A note from our editor, Elizabeth MacBride

I wonder what would happen if entrepreneurs had a professional code?
It could be a useful and viable check and balance in addition to government regulation of the business world.
Doctors take an oath; Accountants work by a strict code, because trust matters. Lawyers pass the bar. Teachers are overseen by boards of publicly elected citizens.

Just because you can do a surgery, doesn’t mean you should. Just because you can raise money to build a profitable business that can trounce the competition, doesn’t mean you should.

The free market philosophy that took hold in the second-half of the 20th century gave entrepreneurs and investors a pass on thinking through the hard questions. I don’t buy that mindset anymore. The people who gain power in a free market system aren’t particularly wise or principled. Our government is too easily corrupted to rely on it alone to reign in the business world.

The pandemic showed us we’re all in this together: The question is, what obligations do entrepreneurs have to regulate themselves, individually or through organized bodies?

Speaking of peer regulation: As springtime unfolds, my daughter plans a small outdoor prom at my house, to replace the ones that were canceled because the pandemic. She’s asking prom-goers to share their vaccine status and sign a pledge: “I pinky swear that I have not had COVID symptoms and will not come if I have because I am not a p****.”
Like mother, like daughter.

We’re starting work on our next list: Most Influential People in Entrepreneurship. Taking nominations at emacbride@timesofe.com.

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A business journalist for 20 years, am the founder of Times of Entrepreneurship and the co-author of The New Builders.