• http://blog.solaiemes.com juan

    Thx for the post :-)
    Impressive story.

  • http://micro-isv.blogspot.com/ Maintenance Man

    Now I just need to get ahead in my company to make it to the level where I can practice intrapreneurship.

  • http://lallylogic.startitup.net Brendan Lally

    Nicely done.
    Have similar aspects in large org’s as well.

  • http://tykchoi.com/blog tykchoi

    Sam, this is an excellent post! Thanks for sharing your experiences and advice. In your opinion, what specific skills do you think an intrapreneur should focus on developing in order to be ready to become an entrepreneur?

    • http://blog.aparicio.org Sam

      Thanks for the compliment! What entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship share is a sense of accountability for the results. When you are an entrepreneur, you have to figure out how to get good traction in the marketplace. And there are no excuses.

      Inside a corporation there are many ways to hide from poor results. An intrapreneur needs to concentrate on making himself vulnerable to the possibility of failure, because it’s mostly in this context that progress can be made.

      The other thing is learning “the art of the possible”. In a big company there are many worthwhile projects that would make sense, if only there weren’t so many barriers to go over. A small company has another set of barriers (lack of resources, no brand, etc), so learning to focus on a viable, practical plan and on a goal that can be achieved within the time you’re given is a key skill that will transfer well.

  • Jeff

    Very nice post. I’ve worked for a small company for 14 years, taking advantage of every opportunity to help the company grow, take on new products and services and expand its customer base, consequently I moved up the corporate ladder to a top position. During my years of employment, I was introduced to people and situations that allowed me to hone my professional persona and build on my various tool sets. But most importantly, I was able to reinforce and solidify my confidence in “what’s right” and “how things SHOULD be done.” From consulting with customers, managing employees to dealing with other professionals, such as vendors and even competitors, I learned a lot about business and life in general. One important fact that learned is that a persons chronalogical age is no indication to their intellectual or emotional age. I’ve met some 50 year old children with impressive titles and some 18 year old sages that seem to just ‘get it’ – you know, self aware, empathetic, motivated, conscientious.

    I guess what I’m saying is that, I know my 21-year-old self would probably sweat too much of the small stuff and place too much importance and credibility on a lot of the bull crap that goes on in business. Now, I’m much more capable to stay focused on the big picture and digest situations immediately for what they are.

    I’ve only recently ventured out on my own, but now I am confident in myself, my abilities and my understanding of what this life is all about. My time working for a small company and helping it grow to a medium sized company was a tremendous learning experience that I know will make me more successful as an entrepreneur.