Richard Branson inspires me. Not for the reasons you may think. No, he inspires me because of an answer he gave in an interview at the World Business Forum. When asked what made him an entrepreneur, Sir Richard replied "I was brought up in a loving family". That inspiring answer silenced the suit-filled audience.
"Who inspires you" is a question I ask the entrepreneurs I meet and interview. Not what but who, as entrepreneurship is about people - determined innovators and the friends, family, role models and team who surround them. For Liza Kindred inspiration comes from "People who are completely, unabashedly themselves. It’s not easy for us as imperfect humans to let our light shine" (yes, Richard Branson makes her list). Melissa Clark-Reynolds and Joanne Lang are inspired by their children, Melissa Gonzalez by her mom and Kathryn Finney by her community in Harlem.
The women founding companies and pursuing entrepreneurship inspire me. Learn more about them and get inspired by their stories on Women Innovate Mobile's blog.
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