UEX instructor Gary Hoover on what makes a great entrepreneur


University Extension (UEX) not only offers students the opportunity to take UT Austin college credit courses, but also access to some of the most inspiring and prestigious instructors available. Gary Hoover, renowned entrepreneur and founder of Hoover’s Online, recently taught UEX’s Foundations of Entrepreneurship evening course. In the video above, Gary offers his thoughts on what makes a great entrepreneur.

Gary started his career on Wall Street and working for retail giants Federated Department Stores and the May Department Stores Company before striking out on his own to create the pioneering book superstore chain BOOKSTOP. He eventually sold BOOKSTOP to Barnes and Noble in 1990. He then established the Reference Press, a business information publisher, which evolved into Hoover’s, Inc.

Hoover’s Inc., also known as Hoover’s Online, is “the world’s largest Internet-based provider of information about enterprises.” Millions of domestic and international users visit Hoover’s Online every day to access its information database of more than 65 million business organziations and more than 85 million people. In 1999, Hoover’s Online went public and was sold in 2003 to Dun & Bradstreet for $117 million.

Today, Gary travels the world as an invited speaker and lecturer on entrepreneurship to Fortune 500 executives, trade associations, other entrepreneurs, and students at both the high school and college level. In 2009-2010, Gary served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. During this time, he also taught for University Extension.

Visit Gary online at his Web site www.hooversworld.com.