You can get rich and successful even by accident. In fact, many great businesses come to the world by chance. And this is how one of the most popular social publishing platform – Movable Type was born. It was started by a husband and wife, who created a system with the only ambition to make their own blog and a few years later they were millionaires. Today Movable Type is used by millions of people and by some of the largest companies in the world for their websites. It’s an open source CMS software for creating sites, just like WordPress, and here is the story behind it.
Ben and Mena Trot were an ordinary family, living in the small town Petaluma. They both worked for a small company, but accidentially lost their jobs. They had to make a living, so they decided to give blogging a shot. Mena and her husband created a simple tool for posting articles on-line.
They intended to use it just for their own blog. One day, they decided to put their platform available for download by whoever wanted. May be during that time there were not that many apps of this type, may be it was luck or just people liked it… I don’t know, but that decision of theirs turned out to be very successful. People started downloading their blogging system almost immediately. And they didn’t stop… This is how their small hobby turned into a serious business. They founded the company Six Apart, that attracted millions of venture capital.
Today Ben and Mena’s company’s offices are located in Tokyo and New York. The company offers some additional on-line platforms and also web hosting.
The story of Ben and Mena is one cool example of how a negative event like a job loss, can be turned into a positive one like building your own company. Finding opportunities where other people see only problems is a typical characteristic of entrepreneurs.
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