Invisible Capital (Paperback)

How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity

By Chris Rabb

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781605093079, 173pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

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Nearly seven in ten Americans believe the American dream will be harder for their children to achieve than for themselves. Yet the myths around rugged individualism, meritocracy, and rags-to-riches upward mobility stubbornly persist. As "pro-entrepreneurship" as the United States seems, most Americans aren't very knowledgeable about how business really works. Millions of newly minted business owners don't know the importance--or even existence--of invisible capital.

Invisible capital is a complex set of factors--our skills, knowledge, networks, resources, and experiences--that can mean the difference between success and failure. Chris Rabb details how people can identify, grow, and leverage their invisible capital and explains why starting a business with deep community roots increases the chance of success.

Understanding invisible capital will enable more Americans to be better prepared to pursue entrepreneurship and level the playing field--because hard work, a great idea, and a good attitude simply aren't enough.

About the Author

Chris Rabb is a writer, consultant, and speaker on the intersection of entrepreneurship, media, civic engagement, and social identity. He is a visiting researcher at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.