Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem-Solvers, and Change Makers

Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem-Solvers, and Change Makers

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Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem-Solvers, and Change Makers by Margot Machol Bisnow

In this book, a political powerhouse and mother of two thriving entrepreneurs interviews the moms of over fifty of today’s most successful innovators and—based on her findings—provides ten rules for raising confident, fearless, self-made individuals whose ideas and drive will change the world.

Is your child passionate about something? Maybe it’s music, sports, theatre, writing, building things, or helping others—the kind of creative pursuits that create distinguished leaders and make change in the world. All parents want their kids to have success, but how do you help them cultivate their talent and vision for a personally fulfilling and financially successful life? Once you’ve recognized their drive and passion, how do you set your little trailblazers free?

Raising an Entrepreneur presents seventy-six stories from the mothers of some of the most successful entrepreneurs today. Entrepreneurs are the new rock stars—they’re the ones who turn their passions into ingenious projects, because they’re willing to risk failure to make their dreams come true. Highlighting the various achievements of innovators from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds—such as Geek Squad’s Robert Stephens and Nantucket Nectars' Tom Scott, nonprofit founders like Mama Hope’s Nyla Rodgers and Pencils of Promise's Adam Braun, profit for purpose creators like TOMS Shoes' Blake Mycoskie and FEED Projects’ Ellen Gustafson, activists like Mike de la Rocha and Erica Ford, and artists like actress Emmanuelle Chriqui and songwriter Benny Blanco—and with photos of the entrepreneurs as children, these inspirational interviews will provide guidance and support on nurturing your own change maker.

Not every kid will be an entrepreneur, but all kids have something that makes them unique. If you’re seeking a way to nurture your children’s passions and help them harness their talent, drive, and grit into a fulfilling life purpose, this book is for you. With these ten rules and numerous inspiring stories, you’ll gain confidence in raising your child into a creatively successful adult.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626253902
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 858,098
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Margot Machol Bisnow is a writer, wife, and mom from Washington, DC. She spent twenty years in government, including as an FTC Commissioner and Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and eight years writing a popular daily online social newsletter. Her son Austin has written successful pop songs and started the popular band Magic Giant. Her son Elliott founded Summit Series, a noted international conference series for millennial entrepreneurs, and led the purchase and development of Powder Mountain ski resort in Utah as a permanent home for their community. Her husband, Mark Bisnow, founded a national newsletter company, Bisnow Media, which was acquired in 2016. Their dog is the only one in the family who gets enough sleep.

Elliott Bisnow founded Summit Series, which has hosted thousands of young entrepreneurs at frequent events, and whose philosophy is that good business should be good for the world; Forbes called it “The Davos of Generation Y.” Summit is an investor in Uber, Warby Parker, and change.org, and has spearheaded philanthropic efforts that include building a seventy-one-square-mile marine-protected area in the Bahamas. Elliott cofounded Bisnow Media, which was acquired in 2016, and served on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.

Austin Bisnow is the lead singer of Magic Giant, the Los Angeles-based folk revival band known for anthem-like sing-alongs and euphoric live experiences, whose single “Set On Fire” charted #4 on Spotify’s US Viral 50. He is also an accomplished songwriter and producer who has worked with artists, including John Legend, will.i.am, David Guetta, and Steve Aoki. Austin and his brother Elliott teamed with Grammy-winning producer Benny Blanco to cofound the Get Well Soon Tour, a nonprofit that raises the spirits of hospitalized children across America.
 

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Rule 1 Support a Passion 13

Trust Your Child's Passion 13

Michael Chasen: cofounder Blackboard, SocialRadar

Jon Chu: feature filmmaker

Jason Russell: cofounder Invisible Children

Encourage Exploration 25

Joel Holland: founder VideoBlocks

Paige Mycoskie: founder Aviator Nation

Kevin Plank: founder Under Armour

Alexis Jones: founder I AM THAT GIRL

The Power of Stepping Aside 39

Greg Gunn: cofounder Wireless Generation, Entrepreneur in Residence City Light Capital

Robert Stephens: founder Geek Squad

My Family 44

Rule 2 Let Your Child Learn to Win-and Lose 47

The Importance of Grit 50

Chris Wink: cofounder Blue Man Group, Blue School

Simon Isaacs: founder GATHER, cofounder Fatherly

Adam and Scooter Braun: founder Pencils of Promise; talent manager and record label owner

