Verne Harnish

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Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish Speaks Germany.jpg
Harnish speaking in Germany in 2021
Born (1959-01-21) January 21, 1959 (age 62)
Alma materWichita State University
OccupationEntrepreneur, Organizer, writer, columnist
OrganizationEntrepreneurs' Organization
Known forSuccess literary works

Verne C. Harnish is founder of the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO), now known as Entrepreneurs' Organization,[1] and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.[2] He also serves as co-founder and principal of Growth Institute and as founder and chief executive officer of Scaling Up.[3]


Harnish received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. from Wichita State University, where he founded and chaired the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.[4]


He chairs the "Birthing of Giants" leadership program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the MIT/WEO Advanced Business Program for entrepreneurs over 40.[5][6]

Writing career[edit]

Harnish is an author of the following three books:

  • Mastering the Rockefeller Habits (2002)
  • The Greatest Business Decisions of All-Time (2012)[7]
  • Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't (2018)


  1. ^ Pimsleur, Julia. "3 Questions To Stay Cutting Edge in Business". Forbes. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Medina, Alejandro (September 26, 2017). "10 consejos de Verne Harnish para crear scaleups". Forbes México (in Spanish). Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entrepreneurs Have A 'Superman Complex' That Holds Them Back". Business Insider. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "ENTREPRENEURS: THE NEW HEROES". Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Author Ram Charan on how businesses can improve their execution". Fortune. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Roberts, Edward Baer (February 3, 2020). Celebrating Entrepreneurs: How MIT Nurtured Pioneering Entrepreneurs Who Built Great Companies. Edward B. Roberts. ISBN 978-0-578-62193-7.
  7. ^ "The greatest business decisions of all time". Fortune. Retrieved June 17, 2021.

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