Let me begin with this quote of Mark Twain- “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” I would like to quote another one, this time the famous saying of Walt Disney- “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” So, do you think you have the passion and ability to chase your dreams? Unable to resist my temptation, here is a celebrated saying of Bertrand Russell, “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves while wise men are full of doubts.” All these witty and insightful sayings clearly signify that age doesn’t guarantee any maturity or the much needed vision. So, starting your company is possible at any age provided you have the right blend of maturity and supreme vision.
Entrepreneurship need not be a young man’s game but obsession is always a young man’s game. So the obsession of exalting the excellence in entrepreneurship may work either in favor or on the rebound.
Let me quote the awe-inspiring work of Jack Kim. Jack Kim, the 21 Seattle teenager was quite successful enough in programming a search engine that is associated with internet business. He cheerfully named the search engine- ‘Benelab.’ It all started when he was just 16 years old. He capitalized and tapped the power of a search engine in generating revenue from the little traffic. In addition, he established a strictly “no adults” rule. Following the same vein, he recruited his classmates as his startup teammates. His startup’s motto is simple, yet effective- “to make philanthropy easy and more accessible.” However, he is unsure of its future. He however has a goal- to get the startup to $100,000 before high school ends. As a matter of fact, 16 years is the right age to startup.
Let me quote the enthusiasm of a nonagenarian – Jerome Oxman. At 96, he still relishes the opportunity of working for his Californian based company, Oxman’s Surplus. In addition, he expressed his wish to expand his business and explore new domains. Even today, he gives entrepreneurial advices to his sons- Murray (61) and Jason (49). The two sons take care of administration. One shouldn’t mind borrowing a page or two from Jerome Oxman’s inspirational life. As a matter of fact, 96 years is the right age to startup.
To conclude, it is not the age but the passion that matters the most. Any prior experience as an employee at a start-up shall help you in making tremendous strides. If you are set to carve a niche for yourself, you have attained the right age to startup!