Some times I think it gets really hard for entrepreneurs like us to see the big picture. So often we’re stuck in the trenches, working hard every day, that we lose sight of the fact that we’re not alone in our journey. I’ wrote this post about a year ago and never published it until today…during a time when I need to check myself to remember that there are others who have done what I’m doing and have succeeded. I hope this is inspiring for you!
The Top 6 Successful Entrepreneurs that Bootstrapped
Jack Dorsey, another self-made billionaire, started writing open source dispatch software at 15 years old. Dropping out of college, he moved to California and focused on selling his software online. He pitched the idea to create Twitter to the Odeo company in 2006, and two of Odeo’s executives began the project with him that has now made him famous. Jack was the first CEO of Twitter, and later he became a head chairman of the board. He’s gone on to create other notable projects like Square, which is a new credit card reader system that’s currently in use among restaurants and stores of New York City and elsewhere.
The founder of GoPro cameras, Nicholas Woodman started his entrepreneur campaign while often sleeping in a 1971 Volkswagen bus in 2002. His first passion was surfing, and he dreamed of being able to capture the exciting moments of his surfing triumphs on film to share with the world. He began selling 35 millimeter film cameras that he created by hand to capture unprecedented photographs and videos of surfing from the wrist of the surfer, and he launched his first model at a trade show in 2004. His parents helped fund his project initially, and after the first year, he sold a total of $150,000 dollars’ worth of products. In the following years, his profits doubled and tripled as he continued to develop and expand his business to include a wide range of internationally popular cameras, and now he’s a happy billionaire.
Ryan Kavanaugh became a billionaire in 2013 due to the success of Relativity Media, which he founded in 2003. His first venture capital firm had flopped, but he never gave up his dreams and went on to work as a consultant before pursuing his dream of connecting efficient financing plans with movie projects that had a high probability of success. Relativity studios have produced hits like the “Iron Man” series and “Safe Haven;” he’s expanding the company to include a TV branch, music department and sports management.