To test my assumptions further, my associateCheryl Connerissued an invitation last week to successful founders (whose companies survived 5 years or more). We asked them to share the pivotal “aha” moments that solidified their decision to go forward and has set the direction for their entrepreneurial career.
The responses floored us. In less than 24 hours, more than 200 company founders responded. Their stories amazed us; the sheer numbers astounded us even more. Granted, this is unscientific data. We compiled the stories and totaled the job results of the first 100 who were able to finalize their stories with us within the space of a day. If we missed your story, we’re sorry – feel free to include it in comments. If we included less than you hoped to tell us, feel free to make those additions in the comment section as well. Already, this compilation is beyond anything I have published here yet.
Several (12) of the companies were younger than 5 years, but because they responded with such compelling stories, we let their submissions remain (although they have been noted with an asterisk.)
So clearly this is not a pristine statistical survey. However, it is my hope that it will leave you inspired. Are you ready? The 100 firms we present to you today have collectively created a total of 69,224 jobs. This is not a typo. These 100 “aha’s” have very literally led to the creation of an average of 692 jobs apiece. Here are their stories. I welcome your responses. If there is sufficient interest, I will consider a sequel. Enjoy!
Snehal Shinde, Dhingana “In 2007, my brother and I noticed the increasing popularity of music streaming services like Pandora. Our “aha” moment came when we realized there was nothing like it for Bollywood music. We founded Dhingana, which has become the largest Bollywood music streaming service.”
Read more shared “Aha” Moments here: forbes.com