There’s nothing better than a success story in the world of entrepreneurship, tech, and business, especially from humble beginnings. These inspirational stories give entrepreneurs far and wide the courage to make their dreams a reality. Next, we will explore the humble beginnings of four highly successful tech companies—many of these stories are truly inspirational!
Founded in 1976 by Steve Wozniak, Apple has come a long way in just shy of forty years. Wozniak created the first Apple computer in 1976, and was later joined by Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne to launch Apple Computer Co., which operated out of Jobs’ adopted parents’ garage.
Now, Apple technology has reached a point of near ubiquity, boasting a wide variety of devices with a large number of uses.
Squarespace, which claims to be the easiest way to build an exceptional website, was founded in 2003 and launched in 2004 by Anthony Casalena. Since then, Squarespace has blossomed, as more users have flocked to the Internet and technology has made it easier and easier for anyone to create their own website. Now a talented team, including director Anton Levy, will lead Squarespace into a promising new future.
Amazon’s story is truly inspirational. Jeff Bezos, after becoming the youngest vice president of a successful Wall Street investment firm, decided to quit his job and move to Seattle to pursue untapped opportunities in the online retailing industry, specifically books. This foray into the world of tech and e-commerce would prove to be incredibly successful.
After settling in Bellevue, Washington, Bezos started Amazon out of his garage, launching Amazon.com in 1995. Jump forward twenty years, and Amazon is now the world’s largest online retailer!
Twitter’s roots start in an unlikely place—the San Francisco South Park. This park was the site where Jack Dorsey first shared his idea for Twitter. The idea needed a bit more time to simmer and develop, though it took form in 2006 and exploded into popularity in 2007 after the South by Southwest Interactive conference. As they say, the rest is history!
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