I've learned a lot since I first started writing about young entrepreneurs five years ago, but the most important lessons all revolve around the theme of collaboration. GenY entrepreneurs are natural collaborators and community builders. I discovered that as I was researching and writing Upstarts! and re-discovered it when I was working on this year's 30 Under 30 Coolest Entrepreneurs feature. So it should come as no surprise that I've begun to drink the Kool-Aid.
Starting right now, The Entrepreneurial Generation will be a collaborative effort; I've asked Scott Gerber, a young entrepreneur, author, and experienced columnist, to join me as co-author of the blog. I met Scott more than a year ago, at my book party, and since then he's impressed me consistently with his energy, his insight, and his completely no-nonsense way of writing and talking about what it's really like to start a company in your 20s. You'll get a good feeling for that when he begins posting here, but I also encourage you to check out his upcoming book, Never Get A Real Job (Wiley, Dec. 2010). Scott has started several companies, including SizzleIt, which produces promotional sizzle reels; he's also opening a restaurant and launching something called Young Entrepreneur Council, which I'll let him tell you more about. I suspect he has also perfected cloning technology.
So here's the very complex and well-thought-out system that we've come up: I will blog a little and Scott will blog a little. Our perspectives are different (I'm old enough to be his mom, for heaven's sake!) but we share a common mission: we want to chronicle the journeys of young entrepreneurs, encourage more young people to start businesses, start interesting conversations that we hope you'll be a part of, debunk some myths, and have some fun. I know the folks at Inc.com are as excited as I am to have Scott on board; we all welcome him and look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration!
DONNA FENN is the author of Upstarts! How Gen-Y Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success, an exploration of the ways Gen Y is changing the entrepreneurial landscape.
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