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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Entrepeneurs Reflect On Life Of Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, who passed away at age 56 yesterday, leaves a legacy among up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

Mike Taylor, the 38-year-old CEO of Odyl, a Facebook marketing firm,  told Here & Now‘s Robin Young that Jobs’ dedication and vision left an indelible mark.

“Jobs inspired me at the deepest possible core level. I can’t imagine any entrepreneur or almost anyone I know that hasn’t been inspired by him,” he said.

Taylor said that as an entrepreneur he thinks it’s most important to do what he loves, not just “pursue an opportunity” to get rich.

“[Steve Jobs] so clearly and passionately articulated and lived that,” Taylor said. “What he created first and foremost changed our lives, and then created money as a side to that, rather than the other way around.”

Jules Pieri
, founder and CEO of Daily Grommet, said she was devastated when she heard of Jobs’ death.

“I’m a start-up CEO, working on my third start up. . and a big part of what I want to do is elevate design to the role and economic power that it can be… and that’s what Steve did..  He didn’t just talk about it, he did it,” Pieri said.

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