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Can Policy Makers Create an Ecosystem for Entrepreneurship?
This piece is cross-posted and adapted slightly from The Economist, November 16, 2010.
Zebras are beautiful. They are powerful. They exist in nature. But if someone told you that you could paint a white mule with black stripes and call it a zebra, you would send them packing. The necessary and sufficient conditions for breeding zebras are two mature adults of opposite gender, springtime, and some privacy.
Daniel Isenberg is Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global, and founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project. His most recent HBR article is How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution. You can find him on Twitter at @danisen.
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