New Forbes Article: What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Get Wrong: 7 Lessons From the Rest of the Ecosystem

by Michael Simmons on Jun 3, 2013

My latest and most ambitious Forbes article is up. Out of all the articles I’ve written, this one took the most work, and it is the one that I’m most proud of. 

It incorporates the diverse lessons learned of 11 very successful and entrepreneurs from the across the country including Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK; Mark Zuckerberg; Jason Fried, Founder & CEO, 37 Signals, and other great entrepreneurs. 

Let me know what you think. 

If you like the article, the highest praise you could give is sharing it with your networks. 

What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Get Wrong: 7 Lessons From the Rest of the Ecosystem 
I have felt a tension between Silicon Valley and other parts of the entrepreneurship ecosystem for many years. It is often framed as high-growth startups vs. mainstreet or lifestyle small businesses, but I think it runs much deeper than that.The consequences of not resolving this tension are very bad for the ecosystem. The article delves into the topic without diminishing the huge impact ofSilicon Valley or overly promoting its virtues. My dream for the article would be for it to help start a conversion.



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I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…


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