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  • Start-Up Century

  • Why We're All Becoming Entrepreneurs - and How to Make It Work for Everyone
  • By: James Wise
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins

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By: James Wise
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
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Publisher's Summary

A fresh look at the boom in entrepreneurship and start-ups – and how it’s changing the world of work.  

Does it feel like everyone you know is thinking about starting a business? That’s because they are. In the last few years new businesses have been launched in record numbers, with more of us than ever deciding to go it alone or become entrepreneurs.  

Fuelled by new technologies like artificial intelligence and automation, this trend is only just beginning, with traditional firms due to be automated in the same way that farms and factories were in the last few decades.  

Start-Up Century explains why this shift is happening, and what it will mean to live in a world where most of us are self-employed, or work in small entrepreneurial endeavours. It details the entrepreneurial frontiers ahead of us, the opportunities to be seized, and products to be built in fields as diverse as robotics to healthcare, energy and construction. And it covers the many challenges that this new way of working presents, setting out ideas and policies to help us close the digital divide, make education relevant again, make our public services more innovative and inspire a new generation to build the solutions the world needs.  

In the face of rapid changes to the way we work and the technologies available to us, Start-Up Century sets out an overwhelmingly positive view of how individuals and start-ups, not corporates, will solve the challenges of the twenty-first century.  

Authored by James Wise, the venture capitalist and technology commentator, Start-Up Century is packed with personal tales and interviews with everyone from teenage side-hustlers to the CEOs of multi-billion-dollar successes. This is a book for every aspiring entrepreneur, and anyone interested in the policy changes needed to support them.

©2023 James Wise (P)2023 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

Attempting entrepreneurship changed my life. This brilliant book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand why the world has changed irrevocably and we are all entrepreneurs now. (Baroness Martha Lane-Fox)

We need more entrepreneurs, risk-takers and wealth creators. This vital book is packed with good ideas that will help budding entrepreneurs seize on new technologies and succeed in a fiercely competitive world. (Sir James Dyson)

Every technological revolution changes the conditions for business and the conditions of work. Understanding how the change is happening now and how it can be facilitated is crucial for the social and economic success of any country. This book is a guide for both understanding and effective action. (Professor Carlota Perez)

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