Scott Gerber is a self taught serial entrepreneur, sought-after public speaker, internationally syndicated business columnist, television commentator, and author of the book ”Never Get a “Real” Job”. He is the producer and host of “Founders Forum with Scott Gerber” on Inc.com.
He’s been widely recognized as the world’s most-syndicated columnist on the subject of entrepreneurship. His columns appear regularly on TIME, Inc., MSN, CNBC, CNN, Mashable, The Next Web, and The Huffington Post. Scott is also a regular contributor on MSNBC, Fox Business and CNN.
Scott is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization comprised of many of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. He has been a featured speaker at the White House and has rung the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell. In 2011, he was named one of Mashable’s “4 Young Social Good Entrepreneurs to Watch. In 2012, he was named a “generation Y employment champion” by Fortune Magazine. In 2013, Fast Company named him a “superconnector” and the “Pandora of Gen Y networking”.
He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Reuters, Mashable, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC, US News & World Report, Fox News, Inc. and Entrepreneur.
The Young Entrepreneur Council
Described as “America’s most elite entrepreneur organization” by Forbes, The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), founded by Gerber in 2010, has several hundred members, all successful entrepreneurs and business owners, ages 21-40 – a group that includes the founders and leaders of Hootsuite, Chegg, Indiegogo, Rent The Runway, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Modcloth, Meet.me, Thrillist, Yodle, iContact, 2U (formerly 2tor), Threadless, Grasshopper, Likeable, Kissmetrics and Blip.tv. The YEC provides its members with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of a business’s development and growth.
Youth Entrepreneurship Act
Gerber’s YEC is co-author of the Youth Entrepreneurship Act, proposed legislation designed to make it easier for young people to start a business. The Act includes student loan forgiveness programs, expanded access to micro loans, and increased investment in entrepreneurship education.
More specifically, the Act, co-written with Youth Invincibles, calls for federal action to:
- Expand, and more directly target, federal incentives for education in entrepreneurship at both secondary and post-secondary levels.
- Encourage entrepreneurship through agency-sponsored student entrepreneurship events and learning, modeled after United States Department of Health and Human Services initiatives.
- Provide greater flexibility in the use of Title 5 “Well-Rounded” funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) so that local and state educators can better support entrepreneurship education programs.
- Double the capital available and restructure the Small Business Administration Microloan Program, target outreach to young people, and ensure that intermediaries are not putting up barriers to accessing these dollars due to lack of credit or collateral. Target loan programs to young people without college degrees and in communities of color.
- Incentivize innovative private sector programs that provide start-up capital and services to young entrepreneurs.
- Implement a federal student loan deferment, reduction, and forgiveness program for
- young people who start businesses, and maximize the existing Income-Based Repayment program.
- Target federal government procurement at young small businesses.
Never Get a “Real” Job
Never Get a “Real” Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business, and Not Go Broke is Gerber’s auto-biographical story of a hard-working, self-taught 26-year-old hustler, rainmaker, and bootstrapper who has survived and thrived despite never having held the proverbial “real” job. Gerber challenges the social conventions behind the “real” job and empowers young people to take control of their lives and dump their nine-to-fives—or their quest to attain them. Drawing upon[case studies, experiences, and observations, Scott dissects failures, shares hard-learned lessons, and presents practical, affordable, and systematic action steps to building, managing, and marketing a successful business on a shoestring budget. The book aims to teach unemployed and underemployed Gen-Yers, aspiring small business owners, students, and recent college graduates how to quit 9-to-5s, become their own bosses, and achieve financial independence.
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