The World’s 7 Most Powerful Entrepreneurs

(By Paul Graham)

Paul Graham is the co-founder of Y Combinator, an incubator for some of Silicon Valley’s most successful startups. “Like having a child, running a startup is the sort of experience that’s hard to imagine unless you’ve done it yourself. The best source of advice for new founders is not professors or investors but other founders. Those on this list know things only a handful of people know.”

Bill Gates

#1 Bill Gates, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Before Bill Gates was a philanthropist, before he was CEO of a big software company, he was an ambitious, nerdy, young founder. As much as anyone, he invented the software startup.

Larry Page

#2 Larry Page, CEO, Google

Luck is a component in all startups, but probably less with Google than most others. Larry and Sergey seem to have approached Google as if they were doing research in the natural sciences–as if they were trying to discover the company as much as build it.

Sergey Brin

#3 Sergey Brin, Cofounder, Google

Luck is a component in all startups, but probably less with Google than most others. Larry and Sergey seem to have approached Google as if they were doing research in the natural sciences–as if they were trying to discover the company as much as build it.

Larry Ellison

#4 Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle

Enterprise software companies don’t get the same attention in the media as consumer ones, but it is a huge industry. It’s remarkable how dominant Oracle has been for how long.

Mark Zuckerberg

#5 Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Facebook

The scary thing about Facebook is how much of a startup it still is. They’re the biggest site on the Web and yet they act as if they are just getting started. The next decade is probably Facebook’s.

Jeff Bezos

#6 Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

One of the most important qualities in a startup founder is the ability to entertain novel ideas, and Jeff Bezos embodies it. When he first introduced Amazon Web Services, it seemed a startling left turn for Amazon. Now, the majority of new startups are built on it.

Gordon Moore

#7 Gordon Moore, Cofounder, Intel

Moore was one of the whiz kids who brought the silicon to Silicon Valley at Shockley Semiconductor. I doubt anyone has witnessed more of the history of the Valley firsthand.

(Source: Adesojiadegbulu)

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