I have found myself wondering recently, is entrepreneurship a form of art?
First, let’s get back to basics. When defining the term “artist,” the word takes on a few different meanings. According to Merriam-Webster, an artist is one who professes and practices an imaginative art or a person skilled in one of the fine arts, a skilled performer, or one who is adept at something (e.g., con artist).
Now let’s get the dictionary definition of “art”: Art is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects. It also refers to the works so produced.
According to Wikipedia (as defined by the people themselves), art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seurat
Entrepreneurship is certainly a human activity and in most creations it is an expression of emotions and beliefs. I would further argue, entrepreneurship is an expression of societal evolution as we see many of the recent ideas are reinventing how we interact, communicate, meet, plan, and in general, live.
Entrepreneurship may not pertain to only aesthetic crafts, as the definition implies, but it requires a great deal of imagination and adept skill. The fluid definition of art and artists allows for infinite mediums to fall under this all-encompassing umbrella.
The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
So if you are with me so far and agree entrepreneurship is art, then as Sherlock says, "My Dear Watson," I would suggest every user of your creation is a fan of your artistic expression. With the avalanche of the web 2.0 startups, and many more on the way, most betas and even future business design, are simply free. Become a "fan," and the artist will earn his living when he or she raises money or through ads.
Am I alone?
Posted By Adam Fridman