Philosophy Major Resource Center – Part 6
Becoming an entrepreneur:
Philosophy students shouldnâ€™t overlook the idea of starting their own businesses. I encourage students in my business ethics classesâ€”many if not most of whom are business majorsâ€”to try their hand at starting a business. I point out to them that despite the high failure rateâ€”half of all new businesses fail in the first five years, and two-thirds fail in the first decadeâ€”the rewards, both financial and personal, can be very high indeed. (These rewards are part of the reason there are roughly 27 million small businesses in America today).
I feel the same way about philosophy majors: if you have the reading and critical thinking skills to make it through a philosophy program, you can run a business. In fact, there are quite a few very successful business owners who majored in philosophy as undergrads or grads. They include:
- Carl Icahnâ€”activist investor, multi-billionaire.
- Larry Sangerâ€”co-founder of Wikipedia.
- George Sorosâ€”investor, multi-billionaire.
- Peter Thielâ€”founder of PayPay, angel investor in tech industry, multi-billionaire.
- Patrick M. Byrne–founder of Overstock.com, school reform advocate.