A startup at 53 years old, why not?
After more than 18 years at the helm of my company (Novo Technologies), I concluded that I must associate to give greater capacity to my business to grow. So I found an organisation that met this objective and shareholders who wanted to live this new adventure. Some months later, I came to a conclusion, the entrepreneurial experience that I lived was no longer appealed to me. So I decided to start another one.
To finish and start again on familiar ground, I bought a division of my previous company, which was not included in the objectives of my former partners and I was back in what I loved being : an entrepreneur.
At this time, I heard a lot of things. You’re not too old to be an entrepreneur? (I’m just 53 years old, I’m not dead) I thought you wanted to take your retirement! Me? A retired? too early. Why not to become a consultant?
Being an entrepreneur is in my DNA, I started in college by managing the cigarette/ chocolate shop. Yep, we smoked in schools in those years. Since I have always undertaken projects and business. I’m not the first, much less the last to do it, so I progress.
However, I thought, could I do more than just mange a small technology company whose market is more stagnant than growing? And the answer was yes, and that’s when I decided that I was starting a startup.
When we say startup, we think to young people who start a techno company. Well in my case, it’s the same thing except that I have more experience and mileage. By definition, a startup is a new technology company whose market/product approach will enable significant growth in a global market in the near future.