Entrepreneurship · Data and Analytics

Can you really predict who’s most likely to start a company?

Rachel Zheng Business Development Manager at Honyee Media

June 4th, 2015

I’m sure many of you have read this article on TechCrunch about Bloomberg Beta - a data outreach program that predicts the 350 people most likely to start a business in the near future. This model would then be quite attractive to venture capitalists waiting for the next big thing to invest in. My question: Is this a viable way of identifying tomorrow’s entrepreneurs? What does it mean for the current and future entrepreneurial sector?

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John Shiple

June 4th, 2015

Certainly, it is. But is the market size 350 people? (super small) Or can you find a way to apply this at a more atomic level and with more industry verticals (i.e. not just startups/entrepreneurs)? Who's most likely to start a company is an uninteresting question because pretty much everybody is doing it right now. I'd be much more interested in who's going to be a leader in my company - or who can I hire to take charge of core areas of my business.

Paul Dowling Founder at Dreamstake

June 5th, 2015

The quality of the founder is certainly the best indicator of futute success