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10 Famous Companies That Were Founded By College Students

10 Famous Companies That Were Founded By College Students

Did you know that three of the world class websites were all started by college students? Yes, indeed. That is the power that college students have in the global arena.

However, success does not come cheap. For all these college success stories, a heavy price has been paid whether it’s at the expense of them dropping out of college or facing a number of hurdles along the way. As a college student, if you are looking to take on that path and start your own start-up, you should be prepared to face any challenges that may come your way.

It is not hard to find an idea that you can easily actualize. Do not look for a big idea, instead, concentrate on finding a big problem which you can then go ahead and solve. It might take you a while, but you need to be passionate and dedicated to what you are doing if indeed you dream of launching a successful start-up while still in college.

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This piece will look at the infographic by Essaymama titled “10 most valuable startups launched by students” and dig into some of the challenges founders faced as they attempted to realize their dreams and the results they eventually got.

1. Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen

They were both co-founders of the billion dollar Microsoft enterprise. It all started while in middle and high school when the two programming geniuses met. Bill joined Harvard University, but, after a year, Paul convinced him to drop out, to which he obliged. After struggling during the first few years, they realized success when they licensed MS-DOS to IBM in 1981.

2. Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

As a Harvard undergrad, Zuckerberg started Facebook as a sophomore to help connect with fellow college students. From what started as a sophomore dating site back in 2004, seven years later became a site with over 1.39 billion active users.

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3. Yahoo, Jerry Yang and David Filo

These two Stanford Graduate Students founded Yahoo in 1995. They did it three years before Google was launched. They started Yahoo as a directory of their favorite websites. In as much as the platform struggled for a number of years, it remains one of the largest websites.

4. Reddit, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian

The two grads from the University of Virginia started reddit as a social news site in 2005. After struggling for a few months, they were funded by Y Combinator. It wasn’t until 2006 that Conde Nast Publications acquired the entity.

5. WordPress, Matt Mullenweg

In 2003, the undergrad student of Houston University teamed up with Mike Little and Michel Valdrigh to create this awesome Content Management System. Today, the platform hosts more than 130,000 websites out of the top 1 million websites.

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6. Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin

They were both graduates of Stanford University and founders of Google in 1998. They had a hard time juggling between their start-up and their studies and even opted to sell it to Excite for $1 million. Fortunately, Excite declined the offer.

7. Time Magazine, Britton Hadden and Henry Luce

You may not believe it, but these grads from Yale launched Time in 1923, and at that time it was the first weekly news magazine in the United States. The magazine has grown to become one of the world’s largest circulated weekly news magazine.

8. Napster, Shawn Fanning

The grad student from Northeastern University started Napster as a peer-to-peer file sharing network. After just 2 years, the platform was temporarily shut down due to copyright issues. However,  Napster became an online music store and eventually was acquired by Rhapsody.

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9. Dell, Michael Dell

The undergrad student of Texas University created Dell in 1984. After struggling at first, he received a $300,000 investment from his family and decided to drop out of college. Now Dell is the #1 shipper of PC monitors in the world and is the sixth largest company in Texas by total revenue.

10. Tripod, Bo Peabody and Brett Hershey

The web hosting service was started by two Williams College students in 1992. The website was initially created for college students and provided such resources and services as resume-writing help and tools for website building. However, later Tripod was bought by Lycos.

Most of these individuals encountered different challenges during their journey but they did not give up on their dream. As college students wishing to pursue their dream, always keep faith and never give up!

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    Last Updated on September 22, 2020

    How to Wake Up Early: 6 Things Early Risers Do

    How to Wake Up Early: 6 Things Early Risers Do

    You have probably heard the success stories about people who wake up early. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, and Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle all talk about the positive impact of waking up early on their lives.

    Even though many assign a portion of their success to waking up early, many find it difficult to make the switch. While most people know what needs to happen to change their life, they find then difficult to implement consistently. To understand how to wake up early, you need to tap into the wisdom of those already doing it.

    Here are the 6 things early risers do:

    1. Stop Procrastinating

    The first thing you need to do when you want to learn how to wake up early is to go to sleep earlier. Stop procrastinating. You will find it much easier to wake up when you are getting the proper amount of sleep. Set a bedtime that allows you to get 8-hours of sleep and hold yourself accountable.

    The problem most of you will have at first is how tired you will feel. If you are someone who goes to sleep after midnight, waking up by 6 a.m. will not be easy. The reason you need to push through that initial difficulty is that you are going to be very tired at the end of the day. Realistically, you probably would fall asleep at your desk or doze off on your lunch break. Either way, waking up early no matter how you feel will motivate you to go sleep at the proper time that night.

    Think of it as someone who procrastinated until the night before their project was due. Having done this myself, you do what you need to do to complete the project, whether that means working all night or cutting some corners because you don’t have time to triple-check your work.

