Today we've got a guest interview with Paul Rothbein, founder of Perspective Magazine. Paul presents his view on changing times and technology and explains why he was motivated to start his own company rather than work for a large corporation.
I decided to launch a startup on my own despite not having an abundant amount of funding or waiting to get more experience. I was more scared of waiting to start my business before it was too late, as opposed to the fear of a shaky start. Mark Zuckerberg had a very shaky start when he created Facebook at age 20. Palmer Lucky had a similarly shaky start when he created Oculus VR at age 19. He didn’t have the capital needed to launch his venture so he raised the money on Kickstarter. Coincidentally, Facebook now owns Oculus VR. One of the main reasons that Facebook purchased a company that has still not yet released a product is because Mark Zuckerberg saw a need to embrace the possible changes that Oculus might bring to the world. He saw value in taking initiative rather than playing catchup when change occurred.
Right now 20% of jobs in America are freelance and some suspect that it could be 40% of all jobs. The sharing economy is here. It is very easy for a recent college grad to embrace the changes as a result of the sharing economy and obtain freelance jobs. All it takes is renting out your apartment on AirBnB, launching a startup through crowdfunding, or being an Uber driver, etc. Playing catchup is never fun, so as a futurist I see a need for recent college grads to prepare for the future. Get a head start in new industries like augmented reality, sharing economics, crowdfunding, simulation, virtual reality, and a whole lot more. My advice to you is to be aware of these fast changing times, while not being afraid to embrace the changes.
Bio: Paul Rothbein is a futurist and a graduate of Hofstra University. His first entry level job was for a print publication. Paul is now launching a Kickstarter funded media project of his own which reports future news as if it has already happened. More details can be found here.
He lives in Los Angeles, CA.