The Young Entrepreneur Council asked 12 successful young entrepreneurs to share which business leaders they look up to. Here are their best answers.
1. Clate Mask and Scott Martineau of Infusionsoft
Infusionsoft co-founders Clate Mask and Scott Martineau inspire me with their singular focus to help small businesses succeed. After meeting many of their team, we realized there's not a single employee we didn't want to take out for a beer! The culture infiltrates the entire company, and they're open and receptive to anything that will support small businesses.
2. Female Entrepreneur Marie Forleo
She's built an incredible business, and her customer service and entire team is top notch. I think she's created an awesome internal company culture, and it shows from the outside of her company too. She's motivating and keeps everything on the positive.
3. Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz
Rand Fishkin at SEOmoz is an entrepreneur who has really created an amazing company culture. He puts a strong focus on transparency and has made SEOmoz into a community. That community and culture of exchanging expertise and ideas has made his company into an industry leader.
4. Jeff Lawson of Twilio
I was lucky enough to spend an evening at Twilio visiting a friend who worked there. While I was there, I saw and felt an amazing culture in action. The employees felt like a team that had genuine camaraderie and a great, high-productivity environment. Jeff comes from Amazon, who is also known for a great culture, so it's no surprised they have a great culture of their own.
5. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook
Did you know Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has one of the highest approval ratings of tech firm leaders? He's an inspiring young founder who built one of the most notable digital companies in recent history. I greatly admire his commitment to hack culture, and the company's well-crafted growth. It will be fascinating to see his performance as a public company CEO.
6. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway
I may never have the level of business acumen that Warren Buffett has, but the way he works with investors and employees alike is phenomenal. CEOs are glad when Buffett takes an interest in their company and to be a Berkshire Hathaway investor is an education in and of itself. Just read his annual letter to his investors to get a glimpse of what I'm talking about.