Things you didn’t know about 5 top websites you use everyday
Every morning you wake up, rub your red eyes and turn on your beloved computer or laptop, or just unlock your small gadget to once again check your messages, read some news, watch interesting and funny videos or photos. And don’t tell me you don’t do this every day! I just don’t believe you. Nobody does.
And there’s a feeling that all these websites which take up almost all the free time that we could spend walking in the park, breathing fresh air, have existed our whole life but where did they come from? Who created them? Everybody knows about social networking genius Mark Zuckerberg and Wikipedia-knows-everything creator Jimmy Wales. What about others?
Lets start from Google. Here is everything traditional and logical. Two PhDs, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, from Stanford university decided to develop a research project which resulted in the most visited website in the world. But more interesting is the name of the huge corporation. It’s the misspelling of the word “googol” – a digit 1 followed by 100 zeros – which was coined by a 9-year-old nephew of an American mathematician Edward Kasner in 1938. So, loosely speaking, the name of a multi-billion enterprise and the word that now practically every baby knows was made up by a kid. What an interesting turn :)
Now, I think it’s logical to move to the next popular internet resource, a video-sharing website, Youtube which was created in 2005 by Chad Hurly, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim (former PayPal employees, by the way) and bought by Google for US$1.65 billion in 2006. The reason why friends decided to develop this concept is that after a party they wanted to share some videos but found it extremely difficult. You see, they just wanted to show some funny videos to each other after the night of knocking out and became billionaires!!! This is unbelievable!
Besides, the first Youtube video wasn’t the one from the party as you could assume, it was “Me at the zoo” by Jawed Karim where he talks about awesome elephants. Unexpected, isn’t it?
Next website I’ll talk about is Yahoo! which was created by Jerry Yang and David Filo. It’s curious that in Stanford (again this university, I begin to think that everything spins around Stanford) the word “yahoo” had a slang meaning “rude, unsophisticated, uncouth”, although the founders stated that the name deciphers as “yet another hierarchical officious oracle”. Have to admit this is the last choice of words I would guess about when I tried to solve the riddle. I think you can pick the one you like more :)
One more interesting detail: the current CEO and the President of the Company is Marissa Mayer who is the former Google executive. Hmmm …
The fourth greatly visited website is eBay which is known thanks to the possibility to buy from a computer mouse for $1 to Ferrari Enzo for $1 million. That is the scale! But we talk about the website, not how it is cool to shop on eBay, which is, by the way. So, one of the largest Internet shops was founded in 1998 by a French born Iranian-American programmer Pierre Omidyar. Phewww, that’s the mix! And the first item that was sold was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. I guess a lucky laser didn’t expect to so epically leave its mark in history.
And the last but not the least is PayPal. It is a digital wallet that was created by Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek and Ken Howery in 1998 and bought by eBay for $1.5 billion. Usual money transfer service, founded by usual developers. But the interesting thing is that there appeared such notion as “Paypal Mafia”. It is a group of former “gangsta” employees and founders who as I mentioned before developed Youtube, LinkedIn, Yelp, Tesla Motors, etc. How PayPal let go such talented people…or maybe I should call them mafiosi :)
Well, you see that some huge at that time corporations were intended to be small projects and I bet that their founders had no idea that they would become billionaires. But there are also thoroughly planned and designed companies that have brought money, fame and a place in a history to their creators. So, if you want to be as great as Google or Youtube founder, go for it. You choose which way to go. And you have to remember that there are no boundaries.