My name is Thomas Darku. I hold a First Class Honors Degree in BSc Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology. I am 23 and I am the C.E.O of a technology company, Glivion. Our website is www.glivion.com. We have developed enterprise software for various companies, websites and web apps for individuals and various workgroups, and mobile apps of all sorts for all the various platforms. We also deal in IT solutions, networking and consultancy on IT projects.
What inspired you to start your business?
Boredom. I started my business when I had nothing to do. I figured entering into a venture would be productive. This is when I figured setting up a technological company to solve problems in our society can be helpful and lucrative as well.
How long have you been in business?
I have been in business for the past 4 years.
Your line of business involves a lot of risks, are you a risk taker? What is the biggest risk you have taken to see your business
There are risks in any business. I am fond of the saying, “Great Life and Great Achievements involves Great Risks”. This is exactly what I do. If it’s not risky, I do not venture into it. My line of business has some risks, just like any business. I had to bet my whole life to make sure my business grows. It may not sound risky but this involves the notions of quitting school, devoting my life to it and putting every dime I had to make it better.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from the problems we usually identify in our society. Most of them are just interesting to find solutions to. I feel like I am contributing to humanity with what I do. This indirectly inspires me to do more.
What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement would be setting up Glivion. It might look like a simple company set up but it actually is more than that. Putting together a team to have a common goal is not a child’s play. Coming from all walks of life, this may be a hard nut to crack because each of us already had our eyes set on something personal.
Where do you see your business in the next five years?
Glivion is an international company and five years from now should be well established in three international countries. We have as part of our plans to bring on board technological systems that will make the world a better place to be.
Who is your role model?
In life, my old man is my role model. He has achieved a lot with almost nothing in his lifetime. I respect that and wish to do same. In my line of business, Bill Gates is the man whose giant steps I follow. His thinking and business choices are simply impeccable.
What other startups do you own?
Currently, the only run startup I own is Glivion. I am incubating two more that would come out soon.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Glivion was built on the basis of teamwork and that is what has kept us going. Putting together such a great team has been my greatest challenge.
Advice for fellow entrepreneurs?
Whenever you venture into a business, one is often advised, “It won’t be easy”. Well, that is certainly an undeniable truth but nature also gives you a test to actually know if you are ready to walk the path of entrepreneurship. Failure is the devil that would keep visiting you every day to give you a resounding, “You cannot make it”. There is loyalty, trust, teamwork amongst others that nature would like you to pick up along the test. If you fail any of these, especially patience, you would quit overnight because you simply could not wait for the business to grow.
Your views on entrepreneurship in Ghana.
Most Ghanaians perceive entrepreneurship as a quick means of making money. This mentality is often nurtured from most successful entrepreneurs who have already passed through the infant stages of setting up businesses. It should be well noted that most successful businesses mature within a span of 2(two) to 3(three) years. Multimillion companies are not built overnight. Carefully plan your venture to position it for growth and scalability. If possible, consult professional businessmen to help with structure.
In your views, do you think entrepreneurship is the key to economic growth in Ghana?
In my view, I don’t think entrepreneurship is the key to economic growth, but technology is. If we incorporate the right and effective technology in our economy, efficiency and effectiveness would be values we would never miss. Technology makes work easy and above all increases the output of industries and businesses. This would indirectly increase economic growth as well as national development.
Thank you for your time, Thomas.
Author: Kwesi Otoo, threesixtyGh