Most people know what an entrepreneur is, and most companies crave at least some employees who bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the workplace. These workers are the ones who demand ownership over their part of the business, launch new products, take risks, and innovate.

You might be able to find a more accurate term for these individuals though: intrapreneur. Intrapreneurs are those who want to work for a large organization, but also want the freedom to deviate from normal processes and take ownership over their products or lines of business.

According to, which claims to be "the official website by those who coined the term," the word was first introduced in 1978 in a paper by Gifford Pinchot and Elizabeth S. Pinchot as an answer to a typical problem of large organizations: "the managers making decisions are often isolated from a personal knowledge of the problems to be solved." Intrapreneurs, they write, are closer to the problem. They're people "willing to take moderate risks and … [are] more concerned with achieving results than gaining influence."