Interview of Brian Wills from MaxAgility (Video)
Brian Wills shares his entrepreneurial story starting from how he almost got sued by BMW to losing a contract within a month of moving to Silicon Valley and then growing his business by increasing his following to over 15,000 in just 1.5 years. Read the full story to learn how he was able to increase his following in such a short period of time.
Interview of Praful Krishna from Coseer (Video)
Praful Krishna shares his story of how he got the idea of Coseer and how he grew it without taking any VC funding. He also mentions that marketing channels that worked and the ones that didn't. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, make sure to hear his advice at the end.
Mojang - When Your Dreams Become a Harsh Reality
For years, computer and console games have been the favorite pastime of many people, regardless of age or gender. Markus 'Notch' Persson was one such kid - a shy, but an avid fan of playing and developing video games. Having learnt how to program by the age of 8, he dedicated himself to creating video games. After getting inspired by a game that encompassed his love for building blocks and gaming, he created Minecraft in less than a week. Fast forward a bit, his company Mojang has developed the world's best-selling video game of all time _and_ is now part of the Microsoft family. Read this compelling story of the shy Swedish gamer who made his dream a reality here:
Alibaba Group: How Persistence Creates Success
What does one man do after his vision is rejected dozens of times? In the case of Jack Ma, he pushes through every obstacle and becomes one of the most famous businessmen in the world. Getting rejected from Harvard almost a dozen times, not having anyone to support his business model, and struggling to make it profitable - all of these are just small pieces of Ma's puzzle From a modest family and a poor childhood to a multimillion CEO of the well-known Alibaba Group - Jack Ma's journey portrays how persistence is key to any success story. But what did it take?
How Adobe Revolutionized The Desktop Software Industry
Mention the names Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk to any techthusiast and you'll see how much they're astonished by their work and life deeds. Do the same with the names John Warnock and Charles Geschke and you'll see some confused faces. Ironically, without these two, no one would have known about the five founders previously mentioned - or the ones similar to them. The story of John and Charles is not the usual 'two college dropouts launched three companies by the age of 28' founding story. In fact, they're quite opposite of it - they started their entrepreneurship journey in their 40s.
Duolingo - The App That Changed How We Learn Languages
Luis von Ahn wanted to make learning languages easier, so he decided to create an app that would simplify the process. Since then, his app has helped millions learn new languages but also changed how people learn languages. Duolingo enables millions of people to learn a new language for free while supporting free education at the same time. It's a tool that helps people to be better educated, giving them a better chance of landing a job.
The People Behind GitHub - The Facebook for Developers
The age of technological advancements has been ever-changing and constantly improving. This itself brings countless opportunities and as a lot entrepreneurs know - there is nothing more expensive than a missed opportunity! When the opportunity arose for 4 passionate programmers to improve an already existing version control system called Git and democratize code - they took it! They wanted to be able to collaborate and consult on projects with other programmers and share code freely and safely. Thus, GitHub was born - a Facebook for developers, where instead of pet photos and funny statuses, they'd share code lines!
Houzz - The Project That Changed How We Renovate Homes
When founders Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen wanted to remodel their home, they found out that it could be a nightmare of a process. Finding the right people to make their ideas reality was hard, and there wasn't a unifying place to find them. They thought, there's gotta be a better way to build or redesign a house with less effort, right? Even before they started their renovation, they knew that finding professionals in this field was a painful and time-consuming process.
Hewlett And Packard: The Humble Garage Startup That Birthed Silicon Valley
The Hewlett-Packard Company, commonly known as HP, is a multi-billion consumer electronics company and one of the first few names that pop up in your head when you think of computer manufacturers. However, HP is much more than that - it's a company that revolutionized corporate management and management style and changed the face of technology. Its birthplace was 367 Addison Avenue Palo Alto, California, in a rented single-car garage where in 1938, the founders Bill and Dave started manufacturing audio oscillators, now marked with a bronze plaque designating it the 'Birthplace of Silicon Valley'.
Infosys: The Pinnacle Of India's IT Efforts
Infosys Technologies is an Indian multinational gigantic software company that changed the way the world looks at India. India's information technology glory days started in the early 1990s, but now, the country is in the same bracket as technology giants such as the US, Japan, and China. Infosys wasn't just a rider on the technology start-up train, but a pioneer in the field of software companies in India. With a market capitalization of over $47 billion in 2020, it serves as an inspiration to millions aspiring software developers - anything is possible if you're determined and work extremely hard to achieve that!
