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What Inspires People to Startup?

By Tamara Monosoff   |   August 22, 2007

These 6 entrepreneurs dropped it all for the prospect of making a difference and fulfilling a personal dream.

It's fascinating to hear other people's success stories. One of the most interesting parts is learning how successful entrepreneurs got their start and how they overcame challenges and adversity. Did an idea flash in their minds like a lightning bolt? Or was it something that percolated over the years? How did timing play into their launch? Did experience or desperation drive their plan forward?

When I researched my new book, Secrets of Millionaire Moms, I asked 17 highly successful business owners for the personal inspiration and catalyst that moved them to take action.  For each woman, it was different. Some were motivated by years of experience and the seed money that enabled it to happen; others launched out of a financial or emotional need.

The common ground all these entrepreneurs shared was financial success and the gratification of creating something larger than themselves. Here are a few excerpts of their experiences:

News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur to share his vision for doing well in business while doing good in the community

By: PR Newswire
May. 11, 2007 12:00 PM Chairman & CEO, Marc Benioff, to Deliver Commencement Addresses at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and the University of California's Haas School of Business

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- , the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of, will deliver commencement addresses to MBA graduates at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business on May 11, 2007, and the University of California's Haas School of Business on May 20, 2007. Mr. Benioff will share his perspective on how business and entrepreneurship can be a key piece of improving the state of the world, and his company's 1/1/1/1 model for integrating business and philanthropy.

News Cellar - Biz Models

If you build it, they will come: Google sees big boost in mobile traffic

By Jacqui Cheng | Published: August 23, 2007 - 11:38AM CT

The use of Google's mobile applications has gotten an unexpected bump this summer, according to Google VP of search products Marissa Mayer. Mayer spoke at the Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose, CA yesterday and discussed how the increase in mobile app usage helped offset the typical summer slump in traffic, usually attributed to people going on vacation, enjoying the outdoors, and otherwise staying the heck away from a computer.

Mayer told reporters "We are seeing more and more mobile activity," according to Reuters. "I think this is sort of a sign that people are becoming savvier with their mobile devices." She also said that she believes devices are getting better and more capable of handling robust mobile applications and that the technology gap is closing so that more people have access to them.

That gap has, at least in part, been closed by the introduction of Apple's iPhone in June, which is much more targeted toward non-business consumers than other smartphones on the market. Google reported that it was a jump of 40 to 50 percent of the use in the mobile Google Maps application immediately after the iPhone launch—unsurprising, as Google Maps is not only one of the few native applications on the iPhone, but it also contains lots of (rather useful) eye candy.

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