A Valentine’s Day Edition of the Kauffman Sketchbook Reminds Us Why We Love Entrepreneurs

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Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Paul Kedrosky suggests that the best entrepreneurs are people who scratch their own itch.

Paul Kedrosky, senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, outlines the attitudes that set entrepreneurs apart and motivate them to devote all of their energy to their startup idea in the newest installment of the Kauffman Sketchbook series.

In the video titled “The Itch,” released today by the Kauffman Foundation, Kedrosky suggests that the best entrepreneurs are people who scratch their own itch. “One of the things that you see that’s really unusual ... is this degree of itchiness and impatience,” he says. “They just can’t wait for someone else to do it.”

Kedrosky cites the stories of renowned entrepreneurs Craig Newmark of Craig’s List, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Steve Jobs of Apple to help illustrate his points. “It’s this kind of monomaniacal need to satisfy themselves crossed with impatience,” Kedrosky says. “They were maddened and frustrated at the world, they scratched their own itch, and it turned out to be an itch that a lot of us had.”

“The Itch” joins Kedrosky’s “Money Game,” one of the most popular installments in the Kauffman Sketchbooks series, which provides an overview and commentary on the ways entrepreneurs fund their enterprises.

Since the Kauffman Sketchbook series launched in September 2011, the videos featuring the insights of influential thought leaders in the areas of education and entrepreneurship have drawn more than 213,000 viewers to YouTube and Kauffman.org. The Sketchbooks won a top award from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and have been widely shared on a variety of websites, blogs and social media outlets, as well as at numerous events and conferences.

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on http://www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and http://www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

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