The Kauffman Foundation is in the process of building an entrepreneur walk of fame to honor those people who helped shape business our world with their companies and innovations. Some of the names on the list?

Thomas Edison, founder of 14 companies included the predecessors of General Electric, holder of 1,093 patents

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, world’s biggest software company

David Packard and Bill Hewlett, founders of Hewlett-Packard, leader in development of computing hardware

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer

Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp., whose software made PCs ubiquitous in the business world

Bob Swanson, co-founder of Genentech, which started the biotech industry

“These are iconic individuals who changed the world not just through their technology but by being role models for others,” said Bill Aulet, managing director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

Photo by Jeff Sandquist

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on October 3, 2011 in News.

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