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CEO - PATHSOURCE: No Company Will Become Facebook

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Aaron is the CEO of PathSource. On a typical day, he could be making strategic decisions for the company, doing grunt work, or selling his product. Before starting PathSource, he went to Harvard Business School, then started and sold a company. He tells us that he wishes he knew that not every company would become the next Facebook when he started his career. But he loves his job and its ability to influence kids across America, so maybe it's OK that it won't become the next Facebook.

Degree: Business
Job Title: CEO of PathSource
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

On-the-Job Training

No

Additional Info

Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$0 - $200,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Creativity, Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='40020'>we</span> <span m='40180'>wanted.</span> <span m='40340'>It</span> <span m='40660'>was</span> <span m='40785'>great.</span> <span m='40910'>It</span> <span m='41135'>was</span> <span m='41360'>extremely</span> <span m='42010'>interdisciplinary.</span> </p><p><span m='43610'>Then</span> <span m='44260'>I</span> <span m='44400'>went</span> <span m='44680'>on</span> <span m='44990'>and</span> <span m='45380'>worked</span> <span m='45840'>in</span> <span m='46080'>a</span> <span m='46630'>political</span> <span m='47120'>campaign,</span> <span m='48015'>a</span> <span m='48340'>presidential</span> <span m='48990'>campaign.</span> <span m='49670'>And</span> <span m='49990'>it</span> <span m='50150'>was</span> <span m='50450'>an</span> <span m='50550'>extraordinary</span> <span m='51340'>experience.</span> <span m='51990'>I</span> <span m='52100'>was</span> <span m='52260'>working</span> <span m='53290'>well</span> <span m='53750'>over</span> <span m='54310'>100-hour</span> <span 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m='69680'>opportunity</span> <span m='70270'>to</span> <span m='70356'>do</span> <span m='70443'>so,</span> <span m='71470'>get</span> <span m='71630'>involved</span> <span m='72080'>with</span> <span m='72200'>a</span> <span m='72270'>political</span> <span m='72710'>campaign.</span> <span m='73520'>You</span> <span m='73650'>never</span> <span m='74060'>know</span> <span m='74320'>where</span> <span m='74490'>it's</span> <span m='74620'>going</span> <span m='74840'>to</span> <span m='74890'>lead</span> <span m='75000'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='75690'>After</span> <span m='76010'>that,</span> <span m='76200'>I</span> <span m='76280'>went</span> <span m='76360'>on</span> <span m='76540'>to</span> <span m='76830'>Harvard</span> <span m='77110'>Business</span> <span m='77450'>School,</span> <span m='78240'>Kennedy</span> <span m='78700'>School</span> <span m='78930'>of</span> <span m='79020'>Government,</span> <span m='80340'>started</span> <span m='81070'>and</span> <span 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m='92500'>career</span> <span m='92920'>that</span> <span m='93080'>I</span> <span m='93160'>know</span> <span m='93370'>now,</span> <span m='94260'>is</span> <span m='94450'>that</span> <span m='95260'>my</span> <span m='95460'>company,</span> <span m='96260'>and</span> <span m='96440'>basically</span> <span m='96870'>no</span> <span m='97100'>company,</span> <span m='97980'>will</span> <span m='98120'>become</span> <span m='98540'>Facebook.</span> </p><p><span m='99700'>Every</span> <span m='100100'>entrepreneur,</span> <span m='100750'>when</span> <span m='100890'>they</span> <span m='101010'>start</span> <span m='101420'>their</span> <span m='101570'>first</span> <span m='102070'>or</span> <span m='102320'>even</span> <span m='102470'>their</span> <span m='102580'>second</span> <span m='102910'>business,</span> <span m='103680'>thinks</span> <span m='103960'>jeez,</span> <span m='105080'>everyone</span> <span m='105820'>is</span> <span m='106030'>going</span> <span m='106320'>to</span> <span m='106480'>immediately</span> <span m='107060'>get</span> <span m='107370'>the</span> <span m='107440'>brilliance</span> <span m='108020'>of</span> <span m='108130'>what</span> <span m='108260'>I'm</span> <span m='108370'>doing.