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“Entrepreneur in Residence” – Who are you kidding?

I stumbled on this title quite a few times and I say it’s total crap, full of shit.

“Entrepreneur in Residence.”

Look around, quite a number of big companies have them. These ‘entrepreneurs’ flaunt their titles just as flashily as they could. Personally, I find it rather derogatory to the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Let’s look at the some of the basic definition of an Entrepreneur.

  • A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so.
  • An entrepreneur is an owner or manager of a business enterprise who makes money through risk and initiative.

Or the aptly defined definition by –

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.

So, if you’re an “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Ebay, Google, Infosys, Microsoft, TCS, Yahoo! or any other Mega Corporation, stop doing that. Be entrepreneurial about your title and find a suitable one. You’re mocking yourself and the entrepreneurial spirit of Entrepreneurs.

  1. If you believe in simplicity, then please apply it to your writing. "[...] total crap, full of shit". Tautological.

  2. seriously .. i too got confused when I saw these job titles .. how on earth are you an entrepreneur if you are still inside a large corporation !

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