Business Icon Richard Branson- Quotes

Richard Branson is a British entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin brand of companies. He is a flamboyant self promoter that is famous for his attention getting marketing tactics and his sense of fun that he brings to business. Branson is also a generous philanthropist and has also set aside billions of dollars to find a solution to global warming and our current use of inefficient and polluting fuels for transport. Below are some of his quotes you can learn from-
  • Everyone needs something to aim for. You can call it a challenge, or you can call it a goal. It is what makes us human. It was challenges that took us from being cavemen to reaching for the stars.
  • It became apparent to me that business could be a creative enterprise in itself. Above all, you want to create something you are proud of.
  • I have always lived my life by thriving on opportunity and adventure. Some of the best ideas come out of the blue, and you have to keep an open mind to see their virtue.
  • I find it very difficult to think of mistakes.. not that I don't make any but because I was brought up to look only at the good things in life.
  • By nature I am curious about life, and this extends to my business.

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World’s Youngest CEO

Suhas Gopinath, now aged 23, a resident of Bangalore had a passion for information. A passion so energetic, that it drove Suhas to setup a multi national company christened Globals Incorporated. He hails from a middle class family, where his father Mr. M R Gopinath was a defence scientist.
At the age of 14 he was recognized as the world’s youngest web-developer through his project A fortune 500 company, being amazed at the talent, offered him a job which included a $2000 paycheck per week, a chauffer driven car and an executive apartment.
All this did not lure Mr. Gopinath as he was mentally strong of what he wanted in his life. To encourage the youth, he setup Globals Inc, in the year 2000 at San Jose, California as the laws in India did not allow him to setup a company in the country as he was still minor.
From then Globals Inc has drastically grown as a Multinational company with offices in more than 11 countries which includes USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, Australia, India, Bangladesh, etc which
offers tailor made solutions in the fields of web, mobile, networking, e-commerce and software solutions. Mr. Suhas Gopinath at the age of 16 was recognized as the world’s youngest entrepreneur in by CNBC and e-Business, Canada.
With this at the age of 17 he was recognized as the “World’s Youngest CEO” by leading Medias across the globe including BBC, CBS News, Washington Times, IndianExpress, Streats-Singapore, Times of India, NDTV, The Age – Australia, etc.
Though his age sounds exciting for a humungous title like CEO, it was also against him. In the year 2003, a Singapore based company approached Globals Inc to outsource their projects worth $38,000. The law stated that an executive signatory must be above 18. This cost him the deal. Nevertheless, he steered Globals Inc further, with sheer determination. His team has grown from a mere 4 members to a staggering 600.
Under his leadership the team has served more than 400 clients including fortune 500 companies. At the 2005 International Business Awards held at New York, he was awarded as the “Best International Business Executive” . He was also awarded Karnataka State’s “Rajyotsava” Award on November 1, 2005 and was the youngest in the state’s history to bag this prestigious award.
Suhas’ foremost motive was to establish a platform for youth which encourages them in their chosen IT career and also to build their entrepreneurial skills. Currently, Suhas is perusing his bachelor’s degree in Information Science Engineering at M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.
Suhas Gopinath is also designated as the Indian Representative for UN Youth Federation and Action Program, and Coordinator for Indo-Pak Youth programs. Suhas Gopinath is currently the visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad for Start-Up Finance and Entrepreneurship, and is also the Brand ambassador at PETA along with other Hollywood and bollywood celebrities.
Globals Inc is a multi national company founded in the year 2000 by Mr. Suhas Gopinath at the age of 14 years at California, USA. Globals offers cost effective world class quality solutions in web, software, mobile and multimedia. Globals has established offices in more than 11 countries. Till date Globals has served more than 200 clients worldwide.
Just spare few minutes in visiting their website and know what a dynasty the young guy has created. He could be a real inspiration for a lot of us.
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Bill Gates- 11 Rules To Success In Life

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Steve Jobs- Early Business Lessons

Most people think Steve Jobs' first foray into business happened in 1975, when the then 20-year-old and fellow electronics enthusiast Steve Wozniak set up shop in Jobs' parents' garage and began working on the prototype of the Apple I computer. But according to Walter Isaacson's new biography on Jobs, the pair had an earlier, less upstanding venture before Apple.

The idea was hatched in 1971, when Jobs was still in high school in California, when Wozniak read an article in Esquire magazine about hackers who had created a "Blue Box," a device that replicated the tones used by telephone companies and allowed users to make long distance calls for free. Inspired, Wozniak strung together a series of diodes and transistors from Radio Shack and created his own digital version of the device.

After using the invention to prank call the Vatican, Jobs had a revelation: He and Wozniak could manufacture the devices on a larger scale and sell them for a profit. Since the parts cost $40, plus factoring the time it took to build, Jobs figured they could sell them, at places like college dorms, for $150 each.

The operation was sailing along but came to an unexpected end when Jobs and Wozniak were held at gunpoint by a man Jobs thought was interested in purchasing one of the boxes. But even though the hostile encounter scared the young men out of business, Jobs and Wozniak had in fact laid the pavement for their future business partnership.

As Wozniak says in the book, the caper gave the men "a taste of what we could do with my engineering skills and his vision." "If it hadn't been for the Blue Boxes, there wouldn't have been an Apple," Jobs recalls in the book. "I'm 100 percent sure of that. Woz and I learned how to work together, and we gained the confidence that we could solve technical problems and actually put something into production."

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