Loot Crate: The Mystery Box Startup That Failed Because It Grew Too Fast
Loot Crate is the most popular subscription box service in the world and the idea behind it was very simple: Comic-Con in a box! The founders of Loot Crate, Chris Davis and Matthew Arevalo, didn't dive into an existing market - instead, they created a whole new market of subscription-based mystery box services. The idea was for the most passionate comic book, movie, and video game fans to subscribe to the service and receive one box a month delivered to the door. The features of the boxes, or 'the loot', ranged from t-shirts and action figures, to snacks and badges - basically, geek heaven!
Lynda - Proof That Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Everyone has their own way of giving back to the community. Starting a business with the idea of sharing knowledge and helping people follow their interests and dreams is Lynda Weinman's way of giving back to the community. In a series of happy accidents, she first discovered the computer, then the internet, web design, and later her passion for teaching. In her most desperate and uncertain time, she combined it all into what is today known as Lynda.com! Right at the turn of the century, when two major disasters had struck the economy, Lynda managed to persevere. She took a big risk by putting her business online and employing a different business model, but little did she know she had struck gold!
Netflix: From Carpooling, to The Streaming Service We All Keep Coming Back To
Netflix is the king of entertainment streaming services, and that's not lightly said - it has over 190 million registered subscribers in more than 190 countries in the world! It also has more than 1500 hours of TV-shows and movies, so millions use Netflix as their go-to place for watching movies and TV shows. Nowadays, we even have a Netflix button on our TV remotes, but when you consider that Netflix started off as a DVD 'snail mail' service, it's pretty obvious they went through several rough patches before becoming the universally-known name they are today.
Dreaming Big: Ritesh Agarwal's Formula To An Impactful Life with OYO Rooms
'If you have not failed, you have not hardened yourself!' Ritesh Agarwal's story begins with the desire of a single young individual to live a more impactful life. But what is the price for such a life? Devotion, focus, and most of all, a good idea! Through ups and downs, big milestones and sometimes even bigger failures, the story of Ritesh takes us on a journey that shows the significance of persistence and how it can lead to success beyond comprehension.
Product Hunt: The Hottest Tech Site That Started Off As a Hobby
The Internet is full of low-quality content, and discovering the pearls is only possible through curation. Social media apps like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have implemented their own algorithms in an attempt to select the 'best' content for each user, but not one of them can top the master of curation - Product Hunt. Founded by Ryan Hoover in 2013, Product Hunt is the taste-maker of technology and everything new in the tech world. It enables users to share and discover new products organized into four categories: video games, technology products, books, and podcasts.
Reddit: From A Rejection To The Most Popular Internet Aggregator
A rejection from Y Combinator can go a long way - so long, you might end up brainstorming a mindblowing idea that million people love! Well, that's what happened to Reddit's founders, Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman when they tried to enter the entrepreneurship world. Their first idea of a mobile app for ordering food didn't get the thumbs up from the Y Combinator's investors, so the duo decided to step up their game - big time! They sure did prove that they can make something meaningful because Reddit has become the go-to platform for any curious mind, geek, or an average person who likes to explore those subreddits filled with original and educational content. Here is Reddit's birth story and how it changed the way we receive and discuss pieces of information.
SurveyMonkey, Bringing the Public's Opinion to Your Doorstep
The history of humanity is full of innovators and entrepreneurs who used their visions and hard work to create a technologically and culturally progressive society. From Thomas Edison to Elon Musk, we've seen how ideas can transform our culture while creating a fortune out of them. Some of the less-noticed but equally valuable innovations are SurveyMonkey's successes in bringing the public thoughts on various topics to everyone who'll read them.
Slack - How A Failed Video Game Made Work Fun
Slack is the world's most popular business-level chat and productivity tool used by more than 12 million people and a whopping 77% of the Fortune 100. Whether you like your colleagues' cat photos or their funny jokes for the upcoming weekend, Slack has become an essential tool for the offices worldwide - and all that in just a few years! Although the company's motto was 'be less busy', its founder Stewart Butterfield kept busy trying out a few startup business ideas before he finally struck gold without even knowing it. This is the story of how a twice-failed video game developer used the ashes of his failures to build the fastest growing SaaS startup in history!
Wayfair: How Two Engineers Changed The Online Home Good Retail World
Forrest Gump was right from the first time: life is like a box of chocolate – you never know what you'll get! Or at least, that's what goes through your mind when you read the story of Steve Conine and Niraj Shah, the founders of Wayfair. Their creativity, intelligence, and determination helped them launch three companies from scratch – but only one became a true success! Here's the story of how two engineers built the company that became the leader in the online home goods retail world - even though they don't know a thing about home design or interior! Read the full story at:
How Adam Neumann Build WeWork, The Office Of The Future
WeWork is anything but a regular, old-school real estate company. With a community of over 400,000 users, the company offers working individuals and companies flexible office space we could only dream of a decade ago. But how did WeWork rise from a single 3,000 square feet office in a vacant building in SoHo, to the biggest coworking company in the world, with locations in 123 cities around the world? Founded in 2010, WeWork is the baby of the eccentric visionary and entrepreneur Adam Neumann and his friend and trained architect Miguel McKelvey - the duo that transformed office life and put the spotlight on the individual who wants to live more collectively.
