YoungEntrepreneur is running a poll today for its readers. The question, “If you could meet one famous entrepreneur, dead or alive, who would it be?”
For me, it’s an easy one. I want to pick someone who built something from scratch, someone who challenged the system, and someone who continued to innovate all the way to the top. And though it may seem somewhat obvious, I would not change my answer for anything in the world.
It’s Steve Jobs.
I have discussed the lifelong innovator before on this blog, and for good reason. As an avid enthusiast of all things creative, I have to appreciate the work that he and Steve Wozniak did in creating Apple. They saw something that no one else did in the area of computing. They did what many people, even people in the industry, said was not possible and not “profitable”. They created a personal computer that people could actually use. And not only that, people wanted to use it.
Since then, Jobs has continued his journey with Apple at the speed of light, battling with Microsoft to gain market share over PC’s, adding the iPod to everybody’s list of must have gadgets, and successfully launching a smart phone with AT&T.
Through it all, Steve has fought his own battle with cancer. I have great respect for Steve Jobs, and think that spending a few hours picking his brain on topics ranging from managing a growing company, to brainstorming new ideas, to successfully launching products, would be a great experience for any would be entrepreneur.
If you had to choose, who would you want to meet? Share it with me in the comments section below, or hop on over to the real poll at YoungEntrepreneur.com and add your answer there.