There are other obstacles to achieving the kind of meaningful entrepreneurship [many of us want to see].
Those hard problems are going to end up being solved by older people not currently enmeshed in “McStartup” culture. Innovation in fields like healthcare, education, biotechnology, or government are likely to come from people working in those fields already.
I’m thinking of people like Jess Gartner, a former schoolteacher who just received funding from Accelerate Baltimore to create an new product that will revolutionize the way we fund schools and track funding outcomes. That’s not an idea that Dave’s “Red Bull-drinking, Ramen-eating young programmers” could think of, unless they had worked as teachers.
To solve the “McStartup” problem, we need more entrepreneurs like Jess or my partner James Curran, people who have established a career and built up some work experience, who have firsthand knowledge of screwed-up situations that could be improved with new technology (using James hard-won expertise, we are attacking a tough problem in the online media industry).
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