What motivates a serial entrepreneur to start new ventures: A multiple case study of serial entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

by Mayer, Margery, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 130 pages; 3296720


Despite the importance of venture creation to the economy, at present there is little research on serial entrepreneurs, people who found multiple ventures. This narrative inquiry study illuminated the skills, motivations, and behaviors of 18 serial entrepreneurs as they described, perceived, and examined their lived experiences as they founded their businesses. The results from this study suggested that serial entrepreneurs want more than just the satisfaction of starting a business. There is a deeper personal motivation and a drive for creativity and challenge that can be satisfied only by founding new ventures time and time again. Serial entrepreneurs used the skills they acquired from prior experience to turn their ideas into new business opportunities, acquire talented employees, and secure funding when needed. A critical motivation for all study participants is to make a difference in the world and that their personal qualities and values contributed to the success of their entrepreneurial ventures.

AdviserShelley R. Robbins
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3296720

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