Older Entrepreneurs Start Companies Too

Older workers start up more companies than you think
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Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the economy. They’re innovators, experimenters, and risk takers, the driving force behind capitalism’s “perennial gale of creative destruction,” in economist Joseph Schumpeter’s evocative metaphor. In the American imagination, entrepreneurs are young and bold. Think Bill Gates of Microsoft and Michael Dell of Dell creating the personal computer revolution in the 1980s and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter building social media enterprises in the 2000s.

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