links for 2011-06-02

  • The recent articles proclaiming that 25 is the peak age for entrepreneurship deserve a considered and factual response. The demographic and racial profiling that has plagued venture capital and tech entrepreneurship has a new friend—ageism. This has to stop. Anecdotal Evidence: It does not take but one minute to look around the world and prove any thesis of a peak tech founder age incorrect. There are countless entrepreneurs over the age of 30, including Reid Hoffman (age 35 in 2002), Evan Williams of Twitter (age 35 in 2007), Mark Pincus of Zynga (age 41 in 2007), Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post (age 54 in 2005), among many others.
  • This may give away my age and musical tastes, but I’ve noticed how entrepreneurs nearly always end up sounding like AC/DC. It’s hard. It takes a long time. Capital raising is brutal. It’s a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock and Roll. Over the years, I’ve mentioned some of the following. It takes a bit of license, but when the realities do hit home, this other group of very resilient, very successful survivors actually becomes strangely relevant. They “teach” what everyone seems to end up learning about surviving on the entrepreneurial street.

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