the anatomy of an entrepreneur: family background and motivation
Entrepreneurs are among the most celebrated people in our culture. Celebrity entrepreneurs often grace the covers of prominent publications. These company founders and innovators fuel economic growth and give the nation its competitive edge.
Entrepreneurs are among the most celebrated people in our culture. However, very little is known today about the backgrounds, life histories, motivations, and beliefs of the founders of businesses in high-growth industries. Understanding how entrepreneurs develop, the circumstances that can foster or induce entrepreneurship, and the mindset and beliefs of entrepreneurs could prove helpful both in supporting the existing class of entrepreneurs and in augmenting the ranks of entrepreneurs. This paper is aimed at helping to begin filling some of those information gaps by providing high-level insights into the backgrounds (socio-economic, educational, and familial) and motivations of entrepreneurs.