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9 Infographics That Show How Instagram And Other Popular Startups Were Started (And What You Need To Create One)

One ingredient you need: Ginebra's (or is it Alaska's now?) never-say-die spirit!
by Neps Firmalan | Jul 14, 2015

Some become VPs, head executives, even presidents of big companies. Others are destined to freaking OWN THEM.

As any business owner will tell you, freeing yourself from the shackles of regular employment and becoming your own big boss is no easy feat. "How do I start things off?" "Will I be able to make the big bucks by going solo?" "Can I become like Mark Zuckerburg and create my own successful startup?" These and many more questions cloud and confuse aspiring entrepreneurs, almost to the point of exhaustion.

But don't be discouraged. If there's one thing we've learned from being avid followers of the tech scene, it's not impossible to create your own startup (a company which offers a new kind of service and uses a unique business model) and make it a smashing success. It's hard, yes, but what in life isn't, right?

But in case you need more convincing, below are a series of infographics from Anna Vital (via Scuttlebutt) that shows how popular tech startups were conceived and the things that budding tech-preneurs might need to successfully create one.

Good luck!


WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO CREATE BUSINESSES

In a nutshell: The infographic can actually double as the psychological profile of business owners. For example, a quick glance will tell you that they love risks, are proud, and have overflowing amounts of charisma. So, does it feel like it's describing you? Then go and tell your boss to F off maybe you have a future in the business side of things!


WHY SCHOOL ISN'T NECESSARILY A BIG DEAL

In a nutshell: Schooling doesn't solely dictate one's success, as guys like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates show. However, this is just a mere show of facts (read: that some make it big even if they dropped out), rather than strong evidence that formal education is useless and utter BS. In the end, we guess we can all agree that staying in school is still the wise choice.


HOW TO START A STARTUP COMPANY

In a nutshell: Forward-thinking is important, as well as knowing what could "boom" in the future. It's also a hit-and-miss affair with a possible success rate in the "WTF-am-I-doing?" range. Try and try, and try some more.


ON WHEN TO START

In a nutshell: Many big time companies were started by people experiencing the so-called mid-life crisis (35-39-year-olds, reprezent!). So yeah, you don't have to be young to be a startup noob, although we guess we can say it's always better to start as early as possible.

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN A STARTUP

In a nutshell: The value of timing and knowing and treating your patrons right cannot be overlooked. And oh, there's money management. Spend wisely, as with other purchases in life.


HOW
ANGRY BIRDS STARTED

In a nutshell: The road to the world's most popular bacon-and-eggs birds-and-pigs game is actually a display of near-bankruptcy and perseverance. You need to roll with the money-draining punches and try harder. This is what the guys of Rovio did with Angry Birds, and the results are astounding as the app is now one of the most popular mobile games of all time.


HOW AIRBNB STARTED

In a nutshell: Again, another (almost) rags-to-riches story. This time around, though, aside from incessantly trying, the true value of good photos is revealed. Humans are visual beings, which mean a few better snaps might be all you need for better business. Take if from Airbnb, a $10 billion company (as of 2014) which started out from renting air mattresses to become a true lodging-and-rentals empire.


HOW INSTAGRAM
STARTED

In a nutshell: Here's a classic example of streamlining something to make it a success. Sure, a do-it-all item is nice, but sometimes it's better to focus on one thing, and be absolutely good at it. That's Instagram, the number one photo app in the world. Surely you've heard of it, right?


HOW PINTEREST STARTED

In a nutshell: This is Ginebra's (or is it Alaska's now?) never-say-die spirit manifesting itself in the tech world. Ben Silbermann, the creator of Pinterest, a giant online service where users can share ("pin") and showcase their interests with each other through media content, just wouldn't quit. He tried, and tried, and his stubbornness paid off in the end.

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