some few tips. I hope they help you get started.
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