In employing roughly half of all private sector employees, small businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit stimulate economic growth and are a foundation of America's economy. Most new inventions and creative ideas or related modifications arise from them, just as the first airplane was built by two brothers who owned a tiny bicycle shop.
In this exhibit visitors will encounter stories woven with innovation and resourcefulness, a tolerance for risk and, above all, constant determination. The video interviews with 16 modern-day entrepreneurs will reveal people who creatively identified opportunities and took the initiative to realize their ambitions.
In their passion to succeed, entrepreneurs often work 60 to 80 hours a week, with hustle and ingenuity. Entrepreneurs are market-driven and action-oriented, always looking to satisfy customers while guarding against making competitors rich from their work. As you will see, their single most vital characteristic is focused persistence.
In original interviews conducted for the Museum, visitors will hear firsthand from the following entrepreneurs:
Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove/Flash Donald Burr, People’s Express Robin Chase, Zipcar Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery Princess Jenkins, The Brownstone Kay Koplovitz, USA Network Raymond Kurzweil, Inventor Liz Lange, Liz Lange Maternity David Neeleman, JetBlue Drew Nieporent, Myriad Restaurant Group Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund Anthony Periera, altPower Felix Sencion, Mundial Group Muriel Siebert, Muriel Siebert & Co. (first woman on the NYSE) Elizabeth Stock, Computers For Youth