Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship’

My Entrepreneur

For some reason I have always had a problem w/ the word “entrepreneur.” It became one of these cool catchy words flowing freely from people’s mouths during undergrad, just like consulting and investment banking. The same people who have no idea what the word means to them personally or what it is like to be an entrepreneur, consultant, or i-banker. All they see is the money and glamor. Yes, they have heard about the 100+ hour work weeks, etc but really, how bad can it be right? That is until you’re actually there and burn out in 2 years.

Listen to the beginning of this podcast from HBR for a definition of entrepreneurship that I agree with a lot more. I had previous settle on a loose definition for myself that entrepreneurs are people who engage in enterprising activities. So why do I still feel that me, running a family business, not really an entrepreneur. I’m paraphrasing here, but entrepreneurs should be someone that’s moving the world forward, creating jobs, real value creation. Yes, a landscape business owner provides value, but is he really benefiting the world in a significant way?

I was also happy to hear the discussion on the entrepreneur DNA around the 12:00 mark.  People talk about entrepreneurship DNA as if there’s something genetic or inherently different about these amazing people like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.  It bugs me to no end when someone makes the claim “a natural born” entrepreneur, or leader, or anything else really.  I like how they talk about it as a more general background, a more social environment if you will.  Which means that someone can learn to be an entrepreneur, a leader, and anything else you want to be.  There are different staging and preparations that go into building an entrepreneur, which is really cool b/c it happens to echo what I write in my MBA essays.

Does that mean genetics don’t matter? Of course not.  For me it just play a smaller factor.  I do believe each person have certain genetic disposition for a certain position, but the work you put in after birth matters more.  Imagine how many people had the genetic markups to be the next Michael Jordan, but they didn’t have the drive to succeed like MJ and only ended up riding the bench.

A friend of mine and me were talking about what Tim Ferriss had to say about getting an MBA.  TF had said to invest all the money you’re gonna end up spending on an MBA, the tuition, traveling, GMAT prep course and test registration fees, and use that to start a business and you’ll learn more than you would in an MBA program.  It’s debatable.  I do believe the experience in a multinational company and the MBA education would pay as the “staging” the podcast mentions.  While it’s fun to do it on your own and figure it out, meanwhile the big boys have been at it for much longer than you have and perfected the industry’s best practices, what better way to learn than to actually join them?


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Baby face is a challenge in star-up – WSJ.com   [entrepreneurship]
Written by Captain Obvious

The real stuff White People like – OkCupid
and black people, latinos, and asians as well

The anatomy of determination – Paul Graham   [entrepreneurship]
Talent is overrated

12 coolest search engines you’ve never heard of – Madras Geek
I like the radio locator search engine

Improve your creativity – the skinny on
This is why I love the note pad app on the iPhone

Food by colour designboom [food, photography]
The red and the purple was my fav

30 creative minimalist print ads – Graphic Design Blog   [design]
It’s sick how much McDonald’s spend on marketing…

Why and how to become an early riser The Art of Manliness
I really should change my sleeping schedule

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  • 10 remote island vacations – Frommer’s  [travel]
    I usually prefer Lonely Planet over Frommer’s, but this one is actually pretty cool
  • Favorite Bangkok dishes – Austin Bush Photography  [food, travel]
    Man, I miss Thailand. I have to say, my knowledge of Thai cuisine is somewhat limited to tom yum goong, pad thai and jok
  • 20 meals that are worth the trip aborad – Journey, etc  [food, travel]
    I can understand the pork bun in NYC since they’re talking about Momofuku and maybe even tapas in Miami, but blini and caviar in Lima, Peru?? big head scratcher there…
  • Entrepreneurs who launched companies for under $150 – WSJ.com  [entrepreneurship]
    pretty inspiring. I like the DC food tour guy the best I think
  • Why working at home is both horrible and awesome – The Oatmeal  [funny, entrepreneurship]
    This is hilarious because it is so true
  • Is Facebook worth $33 billion? – DailyFinance  [business, social media, trading]
    This might surprise some people but I’d short Facebook, especially if it’s gonna take them until 2012 to go public
  • Best Trails – National Geographic Adventure  [travel]
    I’ve done 0 out of 30 of these trails.  I should get cracking…
  • College in America [infographic]
    70.7% of Asians between age of 25 to 35 has a college degree.  That’s pretty nuts.
  • What to learn this school year [business]
    By Guy Kawasaki; I especially like #4 to 6.
  • Secret to happiness – Discovery Health
    Spoiler: It’s what you always thought it might be but would never admit
  • Fisheye, macro, and wide angle camera phone lenses – Photojojo  [photography]
    Maybe if I had an iPhone 4.
  • The music of “Inception” exposed – NPR All Songs Considered Blog  [music, movie]
    Big fan of Edith Piaf, but even I had no idea what Zimmern did to mirror the concepts in the film
  • Why Jim Keyes is one of the worst CEO’s in the world – Los Angeles Times  [business]
    I’ve met Jim Keyes before and I was not impressed. If he had stayed at 7-Eleven longer I think he would’ve drove that into the ground. Either he’s really worthless or he makes terrible career choices
  • FRIED BEER at the Texas State fair this year – The Dallas Morning News  [food]
    Goes great w/ your fried salad
  • 40 cool business cards to enliven your creativity – SloDive
    I just recently designed my own business cards… not as creative/expensive as some of these though
  • 10 useful iPhone keyboard shortcuts, tips and tricks – Mashable
    You need iOS4 for some of these
  • INEBRIATION (Inception parody/spoof)
    My favorite parody so far
  • Look at this f**king hipster, dinosaur edition [funny]
    again, funny b/c it’s true, especially that American Spirits dinosaur holding a PBR
  • Who said it: Bush or Obama? -Howstuffworks.com 

    I got a 7/10
  • Lady Gaga @ Iowa St – YouTube
    Thanks for trying Iowa St. I’ve been to your campus, it sucks
  • Two days in Reykjavik – Lonely Planet [travel]
    Technically three days.  Pretty spot on according to my Icelandic friends.  Wanna go so bad.  And kidnap a puffin through airport security like someone tried to do w/ a tiger pup in Thailand
  • Riding the rails in India – Lonely Planet  [travel]
    My Indian friends agree on the ticket booking craziness but this article only skims the surface and a little on the touristy side
  • Stove for the 21st century! – Noob.us [gadget, food]
    Don’t even tell me what the retail price is. I might pass out
  • Insect eggs – National Geographic [photography]
    done w/ the help of a scanning electron microscope

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