What Is An Entrepreneur; and Why Does It Matter?

Last month my blog was partly inspired by reading Carol Roth’s The Entrepreneur Equation. This month I’ve been reading Peter Drucker’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship (1985) and Scott Shane’s The Illusions of Entrepreneurship (2008). I must admit that this thematic reading has, in part, been prompted by the LinkedIn question my friend Steve Breitman asked “What do you feel are the biggest small business/entrepreneurship myths?” and the follow-on discussions – particularly with Dave Reading – that have stirred up questions of “what is an entrepreneur?” and what are their characteristics. I am particularly interested in revisiting this question at this time because I’m trying to ensure I understand the entrepreneur market – after all, my current business, and two others that are in the feasibility and planning stage, all target entrepreneurs as their primary market niche.