</span> <span m='109130'>Everyone</span> <span m='109320'>is</span> <span m='109510'>going</span> <span m='109630'>to</span> <span m='109850'>buy</span> <span m='110210'>what</span> <span m='110390'>I'm</span> <span m='110590'>selling.</span> <span m='111370'>The</span> <span m='111460'>reality</span> <span m='111960'>is,</span> <span m='112230'>when</span> <span m='112350'>you</span> <span m='112440'>start</span> <span m='112720'>a</span> <span m='112770'>business,</span> <span m='113300'>it's</span> <span m='113460'>always</span> <span m='113710'>going</span> <span m='113970'>to</span> <span m='114080'>take</span> <span m='114360'>longer,</span> <span m='115200'>be</span> <span m='115390'>more</span> <span m='115670'>difficult,</span> <span m='116790'>and</span> <span m='116980'>cost</span> <span m='117460'>more</span> <span m='118190'>than</span> <span m='118390'>you</span> <span m='118550'>think</span> <span m='118840'>it</span> <span m='118920'>will.</span> <span m='119800'>But</span> <span m='120920'>at</span> <span m='121060'>the</span> <span m='121170'>end</span> <span m='121310'>of</span> <span m='121370'>the</span> <span m='121450'>day,</span> <span m='121650'>it's</span> <span m='121790'>worthwhile.</span> </p><p><span m='124080'>For</span> <span m='124210'>me,</span> <span m='125350'>not</span> <span m='125510'>only</span> <span m='125700'>do</span> <span m='125860'>I</span> <span m='125960'>love</span> <span m='126230'>the</span> <span m='127400'>lifestyle</span> <span m='127910'>of</span> <span m='128020'>an</span> <span m='128110'>entrepreneur,</span> <span m='128590'>the</span> <span m='128729'>opportunity</span> <span m='129330'>to</span> <span m='130940'>have</span> <span m='131420'>the</span> <span m='131510'>freedom</span> <span m='132420'>to</span> <span m='132570'>define</span> <span m='132980'>my</span> <span m='133120'>own</span> <span m='133350'>path,</span> <span m='134300'>but</span> <span m='134410'>I</span> <span m='134500'>love</span> <span m='135290'>the</span> <span m='136300'>impact</span> <span m='136780'>that</span> <span m='136855'>we</span> <span m='136930'>have</span> <span m='137095'>on</span> <span m='137260'>students.</span> <span m='138290'>Every</span> <span m='138600'>day,</span> <span m='139560'>I'm</span> <span m='139840'>really</span> <span m='140900'>able</span> <span m='141240'>to</span> <span m='141630'>make</span> <span m='141850'>an</span> <span m='141910'>impact</span> <span m='142400'>on</span> <span m='142630'>tens</span> <span m='143160'>of</span> <span m='143370'>thousands</span> <span m='143870'>of</span> <span m='143980'>kids</span> <span m='144800'>across</span> <span m='145180'>America</span> <span m='145550'>and</span> <span m='145640'>help</span> <span m='145860'>them</span> <span m='146000'>make</span> <span m='146320'>better</span> <span m='146830'>life</span> <span m='147140'>decisions--</span> <span m='148840'>go</span> <span m='148940'>down</span> <span m='149160'>the</span> <span m='149250'>right</span> <span m='149530'>path.</span> <span m='151040'>To</span> <span m='151170'>me,</span> <span m='151570'>well,</span> <span m='152815'>I</span> <span m='153230'>love</span> <span m='153600'>that.</span> <span m='155010'>So</span> <span m='155920'>that's</span> <span m='156170'>what</span> <span m='156260'>I</span> <span m='156350'>wish</span> <span m='156450'>I</span> <span m='156550'>knew.</span> </p>","file":{"id":356078,"video_id":"3203348523001","name":"1961-Aaron-p-CEOPathSource","duration":157153,"thumbnail_url":null}});