Who were the early mentors of the current generation of ultra successful entrepreneurs? Zuckerberg, Page, Brin, Dorsey, Hoffman, Thiel, etc.

I'm specifically wondering about people who played a pivotal role in their success, especially early on.


- Peter Thiel was crucial for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
- Ray Chambers for Jack Dorsey (Twitter)
- Ken Allard and investors Ben Horowitz for Dennis Crowley (Foursquare)
- Paul Graham and Partovi Brothersfor Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi (Dropbox founders)
- Adam D'Angelo for Kevin Systrom (Instagram)

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Answered 10 years ago

For most, curiosity, pizza, and college. I think more people found key people after they got going than inspiration before starting.

Answered 10 years ago

For many it was Bill "Coach" Campbell of Inuit:

Also check out Ben Horowitz's "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" for more on Bill.

Answered 10 years ago

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