Innerpreneurs, entrepreneurs, wannapreneurs and intrapreneurs

Innerpreneurs, entrepreneurs, wannapreneurs and intrapreneurs

These days, you can’t be a hipster without being a -preneur. They come in all sizes and shapes. Ganjapreneurs sell pot or pot derivatives. Technopreneurs do online anything. And then there are the doctorpreneurs, physician entrepreneurs or medpreneurs.

The list gets even more confusing since there are so many different kinds and definitions. Here is a brief lexicon to help understand the different kinds of physician entrepreneurs:

1. Innerpreneurs: Doctors who have the DNA to be great entrepreneurs, but either don’t realize it or have had the creativity beat out of them during their medical training. Some have bought into the myth that doctors make lousy business people. Here are 10 reasons why.

2. Entrepreneurs: Those who pursue opportunity with scarce resources under conditions of uncertainty with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of innovation. They are frequently misunderstood.

3. Intrapreneurs: Employed physicians trying to act like entrepreneurs. They require a special set of survival skills, like political savvy and pursuing opportunities that are not traditional and that require unlearning.

4. Wannapreneurs: Physicians who want to be part of the upside but don’t want to contribute. Their mantra is “Here’s my idea. Just send me the checks”. Here are 10 ways to spot them.

5. Philanthropreneurs: Physicians trying to improve the human condition with active investments, not donations

6. Psychopreneurs: Entrepreneurs with entrepreneurial psychopathology, Here is how to speak to a narcissistic physician entrepreneur.

7. Leaderpreneurs: They lead innovators, not manage innovation systems

8. Ganjapreneurs: Cannabusiness tycoons

9. Medical student Antsypreneurs: Medical student graduates who forgo taking a residency to go to work for or create their own startup

10. APEs: Academic physician entrepreneurs

11. Edupreneurs: Entrepreneurs changing medical school and residency education

12. Non-sick care technopreneurs: Usually someone who is a service provider, technologist or investor, without a previous biomedical background. Here are common reasons why these kinds of entrepreneurs fail.

The nice thing is that if you are tired of making all that money, you can be a Zenpreneur.

Trumpreneurs are another type,but we will have to wait and see how long it stays in the dictionary.

Are they born, made or self made?

Here’s what it takes to be a successful physician entrepreneur. There are many choices so be happy and choose wisely. All you have to do is look it up.

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Arlen MyersArlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is an emeritus professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine ,teaches bioentrepreneurship and is Chief Medical Officer for Bridge Health and Cliexa. He is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at and author of the Life Science Innovation Roadmap.




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