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Questions for how to interview a entrepreneur

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Questions for the interview and film assignment. The film you make should be between 15-25 minutes long and include a segment about the company and how it operates.

Questions for how to interview a entrepreneur

  1. 1. Questions for “How to interview an Entrepreneur”<br />These questions are as a guide only. You can make up your own questions as well. Each interview should also include a segment about the company and how it operates. The film should be between 15-25 minutes long. <br />The entrepreneur before starting a venture<br /><ul><li>What is your education background?
  2. 2. What previous work experience do you have before starting the venture?
  3. 3. Did you have any role models when growing up?
  4. 4. Did you do entrepreneurial things as a youth?
  5. 5. When did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?</li></ul>The Entrepreneur at the time of starting the business<br /><ul><li>What was your primary motivation for starting a business? What were the factors that led you to start the venture?
  6. 6. What were your goals at the time you started the venture?
  7. 7. What sort of beliefs did you have (eg. About employees, partners, banks, etc)?
  8. 8. Did you establish a lifestyle business, a rapid growth business, or what?, Did your growth orientation change over time?
  9. 9. What sort of resources (not just financial) did you have when you started the venture? What sort of network did you have? Were there any special creative things you did to come up with the needed resources?
  10. 10. How concerned were you with control when starting the venture? Explore the entrepreneur’s need for control (of the venture, of people, of decision making)
  11. 11. Did you write a business plan?
  12. 12. Did you feel prepared to start the venture at the time you started it?
  13. 13. How long was a typical work day and work week when you first started your venture?</li></ul>The entrepreneur as he or she grew the venture<br /><ul><li>How have your goals and values changed since starting the venture?
  14. 14. Did your risk orientation change as the venture grew?
  15. 15. Did the typical work week change as the venture grew?
  16. 16. Did the assumptions you made when you first started the business prove to be wrong?
  17. 17. What key mistakes did you make along the way?
  18. 18. Were there some critical times when the business nearly failed?</li></ul>The entrepreneur today and tomorrow<br /><ul><li>What would you do differently if you had to do it all over again?
  19. 19. What key personal characteristics do you see in yourself that were especially important for your success?
  20. 20. What are your plans for the future?
  21. 21. What advice based on your experience would you give to others?

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