Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Silicon Valley's ideal entrepreneur is about 20 years too young, research shows

There is a powerful new study about entrepreneurship with great implications for the economy and those of us in the second half of life.

"A new study found the average founder of the fastest growing tech startups was about 45-years-old — and 50-year-old entrepreneurs were about twice as likely to have a runaway business success as their 30-year-old counterparts."

"The new study by Jones, Javier Miranda of the U.S. Census Bureau and MIT's Pierre Azoulay and J. Daniel Kim, looked at an expansive dataset and found the most successful entrepreneurs are middle-aged.

"Take David Duffield, who founded Workday in 2005 at the ripe age of 65.  Workday went public in 2012 and today has a $26.47 billion market cap.  Whereas younger founders may benefit from their creative thinking and lesser degree of entrenchment in an industry, the exact opposite qualities work to the benefit of their older counterparts."

"Older entrepreneurs have had years to build their business, leadership, and problem-solving skills, as well as to accumulate the social and financial capital needed to get a startup off the ground. Jones also points out that even companies like Apple and Microsoft that were founded by exceptional young entrepreneurs didn't achieve their most rapid market capitalization growth until later, when their founders were older. The iPhone entered the market when Steve Jobs was in his 50s"

There are almost endless opportunities for older entrepreneurs to meet business and community challenges with inn
ovative entrepreneurial solutions.  Take hold of this option.  Give yourself permission to explore, then plan, then take action.  The world needs you, and the challenge will make you stronger.

Link the CNBC article quoted above

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Endeavor. To exert oneself. To strive.

Endeavor is an old word with great possibilities.

Its current meaning as a verb means 'to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; strive'.  As a noun in means 'a strenuous effort; attempt.'

When you are starting a new enterprise, you are launching an endeavor.  You are making an effort.  You are striving.

If you are looking for permission to consider entrepreneurship, if you are looking to plan or to expand your own business, don't look for external rewards.

Look to yourself.  Strive to do change the world in small and large ways.  Increase your focus.  Do the little things with meaning and effort.  There is no better path to making progress.

Endeavor. Strive. You'll build the strengths you need as you go forward.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tom Waits quote. Explaining about not having a 'normal' job.

If you think you need to follow a prescribed career path, you've missed the train.  The world no longer works like that.

As this blog shifts over to writing with intention about the opportunities for those of us in the second half of life, it is especially relevant that we give up fixed expectations.  We need to go with what we have.  We need to make opportunities out of every hand we've been dealt.

So, a parable from Tom Waits.  Consider this when you are choosing options that don't fit molds that other people want to put you in...

Tom Waits:

My kids are starting to notice I'm a little different from the other dads.  'Why don't you have a straight job like everybody else?' they asked me the other day.

I told them this story:

"In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree.  Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me... I'm straight, and I'm tall, and I'm handsome.  Look at you... You're all crooked and bent over.  No one wants to look at you!  And they grew up in that forest together.  And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.  So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper.  And the crooked tree is still there, growing strong and stranger!"


Today is the 13th anniversary of this Sustainable Work blog.  Growing stronger and stranger.  Thanks to all the great visitors over the years.  I look forward to sharing many more with you all.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Sustainable Work blog anniversary coming up. 13 years and growing!

The thirteenth anniversary of this Sustainable Work blog is coming up this week.

I've been neck deep in startup work for the last year or so.  It's time to catch up with the story and the goals I set up at the start of all this.

This is a moment in history when we need a revolution in entrepreneurial thinking.  Major parts of the conversation about entrepreneurship have been taken over by big money and academics.  There is a place for all that, but it leaves out the thousands of years of history that real people have been motivated to fix a problem, and small enterprises grow out of their solutions.

People can act entrepreneurially within their existing gigs, and we can also begin to plan and launch small community-oriented enterprises to fix the broken stuff all around us.

I'm reposting the original blog post from Sustainable Work below.  Thirteen years this week and I still feel just as passionately about the work that needs to be done.


Tuesday, April 12, 2005


I'm glad you've found you're way here. Welcome!

I've got this idea that I'd like to start a million more small, sustainable enterprises. However, I'm 50 something and I have a perfectly wonderful 90 hour a week job now. So I'm just going to have to talk about it here in my spare time. Hopefully I can help other people along this path. Can we get to a million new small enterprises? Come on along. Let's try. I look forward to sharing this site with you.

All the best,



You can link to this original piece below: