Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2015 Milly Fotso
The goal of this paper is to outline patterns in biographical background of founders of successful startup ventures, more particularly in the technology sector, that contributed to their success. Additionally, this article aims to disprove the assumption that entrepreneurs have a special tolerance for risk, and rather explores the idea that entrepreneurs have access to resources--financial, social, and intellectual--that come from their family and friends that then give them an edge and a safety net that de-mystifies them from the risk of starting a business. Once we realize that because the majority of the entrepreneurs studied in this thesis had unusually privileged backgrounds, we may then end with a suggestion as to how to level the playing field for those who may not have the same.
Fotso, Milly, "Risk Gene v. Safety Net: An Analysis of the Factors the Drive Individuals to Become Entrepreneurs" (2016). CMC Senior Theses. 1216.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.