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The Incredible Tale of the Greatest Toy Man You’ve Never Known


He brought Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Cabbage Patch Kids to our living rooms. He made and lost fortunes. Can Al Kahn stay in the game?

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is entrepreneurship?
  2. What is the difference between an inventor and an entrepreneur?
  3. Which do you think best describes Al Kahn?
  4. What are three examples of Toys invented by Al Kahn?
  5. Which do you think was his biggest success? Why?
  6. What risks might be associated with entrepreneurship?
  7. What opportunities might be associated with entrepreneurship?
  8. The article suggests Al Kahn has made and lost fortunes making toys. What does that mean?
  9. How might the toy industry present opportunities for someone interested in starting their own business?
  10. Why might starting a business in the toy industry be especially risky?
  11. Why might starting a business in the toy industry be especially potentially rewarding?
  12. Would you personally ever be interested in starting a business?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.