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Question: What is “Startup Culture?”

Thom Ruhe, Director of Entrepreneurship, The Kauffman Foundation

In a report this month from the Kauffman Foundation, entitled "The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur," 66.2 percent of respondents viewed “the appeal of a startup culture” as an important, very important, or extremely important motivation in becoming an entrepreneur.

But what exactly is “startup culture?” Or rather, what does it mean to you?

I'm not as much interested in what survey results and data tell us about a “typical” entrepreneur or entrepreneurial lifestyle – but what do you think of when you picture your image of an entrepreneur?  What do you imagine to be the “startup culture” that a full 2/3 of survey respondents listed as being so important?

How common and/or accurate are the stereotypes about our chosen vocation?

Drop your thoughts in the comments - I'm interested to see what sort of picture we can paint of an "entrepreneur," as the community sees it. 

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