Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Business ventures of your dreams...

I remember being 12 years old and being very impressed by a young guy I met, Tommy Ewasko, who at that time (1978) was well on his way to becoming a professional photographer. Tommy was the first professional creative person I ever crossed paths with, and after getting to know him a bit better, I began to see the world in a different way. Last month, my successful English entrepreneurial comrade Rob Ford of Favourite Website Awards (TheFWA.com) shared a story with his friends on Facebook where he was included in a 10steps.sg feature by Johnson Koh entitled "Interviews of Ten Accomplished Founders." If you have not visited TheFWA.com before, I can easily imagine you having a kind of epiphany when you do, and there are other domains within Rob's empire which are equally inspirational, including FWATheater.com and FWAPhoto.com.


To me, because his business model is original, creative, seemingly very fun, and largely self-guided, Rob represents the kind of successful entrepreneur that one only dreams of becoming. Do please read the "Interviews" article linked above to learn more about the origins of Rob's business, and those of the other talented young gentlemen listed below. There's enough inspiration here to change many people's perceptions of the very nature of business... and represent new approaches to how resourceful individuals can build their own unique success stories independently.
. BuySellAds - Todd Garland
. Envato - Colliss Ta'eed
. Good Tutorials - Zach Holman
. Abduzeedo - Fabio Sasso
. Tutorial9 - David Leggett
. DeviantArt - Angelo-Sotira
. iStockPhoto - Bruce LivingStone
. Pixel2Life - Dan Richard
. SmashingMagazine - Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz