For 20 years, I had the best job in journalism. I led the creative team that built the Inc. magazine brand, created the Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., and launched During the 1980s and ’90s, my colleagues and I had the privilege and thrill of documenting the transition from an industrial economy to one driven by entrepreneurship and innovation.

At first no one paid much attention to what we had to say. After all, we were a bunch of kids managing an upstart publication. Things changed when authorities such as Peter Drucker began to weigh in on what was happening. Drucker, for example, referred to the emergence of an entrepreneurial economy as “the most important development in the second half of ...

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