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TED商业:Paul Tasner: How I became an entrepreneur at 66 I'd like to take you backabout seven years in my life.Friday afternoon,a few days before Christmas 2009,I was the director of operationsat a consumer products companyin San Francisco,and I was called into a meetingthat was already in progress.That meeting turned outto be my exit interview.I was fired, along with several others.I was 64 years old at the time.It wasn't completely unexpected.I signed a stack of papers,gathered my personal effects,and left to join my wifewho was waiting for meat a nearby restaurant,completely unaware.Fast-forward several hours,we both got really silly drunk. (Laughter) So, 40 plus years of continuous employmentfor a variety of companies,large and small,was over.I had a good a network,a good reputation —I thought I'd be just fine.I was an engineerin manufacturing and packaging,I had a good background.Retirement was, like for so many people,simply not an option for me,so I turned to consultingfor the next couple of yearswithout any passion whatsoever. And then an idea began to take root,born from my concern for our environment.I wanted to build my own business,designing and manufacturingbiodegradable packaging from waste —paper, agricultural, even textile waste —replacing the toxic,disposable plastic packagingto which we've all become addicted.This is called clean technology,and it felt really meaningful to me.A venture that could help to reducethe billions of poundsof single-use plastic packagingdumped each year,and polluting our land,our rivers and our oceans,and left for futuregenerations to resolve —our grandchildren,my grandchildren. And so now at the age of 66,with 40 years of experience,I became an entrepreneurfor the very first time. (Cheers) (Applause) Thank you.But there's more. (Laughter) Lots of issues to deal with:manufacturing, outsourcing, job creation,patents, partnerships, funding —these are all typicalissues for a start-up,but hardly typical for me.And a word about funding.I live and work in San Francisco,and if you're looking for funding,you are typically going to competewith some very young peoplefrom the high-tech industry,and it can be very discouragingand intimidating.I have shoes olderthan most of these people. (Laughter) I do. (Laughter) But five years later,I'm thrilled and proud to share with youthat our revenues have doubled every year,we have no debt,we have several marquee clients,our patent was issued,I have a wonderful partnerwho's been with meright from the beginning,and we've won more than 20 awardsfor the work that we've done.But best of all,we've made a small dent —a very small dent —in the worldwide plastic pollution CRIsis. (Applause) And I am doing the most rewardingand meaningful work of my life right now.I can tell you there's lots of resourcesavailable to entrepreneurs of all ages,but what I really yearned forfive years agowas to find other first-time entrepreneurswho were my age.I wanted to connect with them.I had no role models, absolutely none.That 20-something app developerfrom Silicon Valleywas not my role model. (Laughter) I'm sure he was very clever — (Laughter) I want to do something about that,and I want all of usto do something about that.I want us to start talking moreabout people who don't becomeentrepreneurs until they are seniors.Talking about these boldmen and women who are checking inwhen their peers, in essence,are checking out.And then connecting all these peopleacross industries, across regions,across countries —building a community. You know, the Small BusinessAdministration tells usthat 64 percent of new jobscreated in the private sector in the USAare thanks to small businesses like mine.And who's to saythat we'll stay forever small?We have an interesting culturethat really expectswhen you reach a certain age,you're going to be golfing,or playing checkers,or babysitting the grandkidsall of the time.And I adore my grandchildren — (Laughter) and I'm also passionateabout doing something meaningfulin the global marketplace. And I'm going to have lots of company.The Census Bureau says that by 2050,there will be 84 million seniorsin this country.That's an amazing number.That's almost twice as manyas we have today.Can you imagine how manyfirst-time entrepreneurs there will beamong 84 million people?And they'll all havefour decades of experience. (Laughter) So when I say, "Let's start talking moreabout these wonderful entrepreneurs,"I mean, let's talk about their ventures,just as we do the venturesof their much younger counterparts.The older entrepreneurs in this countryhave a 70 percent success ratestarting new ventures.70 percent success rate.We're like the Golden State Warriorsof entrepreneurs — (Laughter) (Applause) And that number plummets to 28 percentfor younger entrepreneurs.This is according to a UK-basedgroup called CMI. Aren't the accomplishmentsof a 70-year-old entrepreneurevery bit as meaningful,every bit as newsworthy,as the accomplishmentsof a 30-year-old entrepreneur?Of course they are.That's why I'd like to make the phrase"70 over 70" just as — (Laughter) just as commonplaceas the phrase "30 under 30." (Applause) Thank you. (Cheers) (Applause) 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20180810/Paul-Tasner-How-I-became-an-entrepreneur-at-66.html