Forbes- Geek Business

Forbes: Why Geeks Make Great Entrepreneurs

Forbes- Geek Business

 

(Forbes) Once upon a time (in an era that appears to have expired in the 1980s), the concept of entrepreneurship evoked the slick and polished high society types. MBAs with impressive connections, country club status and high-end wardrobes were the order of the day for prospective founders of a successful business. It may have been a gradual transition over the past 15-20 years, but in business, we’re increasingly living the Revenge of the Nerds. Here are just a few of the reasons the more introverted, scholarly and, yes, even “geeky” members of society are some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs.

(…) Geeks can often find and attract additional geeks. While geeks may or may not interact well with clients or with each other (one of O’Brien’s favorite quips goes like this: “How do you tell an extroverted engineer? He’s staring at your shoes instead of his own”), in many respects, geeks flock together. Consider the phenomenon of the Comic Con shows, which, in our Salt Lake region, for example, is one of the fastest growing events in our state (and the fastest growing Comic Con, we believe, in the world). We are proud to acknowledge our region as the world’s Nerd Capital, with a tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem that seems to correlate with that score. We work hard to live up to that billing.

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