Stephen Gary Wozniak, nicknamed “Woz”, – American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, and technology entrepreneur – co-founded Apple Inc. He is known as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Steve Wozniak shared some impactful tips for business owners from all industries, tech and otherwise. Wozniak had some advice for entrepreneurs hoping to make it big in Silicon Valley: Don’t just think about getting rich. “I think the money that’s been made has attracted a different kind of people looking at technology today and saying ‘Oh my gosh, I could maybe have a startup and make a bunch of money,’” Wozniak said in an interview with news site Mashable. “And the ones that come out of business school, money’s the priority. For the ones that come out of engineering school, being able to accomplish and design things that didn’t exist before is their priority.”
Here are some key lessons young entrepreneurs can take away from this.
- You don’t need to be famous to make a difference: While Steve Jobs was the co founder in the spotlight, selling people on their products, Steve Wozniak was behind the scenes building the backbone of the company. Wozniak was completely okay with this, though. And this is the first bit of advice: you mustn’t be a celebrated personality to be successful or make a difference. The founders of Apple had different skill sets and this allowed the vision become reality. If both of them had sought out fame, neither would have been successful. Everyone wants to be recognised for their work on the biggest platform possible and that makes this piece of advice especially difficult to take. When you really think about why you’re building your business, fame shouldn’t be the main driving factor. Steve Wozniak always put Apple before his ego. The result was some of the best products in the world.
- Build what you and your team would love to use: The ability to do this is the difference between entrepreneurs who want to make things for the sake of entrepreneurship and people who see problems that affect them and set out to fix it. “Create solutions to your own problems” is Wozniak’s simple advice to young entrepreneurs. Find a problem of yours and do all you can to find a solution. Steve Wozniak advises young entrepreneurs to build what their entire team would be excited to use. Let your products or services solve personal problems and give value to you and your team first. If the makers of something don’t want to use something, they will have a hard time convincing anyone else to use it.
- Be passionate about what you do: It’s been said that entrepreneurs who found startups for the money won’t last long. Steve Wozniak definitely didn’t have money first in his mind when he co-founded Apple. He didn’t even know it would go on to be the company with the most valuable brand in the world. He started building computers because he was passionate about it. Young entrepreneurs should start their businesses with what they are passionate about and then find people to buy them. “My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.” he said ““I know with Apple we did really think in terms of ‘Maybe we’ll just be small stuff but big deal, we’re doing what we think is important”.