“You can’t Learn Entrepreneurship in the Classroom” Is No Longer True

Many entrepreneurs believe you can’t learn how to do entrepreneurship better from “the classroom”.

This is an adage that is no longer true.

For most of the last few decades there were no good entrepreneurship workshops, classes or schools, so what people taught was mostly Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School style knowledge, which, respectively, are designed to train managers to lead businesses from 100M to 1B in annual revenue and train high performing Wall Street Traders. That knowledge was ultimately irrelevant for starting a company.

Thus education around entrepreneurship has gotten a deservedly bad rap.

But this is no longer true.

The Stanford Business School has many great classes on how to create a startup. So does Harvard Business school. YC Startup School and Lean Startup Conference are great conferences on the startup creation conference. There are many great books about how to create a successful tech startup from scratch. Practitioners from the trenches write dozens of blog posts with useful information everyday.

If anything, in terms of how to run their business the entrepreneur is entering a realm of information overload.

And the hubris of many founders, thinking they have nothing to learn about how to do entrepreneurship is a big reason why 90+% of startups fail.

Ultimately, entrepreneurship is a new kind of management science, that can be taught, learned, trained, honed and mastered.

Henry Ford, Alfred Sloan and Fredrick Taylor laid the foundation for the discipline of Scientific Management that is taught in business schools all around the world.

I draw inspiration from them and their process in my nascent book project where we are constructing a meta-integrative, modular, data backed paradigm for the Management Science of Entrepreneurship.

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