What are the most crazy startup ideas which turned into successes? First asked on Quora and now turned into a global phenomenon, this question sparked a lot of interesting discussions on this topic. While a lot of ideas seem ridiculous in the beginning, they turned into massive successes later on because of the hard work the founders put into making their dreams come true. Here’s taking a look at ideas that seemed impossible to even be true and how they are one of the biggest success stories of today.
Founded by Alex D’ Angelo and Charlie Cheever, former Facebook employees, Quora took off from where Yahoo answers stopped growing. When something like this already existed, not many thought Quora would become a success. Founded in 2009, the website took off immediately and became so successful, it had 500,000 registered users by 2011. Now, 7 years later, Quora has a valuation of 900 million dollars and is one of the most successful startups in the world! Who would have thought piggy backing off an existing startup would quite literally squash the old one, right?
When Mark Zuckerberg created a social media platform in his bedroom during a dull day at Harvard, little did he know he was sitting on an idea that would become the first ever trillion dollar company. While there were other social media networks already present (MySpace) what made Facebook stand apart from its competition was that Zuckerberg and his friends gave the world a service they did not think they needed. Furthermore, another unique selling point for Facebook was it was through invite only and this created an exclusive factor for the excited users. Now, so many years later, Facebook became the first company to enter the trillion dollar valuation.
3. Vitality Air
Fresh clean air is a luxury not many can afford, right? Apparently, Vitality Air, a startup of Canadian origin, thought the same. The founders (Moses and Troy) of this very bizarre startup realised a lot of people did not have access to clean, fresh air and the best way to counter this need was by bottling up the air they had in excess. Launched in the year 2014, Vitality Air grew so quickly, it shipped over 4,000 bottles to China in a week!
4. Holy Ink
How many times have you looked at your printer and realised you couldn’t use it because you ran out of ink? Father Bernard McCoy had the same difficulty and when he found out he ran out of ink, he decided the only solution to the problem was to start his own ink refilling business. Taking this idea forward, the eight brothers of Cistercian Abbey in Monroe put aside their singing for a while and got down to good old labour. From earning only $ 2000 as revenue in 2002, the brothers of this enterprising business ended up earning a whopping $ 2.5 million by the year 2005.
5. “I Do, Now I Don’t”
Every time you watch a man in the West buying a diamond ring for his fiance, you think, oh, this is so cute. Ever thought of what happens to the ring when the engagement is broken? Josh Opperman, the founder of I Do, Now I Don’t, was in the same predicament. His fiance of three months broke up with him and left behind a very expensive wedding ring. Instead of fretting about the problem of not being able to sell the ring, Josh Opperman came up with the idea of a website meant just for this purpose. Essentially, Josh created website based on selling rings and other jewellery with the same formula Craigslist uses! You know where to go when the jewelers refuse to give you a good price for your ring.
The idea for AirBnB came about when one of its founders realised couchsurfing could turn into a very lucrative business. What initially started off as a model where the owners rented out their homes to people, now has a valuation standing at $ 1.3 billion. When the idea initially came to be, a lot of investors were extremely skeptical and refused to invest in this idea. However, the founders believed in it so much that they started selling their own brands of cereal and breakfast foods to raise money! Based on political figures (Obama O’s, Cap’n McCain and Breakfast of Change,) and branded as limited edition products, these breakfast foods sold like crazy and within two months, they sold 800 cereal boxes, valued at $ 40 each. Earning a grand total exceeding $ 30,000, AirBnB hit the ground running and is now a revolution!
Ideas make the world turn and when you believe in something, you have to make it happen. If you think we missed out on any other really cool ideas, comment and let us know!
Interesting Facts About Google
Google, as we all know, is the world’s most popular search engine. Whether we need a solution to a problem, find the lyrics of a favourite song, or get a quick update about the weather, Google is the one stop solution for everything. Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1995, Google, worth $ 748 billion in the market, is the third most valuable company in the world, after Microsoft and Apple. Here is a list of some lesser known and interesting facts about Google.
Interesting facts about Google
1) The founders of Google originally named the search engine ‘BackRub.’ It was then changed to Google in the year 1997.
2) The name Google originated by misspelling the mathematical word ‘googol,’ which is basically a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.
3) Larry and Sergey’s visit to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada resulted in the first ever Google Doodle on August 30th 1998. The doodle was a burning man stick figure and was added to the homepage to let people know they were out of office.
4) According to Alexa, Google is the internet’s most searched website. Well, this is not a shocker.
5) Google has a rotated version of itself called the Google Mirror. This version shows everything in a mirrored fashion. Have you ever tried this? If not, you can try it here https://elgoog.im/search/?q=hi.
6) Google handles over 1 billion search requests per day, using over 1 million systems. Apart from this, Google’s algorithm can analyze millions of pages in a second. This was just 30-40 pages in the initial years of its inception.
7) In 1999, Google founders wanted to sell Google to Excite for $ 1 million. Excite did not accept Google’s offer back then. Quite a regret!
