The Friends Effect: We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants [INFOGRAPHIC]

PayPal Mafia

What are the chances that the world’s most successful leaders share the same roots?

Higher than what you would expect.

HubSpot recently researched the famous PayPal Mafia, a group of entrepreneurs and investors that emerged from PayPal’s $1.5 billion sale to eBay.  You may be surprised to learn that this close-knit group diverged to build some of the world’s biggest companies: YouTube, LinkedIn, Yelp, Tesla, and Square.

Apparently, the same thing happened with the NFL. Bill Walsh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, propelled the careers of football’s most talented players.

Lesson #1 of entrepreneurship is that success fuels success. Stay close to the people who inspire you — we never be able to prove the ‘friends effect,’ but we know that it is very, very real.

The PayPal Mafia vs. The Bill Walsh NFL Coaching Tree [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

 

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