Cem Erdem on Business and Entrepreneurship

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What are three characteristics shared by most entrepreneurs? Passion, drive, and persistence.

That’s according to Cem Erdem, President and CEO of Augusoft. Ask Cem about innovation and technology and he’ll refer to that “unstoppable force,” that drive that pushes entrepreneurs to lead and create. Entrepreneurs, he says, learn as much from their failures as from their successes, and do their best work when they share their ideas with coaches and mentors. Community colleges, in particular, are ripe ground for entrepreneurs, he argues, primarily because they offer new, flexible approaches to online learning (including certificate programs with cloud-based registration processes). “Thinking and breathing” those shared characteristics of an entrepreneur: that, says Cem, is what it takes to move forward – to really move forward – with an idea.