The Story Of Apple: From A Small Garage, To The Top Of The World
The birth and death of civilizations is a thing of the past, but now we witness the rise and fall of corporations, with some becoming more powerful than whole countries! The largest and most iconic of them all is Apple - a company whose story made its way into the history books. Founded in a garage by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, in 40 years the company has become so successful that at one point it has twice the amount of money of the US Treasury! Once at the brink of extinction, Apple managed to pull through thanks to cutting edge innovation. Today it's worth almost $2 trillion, with its annual revenue being larger than the GDP of most countries on Earth. This is their story.
BYJU: The Indian Tech Giant that Slowly Reshapes World’s Education
Incorporating technology to improve learning methods has always been a challenge for scientists. Fortunately, some of them are gifted with brilliance and ingenuity, which allows them to spearhead and speed development in specific industries. This is the story of how one boy set the foundation of using mobile devices to allow access to scientific, educational materials. Thanks to his efforts, learning math and science became much easier.
Driving eCommerce Forward: The Story of Braintree
The ideas that have changed society came from the bright-heads of many innovators and entrepreneurs. From Steve Jobs transforming our attitudes towards electronics, to Jeff Bezoz who changed the way online commerce works - we've seen how a unique idea can have an influence on many people. But not all heroes wear capes. This is the story of Braintree and how even religious motivation can produce a successful start up: The history of humanity is full of innovators and entrepreneurs who believed their visions and hard work could progress our society, both technologically and culturally, to a stage where most of the population enjoys long, comfy, and healthy lives. We all know Steve Jobs and how with Apple, he transformed our attitude towards electronics or Jeff Bezos who changed the way online commerce works with one simple software.
Facebook: How Small Ideas Can Grow And Change The World
We've all heard of Facebook - the #1 social media platform. But it's more than just a social network: Facebook is a tech giant present in almost every part of our public and private lives. It's not just a place for us to share our ideas and thoughts - it's a way of life, a never ending channel of information which gives us the world on a plate. Its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, had to face unprecedented obstacles on both professional and personal levels to get where he is now. In order to bring Facebook to life, Mark had to face extraordinary challenges: gong where no one had gone before! Read the full story:
Microsoft: An Empire Built From Scrap In Half A Century
Who would have thought that billions of years after the Big Bang, life on planet Earth would evolve to a point where one beautiful mind would be able to contribute so much to making the world a better place. One of these minds belongs to Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, a man who gave so much to society, he's considered a living legend.
How OkCupid Went From an Ambitious Student Project to a Billion Dollar Social Experiment
From social experiment, to the world's most famous dating and friendship app. A place where many friendships and relationships start to bloom. Times magazine listed this app among the top 10 dating apps in 2007. Years later, OkCupid is still a success story, among all the new-generation dating apps. Let's dive deeper into OkCupid. OkCupid started off as a social experiment, quickly growing into the world's most famous international dating and friendship app. In 2007, Times magazine listed this app among the top 10 dating apps. Thirteen years later, people are still using OkCupid, creating thousands of new friendships and relationships every day.
Owe Bergsten And His Lie That Built Nintendo Europe
How can one lie, told by one man, change his life and so many others so dramatically? Owe Bergsten, the charismatic founder of the Swedish electronic company Bergsala, is living proof that one well-placed lie can catapult you into stardom! Nintendo Co., Ltd. was created in 1889 in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiiro Yamauchi. He didn't have much to start with, selling hanafuda playing cards in the limited Japanese market. In the next 70+ years, Nintendo Co. transformed, creating better and more interesting cards, and eventually games. When the 1960's came around the corner, Nintendo's philosophy started to pay out, as the era of global digitalization was about to happen.
Remitly - The Modern-Day Robin Hood of Startups
Imagine baking a cake to send to your loved ones. Now, say they live in another district and all parties included in the transportation process take a piece of it for their troubles. Instead of the delectable cake you've spent hours to make, your family receives crumbs - if there are any left! So how do you deliver your entire pastry, and potentially fix the problem for thousands of other people? Well, Remitly is that lovely elderly couple going on a cross-country tour who'd love to not only bring the cake to your loved ones, but come to your house to collect it, too! Sending money abroad, or remittance, as a concept has been around since the 8th century and has gone through many changes, but one thing has remained the same: the high cost of this type of service.
