Innovation Fridays: Conversations on Entrepreneurship
What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Maybe we should back up and
start by pinpointing just what it does take to be an entrepreneur, especially one
starting up in the Washington region. To find out, we went straight to the experts.
Dan Beyers, editor of the Washington Post’s Capital Business, sat down with experts
from the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert
H. Smith. Dingman Center Managing Director Elana Fine and veteran investors and
entrepreneurs-in-residence Ed Barrientos and Jason Shrensky mulled over the characteristics
of a successful entrepreneur.
Barrientos currently manages an angel investment firm and heads Brazen Careerist,
a career focused social networking site targeting Gen Y. Shrensky is an active angel
investor and also splits his time between two startups he co-founded: ÜberOffices,
a co-working office space in Arlington, Va., and enterprise software developer ComplexInterests.
Before heading up the Dingman Center, Fine was a venture investor and advisor as
vice president of Revolution Partner, an investment bank specializing in mergers
and acquisitions and private capital advisory for the tech industry.
This is the first of three podcast installments capturing the group’s full conversation.
Listen to the full discussion now |
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.