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The Age of Metapreneurship

Over the past few centuries, and rapidly over the last quarter century, entrepreneurship has evolved: Who is defined as an entrepreneur - what they do, how and why they do it - has changed so quickly that most others in the ecosystem are still playing by the old rules.

Metapreneurs are the new generation entrepreneurs - coming of age after Google; raised on Facebook and social networks; a generation that creates cutting edge products without an engineering team or funding. They are able to distribute their products with a greater speed and credibility than the largest corporations. Metapreneurs thrive on continuous collaboration - not just with each other - but also with customers, investors, partners and even competitors. They all form a new ecosystem where the lines are blurred between customer, partner, contributor, developer and investor. Metapreneurs are equally concerned with the social impact of their work as they are with creating wealth and innovation.

These new entrepreneurs are not only shaping high tech and high growth industries. Metapreneurs are influencing how everyone participates in the entrepreneurial ecosystem – to create better products and services while helping to have a positive impact on the world.

Over the past few centuries, and rapidly over the last quarter century, entrepreneurship has
evolved: Who is defined as an entrepreneur – what they do, how and why they do it – has changed so
quickly that most others in the ecosystem are still playing by the old rules.

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Chapter 1: The Blind Stonecutter and the Cathedral

  • Introduction
  • The changing role of the entrepreneur.
  • Public perceptions and misconceptions.
  • Converging events and trends shaping modern entrepreneurship.

Moonshot

• Wakeup calls, and institutional funding of large projects;
• The changing nature of the effectiveness of resources and investment in innovation and
entrepreneurship,
• the waning of the era of big institutions – money, government, corporations – as an
influence in fostering entrepreneurship.

Cargo Cults

• Ecosystems.
• Past, present and future attempts by governments, universities and other large institutions
to create entrepreneurial ecosystems.
• The increasing futility of the old guard to deliberately organize innovation and
entrepreneurship.

On The Shoulders of Giants

• Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs throughout history:
• Activities; Benefactors, Outcomes.
• How the practice of entrepreneurship, and its influences have evolved – and its impact on
entrepreneurship today.

Circles of Entrepreneurship

• The main components of successful entrepreneurship have not really changed – resources,
expected outcomes and activities of the entrepreneur – they’ve just shifted.
• The influence of resources, outcomes and activities on contemporary entrepreneurship.

The Emergence of Metapreneurship

• The convergence of networks, collaboration, rapid development to form a new kind of
entrepreneurship.
• A generation of entrepreneurs, with deliberate help from the prior generation, and with
the equal participation of peers, partners, customers and investors.

The New Metapreneurs

• Brief case studies of the predecessors (Martyrs: Napster, Corporates: Intel, And zealots:
Open Sorcerers, Web 2.0)
• Brief case studies of metapreneurship in contemporary industries: e.g. Journalism

Metapreneurship Moonshots

• How the prior generation of successful entrepreneurs are having a profound impact on the
success of the new Metapreneurs.
• Funding ecosystems redefined: The new accelerators, super-angels, and crowdfunding.
• Moonshot revisited: Metapreneurship on the modern space race.

Organizing Chaos

• Chaos, complexity and emergence.
• How to play nice in this new environment.
• Rules for thriving on Metapreneurship.