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Come Drink & Go – Coffee Shop – Entrepreneurship for Kids Workshop, Classes 6-9

The second workshop for Entrepreneurship for Kids Classes 6-9 was held on Sunday , January 6, 2019 at Chennai. It was a great way to start the year. This was the second time I was doing this, and was a little comfortable with the content. However I was not sure how many kids would turn up and participate. This time we had for higher age groups, kids in classes 6-9. A total of 10 kids registered and 9 showed up. What made the workshop more interesting was, the boys and girls who came were from different schools and different parts of the city.

Entrepreneurship for Kids – Karthik Chidambaram

When you do a workshop like this, you learn a lot from the kids. They teach you many things on the books they are reading and games they play. To provoke their mind, the children were asked to come up with an idea to start a business. They had to name their business and even had to find customers for their business.

Aarav Karthik from Class 6 wanted to start a coffee shop. When asked to name it:  Come Drink and Go as he wanted to keep it simple. This is one of the best names I have seen for a coffee shop and makes a lot of sense. Preyankaa wanted to start a publishing house and call it Preyankaa Publishers. She would market using Instagram.Nyla Mary wanted to start an Oil business and she would print posters to promote her shop. Shreya Nithi wanted to start a Film Production company and would have great trailers for the film to attract audiences. Sarah Hammon wanted to start a social enterprise Swachh Bharat.  Prahal A Bharat wanted to start a company that manufactures and sells electric vehicle charging stations and he would call it Kinetik. Sanjit Prakash wanted to start a gaming company and would call it Deanardo’s 4T Channel. Timon Joel Raj would call his company L.S Sports and would make innovative sports gear. Kavin Sirpi from Class 9 would call him company Tamizan and would manufacture farming equipment to help farmers. Some of these kids were already doing something on their own and marketing it.

The kids had a lovely time interacting with each other and took down each other’s numbers when they left the workshop. Entrepreneurship / business is all about relationships. I had a great time learning from the kids and building these relationships.

Entrepreneurship for Kids- Classes 6 to 9

Workshop / Course Content:

This is a 1 day workshop on Sunday (January, 6 2019). In this workshop children will learn basics of entrepreneurship, managing money, saving, sharing and spending. Exposure to markets and stocks will also be discussed (Public and Private Companies). The course will also encourage reading habits. Encourage children to ask questions and also inculcate the habit of saving. Children will be asked to come up with entrepreneurial ideas that solve problems and take part in entrepreneurial group discussions with other kids.

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Prerequisites for attending:

Read about 2 businesses you like.

Location:

DCKAP

L76A, L Block, 21st Street, Anna Nagar East

Chennai 600102

Who can register?

Children from Classes 6 to 9

When is this happening?

January 6, 2019 9:45  am to 12:30 pm

Course/Workshop Fee:

Rs. 490

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Students Limit:

20 (Registration is on a first come first basis only)

Questions?  – You can post your comments here in the comments section below (or) submit a question (or) You can call +91- 99623-29234+91-8939548303

P:S Thanks to the overwhelming response to the first Entrepreneurship for kids workshop we had in July 21-22, 2018 this year (for Kids Classes 1-5). You can watch the video in the youtube link here.

Entrepreneurship for Kids

Workshop / Course Content:

This is a 2-day workshop Saturday (July 21) and Sunday (July 22) from 10 am to 12:30 pm. In this workshop kids will learn basics of entrepreneurship, managing money, saving, sharing and spending. The course will also encourage reading habits for the kids. Encourage kids to ask questions and also inculcate the habit of saving. Kids will be asked to come up with entrepreneurial ideas that solve problems and take part in entrepreneurial group discussions with other kids.

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Entrepreneurship for Kids

Prerequisites for attending

A Book that you have completed reading and would also like to donate to other kids.

Read about two businesses you like and be ready to share some information about the same.

Location

DCKAP

L76A, L Block, 21st Street, Anna Nagar East

Chennai 600102

Who can register?

Children from Class 1 to 5 (Ages 6 to 11)

When is this happening?

July 21 and 22,  10 AM to 12:30 PM

Course/Workshop Fee

Rs. 975

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Students Limit

22 (Registration is on a first come first basis only)

Questions?  – You can post your comments here in the comments section below (or) submit a question (or) You can call +91-8939548303

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz – A Must Read

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz is a great read. Ben Horowitz is the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs offers essential advice on building and running a startup. The ’Hard Thing About Hard Things’ is not an autobiography and as the title suggests, hard things are hard. Ben talks about persistence and trusting your gut instincts.

He offers insights into hiring his ace salesman Marc Cranney when the board thought he was not the right choice. This paid great dividends. Successful sales is a result of everyone’s work. CEOs should spend a lot of time on hiring and ensure the hiring process set forth by the company constantly brings in the best people. Great CEO’s constantly assessed if they continue to bring in the best people and team on board.

Ben also talks about

  • having regular one on one meetings with the employees.
  • Being transparent with things.
  • Not just painting the good picture, however also being transparent with the problems and encouraging teams to come up with ideas to solve them.
  • Not keeping setbacks to oneself. The more brains that are working on hard problems, the better.

Culture

Culture will be the biggest differentiator. However, great culture with no viable or a thriving business does not make sense. You need to get the product and the business right. This is where culture will help to expand and grow. Employees should be asking questions. If they don’t, you have a problem.

Product

It is important to make your product 10 times better / offer more value than what is being offered in the market. Otherwise, there is not enough motivation for the customer to switch. Gain market shares fast on what you are selling.

Karthik Chidambaram DCKAP

The Book and the Author

Job of a CEO

CEO‘s job is knowing what to do and getting the company to do what you want. Here is another interesting observation from the book. “Don’t clown people in front of their peers. While it’s okay to give certain kinds of feedback in a group setting, you should strive never to embarrass someone in front of their peers”. Once the company is off the ground and stable enough it makes sense to pay the CEO at market salary. You should spend a lot of time on training your staff. This is the best investment one can make for his team. If you have more than 3 new initiatives in a quarter, you are trying too much.

The company should be a place where employees believe that as long as they keep doing their job well, the company will take very good care of them in all aspects. CEO cares more about the employees than she cares about herself. Ben recommends not being too positive. “ My Single biggest personal improvement as a CEO occurred on the day when I stopped being too positive”

Ben talks about a Good Product Manager and a Bad Product Manager. This is widely referenced on the internet. Here are some key qualities he outlines.

Good Product Manager

  • A good Product Managers is the CEO of a product. He lists the qualities of a good product manager.
  • Good Product managers take full responsibility and measure themselves in terms of the success of the product.
  • Good Product managers are marketing counterparts to the Engineering Manager
  • Good Product Managers anticipate the serious product flaws and build real solutions
  • Good Product Managers focus the team on revenue and customers

Hard things are hard because there are no easy answers. Running a company is always a roller coaster ride. Ben’s company Opsware stock plummeted below $1 and was close to being delisted from the stock exchange. The kind of strategies he deployed, people he met and to turn around the company, persistence paid off. He ended up selling Opsware for over $1B.

Not only Ben shares his learnings and experiences in this book, one thing I found interesting was his reference to other books he read. One such mention (multiple times) was High Output Management by Andy Grove. This is my next read.