A friend/mentor at the Tech Coast Angels sent me a one-sentence email today that simply said:
"Person who sees problem--human being; finds solution--visionary; solves problem--entrepreneur."
No commentary was provided and none was needed. The line comes from Naveen Jain and appeared in his article "How Entrepreneurs Become Visionary Leaders." The full quote is:
"An entrepreneur is not a person who starts a company but he is the person who
actually solves a problem. It’s all about execution and it is a state of mind. A
person who sees a problem is a Human Being, person who finds a solution is
visionary and the person who goes out and does something about it is an
My favorite part of this paragraph is that entrepreneurship is a state of mind. Starting a company is as easy as spending 30 minutes and $500 on Legalzoom.com. Anyone can do that and it doesn't make them an entrepreneur. Solving a real problem does. And that can happen whether you're the founder or one of 10,000 employees at your company.