Professor Bill Aulet talks entrepreneurship: The spirit of a pirate the skills of a Navy Seal

On March 25th, 2019, Guglielmo Marconi University had the pleasure to host, in collaboration with MANAGERITALIA Roma, a very pertinent and inspiring event on entrepreneurial discipline, perspectives and methods. The event was guided by Professor Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT and Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Sloan Executive Education, who also authored “Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup”, that was translated in 18 languages. Professor Aulet’s 25-year successful business career at IBM lead him to become an award-winning educator and author, whose views are changing how entrepreneurship is understood, taught and practiced around the world. According to Professor Aulet “there is no gene or DNA that makes you an entrepreneur; it’s actually what you are exposed to that makes you one, its nurture and not nature”. The speech focused  around four fundamental points: (1) Heart, the entrepreneurial drive has to start from within; (2) Creative Irreverence, the willingness to be different; (3) Break the rules, the audacity to act differently and (4) Skills, the discipline to execute. According to Professor Aulet, the essence of entrepreneurship is “to have the spirit of a pirate […] and the executions skills of a Navy Seal”. The event saw the participation of Roberto Saliola, President of Manageritalia, of Arturo Lavalle, coordinator of the research and development area at GMU, and of Alessandra Berto, representative of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and boot camper at the innovation program at MIT.

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Professor Bill Aulet talks entrepreneurship