“I had often read about it in books, and now I wanted to know how it is really like.” Bennet is in the tenth-grade of grammar school Graf-Anton-Günther-Gymnasium in Oldenburg. He will get his two weeks of work experience here with us. Of course, kraftwerk is the place to be when he wants to get a real life experience of start-up culture.
Unfortunately, you don’t get any knowledge on how to set up a company at grammar school, says Bennet. What does it mean to start a business? What sort of energy do you have to provide? Can you do it alone – or do you need a team? With these questions in mind, the fifteen-year-old has been watching the founders for a week now.
First and foremost, Bennet is enthused about the relaxed atmosphere prevailing. “There is no hierarchy. FoPo, for example, consists of four people working together. There isn’t one giving the order, and the others taking action. All of them have equal rights.” Bennet is convinced that this is the way to enable free thinking and for many more ideas to develop. Nevertheless, he sees parallels to team sports: “This is where you need a leader who motivates the others every now and then, and who sees to it so that everybody stays focused regarding their objectives.” Being a soccer player himself, Bennet knows ups and downs, and he is aware of the power you might need at times to persevere. He is also certain that a laid-back attitude and a few hours of work a day will not be enough. “Anyone who just wants to work less or thinks it’s cool and therefore starts a business, won’t succeed,” he believes. Passion is necessary, you have to take it seriously and really go for it with all you have. What else? “I am sure it is important to have good mentors at the beginning”, Bennet says. Because you will need sound support to get on a safe way.
Still, he will not necessarily start a business himself. Exception: If he came up with a really brilliant idea. Then – maybe. Who knows. Until then – there is a lot of time.