We have all come across the most famous companies such as What’s app, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, Uber, OLA, KFC, Zomato etc. But have you ever wondered who were the ones behind these revolutionary startups ??
1) What’s app – Brain Acton and Jan Koum found the most popular mobile app in the world. Jan was born in the rural areas of Ukraine. He lived in a house which did not even have electricity connection. Later on, his family moved on to California to make ends meet. At 2009 Jan bought an IPhone. It was during this time Jan and Brain got an idea. They thought of creating a messaging application free from bugs and advertisements. Tough they faced so many rejections initially through their constant effort and persistence now the app has become viral and has won the hearts of many.
“Do one thing and Do it well” – Jan Koum
2) Instagram – Kevin Systrom is the CEO of Instagram. At 2010, marked the birth of Instagram that was embraced by over a billion of people which also included some of the most powerful figures and was set to transform the nature of photography. His main focus was on sharing photographs fast and making it beautiful using various filters. By doing so, within 9 months Instagram had a record-breaking 7 billion users and is a 50 billion dollar company being the home for all.
“If you have got an idea, start today. There is no better time than now to get going”- Kevin Systrom
3) YouTube – Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim are the founders of the largest video streaming company ‘YouTube’. They acquired the idea when they were unable to share the video of their friend’s birthday party which they took using a digital camera because of the massive file size. They challenged themselves by taking this problem as an opportunity to solve and by doing so it is now the 10th most popular website in the world.
“It’s not in a big or revolutionary breakthrough where you discover the thing that no one has ever seen before. It’s about the small detail that’s been overlooked by everyone else”- Chad Hurley
4) Amazon – Jeff Bezos is the CEO of e-commerce based company ‘Amazon’. At the age of 30, He started off by selling books online as it was cheap and demandable. Little did he know that it was the step for a massive future. He then expanded his horizons and it has become a 268 billion dollar company.
“I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew that the one thing I might regret is not trying”- Jeff Benzos
5) Flipkart – Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal are the ones to start up the first e-commerce company in India. They worked at Amazon and had a deep desire to set up a company as such in India. Though they started off with 4 lakhs it later on, ended up being a 15 billion dollar company.
“Age doesn’t matter if you have the attitude and the drive to succeed “- Sachin Bansal
6) Paytm – Vijay Sekar Sharma is the CEO of the widely known e-wallet company ‘Paytm’ which currently values 3 billion dollars in the market.Coming from a Humble background, Vijay did not know how to read and write English. In spite of putting his full effort, he was unable to learn English. But instead of giving up he chose to move on. He developed his love for programming and started a company of his own. Tough his company incurred loss he was so determined in achieving his goal. He skipped meals and worked late nights making paytm one of the most successful company.
“I don’t need to sleep, I am living a dream” – Vijay Sekar Sharma
7) Uber – Travis Kalanick and Garrette are the sole founders of Uber in 2009. After a conference, they were waiting for a cab to go home. But there were no cabs and that is when the duo came up with an idea of setting up an app which can bring the cars to the right destination with no delay. They used a strategy called surge pricing policy which meant to lower the prices when the demand is low and increase it when the demand goes high. Now Uber has grown to become the highest valued start-up company valuing 69 billion dollars and is present in 29 cities around the world.
“Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote. Whatever it is that you’re afraid of, go after it”- Travis Kalanick
8) OLA – Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati are the sole founders of OLA in 2010. Once Bhavish had a bad experience while renting a car. The driver of the car stopped right in the middle of the road and started renegotiating the deal with Bhavish. When Bhavish refused to agree to his terms, the driver abandoned him and left away. This made Bhavish come up with the idea that bridged the gap and connected the cab owners with commuters using a telephone app. Today it is a 5 billion dollar company present in 102 cities in India and the average distance covered by OLA cabs are 43,40,717 km.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen”- Bhavish Aggarwal
9) KFC – Colonel Sanders was the one to start the most lovable KFC Company worldwide. His recipe was rejected 1009 times until it finally got selected in one company which later on has become the 2nd leading fast-food industry in the whole world.
“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better”- Colonel Sanders
10) Zomato – Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah are the founders of the famous app ‘Zomato’. They saw people wait for long hours in the food court to get a glance at the menu card and that’s when they thought of finding a solution to it. It was a great challenge for them initially as they had to get the information of all restaurant in order to make the app successful. With their strong mind-set, the broke all barriers ahead of them making zomato one of the most successful app worldwide with over 90 million registered users.
“Everything is Solvable. You have to put your mind to it “- Deepinder Goyal
The above start-ups are few of the most leading companies which most of us have heard of. But have we ever thought of the story behind their massive success?? They all faced difficulties and challenges in life. But they chose to see their problems as an opportunity to solve rather than complaining about it. Each of us has the desire deep down inside of us to achieve great things in life but only a few take the considerable amount of risk and effort to come out of the comfort zone and venture into the unknown world of success. Money and Talents are not the real barriers that stop you from becoming great. It is only you yourself that stand as a barrier. Break the barriers by creating the things you wish existed in this world. Never give up and start believing in yourself by taking little steps every day for in no time you can be the CEO of the top most company in the world.
SUCCESS depends on the second letter ‘U’
“Winners are not those who never fail but those who never quit”