Welcome to episode 50 of Inc.'s Founders Project With Alexa Von Tobel podcast--where we bring you stories of the entrepreneurs building the future. Listen to the tales of guts, inspiration, and drive that define the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each week, we dig into a founder's professional playbook--and uncover what makes them tick.
How to Pursue Audacious Goals, with Marcelo Claure of SoftBank
When he was a child, Marcelo Claure set up a stand to sell his mother's clothes in front of their house. In college, he ran an airline miles business with 17 friends working out of his apartment. And post-college, he started Brightstar, which became the world's largest global wireless distribution company, with over $10 billion in revenue. Claure's career accomplishments run deep: He led Sprint through its historic merger with T-Mobile and now serves as COO of SoftBank and executive chairman of WeWork. Claure shares how he picks new pursuits (like doubling down on WeWork), why his current goal is to set the world record for being the oldest soccer player in a professional match, and how he plans to invest $100 million in companies led by people of color as head of SoftBank's new Opportunity Fund.