The most embarrassing flops of famous tech innovators before they found success

Before their tech breakthroughs, Bill Gates and co had these really dumb ideas

Failure drives innovation — many innovators of our age would agree.

Before we make that first breakthrough, we must face painful, and often embarrassing, flops. Whether to fuel our innate shadenfruede, or prove that we too can become the next Steve Jobs, here are the six biggest failures of great innovators before they made their first real breakthrough, and stuck around for more success of the tech kind.