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Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity Paperback – November 2, 2010
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About the Author
A native of Chicago, Chris Rabb is a visiting researcher at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is a fellow at Demos, a non-partisan think-tank in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
In my family I can trace a history of business ownership and entrepreneurship back over 200 years. My generation were the first to spend our lives as "non-entrepreneurs". I have long concluded that the American secular religion of "small business" and "entrepreneurship" is misplaced and based upon misunderstanding and distortion of fact -- and that in many cases the seductive imperative to "be your own boss" and "own your own business", along with the deliberate falsehoods in the political arena that "small businesses create the most jobs" ignores the reality that most small businesses fail, after failing to ever generate a profit. (So when small businesses fail, what happens to all those jobs that were "created"???)
What most small businesses actually amount to is self-employment -- frequently in the absence of paying jobs, and/or a huge suck-off of hard earned savings -- or perhaps a small windfall or inheritance -- from naive individuals who have neither knowledge nor aptitude for actually starting a successful business. Rather than an engine for growth, unsound attempts a entrepreneurship are often a machine for wealth extraction for the naive and unprepared.
If these comments either intrigue or infuriate you, let me recommend this book to your attention!! Entrepreneurship is commendable and an important part of our society, but it demands an understanding of the risks and requirements. Be prepared!
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Anyone who is thinking of starting a business should read this book. It lays out facts in a manner that is easy to understand and really hits home. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Rachel Berbiglia
Mr. Rabb's book is a must read for anyone who is serious about getting started in business.
So often we do not realize how much of an advantage we have when we start a... Read more
Well tried, and tested Chris Rabb has an idea of what it take to open, run, and to keep running your business for years to come. It opens your mind. Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by Magic Eddie
Chris categorizes various forms of financial capital, social capital, cultural capital, and human capital as "invisible capital. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Ed Hopkins
I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you are truly serious about being in business for yourself you need to read & research period. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by Walt
INVISIBLE CAPITAL: HOW UNSEEN FORCES SHAPE ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITY offers a fine analysis of a set of factors that can increase intangible assets for a business. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Midwest Book Review