Utah entrepreneur to E-Week seminar:
'Don't let fear stop you'
April 10, 2009 | LOGAN -- Jeremy Hanks, a successful
entrepreneur, was one of the Partners in Business seminar
speakers on Thursday. A BYU alum, he focused his talk
on his "adventures in entrepreneurship."
He compared his adventures in entrepreneurship to
his outdoors adventures and said they are similar in
many ways, one being both types of adventures require
"I think it's hard work. I think it's really hard
work," Hanks said about starting a business. He said
that many Americans have a dream to start a business,
but fear is holding them back.
"Fear of risk keeps us from taking the risk," he added.
Hanks said that although the current economy might be
tough, it shouldn't deter people from accomplishing
their dreams. Many of the largest companies in the world
were started during tough times, such as IBM, UPS, Disney
"I don't think it's coincidence," he said, saying
that many of these companies had very humble beginnings.
Hanks' speech was part of E-week, a week-long event
focused on entrepreneurship which gives encouragement
and ideas to anyone who has considered starting a business.
It is sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
He also shared his five rules for adventurous entrepreneurship:
leap before you look, it's all about focus, be fanatical,
there are no roadblocks, only hurdles, and success is
a series of summits.
"At the end of the day, I believe if you try, you'll
be happier," he said. He added with the world economy
like it is, there need to be many entrepreneurs who
are willing to start up businesses to get things going.
"Go be entrepreneurs and don't be afraid," he said.
Hanks is the founder of Doba, an Orem-based software
company. More information can be found on http://www.doba.com and http://www.jeremyhanks.com.