Linkedin: The Best Place for Professional Connections
The success story of LinkedIn is connected with the rise of many entrepreneurs, who have revolutionized the way we live, communicate, and conduct business in the last two decades. The chain of events that culminated with the WWW bubble burst is accredited to the Paypal mafia - a group of geniuses who saw the potential of internet connections and created the foundations of all the services we love and enjoy in today's digital era.
McAfee - The Superhero Who Saved the Computer World
How can one 'crazy' man come up with a revolutionary idea and design the first commercial antivirus software? Well, that man is none other than John McAfee, the controversial computer programmer, businessman, and the founder of McAfee Associates. John simply saw an opportunity in a time when cyber-security was practically unknown to the public. Right then and there, he dedicated himself to find out how computer viruses attack the operating system and create the opposite - the antivirus!
WhiteHat Jr: Preparing Children For The Future
People expect tech entrepreneurs to be young, inexperienced, and eager characters, figuring out a way to bring value to the masses. But not all of them fit that description, and some take different paths: life journeys focused on gaining skills and experience through building successful careers, exploring different segments of the world, while gaining wisdom and spirituality. The best example for this kind of person is Karan Bajaj, an Indian entrepreneur and best-selling author, who in 2020 sold his one-year-old start-up for $300 million - the largest buyout of an educational tech company.
WordPress - From Blogging Platform To A Full Fledge Content Management System
Around 20% of all self-hosted websites use WordPress, the most popular Content Management System in the world. From small, personal blogs to highly complex websites, WordPress simplifies the lives of millions of people worldwide! However, when Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little started this project, they weren't aware of the impact it would have! Even if you're not a WordPress expert you can launch a website with WordPress - it's easy and intuitive to use. But that wasn't always the case.
The Story of Hotjar's Bootstrapping: $19 Million in 5 Years
When you want to see how your site is doing, you open an analytics software and click whatever you want to know, right? Of course! And it's so easy! But it wasn't always that way. This is the story of a company that gave the power of analytics back to the masses, instead of redirecting them to tools owned by megacorporations.
Constant Contact: From Spring Break at Fort Lauderdale to Startup Millions
If you're reading Pride and Prejudice on Kindle, say thanks to Randy Parker. As part of the team that built the Kindle prototype, he was looking far beyond it - his goals were much bigger, and he considered it a beginning. But for what? Well, being raised by two generations of entrepreneurs, it's no surprise he turned out to become one himself. While most of his friends were busy partying, he was developing IT solutions and working on his MIT degree because he knew that's how he wanted to make his money.
When Innovation Beats Invention - The Story of Kong HQ
Kong Inc. is an IT company that provides an open-core API management platform. It was founded by three friends with dreams of revolutionizing API creation. Their first project was Mashape back in 2009, which was a mashup platform for selling and aggregating APIs. The team used it to create Kong, releasing it in 2015, serving as Mashape’s main engine until 2017 and completely replacing it later when Mashape was sold. What a story!
Basecamp: From a Web Design Company to a Successful Tech Startup Without External Funding
Over the past 12 years, Basecamp has become one of the most popular softwares of its kind. Why? Because they solved a problem! Like many other startup stories, this one too begins with a personal frustration. What do you get when the trigger for your frustration is bad workflow and inefficient team management? Read the full story at: Like many other startup stories, this one too begins with a tiny, personal frustration that needed a resolution. In this case, the frustration was a bad workflow and inefficient team management, as well the unavailability of necessary tools on the market. Over the past 12 years, this tech startup has become one of the most popular softwares of its kind. Why? Because they solved a problem! Here's the full story of Basecamp.
From Plain Tweeting to Scheduled Posting: Buffer's Path to Social Media Domination
The story of Buffer begins in October 2010, in Birmingham, UK, in Joel Gascoigne's bedroom. At the time, Joel was just a simple Twitter user, sharing links to blog articles, inspiring quotes, or his opinions on various topics. Over his first 18 months on Twitter, Joel gained a significant crowd of followers who seemed to like the content on his feed. Soon, he started noticing increased numbers of retweets and comment discussions on his posts. Joel quickly realized he could be far more efficient with his Tweets if he could schedule them ahead of time - and the wheels started turning!
