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  • Corporate Cubicles to Startup Launchpads

    Is waiting to start their start motivated by fear? Do they see the interim as an important investment in developing themselves, their idea and their network? Does that surprise you?

    In a 2011 survey of second-year entrepreneurship students at the Harvard Business School, 70 percent said they expected to wait one-to-seven years after graduation before pursuing an entrepreneurial project.

    Does that statistic surprise you? It sure took me for a loop.

    That a majority of students at Harvard Business School expect to move into the corporate world after getting their degrees seems reasonable. MBAs often get well-paying jobs at corporations; their education allows them to skip over a lot of the paying of dues that others often spend years paying.

    The startling factor is the the students polled were majoring in entrepreneurship. Most of the entrepreneurs I know were chomping at the proverbial bit to launch their start-ups. Waiting up to seven years to get started would not have been very appealing.

    Is waiting to start their start motivated by fear? Do they see the interim as an important investment in developing themselves, their idea and their network?

    In this fast-moving, ever-changing age, will entrepreneurship even look the same in seven years?

    Whatever the case may be, these scholastics are predisposed to putting their startup dreams on hold in the incubator of the corporate world.

    I wonder if entrepreneurship classes of other years felt the same way… How does this reality effect the business landscape in America?

    What do you think?

    Learn more about the “whys” and “hows” on this subject in Erin Zlomek’s Businessweek article, “From Startup Dreams to Cubicle Life.”

    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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    About the Author: Donnie Bryant is a direct response copywriter and marketing consultant. He specializes in improving businesses' sales and profitability by creating compelling marketing messages and strategies. Find out more about Donnie at http://donnie-bryant.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @donniebryant and connect with him on Google Plus at +donniebryant.

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