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What is an entrepreneur?

phil p.
Fishers, IN
Post #: 3

Over the years, I've heard "entrepreneur" so much that I wondered just what the definition is or at least what other people thought it meant.

I began to think that if you ask people, you'll get perhaps similar, but definitely not the same from any 2? 3? people.

I had gotten to the point of ["SCOTUS"] Justice Potter Stewart's definition of porn -> "But I know it when I see it."

So I turned to's entrepreneur, and found some things which you'd think (should[1]) make sense:

1. a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.

2. an employer of productive labor; contractor.


1. the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits

2. a middleman or commercial intermediary


"One who starts a business or other venture that promises economic gain but that also entails risks."

This sounds mildly better, but ... is there anything else to add?

This appears to hit the jackpot: "intrapreneur" - perhaps an "inside entrepreneur"?


an employee of a large corporation who is given freedom and financial support to create new products, services, systems, etc., and does not have to follow the corporation's usual routines or protocols

a person who while remaining within a larger organization uses entrepreneurial skills to develop a new product or line of business as a subsidiary of the organization

What's your opinion? Is the provided definition for entrepreneur correct? Is it complete? Do you believe the definition of entrepreneur would be more accurate if it borrowed from intrapreneur?


[1] "ought to but not necessarily will"
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