Michael Malone, a guest speaker for the MBA program at Oxford School of Business, talked to the students about entrepreneurship. He asked the audience to raise their hands if they considered themselves entrpreneurs. About 200 out of 400 raised their hands. Malone then reported that four years prior only about 20 hands went up in an audience of about 400. What a drastic increase!
More individuals are seeing businesses be successful and want to join in on those profits. However, with so many entrepreneurs desiring to enter the market, demand will decrease within their industry of choice and economic profits will also decrease to zero. But of course, the market will not support this, so some will pull out and profitability will rise again. However, the cycle continues. Others will join the market hoping to find profits and will decrease demand and economic profits. The only companies that are most likely to survive are those with the most capital and equity to sustain them in the long-run.