HootSuite: From a Digital Agency to Building Top-Tier Tools for Social Media Management
In 2006, three friends decided to start doing business together. Dario Meli, David Tedman, and Ryan Holmes teamed up and started a digital agency called Invoke Media. Dario and David knew each other a long time before starting Invoke, but Dario and Ryan had only heard about each other. One day, they met in a coffee shop in Vancouver, and after a 30-minute chat they knew it - they were going to be business partners.
Developing Instapages: With the Right Vision, Sacrifices Are Worth It!
The story behind the most successful landing page creator currently in operation - Instapage, is perhaps among the most inspiring ones in the world of entrepreneurship. This company is all about million dollar revenue and hundreds of employees right now, but where was it just six years ago and how did it get there?
MobileIron - Revolutionizing Mobile For Work
Can you imagine a world without mobile access to your work email? Or even worse, do you remember the times when you didn't use a smartphone for your work tasks? Yes, from today's point of view, it seems unimaginable, and almost silly to only do your tasks from a stationary point. Ajay Mishra and Suresh Batchu saw the sense in the idea long ago, and with MobileIron, they were ready to put it into action. In fact, it was their long-term goal! Despite building a company during the biggest financial crisis since The Great Depression, they had a clear vision of their goals and the problems they wanted to solve. This is the story of their success.
How Three Friends Quit Amazon to Create PagerDuty
Over ten years ago, big companies such as Amazon, Facebook, or Google were making big changes in organization and transforming their internal systems of communication, among other huge developments. It was an era of major changes. Three guys, skilled engineers and good friends, witnessed those changes - and decided to act!
Shopify: From an Online Snowboard Shop to a Billion-Dollar Worldwide E-Commerce Platform
Today, Shopify is a concept that's a necessity for more than 600,000 businesses. But what was the motivation behind it? It begins with the founder's problem and their personal needs, and evolves with their solution proving useful: from food and groceries, to jewelry and cosmetics, Shopify provides abundance for every customer' need. But what did it take to get from a personal problem, to having users in more than 175 countries? A full year of development - and three individuals with a strong vision! Read the full story:
Udaan: Reaching Unicorn Status by Solving Burning Social Issues
It took living in India with a personal burning issue to jumpstart one of the youngest-ever Unicorn status startups. Founded in 2016 - Udaan reached $1 billion value in only 3 years. How? By resolving a burning issue in transportation. This B2B e-commerce platform quickly took the lead, but it hasn't all been milk and honey for them: Educating people on how to go digital was the first obstacle. Developing price standardization came next. Their determination overcame every challenge along the way and it's why they're a continuous success story today! Read the full story of Udaan - the platform that has 1 million active retailers - here:
Unbounce: Let Your Career Go in Your Forties - Return as a Startup Star!
If you know a thing or two about online marketing, then the words 'landing page' certainly ring a bell. Today, creating a landing page is online marketing 101 - but it wasn't always that way! In 2009, landing pages were still only a buzzword, but that was before Rick Perrault saw the future in them. It started with frustration - endless waiting for the IT sector to finish building his landing pages.
Igor Sysoev, The One-Man-Show Behind NGINX
NGINX is a mega-popular, multifunctional web server designed by a man who doesn't even enjoy publicity. In his 20-year career, the man behind the software - Igor Sysoev - has given only a handful of interviews to the public. He may be modest at heart, but his professional resume and accomplishments are far from it. The main reason for his success it's his knack for solving problems - which is how he ended up creating NGINX!
The Incredible Rise of Datadog: An Entrepreneurial Success Story
On the face of it, Datadog looked like a startup that might never have got off the ground. Initially, the company encountered mountains of skepticism and fundraising difficulties because investors just didn't understand the product. Yet fast forward the clock and nine years after its founding, Datadog was valued at almost $11 billion, had customers all over the globe, and the two co-founders were billionaires. The incredible success of this software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based monitoring platform for cloud applications is due to several factors, not least a winning product, a little bit of luck and a lot of determination.
Solomon Hayes Completely Redefined Containers and Turned Docker into a Hugely Successful Company
In February 2013, Solomon Haykes invited a few of his friends over to his office, located at the Bay Area of San Francisco. He had something important to show them, a demo of an idea he had been working on. One that would change the way software was developed and distributed.
Pinterest Founders, Ben Silberman and Evan Sharp, Pinned Their Hobby Into An Iconic Internet Company
Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp weren't even child prodigies. When they met as adults in their twenties, they discovered that they had a lot more in common. But it was one thing they shared that sparked their inventiveness; visual thinking. Ben had been a collector right from his childhood days, collecting stamps, butterflies, and even bugs. He might as well have been walking around with a sign on his forehead that said, 'certified dork.' Evan wasn't any different and when the two of them met at Yale, they hit it off almost immediately.
