What Kind Of Entrepreneur Are You?

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There are lots of “-preneurs” today — so which kind of entrepreneur are you?

In episode number seven of the Go For Launch podcast, I discuss popular “-preneur” types, inspired by a recent article in b2bTRIBE Magazine.

This episode is also on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher.

Below is an excerpt of the article from b2bTRIBE magazine, “A -Preneur Glossary” (used with permission):

The use of plain old “entrepreneur” as an all-encompassing term for adventurous business owners is so last century. Why accept existing, mostly functional words when we can invent new ones? So comes the parade of alternate “-preneur” words that, frankly, save characters for denizens of the Internet.

artpreneur: a visual artist (painter or sculptor) who is also an entrepreneur handling the business side of marketing and selling his or her own work.

authorpreneur: a writer who is also an entrepreneur handling the business side of marketing and selling his or her own work.

coentrepreneur: joint venturer (French).1

copreneur: an entrepreneur in a business partnership with his or her spouse, domestic partner, or significant other.

edupreneur: a person within the public schools who takes hands-on responsibility in creating and developing a program, product, service, and/or technology for the enhancement of learning consistent with the stated goals of and supported by that organization;2 an entrepreneur who operates a business that addresses educational issues.

enviropreneurTM: term trademarked by the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana, referring to entrepreneurs who “enhance environmental assets.”

greenpreneur: an un-trademarked alternative to enviropreneurTM.

intrapreneur: a corporate executive who develops new enterprises within the corporation: first known use,1978.3

micropreneur: an entrepreneur who operates a very small business typically with five or fewer employees.

musicpreneur: an independent, polymath musician who takes care of both the artistic and entrepreneurial aspect of his or her music career.4

solopreneur: an entrepreneur who operates a small business with no employees, sometimes in addition to holding a full-time job in a separate field.

socialpreneur: a social entrepreneur; one who creates a business to remedy some of society’s problems while still making a profit; a socially conscious individual who generates social value from his or her efforts.4

technopreneur: an entrepreneur involved with high technology; first known use, 1987.3

1. Source: dictionary.reverso.net/ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”

2. Source: Donald E. Leisey and Charles Lavaroni, The Educational Entrepreneur: Making a Difference (San Rafael, California: Edupreneur Press, 2001).

3. Source: www.merriam-webster.com. These have actually made it into the dictionary!

4. Source: www.urbandictionary.com. A listing on Urban Dictionary doesn’t really qualify as making it into the dictionary, 
but it’s a step up from random Internet references.

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Brandon Uttley is Commander and CEO of Go For Launch, LLC, his fifth startup. He is passionate about helping others launch and grow successful businesses. When not working on his business, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.

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