Alan Chan: cofounder Arbitrage, Bread

Eric Ryan: cofounder Method

Erika Paola Gutierrez: founder epgPR

Radha and Miki Agrawal: cofounders Super Sprowtz, Daybreaker, Thinx, Wild

Blake and Paige Mycoskie: founder TOMS; founder Aviator Nation

Learning to Fail 72

Elliott Bisnow: founder Summit

Maja Kermath: cofounder Kor180

Reggie Aggarwal: founder Cvent

Rule 3 Don't Worry About Straight A's 83

Schools Don't Always Nurture Entrepreneurs 86

Benny Blanco: Grammy-winning songwriter and producer

Dhani Jones: former NFL linebacker, TV host, cofounder VMG Creative

What Parents Can Do 91

Jeff Marx: Tony-winning composer, playwright, songwriter

Jaclyn Mason: founder Charm Georgetown boutique

Jenna Arnold: founder PressPlay Productions, cofounder ORGANIZE

Erica Ford: cofounder LIFE Camp

What Schools Can Do 101

Rule 4 Mentors Can Be Great 107

Fanning the Flame 108

Benny Blanco: Grammy-winning songwriter and producer

Jesse Genet: founder Lumi

Encouraging Bold Choices 113

Tom Scott: cofounder Nantucket Nectars, The Nantucket Project

Alan Chan: cofounder Arbitrage, Bread

The Gift of Inspiration 119

Elizabeth McKee Gore: first Resident Entrepreneur, United Nations Foundation

Where You Come In 122

Rule 5 Instill Confidence 123

The Power of Belief 124

Michael Saylor: founder MicroStrategy, Saylor Foundation

Jessica Jackley: cofounder Kiva, ProFounder

Tania Yuki: founder Shareablee

The Power of Trust 131

Susan and Anne Wojcicki: CEO YouTube; cofounder 23andMe

Karolina Kurkova: supermodel

D. A. Wallach: lead singer Chester French, tech investor, Spotify Artist in Residence

Kathy Roth-Douquet: founder Blue Star Families Michael Skolnik: activist, filmmaker, cofounder Dot2Dot.com

Standing Up for Your Child 144

John Arrow: founder Mutual Mobile

Dhani Jones: former NFL linebacker, TV host, cofounder VMG Creative

Rule 6 Embrace Adversity 151

Obstacles as Opportunities 152

Sean Stephenson: motivational speaker, therapist

Ellen Gustafson: cofounder FEED Projects; founder Food Tank, Change Dinner

No Time for Self-Pity 158

Sean Carasso: peace activist, cofounder falling Whistles

Jenna Arnold: founder PressPlay Productions, cofounder ORGANIZE

Resilient for Life 163

Nyla Rodgers: founder Mama Hope

Deena Robertson: cofounder Modo Yoga

Hooman Radfar: cofounder Clearspring Technologies, Expa

Rule 7 Nurture Compassion 175

A Caring Vision 176

Scott Harrison: founder charity: water

Adam and Scooter Braun: founder Pencils of Promise; talent manager and record label owner

A Wider Window 183

Blake Mycoskie: founder TOMS

Sean Carasso: peace activist, cofounder Falling Whistles

Rule 8 Be a Great Family 193

From Great Families to Great Companies 194

Deena and Jess Robertson: cofounders Modo Yoga

Blake Mycoskie: founder TOMS

Incubating Entrepreneurship 199

Ellen Gustafson: cofounder FEED Projects; founder Food Tank, Change Dinner

Alexis Jones: founder I AM TMAT GIRL

Matt Mullenweg: cofounder WordPress

Entrepreneurs Raising Entrepreneurs 207

Robert Stephens: founder Geek Squad

Caren Merrick: cofounder webMethods, founder Pocket Mentor

Susan Wojcicki: CEO YouTube

Arturo Nunez: head of marketing Apple Latin America

Michael Wilbon: TV host

Karolina Kurkova: supermodel

Rule 9 Show Them There's Something Bigger 217

Faith and Values 218

Matt Mullenweg: cofounder WordPress

Kevin Plank: founder Under Armour

Adam and Scooter Braun: founder of Pencils and Promises; talent manager and record label owner

Blake and Paige Mycoskie: founder TOMS; founder Aviator Nation

Scott Harrison: founder charity: water

Jon Chu: feature filmmaker

Jason Russell: cofounder Invisible Children

Caren Merrick: cofounder webMethods, founder Pocket Mentor

Erica Ford: cofounder LIFE Camp

Finding Their Own Compass 221

Sean Carasso: peace activist, cofounder Falling Whistles

Quddus: TV host, music video director, online producer

Inspiration in Action 226

Emmanuelle Chriqui: film and television actor

Mike de la Rocha: justice activist, founder Revolve Impact

Maimah Karmo: founder Tigerlily Foundation

Rule 10 Lead by Following 237

Do What You Love, Love What You Do 239

Michael Skolnik, activist, filmmaker, cofounder Dot2Dot.com Tania Yuki: founder Shareablee

Let Them Find Their Way 240

Brooks Bell: founder Brooks Bell Interactive

Caren Merrick: cofounder webMethods, founder Pocket Mentor

Amanda judge: founder Faire Collection

Give Unconditional Support 247

Jesse Barber: chef-owner Dudley Market

Nicole Patrice De Member: cofounder High Orbit, Effigy Studios

Help Them Find Their Strengths 251

Ellen Gustafson: cofounder FEED Projects, founder Food Tank, Change Dinner

Adam and Scooter Braun: founder Pencils of Promise; talent manager and record label owner

Eric Ryan: cofounder Method

Conclusion: Believe in Your Child 259

Bonus Track: Stumbling Into (Some of) the Rules 275

References 283

Acknowledgments 287

Interviews


Bisnow resides in Washington, DC.

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