What it takes to be an entrepreneur…

May 03 2010

Last year, Grasshopper published an inspiring video in which they state that “entrepreneurs can be anyone… even you“. They talk about entrepreneurship spirit, about overcoming what we consider impossible…

Last week, Flickr and Hunch co-founder Caterina Fake didn’t say a word about spirit and went directly into the education issue. She wrote a comment-baiting post suggesting that wanna-be entrepreneurs should “drop out of college. After all, she states, “Rob Kalin, Etsy’s founder, never finished college. Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey — the founders of Twitter — are not college graduates. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, is another dropout. And of course Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.”

Creativity expert Ken Robinson might explain it. He is convinced that “schools kill creativity”:

But does this mean being a drop-out is the best strategy? Chris Cameron doesn’t think so. He points out that “the best solution may be to attend college, learn the early basic lessons, gain access to resources Customized Inflatables and contacts, and begin the early stages of your company while still enrolled. Then, if the company takes off, leave school.”

Being an entrepreneur is about having attitude and the drive to succeed in business. Is it possible to learn this quality? Can thinkers and doers turn a great idea into a business plan?  HitBarcelona invites you to discuss this topic…


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