In an increasingly competitive world market, how does the United States rank? Many Americans are worried about the economic state of their nation, especially now that countries like China are becoming ever more economically powerful. What does America need to both stabilize and energize its economy?
Entrepreneurship, Steve Mariotti claims, is vital. An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto is Mariotti’s rallying cry for the world to recognize the potential that business creation holds for the individual and the economy. Mariotti explores how entrepreneurship affects schools and prisons, developed cities and isolated villages, brick-and-mortar stores, and internet-based businesses. He takes a hard look at the research on entrepreneurial education, entrepreneurship, government policy, and the social and cultural attributes most likely to foster successful business creation, incorporating his discussions with some of the best minds on the question of entrepreneurship. Mariotti also examines how the rise of the Internet and Web-based innovations like crowdfunding have both changed—and not changed—the fundamentals of promoting those who take the ultimate gamble of going into business for themselves.
As the author of several leading textbooks on the subject and founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a global nonprofit organization that has educated more than 500,000 students and trained more than 5,000 teachers in 50 countries, Mariotti is both an experienced and reliable leader in what he calls the entrepreneurial revolution. Mariotti frequently writes for the Huffington Post and has been recruited by the State Department to discuss his ideas on youth entrepreneurship in Cambodia and other developing countries seeking to escape the shackles of centrally planned economic policies.
Neither a dry recitation of academic theory nor a scattered collection of feel-good stories, An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto builds on Mariotti’s unique perspective to offer a critique that is both inspiring and practical. Riveting stories complement enlightening real-world perspectives, making the work relatable and inspiring.
“There is no more revolutionary act,” Mariotti says, “than starting a business.”
Preface / ix Chapter 1: Entrepreneurship Can Be Taught—to Anyone / 3 Chapter 2: Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Mind-Set / 25 Chapter 3: Who Are the World’s Entrepreneurs? / 51 Chapter 4: Should Governments Help Promote Entrepreneurship? / 77 Chapter 5: A Teaching Revolution / 103 Chapter 6: The Digital Revolution: Technology Levels the Global Playing Field / 123 Chapter 7: On the Cusp: A Financing Revolution / 139 Chapter 8: A Prison Revolution: Desperately Needed / 167 Chapter 9: The Social Enterprise Revolution: Entrepreneurs Solving Social Problems / 187 Chapter 10: An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto / 211 Acknowledgments / 229 Index / 233
Considered one of the leading experts on entrepreneurship education, Steve Mariotti is the Founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship education to low-income youth worldwide. Mariotti also writes a column for The Huffington Post chronicling entrepreneurs’ lives and exploring the relationship of entrepreneurship to freedom and democracy. In addition to An Entrepreneur's Manifesto, he is also the author of The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business, Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, and Entrepreneurs In Profile.
“Written in an accessible, smoothly flowing style, The Entrepreneur’s Manifesto is a vitally important book to read and share if we are to change the ever-widening gap between the one percent and the rest of us.” —Mirah Riben, The Huffington Post
“An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto beautifully illustrates the mandate to nourish and develop an entrepreneurial mindset for a new entrepreneurial generation, empowering individuals by tapping into their passion.” —Diana Davis Spencer, chairman and president of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
“In the next few decades, billions of young people will enter the global workforce. There are not jobs waiting for most of them, especially those who are low-income. I believe that entrepreneurship education is the best solution, and this book explains why!” —Michael Simmons, cofounder of Empact, Forbes columnist, and author of The Student Success Manifesto: How to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Prosperity
“One walks away from this book with a sense of urgency to ensure that entrepreneurial education becomes a mainstay in the halls of all schools and places of education.” —Rabbi Yehoshua Werde, director of Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurs
“Through story, experience, and data, Mariotti makes it clear that entrepreneurship is the way to both reinvigorate our economy and redirect men and women away from legacies of incarceration and desperation and towards a promising, self-created career.” —Catherine Hoke, founder and CEO of Defy Ventures
“With An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto, Steve Mariotti further enhances his reputation as a change agent. This powerful book can transform thinking, lives, and entire communities.” —Sheila Rule, cofounder of the Think Outside the Cell Foundation; former senior editor, New York Times
“Entrepreneurship is the only real way for people to escape poverty. The prestige of a successful business builds incredible self-respect that also benefits society as a whole. Even business initiatives that are not successful still bring solid life experiences and serve as a base for subsequent efforts. Steve Mariotti’s latest book brings it all together. I highly recommend everyone read the book and join the ‘revolution.’” —Gary Voight, CEO of CorasWorks
“The light of entrepreneurship is a guide to freedom and hope for young people from all corners of the earth, from all walks of life. An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto is the twenty-first-century economic blueprint we’ve been waiting for.” —Joseph Robinson, author of Think Outside the Cell: An Entrepreneur’s Guide for the Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated
“An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto is destined to be a classic for my generation. Steve Mariotti has not only had a huge impact in causing entrepreneurship education to be taken seriously, but he has inspired countless individuals, including myself, to make an impact in that field. The significance of the insights he shares in this book cannot be overstated.” —Sheena Lindhal, CEO and cofounder of Empact
“What is the larger purpose, not just for your business, but for you as a business person? In the case of Mariotti, his business, Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), is promoting business opportunities for all, especially at-risk youth who might otherwise not have considered entrepreneurship. When you read Mariotti’s excitement about entrepreneurship and the importance of entrepreneurial access for everyone, you can’t help but look more expansively about what role you can play to make as much of a difference.” —Caroline Ceniza-Levine, Forbes