The connotation is often unskilled or unprofessional. That a person does not take a pursuit or skill seriously.
But the word amateur comes from the Latin amare, which means “to love.” So the word actually has more to do with the motivations as to why something is being done, as opposed to the skill level of the person doing it. The amateur does an activity because of the intrinsic worth or value of the activity; because they enjoy it and/or find it meaningful.
At Vectr, we are amateur company builders. We’ve just released Vectr into the world this year and the platform has just passed 1,100 users. That’s small potatoes when it comes to software companies.
But we’re building Vectr because we believe it to be important to empower people to ask questions.
And in a sense, you might also say that we’re building Vectr FOR amateurs; those that can maintain a “beginners mindset” irrespective of how long they have been immersed in any particular subject or focus area. We’re building for those that are willing to embrace their own ignorance and are committed to reducing it at every opportunity.
So I guess you might say that Vectr is by amateurs, for amateurs.
Jeremy & Jake