Visionaries are rare as they see things that the masses can't comprehend. When we think of Serial Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, and Visionaries in one individual, it is definitely rare. They began their startups with a vision and executed despite criticism and misunderstanding from the masses. They play a very important role in our economy and our entrepreneurial ecosystem. These are some of my favorites on their original vision from the founders and reflects their passion for their startup.
Jeff Bezos - "Conceived as an online book seller, Amazon has reinvented itself time and again, changing the way the world shops, reads and computes."
Bill Gates - "When Paul Allen and I started Microsoft over 30 years ago, we had big dreams about software,” recalls Gates. “We had dreams about the impact it could have. We talked about a computer on every desk and in every home. It’s been amazing to see so much of that dream become a reality and touch so many lives. I never imagined what an incredible and important company would spring from those original ideas.”
Steve Jobs - "To make a contribution to the world by making tools for the mind that advance humankind." Is Apple a hardware or a software company?
Our personal special mentions of visionaries who were also serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel. They created the culture of the PayPal Mafia and went on to found other startups. They grew up and became venture capitalists consistent with their philosophy of helping other entrepreneurs. If there wasn't two individuals who were complete opposites, it would be Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel. It's probably what made them such a great combination.
As part of the masses, we need to open our eyes and see the value these three bring to the economy. And understand that we may never understand or fully realize greatness when we see it. Where would technology be if we didn't have Amazon, Microsoft or Apple? So our thanks to these Serial Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, and Visionaries!
We want to end this with a quote from serial entrepreneur and legendary venture capitalist Peter Thiel, "Brilliant Thinking is Rare, but Courage is in even shorter supply than Genius." Let us know your thoughts or comments in our Forum.
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