What is it that defines the rarefied air of the innovator in business? At Entrepreneur , we've spent a lot of time trying to crack the code and here's our conclusion: An innovator is someone who pushes the boundaries of the known world--a change agent who is relentless in making things happen and bringing ideas to execution. In many ways, innovation is key to your success--no matter what your business is.
When 21-year-old university student Jamie Murray Wells attempted to buy a pair of prescription glasses in 2004, he had a vision for a new type of business. Nonplussed by the $150 pound ($300) price tag, Wells decided to leave school and funnel his $2,000 student loan into what would become Glasses Direct, a London-based online retailer. In the first year the company's revenue topped $2 million. Today the company pulls in $5 million in sales, employs 70 people and has raked in $34 million in venture funding.
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