LinkedIn put out an infographic today attempting to “sequence the startup DNA” based on analyzing tens of thousands of startup founders culled from more than 120 million public profiles from professional networking service.
Based on their findings, the popular notion that the startup life is for the young may be a myth. “Our data shows that 65% of entrepreneurs are 30 and older – and only 2% are serial entrepreneurs,” LinkedIn’s Monica Rogati writes on the company blog. Of course, that’s a self-selecting population of the type of people that use LinkedIn. And as we were reminded during Zerply’s presentation at the 500 Startups demo last night, 120 million people is a small fraction compared to Facebook’s whopping 750 million members.
Peter Thiel is not going to be happy about this, but Ms. Rogati points out that “the top over-represented business schools among entrepreneurs – with Stanford, Harvard and MIT Sloan taking the top spots.” Which companies make fertile breeding grounds for wantrepreneurs? “Tech-heavy companies like Adobe Systems, Apple Inc., eBay (including Paypal, of Paypal mafia fame), Electronic Arts, Google, Microsoft, SGI and Yahoo!.”
LinkedIn’s analysis should give tech bloggers a little ego boost. After VCs, founders are mostly likely to be connected with people from “online publishing.”