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A recent blog post from the Kauffman Foundation puts it succinctly, when it tries to dispel the myth of the twenty-something tech wizard as the prototypical entrepreneur.

Citing research, they write:

In reality, the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity belongs to the 55- to 64-year-old age group over the past decade. And most high-tech founders are well educated and married with children.

Dispelling the Myth – Entrepreneurship.org.

This is in stark contrast to the meme that the young, college dropout is the model for the modern day successful entrepreneur.

ref: Entrepreneurial Success Without College

Written by CJ Cornell

CJ Cornell

Serial Entrepreneur. University Professor. Software Engineer. Media Executive. Venture Capitalist. Researcher. Marketer. Advisor. Mentor. Author and Speaker. Founded or co-founded nearly a dozen companies in software, digital media and television.

For the past few years I’ve been Co-Director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and Professor of Digital Media & Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, and the university’s first full time Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Currently Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at New York Institute of Technology and Managing Director at Propel Ventures LLC.


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