How Walt Disney built his World

01/4/2009 | Harvard Business Review online

When Walt Disney wanted to build theme parks in California and Florida, the corporation that bore his name decided the move was too risky. Undaunted, Disney financed the parks out of his own pocket, then sold them back to the company that was too timid to believe in his vision. Having "the courage to innovate" is one of six lessons entrepreneurs could learn from Disney's life, John Sviokla writes.

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