Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious?

11 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2013

Date Written: October 2013


Why do some people become entrepreneurs while others don’t? Many explanations have been proposed, including economic, psychological, experiential, educational, situational, demographic, or other factors. All of these are at least somewhat plausible given that entrepreneurship’s complexity dictates that no single rationale for its undertaking can be complete. This short paper adds to these previous explanations a simple overarching idea: that the entrepreneurial instinct often is, like many human behaviors, imitative.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, startup, entrepreneur, network, founder

Suggested Citation

Kedrosky, Paul, Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious? (October 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Paul Kedrosky (Contact Author)

SK Ventures ( email )

San Francisco, CA
United States

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