Reed Hastings, Founder of Netflix
What are the lessons we can learn from the latest entrepreneur to join the ranks of the uber rich billionaires club? Well the first lesson would have to be stick to your guns when you think you have a disruptive idea that will change the world. As we have found with most successful entrepreneurs a start has a couple of initial traits such as a team of two people working together to bring an idea to life.
Eric Watson Entrepreneurial Success
A real insight into the mind of a successful entrepreneur: Eric Watson, Kiwi Entrepreneur in Profile: He comes from one of the smallest countries on the planet that has an amazing ability to pump out a huge number of successful people. Recently Britain’s Sunday Times Rich List estimated that this global entrepreneur was worth a cool £240m ($468 million NZD) and his start in working life was about as simple as it gets - he was a butcher’s apprentice.
Entrepreneur in Profile: Heidi Ganah
Heidi Ganahl is the Founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow, one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the pet industry, the largest pet care franchise in the world and a $65 million leader in the $53 billion United States pet sector. Outside of leading Camp Bow Wow, Heidi is on the board at the University of Colorado’s Leeds Business School, speaks professionally around the country and runs The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation – Camp Bow Wow’s 501c3 focused on lending a paw to animals in need.
Entrepreneur in view: Nicole Sanchez
A noted expert in Aging, Nicole Sanchez is on a mission to revolutionize senior care. As Founder of TenderCaring, named one of the 5 Hottest Startups in America, Nicole works with her team everyday to to push the verge of aging innovation. An alum of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Nicole is an accomplished speaker and has presented to the United Nations on the intersection of technology and aging.
Entrepreneur: Reshma Chattaram
Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin was just 6 months old when she went on her first adventure across the Atlantic Ocean from her hometown in India. Her love of travel has made her perpetually open to inspiration and new ideas. A natural and meticulous strategist, Reshma is the CEO of Muzio. She has worked across the globe, managing large teams and developing mobile and web applications for a number of prominent clients. Reshma also did a stint as book designer at HarperCollins Publishing in New York.
Craig McCaw - Cellular Industry
It’s fair to say that some entrepreneurs are born with money or into dynasty’s that stretch a long way back – although we tend to call them heir’s and heiresses more so than entrepreneurs. However, like many successful entrepreneurs they only reach the bench mark of “made it” after learning a series of lessons that has shaped their business career, thoughts on how to invest strategically or read market trends. One such person is Craig McCaw.
Chad Mureta Fingerprint SecurityPro
"I started my business while I was hospital-bound after a devastating car accident, almost losing my arm," said Mureta, who created the Fingerprint Security – Pro app. "My previous real estate business could not support itself without me physically present, but the medical bills were racking up and I had no way to financially support myself while recovering in the hospital." read the full story
Patrick Bet-David Founder
Founder: People Helping People: Patrick Bet-David believes that impossible is just a word. After hearing his story you will know why. Born in Iran during the 1970s, Bet-David experienced revolution and war as a child. In the late 1980s Bet-David and his mother were able to leave Iran and spent two years in a refugee camp in Germany before immigrating to the United States when he was 12. School provided a unique challenge to Bet-David.
Kristi Mailloux Molly Maid
When Kristi Mailloux was named president of the maid service franchise Molly Maid in 2006, it represented the culmination of a journey she had started 20 years earlier when she joined the company fresh out of college. Kristi started as a receptionist, but as a new employee in a still-growing business her responsibilities were not limited simply to the front desk.
Jeni Garrett Woodhouse SPA
Jeni Garrett caught the entrepreneurial bug at a young age. "Growing up on a dairy farm in the rural countryside of southern Texas, I was immediately drawn to entrepreneurism," said Garrett, president and CEO of the Woodhouse Day Spa. "As a young girl, my first business was selling handpicked flowers at a roadside flower stand. At 14, I owned a cattle business and began buying and selling cattle. read more @
Entrepreneur Profile: Steve Blank
He is now an author, public speaker and academic but if you passed him the street you probably wouldn’t recognise him (although I am sure if you said that directly Steve he may be offended!) but this unassuming man born on New York’s Lower East Side had to grow up fast when his father left home leaving his mother to raise him. He was six years old. Like many serial entrepreneurs he didn’t quite agree with school and school probably didn’t agree much with him either
WhatsApp: from a simple idea
It’s the stuff of dreams when two young entrepreneurs come together with an idea and turn it into a business that is snapped up by Facebook for a cool $19 billion. The company is WhatsApp and both of the founders started life as nothing more than employees working for someone else.
Entrepreneur Profile: Omar Hamoui
Selling your business for $750 million to Google! This is an entrepreneur’s story that should resonate with everyone – if first you don’t succeed try, try and try again! That’s what Omar Hamoui did. Starting off with online companies such as fotochatter and herbabyshower.com Omar finally hit it big with the launch of the mobile advertising network AdMob which he sold off to Google for $750 million in 2009.
Case Study: Red Bull
Entrepreneurs Case Study: Red Bull gave the founders $4 billion wings! How? It’s available in more than 166 countries and according to the company its’ been giving people wings for the last 26 years! Who is it? well Red Bull of course! Not only is Red Bull a market disruptor it’s also a market innovator in so far as before it was launched by a savvy Austrian entrepreneur called Dietrich Mateschitz there was no product category for energy drinks. Read more
Entrepreneur Profile: Wayne Huizenga
He is in his seventies and didn’t quite agree with college – so much so, he dropped out. Of all of the entrepreneurs you will come across that are familiar households names chances are you have never heard of Harry Wayne Huizenga. Born in Chicago Illinois he is the man with the midas touch in so far as he has had the distinction of not only founding one Fortune 500 company – but three: Blockbuster Video, AutoNation and Waste Management. His net worth is estimated at $2.5 billion.
Entrepreneurs Success Story: SKYPE
Skype has today become a staple of how we live, work and play. We use it to keep in touch with friends and family, it integrates into our social networks and, in the main, it doesn’t cost anything to use! For entrepreneurs it is a great tool to connect with business partners and clients across the globe – especially if you still run on the smell of an oily rag.
Inventors who failed to make money
The inventor of the polio vaccine – but is there a twist here for the social good? Yes there is. Today, there’s still no actual cure for polio, but its vaccine remains one of the best defenses we have against it. Polio is a devastating sickness that damages nerve cells and the central nervous system so severely that it can cause paralysis or death. In the 1950s, an outbreak of Polio affected 28,985 people. Because Jonas Salk wanted the polio vaccine he created to be available to everyone freely.
Inventors who failed to make money
The Karaoke man who’s song was off note. Daisuke Inoue is a Japanese musician who made a living by playing the drums at a local bar. The bar was known for its live band, which allowed the customers to take the mic and sing along to the live music. One time when Daisuke couldn't make the gig, he decided to make 11 karaoke recordings of himself so that customers could still have a good time – and thus the idea for Karaoke machines was born.
Inventors who failed to make money
Baby get someone else's blue jeans on! How Levi Strauss gained someone else’s invention: For many inventors, the ultimate nightmare is not being able to prove that you own your invention. This was the case for Jacob Davis, who invented the earliest known prototype of blue jeans. While different from the denim we wear today, Davis’ prototype would forever change the fashion industry.