Businesses start with vision & passion, not money: 50 founding visions

One of the source principles is that nobody ever starts anything with money. The source (founder) always starts with a personal need. The need unpacks into a vision (even a blurry one) for a future where the need is being met, and they have passion for it, which provides the energy that compels them take the first risk. It’s the vision and the passion which attract other resources, like money and other people to help.

If you have any doubts about this principle, here’s a wonderful video where 50 wildly successful entrepreneurs share their founding vision.

Jeff Bezos – Amazon – 0:00
Steve Jobs – Apple – 0:12
Pierre Omidyar – eBay – 0:33
Michael Dell – Dell – 0:59
Sergey Brin – Google – 1:16
Biz Stone – Twitter – 1:35
Gary Vaynerchuk – Wine Library – 1:50
Daniel Ek – Spotify – 1:58
Kevin Rose – Digg, Tiiny – 2:29
James Altucher – “Choose Yourself” – 2:55
Robert Greene – “Mastery” – 3:21
Guy Kawasaki – Apple – 3:35
Steve Wozniak – Apple – 4:06
Mark Cuban – Broadcast – 4:26
Sam Altman – Loopt – 5:01
Tony Fadell – Nest – 5:12
Danae Ringelmann – Indiegogo – 5:26
Simon Sinek – book author – 5:46
Seth Godin – Marketing guru – 6:25
Evan Williams – Blogger, Twitter, Medium – 6:52
Reid Hoffman – LinkedIn – 7:13
Jack Dorsey – Twitter, Square – 7:45
Kevin Systrom – Instagram – 8:08
Drew Houston – DropBox – 8:34
Brian Chesky – Airbnb – 8:53
Peter Thiel – PayPal – 9:04
Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX – 9:14
Alan Schaaf – Imgur – 9:36
Chris Sacca – Baller Investor – 9:56
Paul Graham – Y Combinator – 10:18
Dennis Crowley – Foursquare – 10:40
Eric Ries – The Lean Startup – 11:11
Leah Busque – TaskRabbit – 11:25
Anthony Casalena – Squarespace – 11:44
Alexis Ohanian – Reddit, Hipmunk – 12:03
Jason Fried – Basecamp – 12:21
Palmer Luckey – Oculus Rift – 12:42
Kamal Ravikant – AngelList – 12:52
Ben Silbermann – Pinterest – 13:19
Tony Hsieh – Zappos – 13:43
Andrew Mason – Groupon – 14:14
Richard Branson – Virgin – 14:39
Andrew Ljung – Soundcloud – 15:08
Justin Kan – Justin.tv – 15:30
Jessica Livingston – Y Combinator – 15:59
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook – 16:14
Marc Andreessen – Andreessen Horowitz – 16:15
Dustin Moskovitz – Facebook – 17:22
Tim Ferriss – 4 Hour Work Week – 17:47
Emmett Shear – Twitch – 18:24

Hat-tip to Inc. Magazine.

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