You know the drill – high unemployment rates; poor economic performance.
However, there is a trend that I have observed in tech circles. As concise as possible, I describe it as supposedly employed individuals who do not earn an income (or a sustainable income).
StartUps without a business plan, and who go for years without an income. Developers who are not selling any software or apps. Broke bloggers. I can go on and on, but you get the picture already.
In tech circles, its especially pathetic. Geeks want to attend seminars and conferences free of charge. So event organisers, trainers, instructors, and speakers go without an income.
Developers churn out apps, but are unable to sell them. Many times, users are unwilling to pay for apps/software. Or payment platforms are not in place.
Tech event organisers want speakers to grace their events, speak and be thanked with a handshake. I remember that a few months back, a company mailed me an invitation to speak at their event. I mailed back my booking brochure (with my rates). They never got back to me. Good riddance. That’s how I play now. If you are not paying, don’t call me.
Multinationals come into the country, and rather than contract local consultants to supply information, they pick their brains over lunch. The local big boys play the same game too.
At the end of the day, not many people are earning an income in the tech-startup scene. We have a new category of “employed” men and women who are not earning an income. Friends, our official unemployment statistics must be way off the mark!
How is the economy supposed to grow? This love of freebies is killing us! When we all get tired of the charade, we will begin to make real progress. When we start sending the cash round, regardless of how small to start with, then the real revolution can begin.
Stay tuned. More to come.