How BrowserStack Became The Go-To Testing Platform For Any QA
Testing is the least favorite phase of every IT project. Once, a long time ago, every developer's #1 problem was testing on different browsers. QAs bugging developers on their coding skills became a rising frustration. Hence, Ritesh and Nakul set out to find a solution, seeing an opportunity where everyone saw a problem! That's how BrowserStack was born. What seemed to be an unresolvable issue, developed into a profitable business. But BrowserStack is more than a business today: it's a practical solution to a common issue with nearly every developer out there: Faster testing.
Building a Multibillion-Dollar Global Business by Disrupting the Design World
Founder and CEO of Canva Melanie Perkins felt she was onto a winner from the start. So much so that she called her idea for a free-to-use online design platform, 'the future of publishing,' and dropped out of university to follow her business dreams. The journey involved more than 100 rejections from investors, learning to kitesurf to impress them and sleeping on her brother's floor for several months. Within a few years of its founding, Canva was a tech unicorn, and Melanie became one of the wealthiest women in Australia.
Revolutionizing Online Payments: The Story of PayPal
PayPal is one of the largest online payment systems in the world today. Their story can be described with two words, the same ones they used to fashion their first name: confidence and eternity. Throughout their history, PayPal has experienced more than a fair share of challenges and problems. From crashing at a friend's place, not knowing what to do or where to start, to becoming an absolute winner of the online banking market. Let's see what the company's been through since they took off under the name Confinity.
Plenty Of Fish: A Side Project That Went Worldwide
What happens when something big comes out of your side-gig? Do you risk taking it to the next level, or do you just keep it as a stable source? That's how the concept of Plenty of Fish began. The man behind it - Markus Find - was looking for stability in hard times, searching for a gap in the online market. Eureka! He found it. Seeing there are no free dating apps, he put his skills into work, and it resulted in an almost-instant-hit.
Salesforce: The Fulfillment of Marc Benioff’s Childhood Dreams
From a one-of-a-kind kid, to one of the most influential CEOs of today. What does it take? Unique and hard-working habits that lead to groundbreaking achievements? A great mentor, that will later turn into his biggest frenemy? Brave, creative and innovative ideas? Or even more? The story that follows the creation of the proclaimed world’s best workplace - Salesforce.
The King of the Internet Before Google and Facebook: Yahoo!
When you want to tell someone to look up something on the internet, what do you say? 'Web-browse it?' 'Fire-fox it?' No. You say 'Google it'. Obviously, Google is today's king of the Internet - but has it always been this way? If you're older than 30, you know it hasn't, and you might be familiar with another term: Yahoo!
Airbnb: From selling Obama O's to affording rent, to becoming a $31 billion company!
If you're from this planet and younger than 70, you know about Airbnb. But do you know how it became a billion-dollar company? From struggling to sell their concept, to becoming a threat to organized tourism - Airbnb never fails to rise to the occasion! This is the story of how two unemployed people changed the entire hospitality industry, as well as the way we travel - forever!
What it Takes to Create a Global Business Unicorn: The Story of Freshdesk
Frustration and wanting to vent about appalling customer service triggered the idea that led to the creation of Freshdesk (now called Freshworks), a multibillion-dollar cloud-based customer support platform for companies to serve their customers better.
Entrepreneurial Success Story: How Venmo is Disrupting Our Wallets
Forgetfulness and paying for a restaurant bill were the inspiration for Venmo, the peer-to-peer payments app that lets you send money to other people with just a tap on your smartphone. Since its launch in 2009, this mobile payment service has come a long way and is now so ubiquitous among its core audience, especially millennials, that it has become a verb. For example, 'Venmo me the $25 you owe me.'
How Jeff Lawson Brought the Magic of in-app Communications to the Public: The Story of Twilio.
BARELY INTO HIS teenage years, Jeff Lawson began filming birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, and other events for a neat sum of money. By the time he graduated high school, he was doing full productions for weddings and raking in a few thousand dollars every weekend. A career in the film industry beckoned. Would Lawson take it up? Not at all.
The Dramatic Rise Of Startup 'Databricks': Journey From Academia To A $6.2B Business
In June 2020, data-crunching startup Databricks, inc. ranked at 36th position on CNBC's 2020 Disruptor 50 list of innovative companies. During the ongoing recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Databricks hasn't laid off any of its over 1,300 employees (spread across four continents), while many other technology peers have downsized. The company is poised to continue booming during the rest of 2020, as more and more enterprises are adopting artificial intelligence to strengthen their operations.
