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12 Little Known Facts About Famous Entrepreneurs

12 Little Known Facts About Famous Entrepreneurs

Perhaps you read a magazine headline today mentioning the latest hot startup. Or you might have watched an interview or TV show mentioning a popular new product. Even more likely is the chance you used your favorite app on your phone today to connect with friends or family.

All of these media experiences have one thing in common: Entrepreneurs!

Entrepreneurs who launch a business and stay with it long enough often bring valuable, practical experiences and commodities into the world. Many of us are often mesmerized by successful entrepreneurs, wondering how they do it.

It’s not always apparent how a person got from point A to point B. Everyone loves success stories, but few know about the grueling stepping stones involved in the sacrifice. Whether you’re a young professional or a seasoned entrepreneur, these stories below will inspire you to remain humble and persistent in your own businesses!

Read on to discover 12 little-known facts about famous entrepreneurs.

1. Colonel Sanders

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    The great Colonel Sanders, iconic founder of the fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), began pursuing his fried chicken dream only after reaching age 65. On top of that, Sanders was rejected 1,009 times before his recipe was accepted by a restaurant willing to franchise. Talk about persistence!

    2. Gary Vaynerchuk

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      The man who built Wine Library–and now owns VaynerMedia–is the legendary Gary Vaynerchuk. Before diving deeply into his father’s existing wine business, Vaynerchuk encountered a number of tear-filled moments with himself while deciding whether or not he wanted to be involved in the family business. He decided to commit, and now Vaynerchuk is widely respected as one of the most influential and savvy marketers alive.

      3. Bill Gates

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        The Microsoft giant has experienced more than the average individual’s share of success. But the personal computing juggernaut has also been arrested. Sure enough, in 1977, young Gates was arrested for driving without a license and ignoring a red light. Not to fear, though; Gates’ life has been a lawful one since!

        4. Josh Tetrick

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          The relatively young founder of Hampton Creek Foods was studying law at the University of Michigan before he came up with his start-up. Since then, the company has seen incredible investments from some of the world’s wealthiest and most prominent tech figures (such as Bill Gates). Hampton Creek Foods is attempting to disrupt the traditional egg industry by building sustainable, vegan alternatives.

          5. Steve Jobs

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            Before Apple, Steve Jobs was working with Steve Wozniak on a game called Breakout for Atari. Jobs was given $5,000 by Atari to develop the game, and he actually lied to Wozniak about the total funding. Jobs claimed the company only provided $700, with Wozniak pocketing $350.

            What did Steve Jobs need the extra cash for? Perhaps he wanted the majority of the funding to use as he saw fit on the project. In any case, Jobs was willing to truly push the boundaries of everyday life to achieve his vision of success.

            6. Larry Ellison

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              In addition to being a college dropout like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison has been heavily involved in the advancement of technology since 1977. If you were to ask a few dozen people on the street who conceived the tablet idea, most folks might think it was Apple. Surprisingly enough, Ellison’s company Oracle was the first to bring a tablet product to market. The Network Computer, a small device capable of basic computing tasks (such as email and Internet browsing), failed to impact consumers due to the lower cost and higher convenience of personal computers.

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              7. Robert Kiyosaki

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                Presently, Robert Kiyosaki is known as one of the most prominent personal finance authors in the world. His books have sold millions of copes, and his name is often mentioned amongst the likes of Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie and Zig Ziglar. What few people know is the exhausting climb Kiyosaki had before lasting success. In the early 1980s, Kiyosaki noticed that heavy metal bands were the new trend, and he subsequently started a business that licensed t-shirts to such bands. As the decade progressed and heavy metal’s heyday waned, the business fell out and his profits collapsed.

                8. Tony Robbins

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                  Tony Robbins, virtually the most acclaimed self-development magnate of all time, failed his way to success over and over again.[1] Most of his followers are well-aware of the stories he shares about his own journey. Even cooler (and more surprising!) are facts about his personal life. For example, not only does Robbins listen to different styles of music, some of his favorite artists are P. Diddy and Tupac!

                  9. Rowland Macy

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                    The founder of the massively successful department store, Rowland Macy, was a serial entrepreneur. Before becoming successful with Macy’s, however, he failed at seven prior business ventures.

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                    10. Joe Fernandez

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                      Fernandez created Klout for people to create more influence on social media platforms. Funnily enough, Fernandez himself has been observed to have a low Klout score!

                      11. Amancio Ortega

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                        Once the richest men in the world for a few hours in October 2015, Ortega is best known for being the founder of the Inditex fashion group, a firm that operates clothing lines and retail stores. Ortega began his foray into the clothing industry when he was just a teen, delivering shirts for another company.

                        12. Warren Buffett

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                          In a similar fashion to Kiyosaki at times, Warren Buffett has pushed through a variety of challenges and setbacks on his path to becoming a highly influential investor. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that he still lives in the same house he bought over 50 years ago. His house is not gated, he drives with no security staff and does not use a cell phone.

                          Reference

                          [1] Tony Robins: official site

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                          50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

                          50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

                          LinkedIn is an excellent platform to network with great people to help you in your career and businesses. However, with over 575 million people on the site, who should you follow? This list will steer you to the right people to follow, organized by categories of expertise.

                          Job Search Experts

                          You will likely have several jobs throughout the course of your career, and you will constantly need advice on new trends and strategies out there in the job market. Here are the LinkedIn experts who you should follow on these matters.

                          1. Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Her articles on job searching are filled with creative and colorful cartoons.

                          2. Lou Adler is the author of The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired.

                          3. Dr. Marla Gottschalk will help you make an impact in a new job.

                          4. Hannah Morgan runs CareerSherpa.net, where she gives expert advice on job searching and how to be more visible online.

