Entrepreneurship Education Is Hot. Too Many Get It Wrong

Republished from Bloomberg Businessweek's The New Entrepreneur.

In 1985, about 250 college courses taught entrepreneurship, according to a paper published (PDF) this month by the Kauffman Foundation. In 2008, 5,000 such courses were on offer at two- and four-year institutions in the U.S. Today, nearly 400,000 students take college classes on entrepreneurship each year.

Winning over Metcalfe and the Lone Star State

Bob Metcalfe

Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet is tough to impress. An internet pioneer and well known contrarian, he is an unabashed champion of free enterprise. Bob not only invented Ethernet, but is also a successful venture capitalist, journalist and entrepreneur. Currently, he is on his fifth career as a Professor of Innovation and a Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin.

Show Time: Disciplined Entrepreneurship Book Premiere in Boulder

Flatirons Colorado

Friday, July 19 was show time. To use Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers metaphor, I had gotten my 10,000 hours of experience in developing and talking about disciplined entrepreneurship from my experiences founding and running multiple companies plus teaching at MIT and in Scotland, Quebec, Romania, the beer halls of Berlin, etc. It was time to lift the curtains for the U.S. premiere of Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.


Ready to Launch – Montreal July 18, 2013: First Public Showing of Actual Book

After many draft iterations and edits, I finally got my hands on three copies of the finished book on Monday.  I had been expecting my first encounter with the book to be anticlimactic, and to feel relieved but unable to enjoy the final product because I was too close to it. I was wrong.

The Wrong Way to Think About Competition in Entrepreneurship

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to launch your startup, should you locate in Paris or Berlin? San Francisco or Boulder? Santiago or Brasília?

It’s a trick question. As I tell my students, the second rule of entrepreneurship is always make sure you are answering the right question – which is not necessarily the one being asked.

(Rule number one is that all rules are optional to entrepreneurs.)