Es asombroso ver en que se puede convertir la revolucio n rusa a trave s del cerebro de un comerciante yanqui; basta ver las fotos de las revistas norteamericanas, nada ma s que las fotos porque no se leerlas, para comprender que nohay pueblo ma s imbe cil que e se sobre la tierra; no puede haberlo porque tambie n la capacidad de estupidez es limitada en la raza humana. It's astonishing to see what the Russian Revolution can become thanks to the brain of aYankee entrepreneur; you only have to see the photos in North American magazines, only the photos because I can't read them, to realize they're the most stupid people on earth; that's quite possible because even the human race has a limited potential for idiocy.1939 El pozo (translated as The Pit,1991).
The typical entrepreneur is no longer the bold and tireless man of Marshall, or the sly and rapacious Moneybags of Marx, but a mass of inert shareholders, indistinguishable from rentiers, who employ salaried managers to run their concerns.Edwin Arlington Robinson: 1947 An Essay on Marxian Economics.
I became an entrepreneur by mistake. Ever since then I've gone into business, not to make money, but because I think I can do it better than it's been done elsewhere. And, quite often, just out of personal frustration about the way it's been done by other people.richard branson: As stated in an interview with Martyn Lewis in his book, Reflections on Success (1997)
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.attributed in Entrepreneurship - In Cup of Tea (2004-12-12).; and in Decision and Action by Chuck Gallozzi,but also attributed to Robert Browning in On business, brands and marketplace success.
There are no checks and balances if the gov is wrong, if a private entrepreneur makes a mistake, he goes bankrupt, the losses are cut, if he bets wrong, he loses, if the gov bets wrong, they just get bigger, they just appropriate more money, it's a bottomless pit, because they either get it from the tax payers or run it off a printing press.peter schiff: Authors@Google: Peter Schiff (2009)
Now, there are some, and I don’t just mean Communists like you, but thinking men of all political parties, who think that not many of these gods actually exist. Some believe that ‘’none’’ of them exist. There’s just us and an ocean of darkness around us. I’m no philosopher or poet, how would I know the truth? It’s true that all these gods seem to do awfully little work much like our politicians and yet keep winning reelection to their golden thrones in heaven, year after year. That’s not to say that I don’t respect them, Mr. Premier! Don’t you ever let that blasphemous idea into your yellow skull. My country is the kind where it pays to play it both ways: the Indian entrepreneur has to be straight and crooked, mocking and believing, sly and sincere, at the same time.aravind adiga: The First Night
Schumpter's daring and dashing entrepreneur is now a legendary figure from the distant past - if not from the mythology of capitalism - or is to be found only in the demimonde of business, founding new ice cream parlors or "deep freeze subscription clubs".paul a. baran: Chapter Three, Standstill And Movement Under Monopoly Capitalism, I, p. 77
The discounting presumably is to be done for each period of time at that rate of interest which represents the alternative cost of employing capital in the occupation in question; that is, at the rate which the entrepreneur could obtain in other investmentskenneth boulding: p.793 cited in: Pedro Garcia Duarte (2010) "A Path through the Wilderness: Time Discounting in Growth Models"
A firm consist of the system of relationships which comes into existence when the direction of resources is dependent on an entrepreneur... As a firm gets larger, there may be decreasing returns to the entrepreneur function, that is, the costs of organizing additional transactions within the firm may rise.ronald coase: p. 388-9 as cited in: E. Wayne Nafziger (2012) Economic Development. p. 386
“As an entrepreneur you have responsibilities in trying to operate well in what you have to do. There is a positive effect if you end up doing that. That’s where I try to spend most of my efforts.”john elkann: "Fiat's John Elkann shares family business views", FBNenews, 12-15-2010
The market is sovereign and in the magic economy of the small entrepreneur there is no authoritarian center… in the political sphere… the equilibrium of powers prevails, and hence there is no chance of despotism.c. wright mills: P. 242, describing the view commonly held in the eighteenth century.
The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn't build Apple, that Henry Ford didn't build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn't build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn't build McDonald's, that Bill Gates didn't build Microsoft, you go on the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn't build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America and it's wrong.mitt romney: "Videos: Romney on the attack after Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark", Hot Air, 17 July 2012 referring to Barack Obama's 2012-07-13 statement, "Somebody invested in roads and bridges — if you've got a business, you didn't build that; somebody else made that happen."
