“No labels for entrepreneurs!”, a young business leader from Italy cries out

Davide Giordano Jade JETOP

Davide Giordano, the President of J.E.To.P.

Exclusively written for the Sting by Davide Giordano, President of Junior Enterprise Torino Politecnico (J.E.To.P), member of JADE.

A friend asked me, “Can you suggest me a good wine?”, my reply, “choose one with no labels: grab a good wine bottle and then strap off its label, write a good, long story and use that as your label”.

Entrepreneurs hate labels, they box us into perceptions and structured roles.

Should I be labeled as an innovator? Startupper? Creator?

Entrepreneurs can change, innovate themselves and the environment where they operate, think about people like Jobs or Musk and the different roles they played!

Instead of focusing on labels, focus on what you need to achieve your goals: capacities.

The following paragraphs, based on my personal experience, contain some of the natural skills that every entrepreneur should possess.

Dare to change

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance”, I started my career as Junior Entrepreneur two years ago, I was very different, my labels were “student” and “engineer” and those were my limits.

JEWC: Junior Enterprise Worldwide Conference in August 2014 gave me the opportunity to confront myself with more than 600 students from all over the world doing great things in different areas.

This step was fundamental, I gained acceptance and awareness, I became President in my Junior Enterprise and introduced new great changes. New projects like WTT: Wearable Tech Torino, first wearable expo in Italy, a new team, a new logo, new business units and markets to attack.

Going the extra mile

Entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, usually with considerable initiative and risk”. Initiatives involve risk, even in a safe environment as a Junior Enterprise we can experiment risk and sometimes fear. There were times during my path when all I wanted to do was quitting, the fear of losing everything made me feel almost “blind” in front of every decision.

What gave me strength to go the extra mile? People.

You can be an absolute genius, but you won’t be able to succeed alone, you need people around you, not only for their skills, but most of all for the energy they transmit you.

Make a request, and it will be answered

After months working on the Wearable Tech event we found ourselves with a problem, we had great talks and workshops, but we still needed companies we lacked of sponsors and exhibitors. How did we manage it? We asked. All the work we did was asking, calling every company on the list and signing deals.

In this way we managed to gain more than 25 companies and sponsor in just one month, going straight from idea to action, as a real entrepreneur would do.

From idea to action

Forget your labels and the next time you have a great idea just be ready to change, don’t be afraid to lose something.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

About the author

Davide Giordano Jade JETOPI think as an Engineer, I operate as an Entrepreneur. In January 2015 I’ve become President at J.E.To.P. – Junior Enterprise Torino Politecnico. I’ve managed a Junior Enterprise, an association composed by students, but structured exactly like an enterprise, with 61 students working on different projects, Event creation & organization, Mobile & Website development, Visual Design, Social Media Planning & Strategy. Together we created WTT: Wearable Tech Torino, the first exhibition in Italy on the wearable technologies. Today I’m Senior Advisor for J.E.To.P. and Master student in Computer Science at Politecnico di Torino.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

China hails human rights progress amid calls to close detention camps

Closing the gap in accelerating women’s rights: the role of medical students

EU is right place to tackle pandemic, but reform is needed, latest survey finds

Mosquitoes are helping to fight one of the world’s fastest spreading viruses – this is how

Building social good – lessons from an Asian giant

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency

How to change the world at Davos

There is no recipe for a healthy mental state

Does the West play the Syrian game in Egypt?

This company is breeding millions of insects in the heart of London

Here’s how to close the $176 billion health financing gap

COVID-19: MEPs free up over €3 billion to support EU healthcare sector

Burundi election countdown amid ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation

Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox and sets out next steps

What lessons to draw from the destruction of Syria

Ozone on track to heal completely in our lifetime, UN environment agency declares on World Day.

Situation in central Mali ‘deteriorating’ as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar from accusations of genocide, at top UN court

If people aren’t responding to climate warnings, we need to change the message

De-escalation of fighting in Hodeida is key to ‘long-overdue’ restart of Yemen peace talks: UN envoy

Trade protectionism and cartels threaten democracy

Will the outcome of the UK referendum “calm” the financial markets?

What you need to know about the European Green Deal – and what comes next

“Is Europe innovative? Oh, Yes we are very innovative!”, Director General of the European Commission Mr Robert-Jan Smits on another Sting Exclusive

What is true and not true about the new Coronavirus?

EU–US: What is the real exchange in a Free Trade Agreement?

The new EU “fiscal compact” an intimidation for all people

Forget 2009, this is the real credit crisis of our time

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: The fruits of sustainability and decent work

Women in Switzerland have gone on strike – this is why

Monday’s Daily Brief: global homicide figures, neo-Nazi recruitment, Kashmir, and migrants’ plight in USA

Here are 4 ways investors can influence more secure and responsible innovation

An economist explains how to go carbon neutral in our lifetime

These countries are ranked highest – and lowest – for human development

We need to rethink the way we heat ourselves. Here’s why

Human rights breaches in Guinea Conakry and Madagascar

What has changed in the French politico-economic horizon

Countdown To GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018 Is On

How innovation from within is transforming International Organizations as well as lives

Human Rights breaches in Russia, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso

Security Council must ‘come together’ to address the plight of children trapped in armed conflict, says UN envoy

International Criminal Court acquits former president Gbagbo of war crimes in Côte d’Ivoire

How Finland is fighting fake news – in the classroom

UN envoy commends successful conclusion of Guinea-Bissau presidential election

How the tech world could make nonprofits a more powerful force

Libya: EU efforts should focus on protecting migrants, MEPs say

High-tech or ‘high-touch’: UK survey gives clues to the jobs of the future

‘This is a time for facts, not fear,’ says WHO chief as COVID-19 virus spreads

Libya: $202 million needed to bring life-saving aid to half a million people hit by humanitarian crisis

FIAT Chrysler: from Geneva Motor show to the World, and back

Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments

INTERVIEW: UN’s top official in North Korea foresees ‘surge’ in humanitarian aid

UK voters sent strong message to May and Corbyn for soft Brexit

Climate changes and the imminent public health crises

EU and China sign landmark agreement protecting European Geographical Indications

The smartest cyber investment is collective action. Here’s why

UN chief underscores value of cooperation with Southeast Asian countries

Resolving Israel-Palestinian conflict, ‘key to sustainable peace’ in the Middle East: Guterres

Young? You should work out the entrepreneurial heart before the mind

Female African coders ‘on the front-line of the battle’ to change gender power relations: UN chief

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s