Quartz highlights a new study from Aalto University in Helsinki, indicating that entrepreneurs and fathers have similar cognitive reactions to their companies and children. The downside for both is that they may lack the ability to be objective.
Questionnaires were used to measure affect intensity, positive emotions, confidence, and closeness between father and child, entrepreneur and company, and fMRI scans were used to assess brain activity. The participants were 42 men: 21 entrepreneurs and 21 fathers, aged 24-45. The fathers had no entrepreneurial experience, and founders were growth-oriented and not serial entrepreneurs. Behaviorally, fatherly and entrepreneurial love proved strikingly similar—on measures of closeness, joy, satisfaction, pride, and love, participants rated their own children and businesses higher than other people’s children and businesses.