Steve Jobs Remembered

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Brian Halligan

I read just about every book written about him—there were, like, 50—and I wanted to be just like him. I said, 'I’m going to be mercurial, and design driven and get really into the details.' And you know what? I couldn’t. I just didn’t have the DNA. It was like trying to be like Michael Jordan. Still, I can honestly say I wouldn’t have started my company without his inspiration. We named our first conference room after him.

–Halligan is the cofounder of HubSpot. Via a phone call