Where to find inspiration? What business would you come up with? Where to make money? Artgetting has found several stories that will inspire you to open your own startup.
Did you know that the $ 31 billion company was actually founded by Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky in San Francisco just because they themselves did not have enough money to pay their rent? They set up a simple blog where they offered three airbeds in their living-room for designers who came to the conference. Idea was so great, that guys together with their friend Nathan Blecharczyk decided to build a business. It was a long way to success: they managed to go bankrupt, re-create the company, get rejected by all investors, and eventually picked up a $ 600,000 investment from Sequoia Capital.
One of the most successful startup in Silicon Valley was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp. Now the mobile app have more than 300 million of users. The most intersting is the fact that Ben Silbermann wrote personally to the first 5000 site users and even met personally with some of them. Till the summer of 2011 company was based in a small apartment. Ben was struggling so much to create a company as many people didn`t like his idea and it was very demotivating.
Three college friends had a talk and suddenly Reggie Bworn said “I wish these photos I am sending this girl would disappear“. Later guys decided that it is a great idea and they created the app Picaboo (later – Snapchat). One of Snapchat’s main concepts is that the transmitted images and messages are only available to the recipient for a short time before they become completely inaccessible. Now Snapchat has more than 200 million users.
It is hard to find someone who does not know Aliexpress (which is the part of Alibaba Group). Its founder, Jack Ma, was born in a poor family in China, failed univesity exam and even KFC didn`t want to accept him for the job. His several internet projects failed and then finally he created alibaba.com. He convinced investors to give him money and now he is the richest man in China.
Once Travis Kalanick coudn`t find a taxi in Paris and he thought about the way to get a cab quickly and cheaper. It was difficult for him to find investors who could believe in such idea but finally Ubercab was launched in San Francisco (and later – in other cities and countries). This story is a great proof that sometimes, the idea is very close, you should just think what you personally would like to change in your life or what people lach in everyday life.
10 years ago Groupon was launched by Andrew Mason 10 years ago. It is American company, known for its collective discount service of the same name. The company specializes in mediation between local businesses and customers. Andrea Mason was a graduate student who was building sites for other people. Once he met a tech billionaire Eric Lefkovsky and told him his idea. After Groupon was launched, it has started to grow faster thatn Google, Apple and even Facebook. The company used the magnificent psychologıcal trick. They wrote the quantity of goods/coupons that remained, which created the effect of urgency and convinced people to make a purchase as quickly as possible.
All these stories show that you should never be afraid to start with something small. This little thing can turn into something big one day.