Earlier this week, I read a great piece from Jay Goltz at the NYTimes about what makes someone a “social” entrepreneur vs. a “regular” entrepreneur. In the article, Jay writes about Seth Weinberger and his entrepreneurial journey to bring an educational software program (TeacherMate) to the market. Mr. Weinberger formed a non-profit agency that has received grants from foundations and companies, and his mission is to “develop educational technology that empowers educators to teach all children to read, write and do math, so that every child has the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond.”
At the end of the article, Jay asks his readers, “is he an entrepreneur? Well, he’s not taking financial risk, and he’s not making any money off this venture. But he clearly has passion, vision, tenacity and the ability to solve problems.”
First off, I say yes he is. And more to the point of this blog, he is certainly being entrepreneurial.
Second, I saw that list of traits and smiled. Passion, vision, tenacity – on our list. Check!
But then I looked at problem solving. We have innovative, persistence and being curious on our list; all of which help to solve problems. Nonetheless, I’m tempted to add problem solver to the list. What do you think?