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What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur Today

By Yancey Strickler

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 60 No. 4, Pages 29-31

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I want to talk about some of the values behind Kickstarter and what I think it means to be an entrepreneur.

I wanted to start by talking about a series of works by a Chinese artist named Zhang Wei. These are obviously photographs of very famous, iconic people, except they are actually composite photographs of Chinese people whom Zhang takes portraits of; his thesis is that in this mass-media age, we are defined more by the media's heroes than we even are by ourselves, so each of these photos is a composite of 1,000 different faces, Chinese faces, and it just shows how that is a lot of what defines us (see the accompanying image on this page).


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