A great success lies behind the technological products, social networks and e-commerce sites that we use on a daily basis. Indeed, we would have none of these technological benefits if their founders had given up at the first sight of challenge. Because these success stories were born, grew and reached the world despite myriad challenges. Here are the world’s 8 biggest technology companies, and the short success stories of their founders...
Three friends called Nathan Blecharczyk, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky moved to a different city and developed the idea of offering people bed and breakfast for the lowest price possible to pay their rent. They put air beds into their flat, which they could barely afford, and then started renting the rooms. After a while they realized that the hotels in the city were inadequate and created a website called 'Air Bed and Breakfast'. The purpose was to provide people with accommodation and breakfast. Soon they had a customer. In 2008 they started to meet with investors but all they got were negative responses. They have been through a lot in the process. Not giving up, these trio put a lot of hard work into their goal. The adventure starting with three air beds saw the birth of a now world-famous company.
Travis Kalanick came up with the idea of Uber after not being able to find a taxi to go to a conference. Kalanick dreamed of calling a taxi at a reasonable price with the pressing of a single button. Uber, born after two failed attempts, was established in San Francisco, heavily invested in and then turned into a success story.
Kevin Systrom, the founder of Instagram, was born into an ordinary family. Seeking to create an app combining the features of Flickr and Foursquare, Kevin launched Instagram in 2010. When the application was released, its servers crashed due to overuse, and it was not long before it ranked first in the AppStore. The application, which had 7 million users in nine months, became an extremely valuable company in a very short time.
Founded by Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, HP started its journey in 1939 with a $ 538 investment. The fortunes of the duo took a dramatic turn for the better with the sound system they developed for the Walt Disney movie, Fantasia. Over the years, the company has become a strong and world-renowned brand.
Two young men called, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have worked for 5 months in a garage they rented for $ 1700 a month in California laying the foundations of the Google company. The garage owner even overcharged the duo to work off her own debts. Of course, this lady called Susan Wojcicki, was not aware of the behemoth of a company being built inside. The garage was bought by Google after many years.
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, has a great success story. Born into a poor family, Jack Ma failed twice at the university exam. He made job applications to many places including KFC, but was rejected. He did not know about the internet, and much less coding. And when he finally met the internet, he was mesmerized; he failed with two enterprises before founding Alibaba four years later. Jack Ma, one of the richest men in China, became a household name in the world with his brainchild Alibaba.com.
Pinterest’s founder, Ben Silbermann, didn’t like the idea of Pinterest at the beginning. But he worked on the idea and did not give up. The app only had 900 users 4 months into its launch. It was an obvious case of failure. Ben Silbermann had founded Pinterest after quitting his job at the Google sales and support department. Not having many users initially, the website took off following the recommendation of a famous blogger.
Inspired by Hewlett Packard’s humble beginnings at a garage, Jeff Bezos began selling books via the internet in 1994 from a garage in Washington. Surprisingly, the first sale took place a year after the company was founded. However, the company continued to grow over the years thanks to correct business moves.
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