GWOP Report: Online Entrepreneurs
One of the best things about the internet is that there is no such thing as age discrimination when it comes to being successful online. It doesn’t matter if you’re 12 or 80 years old, you have as much chance as anyone to become rich and famous through your online efforts. Checkout our list of successful online entrepreneurs who have made their dreams a reality through online business living the internet lifestyle.
David Karp, 23 of Tumblr.com – Started by David Karp in 2007, the Tumblr platform now has 4.2 million users and has landed $5.5 million in venture capital. Tumblr is a free online service that lets you effortlessly share anything. Users can post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from their browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever they happen to be. To date, Tumblr has facilitated over 500 million posts of all kinds.
Kevin Rose, 33 of Digg.com – In the fall of 2004, Kevin Rose withdrew $1000 out of his account and paid a freelance web developer $12 an hour to mock up a webpage, and purchased some server space for $99 a month. He then paid $1200 for the domain name digg.com, and the project began. Today Digg has over 40 million users, and Kevin’s net worth is estimated at over $60 million. Rose also co-hosts a weekly podcast Diggnation with Alex Albrecht, where they discuss the top stories from Digg.com.
Craig Newark, 52 of craigslist.org – Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist, the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the Internet’s 10 most-visited English language sites.
Kevin Systrom, 27 and Mike Krieger, 25 of instagram.com
Kevin graduated from Stanford University in 2006 with a BS in Management Science & Engineering—he got his first taste of the startup world when he was an intern at Odeo that later became Twitter. He spent two years at Google—the first of which was working on Gmail, Google Reader, and other products and the latter where he worked on the Corporate Development team. Kevin has always had a passion for social products that enable people to communicate more easily, and combined with his passion for photography Instagram is a natural fit.
Mike also graduated from Stanford University where he studied Symbolic Systems with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. During his undergrad, he interned at Microsoft’s PowerPoint team as a PM and at Foxmarks (now Xmarks) as a software developer. He wrote his Master’s thesis on how user interfaces can better support collaboration on a large scale. After graduating, he worked at Meebo for a year and a half as a user experience designer and as a front-end engineer before joining the Instagram team doing design & development.
Steve Huffman, 28 of reddit.com – a web developer and co-founder of reddit. More recently, he has co-founded the airfare search site Hipmunk. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 with Alexis Ohanian to start reddit in Medford, MA after taking funding from Y Combinator.
Garrett Camp, 33 of StumbleUpon.com
Garrett has guided StumbleUpon’s development since 2001, from inception to more than 15 million registered users. StumbleUpon is now the largest personalized content discovery engine on the web, delivering more than 1 billion personalized recommendations per month. Garrett completed his Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Calgary. Net worth: $30 million.
Catherine Cook, 21 of myYearbook.com – Since co-founding myYearbook with her brother in 2005, at the age of 15, Catherine Cook and her team have raised over $20 million in capital and have grown the site into one of the largest US social media sites with over 20 million members. The site makes meeting new people easy by introducing members to innovative social games that are all tied together by a single virtual currency called “Lunch Money.”
Jimmy Wales, 45 of wikipedia.com – is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as a co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the Wikia company. In 2001, with Larry Sanger and others, Wales launched Wikipedia, a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity, and as Wikipedia’s public profile grew, he became the project’s promoter and spokesman.
Matthew Charles Mullenweg, 27 of wordpress.com is an Online/Social Media entrepreneur, Web Developer and musician living in San Francisco, California. He is best known for his development of Open Source web software WordPress (which is now managed by The WordPress Foundation). He founded Automattic, a company based in California which provides free WordPress blogs. He is also an Open source enthusiast, being the lead developer at WordPress Foundation. Net worth: $40 million
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