The Four Types of Entrepreneurship

22 responses

  1. Dusc
    February 17, 2011

    I like your last sentence. It really hits the key to life. Be happy. Although Social entrepreneurship might lead to it as well if you are not delved under it.

  2. Nicolo’ Borghi
    February 18, 2011

    Ben I agree with you. When you and I met (5 years ago!) at Cafe’ Reverie, next to us was sitting a super quiet Craig Newmark. I have been following the guy for a long time and he once pronounced one of my favourite sentences: “We both know some people who own more than a billion (dollars) and they’re not any the happier”

    Personally, running both a small business (bootstrapped software startup) and a social enterprise, I can say they both provide immense sense of accomplishment, happiness and satisfaction.

  3. michael vassar
    February 20, 2011

    I suspect that more small business entrepreneurs should consider founding scalable start-ups, and also that few people should consider founding a scalable start-up outside of an investment bubble without first having small entrepreneurship experience.

  4. Greg Linster
    February 23, 2011

    I’m curious, which classification do “lifestyle entrepreneurs” fall into?

  5. Ben Casnocha
    February 23, 2011

    Lifestyle can mean different things to different people, but probably
    small business entrepreneurship.

  6. JPBulko
    April 8, 2011

    Here’s my “meta” view of entrepreneurship and its possibilities:

    I’ve written a proposal that uses entrepreneurship on a massive scale to tackle the ongoing high unemployment problem, which has left millions and millions of Americans grasping at the last vestiges of the American Dream. Long-term unemployment is at record levels and the pace of the tepid “recovery” from the Great Recession will require years to return the country to full employment. In the mean time, government coffers are depleted while straining to address the extreme hardship, and tax revenues are greatly diminished because so many jobless folks cannot pay taxes.

    My proposal describes an entrepreneurial mechanism through which we can fund a massive number of new business ventures (to create a massive number of new jobs) by tapping the financial power of Wall Street. It is a private-sector proactive approach to remedy the high unemployment problem. Titled “A Modest Proposal to Save the American Economy: Entrepreneurial Blitzkrieg as Job Creation Vehicle,” the proposal has been published online at (and various other places):

    link to

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      November 28, 2016


  7. Kasujja Ivan Kiganda
    April 29, 2012

    Social Entrepreneurs are great innovative creative since they can try to make a world a better place without making a lot of profit.

  8. vinci
    September 4, 2012

    it is very good article and it self a source for motivation….
    good read!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Bromo
    September 14, 2012

    I want to steps to start up a social entrepreneurship

  10. warfar
    October 5, 2012

    i think social entrepreneurship is the best performing business

  11. Ali Mohammed Ali
    October 17, 2012

    Thanks for your helpful article, for my side I dont want to feel those are types are misfortunes or useless
    , all are the best but only thing depends on the invironment of the place and the nature of the business.

  12. Ali Mohammed Ali
    October 17, 2012

    Thanks for your helpful article, for my side I dont want to feel those other types are misfortunes or useless
    , all are the best but only thing depends on the invironment of the place and the nature of the business.

  13. Musah Abdul Khalik
    November 12, 2012

    Thanks alot for this article but there should steps on how to start up a scalable entrepreneuship.

  14. okafor paul chinedu
    November 23, 2012

    Thanks for this thought provoking and eye opening article. First of all, I think happiness is a state of mind. Not all small business owners are happy and not all large business owners are worried. Its all about the pursuit of adventuring for instance and anything that has to do with that is fun.
    Also I thing the scalable business start up has become a great business perspective to focus on. Instead of a life time small business….a focus on a scalable project could result to massive ROI. This is a subject to ponder on for countries fighting poverty, unemployment and economic downturn.

  15. okereke Austine
    March 1, 2013

    The above classification of entrepreneurship by mr ben is a nice one and I want to commend him for writing on entrepreneurship. I believe entrepreneurship to remain the only key for effective and adequate eradication of poverty in developing countries because when people can not think, not willing to work but instead waiting for what the government will do for them then there won’t b any qualitative and quantitative improvement in ones’s life and the country at large. The major problem facing entrepreneurship is developing countries remain capital, negligence, and investment. Poverty is a serious economic worm and entrepreneurship is the only feasible solution to it. I see poverty as a continued subjection of an individual or country under a state of nature where life is poor, short, nasty and brutish. State of nature here means living on a subsistent level, inability to think and innovate I.e” poverty of the mind”I hereby stand to advocate for the increased investment on entrepreneurship as it remains the only way out of poverty. AUSTINE OKEREKE

  16. Elia
    May 8, 2013

    Thanx and i would like if u can add more thinks about entreprenuership

  17. Sophia Walker
    November 26, 2013

    Do business coaches or mentors belong to Social entrepreneurs category? Or does a social entrepreneur have to open his own enterprise?

  18. Lucy Bieri
    August 6, 2014

    Great classification.. I wrote about similar subject .. link to

  19. Chioma P Ibekwe
    March 9, 2015

    l found this interesting and knowledgeable, lt adds to my knowledge, kudos to the source

  20. Emmanuel Agbakoba
    May 18, 2015

    I sincerely agree with your write up ,but above all,a man’s happiness shouldn’t be all about what he has. Our dream in life no matter our line of business should be to be a blessing to humanity.

  21. Zelalem Mulusew
    December 28, 2015

    You put the stronger proverb which beats the hearts of those who stomach is like lake who have been ever never satisfied by their wealth at the end!! Txs.

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