Showing posts from June, 2018

Silicon Valley's ideal entrepreneur is about 20 years too young, research shows

There is a powerful new study about entrepreneurship with great implications for the economy and those of us in the second half of life.

"A new study found the average founder of the fastest growing tech startups was about 45-years-old — and 50-year-old entrepreneurs were about twice as likely to have a runaway business success as their 30-year-old counterparts."

"The new study by Jones, Javier Miranda of the U.S. Census Bureau and MIT's Pierre Azoulay and J. Daniel Kim, looked at an expansive dataset and found the most successful entrepreneurs are middle-aged.

"Take David Duffield, who founded Workday in 2005 at the ripe age of 65.  Workday went public in 2012 and today has a $26.47 billion market cap.  Whereas younger founders may benefit from their creative thinking and lesser degree of entrenchment in an industry, the exact opposite qualities work to the benefit of their older counterparts."

"Older entrepreneurs have had years to build their business,…

AARP's new ad - 'The rules of aging are changing'

AARP has long been an effective advocate for older citizens.  I'm a member.  But it's been hard to get too enthusiastic about their approach to publicity and outreach in the past.

Things are changing.  Lots of smart new approaches are emerging.

AARP brands their Purpose Prize with the great phrase, ' Making a Difference is Ageless.   As a Purpose Prize Fellow, I like that a lot.

They've been posting a new TV commercial that is also a significant change from their past branding.  It's pretty cool.

The spot is called 'The rules of aging are changing.'  It shows a wide range of people from all ages and all walks of life interacting and making contributions.  One of my favorite lines is: "Too old?  Too young?  No, we're in this as one."

There are all kinds of roles for those of us in the second half of life.  Valuable, fulfilling roles that make a difference in our communities, including the role of ageless entrepreneur.

Watch the new spot,  'T…