“Either way, I find this trend â€“ and Crippenâ€™s tale â€“ cheering. Of course, few of these mid-age entrepreneurs will ever enjoy J Brandâ€™s success. And even Crippenâ€™s story has not been smooth. Three years ago she left J Brand after splitting from Rudes. But these days she is using her experience to back the Trickle-Up foundation, which tries to encourage more entrepreneurship among poor women. And, at the age of 49, she is now engaged in a new entrepreneurial gamble with another brand. â€œWhat is tough about our society is that as women get older, they often seem less relevant. But as we get older we get more confident,â€ she observes.
“‘At 30 I didnâ€™t have the confidence to [start out] but at 40 I did. I just hope many more people can learn that too.’ To which I would say a hearty ‘amen’; even â€“ or especially â€“ at a time when 17-year-old computer geeks are being feted for their deals.”
Blue-jeans thinking. We tend to think they are all young but the age of entrepreneurs is rising, by Gillian Tett, FT Magazine, April 12, 2013