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Anatomy of the Entrepreneur

What makes entrepreneurs tick? LinkedIn combed through more than 120 million public profiles to pull stats on entrepreneurs and compare them to the average member. Some common threads from the study released in September include:

Where do they come from?

  • Top five business schools: Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and Dartmouth.
  • Companies that breed entrepreneurs: Adobe, Apple, eBay, Electronic Arts, Google, Microsoft, SGI and Yahoo.

What did they study?

  • Top majors: entrepreneurship (duh), computer engineering, computer science, physics and electrical engineering.
  • Technical majors (except civil engineering) are overrepresented among founders. Nursing and administration are underrepresented.

How old are they?

  • 65 percent of entrepreneurs are 30 and older at their first startup
  • Only 2 percent are serial entrepreneurs

Where are they now?

  • Most heavily populated entrepreneur cities: San Francisco, Boston and New York.
  • Most startup founders who list higher education as their previous industry are in nanotech, biotech and medical devices.

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This article was originally published in the November 2011 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Anatomy of the Entrepreneur.

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