Meet Carlos Granados - Making entrepreneurship accessible to children through the Tales of a Venture series.
Tell us about Tales of a Venture.
I am the founder and author of Tales of a Venture, a series of publications meant to awaken an entrepreneurial mindset in children. My work has been endorsed by faculty at top business schools across the world, like Harvard and Stanford, and developed into an after-school curriculum in Singapore. Check out a sample story at https://www.talesofaventure.com
Quality entrepreneurship education is elitist (and dry). I set out to challenge that narrative, and make entrepreneurship education relatable, fun and accessible. Imagine developing an entrepreneurial mindset through fables, and learning key concepts like Product-Market Fit from Pivot the Penguin instead of some arcane article.
Sussing out what concepts made for essential lessons (and illustrating them) has been quite a journey: from sketching on the margins of business review journals in Boston to working alongside Fred Swaniker at the African Leadership University in Mauritius. Seeing children enjoy the final product is simply wonderful. Now it's about increasing its reach.
If you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Read Tales of a Venture! I mean, when you are young it is easy to feel one can only make things happen later in life, and it is very hard to break away from that paradigm alone. I wish I had experienced the energy I felt during my time at Babson College and the Next Gen Summit earlier in life. That wish is part of what compelled me to write the series in the first place, so that children awake to their entrepreneurship potential and start shaping change instead of just witnessing it.
Who is your entrepreneurial idol?
Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani. He is doing a great job at showing the world what business should be about, particularly through his advocacy of capitalism as a force for good and involvement in the refugee crisis. It’s hard to see down-to-earth billionaires with a genuine commitment to improving communities through business.
I admire the man so much that I named one of the characters after him. That is the reason behind the protagonist of the Starting With Why chapter being called “Humdi”, “Humdi Bee”.
Fave Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson.
Best trip you ever took: Traveling around Taiwan for three weeks, alone and without a penny.
Your Personal Bible: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.