At Qred, we love entrepreneurs who are changing the world with groundbreaking ideas and new technologies. In this list you will find just a few of the world's countless inspiring entrepreneurs.
Innovator. Disruptor. Game-changer. Throughout the ages, we have witnessed brilliant entrepreneurs who have changed the world. However, far from everyone is of the same caliber as Elon Musk. At the age of 44, he is behind pioneering companies such as PayPal, Space X, Tesla Motors. It is quite clear that this is not just a forward-looking businessman, but also an inventor with great vision. Thus, Elon Musk has made it his ambition to make human life on other planets a possibility.
Steve Jobs is considered a pioneer in the computer industry. And rightly so. He was just 21 years old when he and his friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple in the garage of Jobs' parents. When the technical genius Wozniak had designed his own computer for his own pleasure, Steve Jobs immediately saw the commercial opportunity: this was a computer that could become commonplace. The development of Apple ll was a milestone in the development of the personal computer, but Steve Jobs never stopped having great visions. With the iPod, he changed the way we luck to music, and with the iPhone, he delivered internet into the pockets of the world's people. The latter invention has today helped to change the way we get our information, do our shopping, and do our work.
A highly gifted Bill Gates is the driving force behind the PC era's greatest success story, Microsoft. At the age of 12, he fell in love with the computer and especially threw his passion into programs (software), rather than the machine itself (hardware), and with the development of the Windows program, Bill Gates really took the throne as the king of software. Systematically outperformed Bil Gates and Microsoft all others trying to enter the software market. He was not only a technical genius, he was also an exceptional businessman. At the age of 31, he became the youngest billionaire of all time, and at 39 years old, he was the world's richest man.
Ole Kirk Christiansen
At Qred, we love the story of how Ole Kirk Christiansen created the world's largest toy manufacturer. In the 1930s, his carpentry business, like many other businesses, suffered from the recession. As a single father of four boys, he couldn't give up. From extra bits of wood from the construction company, he started making wooden toys. The son Gottfred began to help his father, and together they built Lego's first factory out of wooden toys. The factory burned down, but that didn't stop Ole and Gotfred from building the company up again – once again from scratch. In the 1950s, they had their breakthrough with the plastic brick, which since it has been the focal point of LEGO's success. Today, Lego is known and loved by children all over the world.
We love the story of LEGO because it shows how hard work and willpower can overcome obstacles and adversity.
If you haven't already seen LEGO's animated video about how the company came to be, you can watch it here.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
The web domain Google was registered by Larry Page and Sergey Brin 20 years ago. The two founders met in 1995 when they were both studying at Stanford University. With the discovery of how the vast amounts of material that abounded on the web could be "tamed" by ranking the search results, the foundation stones for Google were laid. Today, according to the Alexa index, Google is the world's most visited website. The story of Google's genesis is a classic entrepreneurial story; The brilliant idea combined with hard work and a little luck.
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