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National Small Business Week: The Techpreneur

Published on May 23, 2012


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By Brooke Miller Hall   In honor of National Small Business Week, we’re featuring a different type of entrepreneur each day to inspire you and maybe even help you define or redefine yourself and your business. Today we’re covering the Techpreneur.  Generally, a Techpreneur is an entrepreneur in a high-tech field, which covers a very wide range of potential businesses. In Becoming a Successful Techpreneur, Dr. Jelena Vucetic explains, “their areas of expertise include: embedded systems, digital signal processing, wireless technology, telecommunications, computer architecture, computer networks, software engineering, Web design and applications, multimedia, multidisciplinary projects, project management, data warehousing, data mining, information systems, nanotechnology, distance learning, telemedicine, robotics, mechanical engineering, etc.” For a great example of a successful Techpreneur, look no further than Shama Hyder. At 24 years old, she founded the Marketing Zen Group in Dallas in 2004 with $1,500 of her own money. Since then she’s experienced average annual growth of 400 percent and has 25 employees and clients around the world. Her company focuses on social media marketing and digital public relations. Hyder is the author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue. She also writes a weekly business advice column, "Ask Shama," for Portfolio.com and is a regular contributing writer for Forbes magazine. She has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Business Week, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Fox News and MSNBC. And as a Techpreneur through and through, Hyder is also host of her own web television show Shama.TV. For more examples of different types entrepreneurs, see yesterday’s post on the Mompreneur, and stay tuned for tomorrow when we’ll feature the Femfessional.