The game done changed up son…
Airbnb was founded in 2008 (8 years ago) and as of February 2016 is valued at over $25 billion. Airbnb is available in 192 cities and has over 500,000 nightly stays worldwide. They are the biggest supplier of short-term accommodation in the world… only thing is they don’t actually own any properties.
Jack Ma founded Alibaba in 1999 (17 years ago). He borrowed $30,000 from 18 different people to fund his start up (that’s an average of $3,333.33 from each person). In 2015 Alibaba was valued at over $200 billion and Jack Ma is said to have a personal networth of more than $10 Billion, making him China’s 3rd richest individual (by the way, Jack Ma now owns less than 10% of Alibaba). Alibaba is the biggest online retailer in the world, dwarfing the combined efforts of Amazon and Ebay, but Alibaba doesn’t own any stock.
Uber was founded as UberCab in 2009 (7 years ago) in San Francisco. As of June 2015 Uber is available in 311 cities, spanning 58 countries. The top four cities for Uber business are: London, Mexico City, Paris and Toronto. Uber is the world’s largest taxi provider, but they’re fleet doesn’t consist of a single car.
Can you see a patter emerging here? We’re truly living in the future. We call it the age of “Not needing anything to make anything, just a dollar and a dream” (a bit long winded, but we’re working on the name).
Its also likely that when you were born none of these companies existed. So it just goes to show what a difference a few years can make.