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    After you turn in your project, you feel both exhaustion and jubilation. After you make it through the workday and crash at home, you promise yourself you’ll never wait until the last minute again. This same feeling will happen when you force yourself to wake up early no matter what time you went to sleep. You are going to promise yourself you will go to bed at the right time.

    Most people don’t go to bed when they should because they know they will ultimately make it up in the morning.

    2. Pace Yourself

    If you want to start waking up a couple of hours earlier each day, you may not be able to make that change all at once. It stands to reason the more drastic the shift, the more difficult it will be.

    So, instead of trying to adjust your sleep pattern by several hours, start in 15-minute or 30-minute intervals.[1] If you wake up 30 minutes earlier each week, you will be a morning person by the end of the month. This may feel like you are drawing out your goal but in reality, you are accomplishing it much quicker than most. Most people who are naturally night owls find it difficult to completely change their sleep habits overnight.

    Think of it as someone who is trying to quit drinking coffee. Outside of the fact you may enjoy the taste of coffee, your body is used to operating with a certain amount of caffeine and sugar. Some will be able to quit overnight and their body will adjust accordingly. And if you are one of those people, then do what works for you.

    However, if you were to take an incremental approach, then you may first start drinking your coffee black. Then, you could switch to decaf before slowly lowering the amount of coffee you drink each day. As you can see, this approach will help minimize the feeling of withdrawal while getting the results you want.

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    3. Watch Your Lighting

    Light reduces your body’s production of the sleep-inducing melatonin hormone. In practical terms, your body naturally wants to be awake when the sun is up and go to sleep when the sun is down. This is called your circadian rhythm.

    In the technology-driven world we currently live in, you likely look at a screen or two before bed. Studies show television and phone screens trick your body into thinking the sun is up. As a result, your body starts producing less melatonin. To help you fall asleep, you should stop looking at screens at least an hour before bed.

    This can also mean that if you want to wake up before the sun, looking at your screen when you wake up can help you to stay awake.

    Peter Balyta, the President of Education Technology for Texas Instruments says he wakes up at 5:20 a.m. and scans his emails before starting his day. This is also true for M.I.T. president L. Rafael Rief. He wakes up around 5 or 5:30 a.m. and checks his phone for anything urgent.[2]

    4. Make It Worth Your Time

    Have you ever woken up early but went back to sleep because you didn’t have a reason to stay up? To put it another way, have you ever fallen asleep because you didn’t have anything better to do?

    If you want to be excited about going to sleep and waking up early, then you need to give yourself a reason to be excited. You can accomplish this by listing the three things you want to accomplish the next morning. Notice I said “want” and not “need” to accomplish. You don’t want to be dragging yourself into the next morning kicking and screaming.

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    Your list should not only include what you want to accomplish but also why you want to accomplish it. If you want to take it a step further, list the consequences of not waking up early.

    People who have figured out how to wake up early are shown to be more successful, persistent, and proactive in their life. They tend to be happier and handle stress better. It is also shown that people who wake up early procrastinate less.[3] If you find any of these benefits something you want to add in your life, then waking up early is shown to help.

    5. Avoid Binging

    There is a difference between sleeping and getting a good night’s sleep. Sure, you can drink alcohol and fall asleep, but you will not be getting quality rest. You will wake up feeling as though you slept for only a couple hours.

    It is best to stop drinking at least 4 hours before bedtime. Binge drinking is known to impact your sleep-inducing melatonin hormone levels for up to a week. The same holds true with eating a large meal right before bed. It is not that your body can’t process food and sleep at the same time. The main concern has more to do with the possibility of indigestion or heartburn than anything else.

    If you find yourself dealing with either of these symptoms, then you may want to stop eating at least two hours before bed.

    6. Get the Blood Flowing

    Those who have mastered the technique of how to wake up early tend to start each morning with movement.

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    Your first movement is to get out of bed. To help you get out of bed, have your alarm far enough away that you need to get up and turn it off. Before you allow yourself to contemplate going back to sleep, take a moment, and do 10 push-ups or 10 jumping jacks. Think of each exercise as you taking one step further from being able to go back to sleep.

    Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments wakes up at 4 a.m. each morning. She starts each day by exercising. Her exercises include running, weight lifting, swimming, and cycling.

    You decide for yourself how you want to get your blood flowing. Whether you want to go on a walk, workout at the gym, or do something at home, make sure you are scheduling time to exercise.

    Final Thoughts

    The key to understanding how to wake up early is to recognize that it is heavily driven by the actions you take the night before. You will wake up early if you go to bed at a good time and get the proper amount of sleep.

    By taking the time to prepare yourself both mentally and physically each night, you can ensure you are positioned for success the next morning. Once you have taken the proper actions the night before, make sure you use that momentum to start your day, on time.

    The goal is to make the actions you want to take as easy as possible. The key to changing your life is to discover a way to have the wind at your back, going in the direction you want.

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