10 Young Entrepreneurs Who Became Millionaires By Starting A Site
Pete Cashmore was born in Banchory, a small town in Scotland, on 18th of September 1985. When he was in high school he experienced some health issues, because of which he finished high school two years late. He couldn’t go out with friends and he had a lot of time all by himself. He was a teenager experiencing a big need of social contacts. This is how social media sites became an important part of his everyday life and he was amazed by the fact about how they were changing the way people communicate. He spent a lot of time on the computer and he got really inspired by technology. This is how one day he decided to start a blog. He was 19 years old, he has no experience and no special knowledge. But he had passion. In 2005 he started Mashable.com, a small site where he wrote about new companies and technology. He was learning about business and start ups while researching his stories and this is what helped him grow the blog. Today Mashable is one of the most popular IT news sites on the planet. 20 million people visit the site every month and Pete has become one of the most successful online entrepreneur today.
Juliette was a 16 years old teenager when she created her site Miss O and Friends. She loved making funny drawings which her mother, a graphic designer, brought to life on the computer. Both with her sister (Olivia or ‘Miss O’) really enjoyed playing with the characters they created and making them do what they wanted. This is how one day she decided to put all this online, so many other girls could enjoy it. So, in 2005, with the help of mom and dad, she created the first version of Miss O and Friends. It was a place where young girls could meet online and chat about different things from their lives, share their problems, joyful moments, and things like this. The site became so popular, that it reached the important milestone of million monthly users just in a few years.
When he was 21 , Alex’s big problem was how to find enough money for his education, without enslaving himself with a loan like many students do. He took a pen and a blank sheet of paper and started thinking on the matter. After a while he came to a simple idea – to sell 1 000 000 pixels from a web page at $1 each. This is how the site milliondollarhomepage.com came to existence. Anyone who would buy the minimum amount of advertising space of 100 pixels was promised to have his space there for at least 5 years. Initially it was hard, but as some companies started to purchase advertising space, many other realized that this unique idea would attract a lot of attention. This is how just after a while, everybody wanted a piece of the site. Alex not only made a million dollars, but also the site became a part of the Internet history. Buying an ad there turned out to be a good investment by the way. The site is still there and it’s still visited by lots of people.