Generation Z: The Start-Ups that Social Spawned
Entrepreneurs of the future, take note ΓÇô how much does where you work influence what you will one day become?
Some see budding entrepreneurs as a bright young geniuses wasting their talents at a tiny grey desk in a tiny grey office, but a few of todayΓÇÖs fastest-growing social media and digital technology start-ups formed or grew in the offices of Google, Facebook and Twitter…
Pinterest is a social phenomenon that has grown from strength to strength over the last year and hit the headlines at the beginning of 2012. But where did it come from?
The idea for Pinterest ΓÇô an image-based social platform ΓÇô was born in the heart of Google, the concept for related apps nurtured by product designer, Ben Silbermann. Silbermann left Google after a relatively short tenure and used the trial-and-error method of app design with a friend.
Pinterest eventually formed out of these ideas by sheer persistence simply because Silbermann was too embarrassed to admit failure having left the world-dominating search giant to go it alone.
Adam DΓÇÖAngelo and Charlie Cheever were once early-days engineers at Facebook who jumped ship once the social giant had begun to truly establish itself as a market-leader.
Quora is a question-and-answer based social platform where users are invited to ask any random question and people with an interest or expertise in the area explain the answer to them. According to DΓÇÖAngelo, he wanted to provide a dedicated place on the internet for people to use the knowledge stored up in their brains.
Today, hundreds of celebrities, corporate and political leaders, big social media names and regular people ask questions on Quora and answer them. Mark Zuckerberg himself asked in 2009 which talented young company Facebook should acquire. One of the answers was Nextstop ΓÇô FacebookΓÇÖs subsequent acquisition.
The big thinkers arenΓÇÖt always beavering away unnoticed behind the desks of big firms; some entrepreneurs prove they can do it not once but twice.
Jack Dorsey was a co-founder of Twitter and, as if it wasnΓÇÖt enough, has set up an unrelated start-up that is becoming widely-used. Dorsey invented Square, the company he is now CEO of, which produces the ΓÇÿSquareΓÇÖ application.
The Square is a card reader attached to a smartphone that enables secure remote transactions and has seen steady and successful growth since its inception in 2009.
Is a creative environment ideal for fostering entrepreneurialism or can the best ideas come from nothing at all?