About Us:BizChair.com is an online retailer of office chairs and furniture, as well as restaurant, church, furniture, furniture, and medical furniture. They were one of the first online only furniture retailers when they were founded by Sean Belnick back in 2001. Their sales have risen steadily over the last five years to over $58 million in 2010. It started in a bedroom with a $500 investment and has grown into one of the largest furniture retailers on the internet.
About Us:David Karp brought blogging to the younger generation with Tumblr, which is a very easy to set up blogging platform, that's available for free. The site only launched 3 years ago in 2007, but it's already surpassed the number of Wordpress blogs, with over 30 million users. It's even the blogging platform for President Obama's official blog.
Web Site:V Kontakte
About Us:Pavel Durov founded V Kontakte in 2007, which is a social network in eastern Europe, which is very similar in design to Facebook, so much so, that it's been considered a clone. There are about 135 million accounts, and it currently ranks 46 in the Alexa rank. As well as many of the Facebook features, there's also a torrent file sharing system incorporated into it.
About Us:Blake Ross is famous for his web browser, Mozilla Firefox. Blake originally started out working with AOL on the Netscape browser, but he wasn't happy with where it was being taken, so he decided to create his own. Firefox was released when Blake was 19 in 2004, and totalled 100 million downloads in just one year.
Web Site:Image Shack
About Us:Alexander founded Image Shack, which is a free to use image hosting website. There are options to pay for a subscription service, but the majority of its revenue is produced from advertising related to its free image hosting. With an Alexa rank of 135, and the launch of yfrog, which is a Twitter version of the site, Image Shack is clearly a very successful website, which is taking steps to ensure that it's here to stay.
About Us:Dustin is just 8 days younger than Mark Zuckerberg, making him the youngest billionaire in the world. Dustin founded the site with Mark back at Harvard and holds on to a 6% stake of the company, which has made him incredibly rich, in fact, in the past year alone, Forbes has estimated his worth to have more than doubled. He left Facebook in 2008 to work on his own ventures, such as a mobile photo-sharing site.
About Us:Mark is the most public face of Facebook, which currently hosts over 750 million active users, with 500 million of those accessing the site daily. His personal wealth has skyrocketed in the past few years as Facebook has torn through the competition such as Myspace, and taken its place as the number 1 social network in the world. With the release of 'The Social Network' in recent years, it's hard to not know who Mark is.
About Us:Chris Hughes is the forth roommate to Mark, Eduardo and Dustin, when they were back in college, and that was how he got involved with Facebook. As well as a co-founder of Facebook, Chris was also in charge of the social media side of Barack Obama's presidency campaign.
Name:Gurbaksh Singh Chahal
About Us:Chahal is a pretty incredible man; by the time he was 25 he had founded and sold two advertising companies for a total of $340 million. He's doing remarkably well for someone so young, and has already founded his third advertising agency, which was valued in March 2011 at $200 million.
About Us:Matt founded WordPress, which is the most popular blogging platform on the internet, and used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 powers 22% of all new websites. The company has changed the way that we use the website, with this site, and both of my own, being made on WordPress.
About Us:Daniel co-founded the popular music streaming program 'Spotify'. The income for the programs come from ads that are played on the free version and monthly subscriptions from the paid version. It's changing the way we listen to, and find new music, and has gone from strength to strength, with Sean Parker recently making an investment and taking it to the US.
About Us:Drew is just 28 years old and the founder of Dropbox, an online storage and backup system, back in 2008. By december of 2010, Dropbox holds 10.41% of the worldwide Backup Client market, based on the number of installations that the client has recieved. Drew has held off from selling to massive companies, such Apple, in the hopes that service will continue to grow at the rate it currently is. I know I have no plans to stop using it, it's great.
About Us:Naveen is the founder of Foursquare, which is a location based app where users 'check in' and gain points. The joint venture is estimated to be worth something in the region of $600 million. There is obvious competition from Facebook, but Foursquare seems to have stood the test of time so far. Naveen originally had a similar product that relied on SMS messaging, rather than a mobile app, to check in, but it was bought by Google and shut down, spurring the launch of Foursquare.
About Us:Jake is the founder of Threadless, which he started with $1,000 in seed money after entering an Internet t-shirt design contest. That was back in 2000, and since then, he's created an online network where users vote on designs to get printed, where the best ones go into production, and the designer gets a fee. They've expanded internationally with their famous low rate shipping.
About Us:Eduardo Saverin is yet another person who got rich through Facebook, with a 5% stake in the company that he got when he went to Harvard with Mark Zuckerberg. If you've seen The Social Network, you'll know that their relationship went sour, but it still didn't hold Eduardo back from becoming a very rich man.
About Us:Garrett Camp created StumbleUpon, a site that had probably provided most websites some traffic in the past, I know that mine certainly does well from it. You input your interest and SU takes you on a trip around the internet to relevant links. The site has an Alexa rank of 115, which just goes to show how popular it is.
About Us:Andrew actually has a degree in music, but chose to go into web design, where he would meet his first investor, which eventually led to Groupon. Founded in November 2008, the site has experienced rapid growth, and huge revenues from taking 50% of every sale made through the site. There have been plenty of imitators since, but Groupon still remains on top, even turning down a $6 billion dollar acquisition bid from Google at the end of 2010.
Web Site:PopCap Games
About Us:John founded PopCap Games which is a games website, with free to play, but limited games, and larger 'pay to play' games. They're most popular game is bejewelled, a game that I've dabbled in myself in the past, due to its addictive nature. The company has also branched out into mobile phone gaming too. In July 2011, EA games announced that it would be buying PopCap for $650 million with an addition $100 million stock option.
About Us:DeviantArt was launched by Angelo in 2000, and currently has an Alexa Rank of 129, which is extremely high for a niched website. The site is known around the world, by more than 15 million members, covering a wide range of artistic niches. It's considered to be the Facebook of the art/digital art world.
About Us:Sean is well known across the internet for his various online ventures, such as his part in Napster and Facebook, the latter of which made him the majority of the money he has today. He has since invested $15 million in Spotify which rivals Napster, and he says is the answer to piracy.
About Us:Fasthosts started out as a school project for Andrew when he was 17, and it grew into multi-million dollar business. for £61.5 million, netting Michael £46 million for his 75% stake. Michael remained as CEO until 2009, when he left to found Live drive.
Name:Andrew Gower (Paul)Age:32
About Us:Andrew was responsible for creating RuneScape with his brother Paul. It's an MMORPG, which stands for massively multiplayer online role playing game, and it's played by approximately 10 million active accounts per month, over 156 million registered accounts. It's even recognised by Guiness World Records as the world's most popular free MMORPG.
About Us: Jawed worked at PayPal with Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, before the idea of YouTube came along, where he then went on to co-found the company and developed the YouTube concept and website. When YouTube was acquired by Google, Karim received 137,443 shares of stock, worth about $64 million based on Google's closing stock price at the time.
About Us:Neal helped to launch MEDIA and manage its portfolio companies across children's publishing, online gaming and social networking. He has developed business development and marketing relationships with major media companies including Amazon, MTV, Rogers. Digital and Time Inc.
About Us:Steve Chine was one of the founders to a website that surely changed the way we use the internet - YouTube. The website became such an internet phenomenon (that's managed to last), It is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000.