MIT’s Bill Aulet on Why Entrepreneurship is Not “Some Kind of Black Magic”
April 7, 2017
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Many in Boston’s tech scene have long lamented the fact that Boston “lost” Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg when he moved to Silicon Valle to nurture his young startup, now Facebook.

But Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, doesn’t seem too broken up about it. To him, the Zuckerberg example — a young whiz who drops out of school to rewrite the rules of business — is a fading myth of entrepreneurship. And it’s not one Aulet encourages his students to emulate.

“I believe entrepreneurship is now being seen as a not just something you’re born into — some kind of black magic, but it’s actually a body of knowledge and it’s a profession we can teach people,” Aulet said. “And that’s what we talk about. It’s not a science, but it’s not an art either. It’s a craft.”

That philosophy is at the heart of Aulet’s new “Disciplined Entrepreneurship Workbook,” released April 3, which builds on a previous book and on Aulet’s classes at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Read the full article at the Boston Business Journal.