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Typically, when we hear about startups, we think of apps built by college kids and funded by venture capital firms, remaking fortunes and economies overnight. But entrepreneurs aren’t all millennials, and most new businesses are things like restaurants or hair salons. And those small companies are the fabric of our economy.
Journalist David Sax joins us for a live broadcast report on the deeply personal questions of entrepreneurship. In conversation with Seattle-based technology journalist Glenn Fleishman and local entrepreneur Jody Hall, Sax explores the human questions of starting a business: why an immigrant family risks everything to build a bakery; how a small farmer fights to manage his debt; and what it feels like to rise and fall with a business you built for yourself. Sax draws from his book The Soul of an Entrepreneur to delve into the real story of entrepreneurship, confronting both success and failure and showing us how they can change a human life. Sit in with Sax, Fleishman, and Hall for a portrait of entrepreneurship today—our works, passions, hopes, and the inherent freedom they bring.
David Sax is a journalist, writer, and speaker specializing in business and culture. He is the author of The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter and Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen.
Glenn Fleishman is a Seattle-based technology journalist and two-time winner on Jeopardy! He writes and edits as a freelancer at a number of publications, which have recently included American History, Increment, Atlas Obscura, Fast Company, TidBITS, and the Economist.
Jody Hall has served as the owner, founder, and CEO of the Seattle-based Cupcake Royale bakeries for over 15 years. The business features locations in Capitol Hill, Ballard, Madrona, West Seattle, and Downtown.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.