|Which well known entrepreneurs/enterprises do you admire? Why?
Being an entrepreneur is difficult, despite generally being for self gain. My hero is Duncan Goose, who runs One Difference, a social enterprise selling products to benefit those in the developing world. Duncan is genuinely inspritional - I get quite emotional thinking about it. Imagine comtemplating some of the world's biggest problems, and taking them on - and not for your own gain, but remortgaging your house to help others. Hero!
Jose Antonio Abreu, founder and creator of El Sistema in Venezuela, is definitely an inspiration for us. He created the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela through a system that brings classical music education to at-risk youth in Caracas. His astounding efforts in this area have resulted in world-class musicians coming out of El Sistema and going on to play with the best orchestras in the world. El Sistema has now been adopted in other countries and expanded to other areas with the same idea of making classical music education accessible to at-risk youth. We really admire and respect his work as a pioneer in this field.
Tony Robbins because he is my main competition is the world. Also Donald Trump he is amazing.
I love the fact that Google still tries to maintain a small-company feel even though it's a huge corporation. I went to the Google office in London as was amazed at the relaxed atmosphere - everyone eats together, pool tables, free drinks, comfy chairs, video games...
Anyone who has run a restaurant for more than 5 years. They are truly admirable. Quality is so key, and customer loyalty so difficult, to build a brand that is trusted and consistent in that space is quite an accomplishment.
Sarah Prout, Iggy Pintado, Suzi Dafnis, Google and Apple
I don't know how well known they are, but I do amire Clay Collins and Ingrid Elfver. They combine business and heart and inspire others to do the same - and I love their spontaneous ways.
Robert Kiyosaki, auther of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". Meeting him and his advisors in 2005 led to the founding of NewGrass.
Also, Steve Jobs, for creating the number one brand in the world.
The guys behing innocence, the founder of Stony Field Organic Yoghurt Company gary Hirshberg and entrepreneur Paul Hawken (writer of the Ecology of Commerce).
To names pop up: Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. Steve Jobs because he is such a great orator. I totally share his view on design and enterprise. Richard Branson because he enjoys so much he is doing. It shows.
ARM and Robin Saxby - he created a whole new industry sector thru ecosystem fostering - was awesome to behold.
Steve jobs - Apple - I don't like their business practises, but I understand them - but I love their focus on creating few excellent products
Oprah. Bill Gates. Donald Trump. They're passionate in their commitment
to excellence in everything that they do and they're great humanitarians/ philanthropists.
Sir Alan because of his strong leadership and inability to suffer fools. I also admire his moralistic approach and dedication to family.
I admire founders who can mix technology and business, people who started out doing engineering and built an entire company from scratch. Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg: they all come to mind.
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