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The top “Aha!” moments of famous entrepreneurs

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(Business Entrepreneur) Every famous entrepreneurs has made their fortune after having an “Aha!” moment, and usually solving a very simple problem.


Visionaries’ “aha” moments

Looking to kickstart your brand or become the next great inventor? Begin by looking at the problems surrounding you, and solve a problem, just as so many others have, turning simple solutions into billion dollar ideas.

Take for example, Ingvar Kampard who at age 22 became frustrated that he couldn’t fit a table he had just purchased into his car. He took the legs off, and IKEA was born. A whopping 66 years later, his net worth is $4.1 billion. BILLION. Because he got pissed off at a table.

Kampard isn’t the only story worth being inspired by, according to Funders and Founders who have put together a nifty graphic briefly showing several entrepreneurs’ “aha” moments

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Take a look at the infographic below generated by San Francisco-based startup organization Funders and Founders for more stories of how many of the most successful entrepreneurs got started by looking at their own problems and finding a solution.

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“What brings the Aha moment?” Funders and Founders asks. “Inconvenience. GoPro founder who struggled to take a picture of himself while surfing. Limited resources. Ikea founder could not fit a table in his small car, so he thought to take off the legs. Pain and tragedy. Samuel Morse received a letter about his wife’s illness after she was already buried. Letters took a long time back then. He raced to see her, but it was too late. Grief-stricken, he decided to forever change how people talk to each other and invented the telegraph.”

Everyone’s “aha” moment strikes at a different time – some in their 20s, others in their 60s, and it is never too late to innovate. What are you pondering that could change lives for the better? Go solve a problem, already!



  1. chrisshouse

    August 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Very interesting.

  2. PaulCormier

    August 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Yeah, that Steve Jobs Aha! moment is a bit of a stretch…

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