Category: Technology

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Jan Koum – From Living On Food Stamps To A Billionaire

This is one amazing story proving that anything is possible in America. This is the amazing story of Jan Koum, who yesterday closed a $19 billion deal selling WhatsApp to the social networking giant Facebook. Jan, who just a few years ago was hardly making the ends meet, became one of the richest people in the world. He is believed to have around 45% of WhatsApp, which sets his net worth to $6.8 billion. Who Jan Koum Is Jan Koum was born in a small village in Ukraine 37 years ago. Was the only child in the family. His father...

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WhatsApp – The Start Up Story Of Kan Koum And Brian Acton

This is one of those stories that are a little hard to believe, but it is completely real. A story about a young guy, who came up with a bright idea and cashed it out for $16 billion of dollars. Jan Koum, one of the founders of WhatsApp (www.whatsapp.com) is now one of the richest people in the world, and he made all this in just a few years. Here is how it happened… WhatsApp History Jan Koum was born on Feb 24, 1974,  in Kiev, Ukraine, to a family with Jewish origin. Back in 1992, he and his mom...

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The Amazing Start Up Story Of Imgur And Alan Schaaf

Imgur.com is a leading online image sharing platform. It’s described as the home of the most shared and liked images from all around the world. It’s actually a very successful social network, which people use to share, comment and store images with anyone. The site is visited by more than 100 million people every single month and has more than 350 million images uploaded. Like many of the other big and successful tech startups, Imgur was started as a hobby by Alan Schaaf in 2009. In that year he was studying computer science in the Ohio University. One day he...

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Your Online Doctor On Demand – The Start Up Gets $3 Million In Seed Funding

Do you need a medical help? Now you can visit an online doctor by using your mobile phone… The last time when I went to visit my doctor, I spent around 2 hours of my precious time, only to get diagnosed with a flue. In many cases, you have to wait for a day, before even arranging an appointment. Probably, waiting is a common and pesky problem for many of us, when visiting a doc. But the guys from American Well saw a great business opportunity in this. Adam Jackson, Pat Basu and Jay McGraw have made a mobile app,...

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Rebelmouse.com’s History – Paul Berry’s Social Aggregator Start Up

RebelMouse is an ingenious idea that allows users to be able to manage all of their social activity in one spot. In essence, this provides one simple homepage for everything that embodies a person’s social life. Users are able to curate information, view tweets, examine real-time Facebook posts and enjoy every aspect of the social networking world from one platform. The arrangement is so amazing, but it had to start somewhere. The idea behind RebelMouse started with Huffington Post’s former CTO Paul Berry. RebelMouse was launched in June 2012 and it allows its users to extract their content from across...

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What Is Movable Type’s Story – How Ben and Mena Trott Founded Six Apart

You can get rich and very successful even by a complete accident. In fact, many great businesses come to the world totally by fluke. And this is how one of the most popular social publishing platform – Movable Type was born. It was started by 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...

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Ning – The Start Up Story Of Mark Andreessen and Gina Bianchini

Social networking has been exploding over the last several years. This is how simple ideas like Facebook and Twitter were transformed into multi-billion companies, used by people from all around the world. Many people noticed their incredible success and followed the social trend. Some of them managed to gain popularity even after the big names has already conquered the market. They focused on certain niches like pictures sharing, video sharing etc. Even some teenage entrepreneurs managed to grasp a piece of the tasty social pie. One of them, Ashley Qualls was only 14 years old, when she started her social...

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Instagram – An Online Idea For $1 Billion

In 2012, there was an announcement from Facebook – they were buying Instagram for the price of $1 billion. A company started just a few years ago by two young entrepreneurs, has brought them to the world of super riches. A company that had no revenue, only 13 employees and completely no profits by the time of the deal… Who would be so insane to pay a billion for such a business?!? Well, actually Instagram had one thing that was far more valuable – potential. And this is what the managers of the biggest social network spotted there. Here is...

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How to Start a Payment Processing Business at 16 – Jared Isaacman’s Start Up Story

Jared Isaacman was only 16 when he decided to start his own business. He was so obsessed by the idea that he quit high-school and passed the GED exam instead, so he could focus on this entirely. In a few years, he ended up founding a  payment processing company named United Bank Card Inc. The first office of his business was not the traditional for many great entrepreneurs garage, but the basement of his home. Here is how all happened. After leaving school at 16, Jared went to work for a credit card company, where he spent around 6 months....

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Dropbox History – The Start Up Story Of Drew Houston

Imagine that you could create a folder on your desktop. You could go to work, create a folder with the same name on your office computer and find there the same files you put in the folder at home. You could also access these files of yours via your smartphone, no matter where you are. Well, you can do all of this with a service called Dropbox (www.dropbox.com). This is a cool way of storing your information, so it’s accessible from anywhere you are, from any device you use. And here is the story about how this great business idea...