Most of the successful businesses has started with only one person who had the vision and technical skills to deliver its services to the world. So many of such companies founded by single person are now emerged as the most successful companies in the world. Some of the most popular sites such as Instapaper, Newsblur, Techmeme, Duckduckgo and some more startups are started this way which makes the operating costs much more bearable in beginning.
Even some of the world’s largest companies such as Amazon and eBay began with single person. Here I am listed some of the best startups that are started by a single founder.
Amazon is founded by Jeff Bezos, who is a computer engineer who left Wall Street and started Amazon in 1994. Initially, Amazon was started as an online bookstore from his garage. Since then it has expanded as the largest online retailer in the world. Amazon has expanded its services into software, electronics, video games, apparel, furniture, toys, food and jewelry. It is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and now grown into the company of generating $74.45 billion revenue, $40.15 billion total assets and $9.74 billion total equity.
eBay is another American eCommerce company founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995. He first wrote the code for an online auction website called auction web and the first item sold was a broken laser printer and he named the site to eBay later. It is headquartered at San Jose, California and currently the key people are Pierre Omidyar (Chairman) and John Donahoe (CEO). It currently generating revenue of $16.05 billion and $41.49 billion total assets and $23.65 billion of total equity.
3. Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish is the online dating service which is popular in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, United States and Brazil. It was founded by Markus Find in 2003 and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. It has only 66 number of employees and generates revenue through advertising. Its current revenue is $10 million USD.
Big Oven is the cookery website which was started by the the software veteran who loves cooking. With the Big Oven you can take your recipes anywhere, make grocery lists and easily share your favorite creations wit your friends, family and for your future reference. It is headquartered in Seattle and is one of the popular cookery sites in the world.
This is the internet search engine which emphasizes protecting searchers privacy and it distinguishes from other users by not profiling its users. It was founded by Gabriel Weinberg in September 2008 and headquartered in Pennsylvania and has only 20 employees. GNOME has replaced Google Search with DuckDuckGo as the default search engine in web, the default GNOME web browser, starting with version 3.10 which was released on September 26, 2013.
6. Urban Dictionary
It is the web based dictionary which contains nearly 8 million of definitions and the submissions are regulated by requiring membership of either Facebook, Gmail and the volunteer editors are rated by the visitors. It was founded by Aaron Peckham in 1999 while he was the fresh computer science graduate. As of September 2014, urban dictionary’s Alexa ranking is 534 and 37,752 were linked in.
Instapaper is the tool for saving the web pages to view later on and it was found in 2008 by Macro Arment and has more than 2 million users as of 2012. Arment has also created Tumblr and he sold majority stake in Instapaper to betaworks. Most of the website’s services are available for free, the company generates revenue from $3.99 iOS app, $2.99 on Android app and $1 per month subscription for full text search.
Todoist is an online and the mobile task manager for the personal productivity and supports on almost all platforms. When software teams the chaos and streamlines the little things, it frees you to focus on the big things. It is founded by Amir Salihefendic in 2007 and headquartered in Denmark. He was a student when he created this easy-to-use task manager and is one of the first to-do-list applications. He also then created Doist and Wedoist.
NewsBlur is an online RSS news feeder service which is accessible both online and through a free open source mobile app for offline mobile reading. It was founded by Samuel Clay in 2009 and has its offices in New York City and San Francisco. In March 2013, following the announcement from Google that they will be shutting down their popular Google Reader, News Blur subscriber base immediately rose from about 1500 users to more than 6,000 users.
Techmeme is the technology news aggregator and this website has been described as one-page, aggregated, filtered, archievable summary in real time of what is new and generating conversation. It was founded by Gabe Rivera, who was a compiler software engineer at Intel before launching tech memorandum in September 12, 2oo5. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California.