8) Larry Page and Sergey Brin have their own runways at NASA’s Moffett Field airport. No other plane is allowed to land on their runways.
9) Google owns the rights to common mispronunciations of its name like Gogle, Gooogle, Googlr, etc.
10) Google employs the largest network of translators in the world and can translate more than 80 languages. Apart from this, Google earns 99% of its profits through advertising.
In 2000, Google became the world’s most popular search engine and ever since, it has adopted a unique style of doing things to keep things fresh and progressive.
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Snapchat Facts You Probably Did Not Know
Snapchat is one among the most used apps in the world, second only to Facebook. When it first launched, people thought of it as a photo sharing revolution. The app, which originally started off as a person to person photo sharing app, now evolved to feature “Stories” which last for 24 hours and even discover where brands and influencers can showcase their content. Started by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown, this app currently has up to 190 million active daily users. Apart from the cool filters and stories, about what else is this app? Keep reading to find out some interesting facts about Snapchat which you probably did not know.
1) Originally called Picaboo
When it first launched in 2011, Snapchat was called Picaboo and was exclusive only for iOS users. Later, in 2012, the app was renamed to Snapchat and was made available to Android users as well.
2) Try till you succeed
The founders, Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown tried and failed at 34 projects before coming up with the idea of Snapchat. Spiegel, in an interview, mentioned, the idea of Snapchat came up they were working on a college project at Stanford University.
3) 3.5 billion pictures and videos per day
As of 2017, approximately 3.5 billion pictures and videos were shared and viewed every single day on Snapchat. Yes, everyone loves Snapchat!
4) Drinks are the most shared pictures
Recent stats show, a large number of Snapchat users share photos of their drinks with their friends. A shocking 93 % of people have used Snapchat for this.
5) Women form the majority users
As of April 2019, women account for approximately 61 % Snapchat users, with men forming only 38 % of the user base.
Most of the users belong to the age group of 18-20 years.
6) Zuckerberg wants Snapchat
Mark Zuckerberg has been trying to acquire Snapchat for a while now, but in vain. Zuckerberg first offered a billion dollars for Snapchat and when he was rejected, came back with $ 3 billion dollars, only to face rejection again. His final offer of $ 4 billion was also rejected by Snapchat. Till date, Evan Spiegel remains adamant about selling Snapchat.
Which of these facts about Snapchat surprised you the most? Comment below and let us know.
WiFi Unknown Facts
The year is 2019 and today, every household has at least 3 devices connected to the WiFi. While WiFi is widely used all over the world today, Nikola Tesla actually theorized its possibility way back in 1929. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about WiFi, think again. Check out some cool facts about WiFi here:
1. WiFi doesn’t mean what you think it does
Despite common belief, WiFi doesn’t expand to mean Wireless Fidelity. When the word was first made public, it was designed as a logo by Wi-Fi Alliance in the year 1999. The moment WiFi came to everyone’s notice, people started drawing parallels to the similar sounding acronym hi-fi, which means high fidelity. Annoyed with the comparison, Alliance wanted the term to be dropped, but by 2000, Wireless Fidelity became so widely used, it was unwillingly accepted as WiFi’s expansion!
2. Strange devices used as WiFi hotspots
With WiFi being used by people all over the world with increasing frequency, records say, by the end of 2017, there would be close to 9 billion WiFi devices all over the world! Did you know, there is a strange list of devices which are used as hotspots across the globe? Ranking on the first position on this list is the Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua. This active volcano is commonly called Mouth of Hell and is the first of its kind to double up as a hotspot because close to 80 sensors were installed inside the volcano. Your phones really aren’t the only things which could be used as a hotspot, clearly!
3. You are the biggest WiFi blocker
Since WiFi runs by using radio waves, it comes as no surprise water doesn’t promote this software, right? If you expand that thought process a bit more, you are also a WiFi blocker because of the very same reason. Didn’t get this? Think again. Since 75 % of our body is made of water, the above theory stands tested, don’t you think? If you still don’t believe us, then sit between your router and computer. The moment you experience weak signals, you will know we are right!
4. Singapore has the fastest Wi-Fi connection
According to the 2018 World Broadband Speed League, Singapore has the fastest WiFi connection in the world. At 60.39 megabytes per second (Mbps,) the WiFi connection in Singapore is five times stronger than the global average of 9.1 Mbps. Yemen, on the other hand, is ranked 200th on the list and has the slowest Wi-Fi connection at 0.31 Mbps. You know where you should go for the fastest wireless connection in the world.
5. WiFi was created in Hawaii
While people still dispute this fact, Hawaii is said to be the birthplace of WiFi. Originally called AlohaNET, a computer networking system developed the initial wireless network at the University of Hawaii. However, this wasn’t given as much credit as it should have been because two decades later, NCR Corporation and AT&T Corporation invented WaveLAN, which is considered the true precursor to WiFi. In 1997, the first version of the IEEE 802.11 wireless protocol was released. If only the world accepted AlohaNET as the original WiFi. Sigh.
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