September 5, 2014
At our Tech Cocktail Sessions event in Chicago last night, Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh gave us some insight into entrepreneur psychology with (what else?) a cat analogy:
“This is terrible, but – I’m like a cat. I want to be on the other side of the door no matter what. It’s like, ‘Oh, I’m outside, I want to be inside. Oh, I’m inside, I want to be outside.’
“[Entrepreneurs] just don’t conform very well,” he continued. “We’re the opposite of water. Water, whatever container you put it in, it takes the form of that container. We’re the thing that doesn’t want to take the form of whatever you put us in. We may look like the perfect thing to fit there, but once you put me there, I want to get out.”
One of the main places entrepreneurs don’t fit is in the corporate world – and in fact, Huh said, that’s what drives a lot of people to go off on their own.
“Part of this is our vision to disrupt and build great things,” said Huh. “But part of this is because we’re just stubborn assholes who don’t want to go back to doing what we were doing before. At some point you become practically unemployable – as I’ve proven.”
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