Steve Jobs established the Apple Empire from a humble business to one of the most profitable businesses in the world. Apple Inc. has grown from being almost crushing to a multibillion company. Bill Gates’ Microsoft has equally put him on top of the list of the wealthiest people in the world. This is admirable considering the former started the company as a Harvard drop out. The following 4 innovators have valuable lessons that we can all learn from.
Steve Jobs – Remember the end user
A lot of information is available regarding Steve Jobs and his innovative knack. But very little focus was placed on the product users rather than the features included in it. Traditionally, the IT field has concentrated on the features that come with a new product but little by little the lessons pioneered by Jobs are taking effect.
A successful innovation is one that appeals to the user. Jobs courageously articulated this and it seems inventors are making an effort to design a superior product for the end user.
Bill Gates – Reinventing yourself
Bill Gates’ journey in the technology field is a long one, starting from 1973 when he joined Harvard only drop out two years later on and focus on his business ideas. He has played quite an impressive role in combating diseases and supporting education.
Whereas some may question his motives, Gates has made good use of his wealth in eliminating malaria and polio. This is a bold step that needs effective planning for it to be a success. The frequently ranked world’s richest man has clearly shown that your success in one field does not keep you from using your talents in a whole new sphere.
Marc Benioff – Exploit your assets
Marc Benioff created one of the world’s most successful Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms with the CRM application Salesforce.com. The product brought about a revolution in the manner in which industries use and pay for software. As he attempted to make Salesforce a success and exploiting its features, Benioff converted its architecture into a compelling platform.
Walt Disney – See past the “possible”
As I was recently looking at internet pictures of family vacations to Disney World, I remembered the optimism held by Walt Disney. A quick glance at one of his theme parks quickly brings to you of a man who has explored past the limits of education, technology, entertainment – against what many thought was the end.