Entrepreneur, angel investor, elevator pitch. Often used in start-up circles, these terms have their roots in Hollywood, Broadway and 18th century France. Can you guess which one came from which place?
Entrepreneur These days, it seems everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, but what exactly does that mean? Derived from the French word “entreprendre,” meaning “to undertake” or “to begin,” the term refers to someone who owns, manages and assumes the risks of a business or some other enterprise. French economist Richard Cantillon is often credited with defining the term in the early 18th century, using “entrepreneur” to refer to any individual who purchased various “means of production” in order to combine them into a larger product. J.D. Harrison/Capital Business Buy Photo