We live in a time where technology has allowed a single individual to exert the influence that would have taken dozens of individuals only 50 years ago. But despite this new capability, entrepreneurship is really about solving problems. The story of the entrepreneur is the same throughout time. Someone is going along living their life. Then they come across something (a thing or a process) that really bothers them. It doesn’t work. It works poorly. It’s deadly. Whatever.
The person cares enough that they decide they want to fix it. Poof! An entrepreneur is born. It starts as an individual who is tired of a problem and is committed to doing something about it. They figure that if this thing bothers them enough it sure must be bothering other people.
Having lived the problem gives the entrepreneur the conviction that their problem is worth solving. Sometimes they make the mistake of thinking their first solution is the best one. That’s ok. If their desire to solve the problem holds true they will get the solution right after a few iterations. The passion of the entrepreneur and a workable solution to a problem then attract some other people who would like to see the same problem go away and perhaps get a stake in what they think is a pretty good bet.
After some serious hustling, and an infusion of survival money, the team brings their product to market. And so a startup is born. The moral is that it all starts with experiencing a problem that is sufficient to motivate you to want to solve it. This has always been true, not just in the recent entrepreneurial phase society is in. The core of entrepreneurship is problem-solving, which is not dependant upon a certain level of technology. Technology certainly increases capability, but it is not the root driver. So when you are focusing on your startup or dreaming up one, remember to focus on problems and how you can make them disappear. Technology will likely be a part of the solution, but recognise that problem solving can be done whatever the toolset is.