There is no such thing as a failed soldier, dead or alive (unless he acted in a cowardly manner) likewise there is no such thing as a failed entrepreneur or failed scientific researcher ...nassim nicholas taleb: p. 79 (Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (2012))
Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and thus drive out of business the small entrepreneur. Also, in their conglomerate form, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the very legitimacy of the state.gore vidal: "The State of the Union" (1978)
If organized team sports develop managerial skills for a corporate setting, pickup team sports are more like training to be an entrepreneur... Pickup team sports are still about 99% male. That is, this form of preparation to be an entrepreneur is about 99% male socialization. I believe this is one of many contributors to why men who run their own business earn twice what their female counterparts earn.warren farrell: p. 156. (Part IV: Where do we go from here)
The one version of the bourgeois comprises the artisan, the trader, the official, the financier, and the entrepreneur, all of whom, in their own way, can claim to know what labor is. Juxtaposed to them from the beginning, stands a type of bourgeois who does research, writes poetry, composes and makes music, and philosophizes and who believes that these activities develop a world that is self-sufficient. It is obvious that these two fractions of the bourgeois ego get on only superficially and come together only in the hollow connection of property and cultivation. They create the century-long tension between the good and the evil bourgeois, the idealist and the exploiter, the visionary and the pragmatist, the ideally liberated bourgeois and the laboring bourgeois. This tension remains as inexhaustible as that between the world of work and “freedom” in general.Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason, M. Eldred, trans. (1987), pp. 63-64
We [entrepreneurs] have incredible enthusiasm, and I think part of the success of any entrepreneur is energy. Entrepreneurs have this real belief that their lives are about service and leadership.Dame Anita Roddick. From her interview with Martyn Lewis, as recorded in his book, Reflections on Success (1997)
An entrepreneur is very enthusiastic and dances to a different drum beat, but never considers success as something which equates to personal wealth.Dame Anita Roddick (1942–2007), British businesswoman. From her interview with Martyn Lewis, as recorded in his book, Reflections on Success (1997)
Napoleon said Britain is a nation of shopkeepers and a shopkeeper is an entrepreneur he or she is a small business person. That’s exactly what we are.Theo Paphitis, Greek Cypriot born British entrepreneur. ‘Theo Pathitis: Business Adventurer’, an interview on The Open University’s website, open2.net, published on 23 December 2009
The entrepreneur is the person who seeks to identify what consumers, at home or abroad or both, want and would be willing to buy at a profitable price. These entrepreneurs are the job-creators because it is they who gather the men and women, the material, the machinery, and the money to turn the vision of a market into a reality.Keith Sinjohn Joseph, Baron Joseph (1918–1994), British barrister and politician. ‘Introduction’, Self-Help (1859) by Samuel Smiles, from the reprinted edition by Sidgwick & Jackson (1986)
I see an entrepreneur as the chief designer of a business that works better than any other.Michael E. Gerber (b.1936), American small business guru and author, ‘A Conversation with Michael Gerber’, from an interview posted on Businessweek.com website, 24 March 2008
The true entrepreneur is one who thinks laterally, about how to make a second business out of the first.Evan Davis (British economist, journalist and presenter), Dragons’ Den: Success from Pitch to Profit (2007), Part 3: Know the Business, p. 245
I don’t believe there are any free lunches. There is no easy ride to success. The journey is what it is and you have to accept that if you want to be a successful entrepreneur.James Caan [Nazim Khan] (b.1960), Pakistan-born British businessman. Interview for Director Magazine, May 2008.
To any potential entrepreneur I would say, don't go with the wave; find something unique.James Caan [Nazim Khan] (b.1960), Pakistan-born British Businessman, entrepreneur. , Dragons' Den: Success from Pitch to Profit (2007), Part 2: Inside the Den, p 203
I think that people have the idea of an entrepreneur being the sort of stereotype person who treads all over everybody and bullies their way to the top. There certainly are people like that, and they have managed to get away with it, but they generally get their come-uppance in the end.Sir Richard Branson. From his interview with Martyn Lewis, as recorded in Lewis’ book, Reflections on Success (1997)