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List of 40 Risk-Takers


We asked our readers for the names of people currently and in history they’d consider exemplary risk-takers. Following are thumbnail biographies of the submissions, plus a few others we added in to round out the list.
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Reader responses provide a glimpse into the minds of folks who like a gamble – and Abe Lincoln


An exploration into the minds of the more than 200 people who took our survey on risk.
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Starting up alongside the elephant in the room


Crushing student debt levels tend to defuse entrepreneurial dreams, but some are still willing to take on the outsized risks considering the potential rewards.
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Beat the clock: Can you identify these 40 risk-takers?


Inspired by submissions from our readers, we've built this interactive quiz to test your knowledge of known risk-takers throughout history to present day.
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Individual Schools Grants


The 2020 Individual Schools Grant program is now accepting applications. Submission deadline is February 12, 2020.
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Speaking out on the debt dilemma


Jenny Poon has a unique perspective on student debt, as the child of immigrant parents who had to bootstrap her way to success through the American system.
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Eight readers share their stories of taking risks


Eight readers share their risk-filled journeys, including business startups, a spontaneous COO resignation, and a single-mom pursuing a bachelor's degree.
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A letter from the editors: Believe in risk


The Risk Optimistic explores the value of risk, the opportunity of risk, and the belief that taking a chance is worth it.
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Taking the calculated risk


Mr. Kauffman challenged his associates – at Marion Laboratories and at his Foundation – to take calculated risks. But what is risk for a privileged foundation? For us, it is an imperative.
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Building a sisterhood: A Q&A with Reshma Saujani


The founder of Girls Who Code on how programming can teach girls to be brave and take risks.
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