The Different Types of Entrepreneurs, What Kind of Preneur are You?

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Introduction to the Word “Entrepreneur”

A Discovery Project by: J. Frazier
This is no ordinary blog post, this is a discovery project that is intended to evolve over time through my own discovery and from those who comment on this post.

So I encourage you to share and post your own discoveries so we leaern together. I intend to let this evolve as a comprehensive list of the variations for the word “entrepreneur”, but, also hope to define each of them.

I’ve read a great many thousands of posts and articles by and about entrepreneurs: how to be an entrepreneur; how to know whether you’re suited for the entrepreneurial life; the pitfalls of being an entrepreneur; the rewards of entrepreneurship; the impact of entrepreneurs on the economy.

The French word entrepreneur first appeared in the French dictionary in 1723 to describe a person who organizes and operates a business by taking a financial risk. Since then the word entrepreneur—and the world—has completely changed. Before we move on let’s take a look at the history in how the word entrepreneur evolved.

What is The Origin of “Entrepreneur”?

 

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13th Century
The earliest definition we found was from the 13th century, where we learn the word’s root. The origin of the English word entrepreneur comes from the French word entreprendre, which can be translated to mean to do something or to undertake.
16th Century
In the 16th century, we see the first mention of business used in the definitions. Therefore, we find entrepreneur defined as someone who undertakes a business venture.
18th Century
Richard Cantillon (in about 1730 in academia) ascribed to a definition which added a risk component to the definition. Therefore, an entrepreneur was someone who undertakes a business venture with no guarantee of profits. said another way an entrepreneur is the bearer of risks inflicted by changes in market demand.
19th Century
During the 19th century, three economists post views on entrepreneurship: John Baptiste Say, John Stuart Mill, and Alfred Marshall. This is the first century in which we begin to see the definition include actions and special skills required of entrepreneurs.
In the late 1800s
Alfred Marshall emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurship by tying the resource component (from Say) and management component (from Mill) together. Marshall claims that four primary factors are necessary for production: land, labor, capital, and organization (which is the key factor to coordinate the otherthree resources).

The term “entrepreneurship” has traditionally been used to describe the activity of an economic agent whose function it is to introduce innovative changes into the means and relations of production inherent in an economy. In this guise, the entrepreneur streamlines already existent production processes either through the innovative use of current technology, or streamlines production through the employment of new technologies.

Sticking to the more traditional denotation of “entrepreneur”, this project will briefly mention three theoretical types of entrepreneur. Social Entrepreneur, Serial Entrepreneur, & Lifestyle Entrepreneur.

But like most entrepreneurs, they are innovators and seem to have been innovating the term Entrepreneur itself over the years.

Today’s Variations Used for Entrepreneurs

Today, entrepreneurs are celebrated like never before and it is interpreted into so many variations. Here is my own short list of the difference versions and definitions I have encounters for Entrepreneur:

  • solopreneurs
  • wanapreneurs
  • EntreArchitect
  • momtrepreneurs
  • Uberpreneur
  • divapreneur
  • potpreneur
  • ganjapreneurs
  • Olderpreneurs
  • Passionpreneurs
  • Humorneur
  • Matchpreneur
  • Micropreneur
  • Storypreneur
  • Persianpreneur
  • hackapreneur
  • whatrepreneur
  • Attractionpreneurs

InfoGraphic for Types of Entrepreneurs – from: Funders and Founders

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John Frazier

America's Entrepreneur Advocate at BizBuzz America
John's life's passion is helping the small business & entrepreneur community. As one of of the leading social media contributors on the entrepreneur topic, he nationally known as a catalyst for bringing about positive change and inspiring entrepreneurs. John is also the TV talk show host & producer for a new entrepreneur talk show BizBuzz America and is honored as one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencer Champions in North America for 2014 and 2015.
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John Frazier
John Frazier

John's life's passion is helping the small business & entrepreneur community. As one of of the leading social media contributors on the entrepreneur topic, he nationally known as a catalyst for bringing about positive change and inspiring entrepreneurs. John is also the TV talk show host & producer for a new entrepreneur talk show BizBuzz America and is honored as one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencer Champions in North America for 2014 and 2015.

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