Young Scientists

Scientist and entrepreneur - 18. Arthur Zang: there is nothing to be afraid of

What could you fear when you have nothing to lose?

"Of course, when you're an entrepreneur, you take risks. And at the same time you have nothing to lose. If, for instance, you, scientists, have your dissertation and try to turn it into a company, you are not at great risk either. At first you have nothing and the level of fear is in relation to what you can lose. You are young, you have your knowledge.

It is much later that fear can be justified, when you become a business leader, when you have invested a lot. When you have employees, every morning you must be able to find a way to preserve their jobs. This is when fear can be justified, because every decision has a direct impact on your life and the lives of your employees.

But at first there is no great reason to be afraid. Of course it's difficult, but you'll always find a way. And then you are in societies where research is funded. Credit exists, which is not always the case in Africa. So there are many more things that should make you much more optimistic than scientists based in Africa."



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