Ty Cobb: Global entrepreneurship

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On February 8, 2006

Related to one of baseball’s fiercest competitors, Ty Cobb has the drive to succeed in his blood.

His great grandfather’s cousin was the Ty Cobb, one of baseball’s greatest players and a legendary hitter. So when the younger Cobb was looking at colleges, he found UMR presented him with the perfect pitch: a place to network and learn how to start his own business through the Residential College’s Global Entrepreneurs Learning Community.

Year: sophomore
Major: engineering management
Hometown: St. Louis
Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, billiards and softball

“I’ve always liked solving problems, but I couldn’t see myself sitting behind a desk doing technical work,” Cobb says. “I’d like to start a multi-disciplinary consulting business to help clients with their problems.”

About the Global Entrepreneurship Learning Community

Arlan DeKock, dean of the School of Management and Information Systems, says most of his students in the global entrepreneurship course are interested in starting their own businesses but adds that they should work for a couple years for an established company before they build their business. During that time, they can experience first-hand how a successful business operates and save a bit of nest egg. “You’ve got to be willing to risk it all; you can’t play it safe and start something that’s yours,” DeKock adds. “There are national studies that claim that the average successful entrepreneur failed two or three times before they made it big.”

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