10년 전, ‘이공계 기피, 이공계 위기’라는 단어가 신문에 연일 보도되던 시절, 그것 때문에 오히려 상황이 악화되던 시절, 나를 포함한 공과대학 신입생들에게 당시 공대 학장님이 이런 말을 하셨다.
“너희들은 축복받은 아이들이다. 엔지니어는 산업 사회의 중심이고 없어서는 안될 존재이다. 이렇게 다들 이공계를 기피하면, 10년쯤 후, 너희가 본격적으로 사회 활동을 시작할 때 뛰어난 엔지니어인 너희의 희소 가치는 어마어마할 것이다.”
당시엔 그러려니 했었는데, 정확히 10년이 흐른 지금, 실로 그러하다.
다시 불어온 창업 바람과 묘하게 맞아 떨어져 요즘엔 소프트웨어 엔지니어가 가장 귀하신 몸이 되었다.
이 구인난 속에서도 내가 이렇게 뛰어난 친구들과 프로젝트를 할 수 있는 것은 내가 바로 그 ‘엔지니어 출신’ 중의 한 명이기 때문이겠지.
학장님의 혜안이 놀랍고, 나의 선택이 새삼스럽게 자랑스러워지는 밤이다.
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Me2day, just like Twitter, seems to follow the right path. The only concern I have is, compared to Twitter, Me2day’s core users could be too small in numbers because the service is only offered in Korean. In fact, that’s the same kind of limitation that works against our company as well. Which is why we should have “globalize or die” mentality
As it is mentioned widely in certain marketing theories – Purple cow, Blue Ocean and etc. – ‘different market conditions’ can give great chance to business – the ‘differentiation’.
Moreover, some ‘cultural specialties’ protect some start-ups because English base star-up teams can’t make efficient strategies to Korean market.
(Yeh, that’s right. They may don’t need Korean market. But don’t consider that kind of views in this article.)
But anyway, small IT business market size (or user pool) in Korea gives certain limitation of growth (or chasm) to start-up ventures – this is exactly what I concern about in these days.
Globalize or die strategy is very desirable thing to Korean IT start-up teams including my company, but I’m afraid that it’s really not easy to Koreans make and maintain successful web service targeted to global market.
I learned that from my full time job – global targeted community portal.
We have to understand SW(+OT) of us. We have to know about ourselves first.
Though with these inevitable things people or team dreaming about great company should keep challenging to our goal.
‘Good to Great’
Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.
– Frederick Smith, Founder of FedEx
There are a lot of things that go into creating success.
I don’t like to do just the things I like to do.
I like to do things that cause the company to succeed.
I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.
– Michael Dell, Founder of Dell Computer