Entrepreneurship is a Passion, Not a Program

Written by Kevin on January 26th, 2011

I was deeply moved yesterday when I read Vivek Wadhwa’s post A Better Formula for Economic Growth: Connecting Smart Risk Takers. He directly dispels the theory of clusters, research parks, university tech commercialization programs and every other top-down approach to create innovation and entrepreneurship. I highly recommend you check it out.

I completely agree with this notion and started thinking about what entrepreneurship really is and how to build a striving tech eco-system in a given area.

First, lets discuss what entrepreneurship is not:

  • It is not a program set in place by decision makers.
  • It is not a building you put innovation in and commercialize.
  • It is not grown from public money.
  • It is not developed by having a bunch of venture capital available.
  • It is not focus on certain sectors or markets.
  • It is not an easy way to get rich.
  • It is not chaotically chasing after ideas and projects.

This is what I have come to learn entrepreneurship is:

  • It is a passion that drives a person to achieve unimaginable things.
  • It rewards those who have a vision to create things that are valuable to others.
  • It has to be focused, strategic and sensitive to the idea of failure.
  • It has to be taught and mentored to people at a grassroots level.
  • It has to be fostered in a culture of innovation.
  • It has to be supported by numerous, connected people.
  • It is an attitude that can be adopted by anyone in any position.
  • It requires talented, creative and skilled workers.
  • It requires investors who can skillfully manage risk and add significant non-monetary value to a company.

While some of the things on the first list can accelerator entrepreneurship they cannot be the driving force and it will not kick-start an innovative tech eco-system. First you need the culture and community.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

  • http://robertsaric.com/ Robert Saric

    Kevin, great post! It is going to sleep paranoid because you’re worried your competitors arenu2019t sleeping and then getting up excited to catch up because you just lost 5 hours. The entrepreneurs manifesto to success starts and ends with, “culture, community” and commitment.

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