How’s that for a comment from a 5th grader?
These days, I have some spare time on my hands and figured to ask my son’s teacher if they’d like a guest speaker one of these days…. that day was Sunday. My son Yoav wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea that I was coming to his class, given the high likelihood of him being terribly embarrassed, however he reluctantly agreed.
The subject which I was going to discuss was called Entrepreneurship, or as the presentation was titled: “A Star is Born” . (Note: A star is born is the English translation for Kochav Nolad, or as it’s known in the US – American Idol).
My objective was for them to understand that great companies start with ideas, often founded by groups of friends, which are not only smart, but determined and not afraid to fail. We discussed Google, Apple, ICQ, and Microsoft (needed some examples that they can relate to). So for about 40 minutes, I had the attention of ~30 5th graders. They were very attentive, asking lots of questions and only occasionally interrupting (after all, it’s a class of Israeli 5th graders…).
Try and explain venture capital to 5th graders - it’s not easy. I’m not sure that I got all my messages across, but the comment that made me most happy was from Yoav in the evening: “Mommy, that entrepreneurship-stuff is pretty cool”.