Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oct 21, 2010 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
“Eye-opening—shatters several myths, legends, and assumptions about entrepreneurship, opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the role of start-ups in society.” —Jay Rao, Professor of Technology & Innovation, Babson College
Writer, consultant and speaker Chris Rabb coined the term “invisible capital” to represent the unseen forces that dramatically impact entrepreneurial viability when a good attitude, a great idea, and hard work simply aren’t enough.

In his book, Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity, Rabb puts forth concrete and effective ways entrepreneurs and their advocates can build and grow sustainable enterprises amid these unseen forces created by society’s uneven playing field.

By honoring democratic ideals, challenging assumptions, and reframing how success is defined, Rabb illuminates the promise of commonwealth entrepreneurship. This compelling and often counter-intuitive book illustrates how broad and meaningful entrepreneurial opportunity benefits not just individual entrepreneurs, but local communities and society at large.
“My book discusses how green jobs can fix America’s two biggest problems: pollution and poverty. Invisible Capital illustrates masterfully why community-centered entrepreneurship is an essential component of this solution.” —Van Jones, New York Times-bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy

“Women entrepreneurs and advocates for women-owned businesses, listen up and read Chris Rabb’s book to find out how to evaluate invisible capital—not just financial capital—and leverage it for success.” —Linda Tarr-Whelan, author of Women Lead the Way
“Democratizing the economy is one of the truly great challenges of the twenty-first century. In this splendid book, Chris Rabb provides a detailed guide to the invisible forces that benefit the few and hold so many other people back. Make it required reading for your business bookshelf.” —Michael Edwards, author of Small Change


Dreaming a Difficult Dream
Invisible Capital Exposed
Democratizing Entrepreneurial Opportunity
Reframing Entrepreneurial Success and Failure
Toward Commonwealth Entrepreneurship
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A native of Chicago, Chris Rabb is a visiting researcher at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is a fellow at Demos, a non-partisan think-tank in New York City.

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