Friday, December 6, 2013
Entrepreneurship is all the rage these days. Everyone seems to want to found a company, though considerable empirical evidence suggest that fewer and fewer people actually do so. In fact, the number of people claiming to have been entrepreneurs probably vastly exceeds the actual number of company founders. Carefully scrutinize many biographies, webpages, and curricula vitae, and one is amazed by how flexible the definition of "entrepreneur" seems to have become. This phenomenon demands a new moniker: "pseudopreneur." As I conceive it, a pseudopreneur is anyone whose claim to have founded a company is specious, silly, or just plain dishonest. Pseudopreneurs are legion. Spot them if you can.