Inc: 4 Dadpreneurs Describe What Drives Them to Succeed in Fatherhood and Business

By Robin Camarote,

I believe my dad is similar to a lot of men. A commitment to their families and communities drives them to focus and work hard. And, it's that sense of commitment that requires other things like stability and job security. For this reason, my guess is that there are many men out there who might be feeling unfulfilled in their 9-to-5 office jobs, but they worry about balancing the demands of entrepreneurship with family commitments. They dream of starting a business and being their own boss but don't know how to get started.

If you're one of those ambitious and talented dads that has thought about starting something new, these 4 dadpreneurs might just inspire you to take the leap. Here are their stories about what inspires them and what advice they'd offer to other dads thinking of starting a business.

Paul Zane Pilzer is an economist, social entrepreneur, professor, public servant, and the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. Pilzer has started and/or taken public six companies in K-12 education and health benefits with a market capitalization of approximately $1 billion. With his kids as the inspiration, he has now created Zaniac, an after-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education national franchise that uses peer-based learning to teach kids about science and technology through video games, LEGOs and other engaging ways to learn. The company has 10 campuses nationwide and plans for 50 by 2017.

How has being a dad impacted the way you've shaped Zaniac?

As an economist before I founded Zaniac, I was concerned about the market and the millions of people out there. The moment I became a father, every face suddenly got a name. In the past, I've built multiple education companies for millions of students. After having kids, I didn't care about anyone but my daughter and three sons. Everything we do at Zaniac is built toward the individual student, and it's because of my experience as a dad that made me realize each customer is a unique individual.

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Inc: 4 Dadpreneurs Describe What Drives Them to Succeed in Fatherhood and Business