CHRONICLES OF AN ENTREPRENEUR: MEET THE ”TECHPRENEUR”

 

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Tell me about yourself

My name is Eni Joshua, I am a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, I studied chemical engineering, I currently work as a software engineer and I’m a co-founder at Outerdesk.

What does your business do

Outerdesk provides customer support software for businesses. We have a couple of products. We have a product that allows businesses to set up internet call centers. Essentially, this enables customers to call the businesses directly from their website or their mobile apps.

Why did you decide to be an entrepreneur

This is the same question I wake up every morning and ask myself, I still don’t have an answer. I guess it just happened. In my first year in school, I had a lot of friends in their final year and they were telling me about the chemical engineering department in OAU at the time and I’ll just say I wasn’t really impressed with the educational system in the department. The labs were dysfunctional and the curriculum was mostly outdated. All of these made me lose interest in the course. Then I met some guys who were doing some cool stuff with programming and I got really fascinated and then one thing led to another and here we are now.

What did you start your business with

Outerdesk is actually our second company, so essentially we’ve just bounced from one idea to another. We never got any investment. It’s not like there was a grand plan, we were just young guys trying to have some fun, taking everyday as it comes.

What entrepreneurship myths will you have to debunk

I think that the idea that entrepreneurship is cool is actually a myth. It’s not cool. If you ask me, I’ll say don’t do it. Entrepreneurship is not for everybody. Some people tend to think that since the system doesn’t work and there are no adequate jobs, everybody should start a business and become a billionaire. However, it’s not like that. Entrepreneurship is hard work, very, very hard. Also, the notion that entrepreneurs enjoy a lot of freedom is actually a myth. The reality in most cases is that entrepreneurs are at the mercy of their clients or customers. They have to ensure that they satisfy their clientele at all costs.

What is the greatest lesson you have learnt as an entrepreneur

I think entrepreneurship is 75% perseverance. You should always remember that you’re playing the long game.

What advice would you give prospective entrepreneurs

DON’T DO IT! However, if you must, then you should be ready to persevere through the tough times. You also have to be flexible, you have to be willing to learn, unlearn and relearn and you need to be focused. As an entrepreneur you need to learn to focus because distractions will come like a thief in the night. Family, friends, money, all these things will distract you. I’ve learned that money can actually be a very big distraction.

How will you know if you are cutout for the entrepreneurship life

I think you’ll just know. I don’t think there’s like a method. There’s just a certain satisfaction that comes from doing what you’re meant to do. Entrepreneurship has its different branches, some people are good at closing deals others are good at building products. You could be cut out for entrepreneurship and still fail and you might not be cut out for it and succeed.

Thank you for having me, you can reach me on social media on the following handles

  • Instagram: @enijoshua
  • Twitter: @enijoshua
  • Linkedin: Eni Joshua

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