5 Amazing Entrepreneurial Successful Stories

by Frank Spooner
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As I always say, the world is full of unlimited possibilities and numerous opportunities, but your life and work are finite, meaning you have limited time to uncover what you’re searching for and make your mark on the world.


This is your time. It’s limited so don’t waste it. Discover something you like to do and just do it. That’s how real internet marketers always start.


The Pierre Omidyar way. In 1995, a computer programmer started auctioning off things on his own website. AuctionWeb, as it was then known, was really just a personal project, but, when the quantity of web traffic made it crucial to upgrade to a business Internet account, Omidyar needed to start charging people fees. He actually hired his first staff to handle all the payment checks. The site is currently known as eBay.

The Howard Schultz way. A trip to Milan gave a young marketer working for a Seattle coffee bean roaster an idea for upscale espresso cafes like they have all over Italy. His boss had no interest in owning coffee outlets but arranged to finance Schultz’s project. They even sold him their brand name, Starbucks.

The Phil Robertson way. There was a guy who so cherished duck hunting that he chose that overplaying pro football for the NFL. He invented a duck call, started a company called Duck Commander, ultimately put his son Willy in charge, and that spawned a media and merchandising empire for a family of rednecks labeled as Duck Dynasty.

The Konosuke Matsushita way. In Japan in 1917, a 23-year-old trainee at the Osaka Electric Light Company with no official education came up with an improved light socket. His boss wasn’t interested so young Matsushita started making samples in his basement. He later expanded with battery-powered bicycle lamps and other electronic products. Matsushita Electric, as it was recognized until 2008 when the company legally changed its name to Panasonic, is now worth $66 billion.

The Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs way. While they had been friends since high school, the two college dropouts obtained substantial exposure to the computer world while working on game software together on the night shift at Atari. The 3rd Apple inventor, Ron Wayne, was also an Atari alumnus.

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