As you have guessed by now, I love working with women 40+, specifically those from my generation…Generation X! I feel that women entrepreneurs from that generation have something special. We’ve paid our dues and we aren’t done yet. There are many advantages to being from Generation X…
Gen X, born between 1965-1981, is expected to contribute to the workplace in numbers totaling 65.8 million and according to FastCompany.com, Gen X leaders now hold more than half (51%) of leadership roles globally. Formerly known as the “latch-key” kids, Gen Xers had to be self-reliant and self-sufficient.Dec 18, 2020
Gen Xers are known for their entrepreneurial spirit – they were forced to be independent and adaptable from an early age.They are tech savvy, hard-working and resilient making them the perfect entrepreneurs. — Christine Wade
X’ers like Elon Musk (Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City) have created innovative startups whose explicit aim was to make the world a better place. Many others in his cohort followed in Musk’s footsteps: a whopping 55% of startup founders are part of Gen X. — Forbes
Some famous Gen X Entrepreneurs include:
Daymond Garfield John – Born in 1969, John started the FUBU clothing brand by selling hand-sewn hats in front of the old New York Coliseum. He’s now a shark, investing in other entrepreneurs on Shark Tank.
Jack Dorsey – Born in 1976, he’s the youngest of the Twitter founders (Biz Stone was born in 1974 and Ev Williams in 1972). Dorsey just returned to Twitter as CEO and stayed on as head of Square, which he also founded.
Sara Blakely – Born in 1971, Blakely is the founder of the wildly popular Spanx undergarments. She got her start selling fax machines door-to-door. She wrote her own patent for Spanx after finding there were no female patent lawyers in the state of Georgia, where she was living at the time.