Interview an entrepreneur in an industry or business that interests you
Interview an entrepreneur in an industry or business that interests you. Focus on how
and why this entrepreneur started their business. Relatives may not be used for this
assignment. Use the following questions when submitting the assignment or create your
a. Your contact information
b. The entrepreneur’s name, address, title, company name, and phone number
c. How did you find this person and why did you choose her or him?
d. Describe their background
e. Why is this person an entrepreneur?
f. What influenced the entrepreneur to identify and pursue this opportunity?
g. How did the entrepreneur’s background (family history, prior education, and
work experience) affect the opportunity discovered?
h. Describe the opportunity that the entrepreneur decided to pursue and the process
the entrepreneur used to evaluate the opportunity.
i. How did the entrepreneur evaluate the opportunity?
j. What criteria did the entrepreneur use to decide whether to pursue the
k. What were the perceived risks of this opportunity and how did the entrepreneur
expect to manage them?
l. What did the entrepreneur do to turn the opportunity into a business?
m. Identify specific activities the entrepreneur undertook to develop the opportunity
into a business.
n. Identify when the entrepreneur did these activities (provide dates: month and
o. Identify important contacts and individuals who were helpful during the startup
p. What major problems did the entrepreneur encounter along the way?
q. How were these problems solved?
r. What advice would the entrepreneur give to someone thinking about pursuing an
s. Why was this entrepreneur successful?
Interview the CEO of a non profit organization and ask him/her the
a. How did you become involved with this organization? (Or, if the
leader also founded the organization: Why did you start this
organization? How has it grown or changed over time?)
b. Can you tell me about the work your organization does and the
program or programs you run? [As a follow up, what differentiates
you from other organizations?] (Here you are trying to get at how the
organization is unique while confirming your impression of what
causes or people it serves, what programs it offers, and how it gets
results.) What do you think your constituents or beneficiaries would
say is the best thing about your organization?
c. What results does your organization achieve? How has your program
improved over time?
d. What are your goals for the next three to five years? What priorities
will help you achieve them? What barriers are in your way?
e. What proportion of your revenue for next year will come from similar
sources to this year’s revenue? Do you have plans to increase this
consistency over time? (Here you are trying to get a sense of how
stable/unstable their revenue picture is, and how dependent it is on a
f. Where is your leadership team strong, and where does it need
g. What is the hardest decision the organization has had to make
recently, and how did you evaluate the tradeoffs involved?
h. What do you, personally, spend most of your time on?