The entrepreneur is the rockstar of today. They are the ones kids dream of becoming, and the startup scene has never grown on this scale globally before – ever. We are truly living in great times – where creativity is flourishing and the ones who make ideas come to life based mostly on their own hard work, are our heroes. The Economist recently featured an article on how entrepreneurs are rebuilding capitalism. This is just one example of how entrepreneurship is driving change in so many aspects; economic structures, employment rates, how industries compete, corporate structures, etc.
It is very interesting to follow how the entrepreneurial role and its definition is changing along the way. We all immediately think about the startup scene first and foremost when we talk about entrepreneurs. However, there are many nuances and new definitions coming along the way.
I have tried to make an overview of the different terms, however I am sure I have not captured all terms out there (btw – feel free to let me know if you think I have missed some big ones):
- Entrepreneur: somebody who starts their own business and wants to grow it to a big business
- Antipreneur: an entrepeneur who wants to run their business outside the normal realms of traditional capitalism
- Sidepreneur: entrepreneuership on the side of a steady job
- Intrapreneur: entrepreneurs working with innovation from within an organization
- Solopreneur: entrepreneur operating on their own with no support from others
- Multipreneur: handles several startups at the same time
- Passivepreneur: entrepreneurial efforts have resulted in having a steady income stream requiring little further developments
- Socialpreneur: someone starting a socially conscious business
- Ecopreneur: focuses on environmentally friendly products or services
- Localpreneur: someone who focuses on building their business within a local community
- Mompreneur: a full time mom and running their own business as well (this means there are Dadpreneurs too, right?)
- Studentpreneur: someone who starts their business while still staying a student
- Dreampreneur: inspires and teaches entrepreneurs to start and grow
And lastly, one that I don´t think has earned its place on the list above: Fauxpreneur – someone who falsely poses as an entrepreneur. Douchebagpreneur might be a good term to use as well here
So – there are a lot of ways to work with entrepreneurship today, and more are added all the time. But remember – today´s rockstars are not doing this solely on their own. Let´s not forget everyone working with enabling startups come to life and succeed – business angels, venture capital co´s, governmental agencies, incubators, etc. Perhaps these are the dreampreneurs at the end of the list above?
They are equally rockstar material as the entrepreneurs themselves. Those who actively contribute to allowing a talent to shine, whether it is the band standing next to the lead singer in a rock group or the trainers and sports equipment makers supporting a sports hero, they are a key reason the talent can rise and succeed.
One of my posts in the near future will for sure take a closer look at the people supporting entrepreneurs. Stay tuned