20 Questions with Peter Jones of Dragon’s Den

There has been a rise of television focusing on entrepreneurship and management of smaller and growing firms. Emma Jacobs at FT.com (reg required) has a great 20 questions feature with Peter Jones of the Dragon’s Den (the American version is called Shark’s Tank).

Here are a few highlights:

Did you ever think you’d end up where you are?

Yes. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way. I simply believe in having a detailed vision about your future, not just vague ambitions.

What has been your smartest business idea?

As a young businessman, I would have said spotting a gap in the mobile telecoms market that enabled me to build a multimillion-pound company. But now I believe the smartest decisions are about the people I employ.

What is the upside of business reality TV?

The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den have changed the image of entrepreneurs – the pinstriped stereotypes are gone. But, best of all, these shows have created a real appetite to make business dreams a reality.

And the downside?

As more people want to be their own boss, they may discover they don’t have the tools and support.

Does tv influence your perception of entrepreneurs? From Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank to Oprah and American Chopper? Any thoughts?

BTW, Peter Jones is a co-founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week and a huge supporter of entrepreneurship education.