Pioneering Minds: 20 Fascinating Facts About Legendary Founders

1eSnipe website

eSnipe website

The founder of eSnipe, a website that places bids for eBay users during the last seconds of an auction, placed the site for sale in December 2000. The auction was won by an eSnipe user - using eSnipe to place the winning bid.

2Rowland Hussey

Rowland Hussey

The founder of Macy's, Rowland Hussey, who was a Quaker, is credited with inventing the price tag. Quakers believed it was immoral to barter - charging people different prices for the same product. Also, price tags made it easier to expand and quickly hire new salespeople.

3Kevin Plank

Kevin Plank

Kevin Plank, the founder of the American company Under Armour, opted to use the British spelling "armour" in the company name because the URL was still available for that version.

4Alan Stillman

Alan Stillman

T.G.I. Friday's founder Alan Stillman, despite having no restaurant business experience, opened the restaurant because the neighborhood he lived in had many young, single people and he wanted to meet women.

5Burt Shavitz

Burt Shavitz

Burt Shavitz, the founder of Burt's Bees was forced out of the company he founded and lost millions of dollars. He reluctantly still promotes the company for equity while his former romantic partner made $177 million.

6Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet, the founder of Chevrolet died bankrupt and poor working as a mechanic for the company he started.

7George Zimmer

George Zimmer

George Zimmer, the owner and founder of The Men's Wearhouse, does not background check his employees. "I don't trust the U.S. justice system to get it right," says Zimmer, who is himself a recovering alcoholic. "I'd rather make my own decisions, and I believe in giving people a second chance."

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8Chip Wilson

Chip Wilson

Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon named it as such because he thought it would be funny to watch the Japanese try to pronounce it.

9Gary Kremen

Gary Kremen

Gary Kremen, the founder of lost his girlfriend to a guy she met on

10Muzzammil Hassan

Muzzammil Hassan

Muzzammil Hassan, the founder of a Bridges TV network designed to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims, murdered his wife Aasiya Zubair by decapitation.

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