                          5. Alison Doyle is the CEO and Founder of CareerToolBelt.com.

                          Management Experts

                          They say that people leave managers, not jobs. These experts in LinkedIn will help you become your employees’ dream manager.

                          6. Jeff Weiner. How can we leave out the CEO of LinkedIn himself?

                          7. Nozomi Morgan is an executive coach. She can help you transition from a boss to a true leader.

                          8. Mickey Mikitani is the CEO of Rakuten. He constantly shares his expertise in managing a global player in e-commerce platforms.

                          9. Andreas von der Heydt was the head of Amazon’s Kindle Content and now the Director of Talent Acquisition. He has extensive experience in management, branding, and marketing.

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                          Productivity Experts

                          By maximizing your productivity, you can win in all aspects of life. The following LinkedIn experts will help you win big in your career.

                          10. Gretchen Rubin is a happiness coach and the bestselling author of the The Happiness Project.

                          11. Carson Tate is the founder of Working Simply. She advises us to include play in our schedules.

                          12. Greg Mckeown is an essentialist. Part of being an essentialist is saying no to many things so that we can focus on the things that matter.

                          13. Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha! Labs Inc. provides strategies on how to be productive and happy at work at the same time.

                          Marketing Experts

                          14. Sujan Patel is VP of Marketing at When I Work, an employee scheduling software. He is an expert in content marketing and he even shares his ideas on content marketing in 2020.

                          15. Megan Berry is the Head of Product Development at Rebelmouse, a content marketing and AlwaysOn powerhouse.

                          16. Sean Gardner will help you navigate the social media landscape. This includes how to use different platforms to help accelerate your career. He is also the bestselling author of The Road to Social Media Success.

                          17. Christel Quek is an digital and marketing expert. She is the VP of South East Asia at Brandwatch. Their products help businesses utilize social media data to make better business decisions.

                          18. Jeff Bullas is a digital marketing expert. His blog has over 4 million readers annually.

                          19. Michael Stelzer is the CEO and Founder of social media powerhouse site, Social Media Examiner.

                          20. If you’re looking for inbound and content marketing expertise, follow Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO of Hubspot.

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                          21. David Edelman is a McKinsey partner and is at the helm of the Digital Marketing Strategy Practice Department.

                          22. Dave Kerpen leads the social media software company Likeable Local. He is the author of Likeable Social Media: How to delight your customers.

                          23. Clara Shih is the CEO of Hearsay Social and the author of The Facebook Era.

                          24. Aaron Lee is Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner. He is an excellent resource for everything social media.

                          25. David Sable is the CEO of Y&R, one of the largest advertising firms in the world.

                          26. Content marketing trumps traditional marketing these days, and who else better to lead you in this area than Joe Pulizzi, Founder of Content Marketing Institute.

                          Personal Branding Experts

                          Part of what we market in our personal career is our brand. When people hear your name, what kind of brand comes into their mind? What traits and qualities do they associate with you?

                          Here are some personal branding experts from LinkedIn to improve your own brand.

                          27. Dorie Clark is the author of Stand Out and Reinventing You. He can help you craft the professional image you’ve always wanted.

                          28. Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding. If you’re a millennial, Dan is the guy to help you craft your personal brand.

                          Other Notable Experts to Follow

                          29. Lisa Gates is the expert to follow if you’re negotiating for higher salaries and promotions.

                          30. If you’re a Baby Boomer, Marc Miller will help you navigate the continually changing landscape of the workplace.

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                          31. To avoid getting your resumé moved to the “No” pile, read Paul Freiberger’s excellent advice.

                          32. James Caan provides insightful ideas on careers in general. He is also a serial entrepreneur.

                          33. Jeff Haden writes on various topics, such as leadership and management. He is the owner of Blackbird Media.

                          34. If you’re looking for expert business advice on getting new customers and keeping them, follow Jay Baer.

                          35. Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, is a great human resources specialist.

                          36. If you need help in using Twitter to boost your career, Claire Diaz-Ortiz can guide you in the right direction.

                          37. Ryan Holmes is the CEO of Hootsuite, a social media management tool.

                          38. Customers are the lifeblood of a business and Colin Shaw focuses on revolutionizing this customer experience.

                          39. Brian Solis often reflects on the future of business and how technology can disrupt our world.

                          40. Nancy Lublin provides advice on more lighthearted topics, which are perfect after a long day’s work. She is the CEO behind Dosomething.org, a portal designed for social change; and the founder & CEO of Loris.ai and Crisis Text Line.

                          41. Katya Andresen provides advice on how to manage your career. She was the CEO of Cricket Media and now responsible for the SVP Card Customer Experience at Capital One.

                          42. Gallup has created a system to test what your strengths are and how to use them at work. Jim Clifton is the CEO of Gallup.

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                          43. Adam Grant is a Wharton Professor and the author of Give and Take, which provides advice on why being helpful at work can accelerate your career.

                          44. Hunter Walk is a partner at Homebrew Venture Capitalist Company and has specialty in product development and management.

                          45. If you’re running a nonprofit organization, follow Beth Kanter for expert advice on this area.

                          46. Emotional Intelligence is necessary to succeed in your career, and Daniel Goleman is your expert for that.

                          47. Rita J. King connects science, technology and business.

                          48. Tori Worthington Rose is a Creative Director at Mary Beth West Communications, LLC. She has extensive experience in sales and digital media.

                          49. If you’re looking for some advice on how to use writing and personal content marketing to boost your career, follow Ann Handley.

                          50. Tim Brown is the CEO at IDEO and shares his insights on Leadership and Creativity.

                          These are just some of the key thought leaders and movers in various industries. They will provide you with constant inspiration, as well as the willpower to pursue the career that you’ve always wanted. Their stream of expert ideas in their respective fields will help you become well-equipped in your professional pursuits.

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