When searching Google for Peter Barton, it's hard to find him. He’s only considered the 4th most important Peter Barton (behind the actor, historian and rugby player). He died in 2002 when the internet was much less a part of our daily lives. If he had died today, I’m convinced he’d be at the top of the list.
So, before you click away, I should probably mention that Peter Barton founded a company in the 1990’s worth a few billion yet and only had 16 employees. After all, if you’re reading this, you are probably an entrepreneur. That mind blowing statistic should reel you in to read the rest.
Peter Barton lost his dad at an early age and always thought he would have a short-life. It turned out to be a self fulfilling prophecy. At age 48, he was diagnosed with cancer and died a few years later. In the last leg of his life, he wrote a book reflecting on cancer, entrepreneurship, family and more.
Peter was an alpha-male thrill-seeker who was always seeking the next adventure. He started his 20’s living out of a van, then a hippie ski bum, to working on political campaigns and serving on the administration of a New York Governor, Hugh Carey.
Around age 30, he went to Harvard Business School for his MBA where we was the old guy surrounded by 24 year olds. They were analytically sharp and did very well in school, yet they were lacking something::