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Entertaining Entrepreneurship

Entreprendre: What Entrepreneurs Do

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Jeff Cornwall, a professor of entrepreneurship, reminds us that “entrepreneur” is just a noun. A farmer can farm, but we can’t simply say we’re off to go entrepreneur.

Jeff points out that even taking further inspiration from the French literal translation won’t help our plight much:

Entrepreneur comes from an Old French word (a fact that I still find hard to accept) entreprendre, which means to undertake. So it started as a verb, but now is a noun. As a side note, I am glad we did not take the literal translation of the French term to refer to those who start businesses. Otherwise all of us who are entrepreneurs would be known as undertakers instead.

So what does an entrepreneur do, anyhow?

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