The 10 Most Successful Pirates in History (and What They Teach Us About Jobs)

Pirate ships were the start-ups of their time. During the “golden age of piracy” (circa 1650-1720), countless thousands of sailors and underground entrepreneurs tried their luck at high seas robbery, running criminal operations with very little capital and huge potential for profit, just like this application, which you want to do. But like modern startups, piracy was risky—most pirates failed, and failure as a pirate did not mean a return to graduate school; this meant a noose around the neck and a short drop. Those few who have had some success in this tough, competitive field can teach us all a thing or two about how to run a business better or beat the nasty bastards on your company’s Slack. Read on to find out about these real-life successful pirates.


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