Flipkart: India's First eCommerce Giant
People around the world are mesmerized by Western entrepreneurs - we basically treat them like rockstars! However, this leaves us somewhat blinded to what has been happening in the East, where Asia's startup culture is going through a Silicon Valley-like booming period. India, with it's 1.3 billion citizens, is now becoming one of the most profitable markets for young entrepreneurs, where they can easily create businesses able to compete with established tech giants. The biggest success story in this region is Flipkart, India's very own garage startup that is now worth billions.
The Multi-Billion Dollar Tech Company That Started From A Couch
AppDynamics started life as one person’s dream on a San Francisco couch. In less than ten years, it was a multibillion-dollar business with customers all over the globe. This is the fascinating story of a small-town boy from India who dreamed of making it big in America. The route to the top was not an easy one, and the challenges for software engineer and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jyoti Bansal started almost as soon as he landed in the United States.
The Story of ConvertKit: Nathan Barry Bootstraps a Multimillion-Dollar Success
Creating and growing a successful business is no small feat. An entrepreneur's career consists of a series of decisions, some of which are turning points that can change lives. For Nathan Barry, the Founder, and CEO of ConvertKit, a huge turning point came at the age of 24. His business was flatlining, and he was losing customers every month. During a chance conversation with a friend, he was advised to either kill the company or give it the necessary resources and attention. It was time to double down or shut down.
Transform Conversational Marketing into Sales Connections (and here’s how one entrepreneur is doing it now)
As every successful entrepreneur can faithfully attest, it all starts with your best good idea. And the best ideas that most often turn into successful business models are those which tackle a previous problem from an entirely new angle. As we are all aware, before Edison, everyone was using gas to light their world! But the entrepreneurial spirit carefully examines the existing system, and then imaginatively plots a brand-new vision of lighting the way.
Google, The Most Successful Dissertation Of The 20th Century
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you've probably heard of Google. They took a dissertation and turned it into the world's most popular web-based search engine. In 1996, the founders didn't have the slightest idea they were creating the future overlord of the internet. Born in a Stanford dormitory room, this success story has taken over the world. Read the full story of the project that revolutionized the way people use the internet.
Hasura’s Path to Success - Down The App Development Rabbit Hole!
Having just moved to Chennai to work as a Gartner technology incubator researcher, Rajoshi faced one of her worst nightmares - very few places that sold fine local cuisine! Her new job left her dependent on food delivery networks, and none of them had any healthy cooked meals to offer her. Contrary to her expectations, she discovered that Chennai had more fast food restaurant chains than New York.
Hubspot - Experience Is Not Crucial - Ideas Are!
HubSpot is a top-tier full stack of software for marketing, sales, and customer service. The term ‘inbound marketing’ originates from this company - and they’ve been living it for the last 15 years! Today, Hubspot has a net worth of $9.4 billion, but the 15-year long road hasn’t been all milk and honey. This is the story about the two MIT graduates who committed to business excellence to change the face of internet marketing forever.
The Inevitable Element In Building IFTTT: The Founder’s Streak of Luck
When people need to bring together all their Internet-based tools, they go to IFTTT. Even the brand name is an acronym to symbolize this all-inclusive synergy - ‘if this, then that’. There’s a general belief that when starting a company, the most important things are investment capital and the employees. In his story, luck has the biggest role for each success down the road - and his luck began to unravel in a small apartment in San Francisco. Keep reading to find out more!
Four Irishmen, Several Companies
Eoghan McCabe, Des Traynor, Ciaran Lee and David Barrett. Remember these names, because these Irishmen proved that with the right idea and near-superhuman persistence, you can always find a way. With the right vision in mind, before landing on their great Intercom idea, they launched a few other companies, building up their experience, but also their business portfolio.
Starting from a single customer to raising $150M Series B, how Klaviyo made this wonderful business journey?
Klaviyo – A big name in the e-mail marketing industry, raised a massive $150 million Series B in April 2019. After seeing the immense growth of the business in 7 years, the company decided to take it to the next level. Before this exclusive announcement the company had raised $8.5M. The journey of converting an innovative idea into a business platform started in 2012 in Boston.
Inside Story of Looker – From Data Analytics Start-up to Business Intelligence Titan
The primary purpose of data analysis is to make better decisions. This is the core of their mission at Looker, the data analytics start-up that’s raised more than $280 million through a series of funding. The California-based start-up joined the bandwagon of Google Cloud in 2020, a historic day that begins an exciting journey both for Looker and for Google which marked its first major acquisition under the leadership of former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.
