We have repeatedly said that infographics are noteworthy for what they not only include but also exclude. What the “LinkedIn Explores What It Takes To Be an Entrepreneur” infographic excludes is names. For example, in the section on “Where do founders come from?” there are shown the icons of ten famous companies, one of which is Yahoo. But which companies were founded by those who were employed by Yahoo at one time? The infographic is silent in this regard.
We do know, though, that the company of Flipkart–the largest Indian online shopping site–was founded by two people who used to work at Amazon (which is not one of the 10 companies shown in the icon).
We also knew about the obvious colleges and universities that are best suited to those who are inclined to business and to start-ups. However, we had never heard of Babson College. Through Wikipedia we found out that it is a very small college, having no more than 3,000 students.
We were surprised, and somewhat perplexed by two of the sections. One section merely said that the average length of time in a position before the first start-up was 2.5 years. In this hurly-burly world of ours, that seems to be almost an eternity. The other section showed the college or university fields of study of the founders. Two of them were obvious: computer engineering and computer science. However, others were theology and nursing. We do not know what to make of those fields of study.
Likes: The “Fields of study” section was certainly the most original section.
Dislikes: Not enough information, and too much obvious information.