Many of us entertain the idea of starting our own company. We will change the world and be our own boss. It’s the perfect situation, is it not? (It is.) However, all those downsides — the constant emotional roller-coaster, the lack of a life outside the company, not to mention the often slow returns on investments — have proven to many entrepreneurs that not everyone can be a Jobs or a Zuckerberg. The Economist explores the important role this white-male dominated industry plays in today’s economy.