How Friendship Can Create A Profitable Business: The Story of Loom.com
Trying to build a company with your best friends can be a double-edged sword. You know them outside of their professional life, they’re always there for you, they’re your unconditional support and your drinking buddies. But building a company can show you a side of them you’ve never seen before. It can be the reason for misunderstandings, miscommunications, and ultimately, ruined friendships and bankrupt companies.
Mailchimp - One Idea, 17 Years of Hard Work
You know how almost every startup’s story begins with a couple of guys (founders) with an idea nobody wants to invest in? Then the founders keep it as a side gig for a while, lose their fate as nobody believes in the idea of their success, and finally restore their fate after some venture capital investment giant recognizes the potential of their project. After a few funding rounds, they manage to acquire customers, employ more people, and maintain and develop their product further. Sounds familiar, right?
How Lew Cirne Created a New Category, Sold his Company for $375 Million, and Got the Chance to Have a D0-over
Lew Cirne always had it in him. In 2008, right in the middle of the global recession, he launched New Relic, an application performance management (APM) company. New Relic’s growth has hardly ever slowed down since it opened its doors in 2008. Today, thousands of customers, including Fortune-500 companies like Airbnb and Nike, now rely on the company’s technology to create great digital experiences for their customers.
Postman.com - The Importance of Solving a Problem for Your Users
Postman.com is a young, India-based startup, launched by a couple of friends motivated to solve challenges in API testing. It all began as a side hustle for improving their own work and grew to become a worldwide collaboration platform. If there’s one thing that the entrepreneurs behind Postman.com have done right, it’s their approach to the business - solve problems and don’t overcomplicate! This attitude brought an unplanned startup into unicorn status - here’s how!
From its Tryst With Death to a $1.5 Billion Valuation, How Did 'Segment' Turnaround to Unicorn Status?
About a year ago, Segment (formerly known as Segment.io), the world’s leading Customer Data Platform (CDP), raised $175M through its latest round of funding. The Series D round brought its total funds raised to over $280M for a $1.5B valuation. At the turn of the year into 2020, Deloitte named Segment as one of North America’s fastest-growing technology companies.
Out of Stealth Mode To Decacorn Status in Just Over 5 Years - How Did Startup 'Snowflake' Get Rocket-ship Growth?
In early February, San Mateo, California-based cloud data-warehousing startup 'Snowflake Computing' had its series-G funding round. In the mega venture funding round, it raised a whopping $479 million on a gigantic $12.4 billion valuation. This was almost triple that of the company's previous (October 2018) valuation, and it took place amid the initial phase of the coronavirus emergency. Chief Executive Frank Slootman suggested- the series-G round had set the stage for a megahit initial public offering.
The Story of Stripe: How Teenagers Changed the World of Online Payment
This is the story about two teenage brothers from Ireland - Patrick and John Collinson, who solved the online payment problems once and for all - using their wild coding talents. When you hear stories about geniuses with world-changing ideas that made billions, you don’t expect the story to begin in an Irish village with a population of 105. Stripe succeeded at providing technical, fraud prevention, and banking infrastructure for online payments.
Big Data and Multi-Billion Dollar Success: The Incredible Rise of Tableau Software
It all started with a brilliant idea. Two Stanford scientists Professor Pat Hanrahan and his Ph.D. student Chris Stolte wanted to fuse computer graphics with the world of databases to put data visualization in the hands of everyone. In other words, to make data look sexy. The project caught the attention of entrepreneur Christian Chabot who was at Stanford Business School. He immediately saw its potential and teamed up with the academics to form a company to bring their idea to life.
Egghead.io: Control The Destiny of Your Business Through Sheer Willpower
Egghead.io is one of the most popular learning platforms for web developers. It hosts thousands of videos by contributors who provide learners with concise, information-packed video courses on how to create codes, use various frameworks, and tools for creating websites and apps. It all began with one guy, sick and tired of doing 9-5 jobs as a designer, knowing he had to do something to break his deadly routine. This is a story about starting from the bottom and building a profitable business from scratch, without any help. No VC funds.
Growing Zapier: Prime Example of the Importance of Teamwork
Zapier is a remote, global web app business integration service. Although today they’re one of the top-tier companies in their niche, their road to success hasn’t been a simple ’point A to point B’. This is the story of Wade Foster and Bryan Helmig, the creators of Zapier - and how they got tired of doing the computers’ jobs and decided to do something about it!
Zooming to the Top! The Inspiring Story of Zoom's Success
Eric Yuan, the Founder, and CEO of Zoom, a remote conferencing services company, did not reinvent the wheel. Instead, he made it better. He entered a crowded marketplace and developed a platform that improved the video conferencing experience. Today, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing millions of people to stay at home, it has become the go-to service for virtual meetings and to keep people connected.