The Under 30 List Of Millionaire Web Designers, Developers And Coders
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Nearly a fortnight ago, all of America observed the National Be A Millionaire Day. Though not an official holiday, this day is considered to be the celebration of the American Dream. Yet what exactly is the American Dream? Below you’ll see some of the definitions of the American Dream collected from various sources:
“An American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity; also: the prosperity or life that is the realization of this ideal” (Source: Merriam Webster)
“The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone.” (Source: Investopedia)
“The belief that everyone in the US has the chance to be successful and happy if they work hard” (Source: Cambridge Dictionary)
However, is the American Dream viable for everyone or has it shrunk to accommodate only some sectors? It’s believed that tech is one such sector. Since the perpetual growth of the industry, in the last half century, many new millionaires and billionaires sprung up in American like Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Co-founder and CEO of Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Founder and CEO of Square), David Karp (Founder and CEO of Tumblr), Evan Spiegel (Co-founder and CEO of Snap, Inc.) and Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and Founder of Lean In.org). Which leads us to the question…
Getting back to our topic… We have compiled a list which will serve as a source of inspiration for all amateur designers and young techies.
This list (worldwide) includes names of coders, web designers and developers who climbed the ladder of success simply by following their dreams and became millionaires; and the best part, they aren’t even 30 years old yet.
26 years old
She is a Founder of WhateverLife.com, a website that provided free Myspace layouts.
She got the idea for it at the age of 14, back in 2004, but to execute it she had to borrow $8 from her mum in order to buy a domain name. Her last recorded (in 2012) net worth was around $8 million.
25 years old
At the age of 10, Juliette started sketching characters, for five of her friends. These characters were titled ‘Cool Girls’, and were inspired from real girls. Then finally, at the age of 16, she developed a social media platform for tweens, called Miss O And Friends which gets a cool 10 million monthly visits and generates most of the revenue from ads.
According to Procter & Gamble, which was an early investor in her company, all of it is supposedly worth nearly $15 million.
27 years old
28 years old
Founded in 2005 by the brother sister duo, MyYearbook.com, still is a functional social media platform. They got their initial investment worth $250,000, from their older brother, Geoffrey.
In 2011 their company merged with the Quepasa Corporation, after which rebranded to MeetMe, Inc. in 2012.
According to their website Catherine Cook is the VP Brand Strategy and Co-founder of MyYearbook.com, Geoffrey Cook is the CEO, while Dave (according to his LinkedIn profile) is the Co-founder and Product Manager.
Today their website is said to be worth around $100 million.
21 years old
Nick started coding at the tender age of 12. At the age of 17, he created a news summarization app called Summly; which was then acquired by Yahoo in 2013 for $30 million.
He went on to launch many apps in Las Vegas and win the 2014 Apple Design Award. Right now, he is an undergrad at the Hertford College, at the University of Oxford, which has enabled him to explore and develop his philosophical side.
20 years old
14-year-old self-taught coder Robert, wrote 4,000 lines of code to create the physics-based puzzle app called the Bubble Ball game.
This free iPhone app got phenomenal reception. In the first two weeks only, more than one million people downloaded it, shooting his earnings to $2 million. In the three years after its initial launch, this game was downloaded at least 16 million times.
23 years old
After which he launched a Kickstarter campaign, got accepted for a Theil Fellowship worth $100,000, and got $150,000 from Y Combinator, all to launch his company Milkshake Labs with a fellow Harvard dropout. His aim was then was to create the Coco Controller, a smartphone game controller.
He is also the creator of the learning app Flashcards+, which allows students to study n 23 different languages.
25 years old
Soon after her high-school graduation, Stacy Ferreira along with her brother Scott founded MySocialCloud.com; the inspiration behind which was their father, who had worked for Google and IBM.
Stacy attracted several big investors to fund her venture, through Twitter, like Jerry Murdoch, Sir Richard Branson and Alex Welch. These investors pooled in $1.2M in her business.
However, in 2013, MySocialCloud.com was acquired by Reputation.com. After which Stacy published her first book, ‘2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers & Changing the World’, which became a bestseller.
Receiver of the 2015 Thiel Fellowship, Stacy currently works as the CEO of Forge; and as a US State Department Speaker, giving speeches about Entrepreneurship in different countries.
27 years old
Harry co-founded Lob with Leore Avidar in May 2013, after leaving his job, of Product Marketing and Operations at Microsoft, to enter Y Combinator. He and Avidar had met while studying at the University of Michigan, from where Harry completed his double Bachelors (in Business Administration and Informatics).
He had established the first revenue streams for the company and created the initial version of Lobs APIs.
Named by Forbes in their 2017 30 Under 30 list, Harry currently operates as the Co-founder and a Board Member of Lob. And he is also responsible for the marketing and sales organizations of the company.
Today, this company not only hold $29 million from investors, but according to the earnings of the recent fiscal year, Lob has more than $9 million in revenue; with some of the industry’s big names as customers, including Amazon, Microsoft and Square.
28 years old
Garrett Gee is a designer, entrepreneur, travel blogger, photographer, public speaker, body-builder and soccer player.
His entrepreneurial journey began in 2011 when he co-founded Scan with two of his friends, Kirk Ouimet and Ben Turley. However, after 100 million downloads and nearly 4 years, Scan was acquired by Snapchat for $54 million; to be used to develop what is now called the ‘Snapcode’
However, this acquisition just proved to be a stepping stone for Garett, who soon after started his budget-friendly travel journey with his wife and two kids. And is curently also in the process of developing a new app.
Ben and Isiah first crossed paths in an online hacker community from where they went on to become internet friends. This happened back when Ben still lived in Sydney. So some time after Ben moved to New York, the two came up with the idea of Monkey.
Monkey is a social networking website that aims to help people connect and establish online friendships with others across the globe. The founders themselves being internet friends saw the appeal of having internet friends with whom a person could share their secrets, without having to worry about it causing them drama in real life. While no one can successfully predict the fate of this app, we can tell you that Monkey got 215,000 users in its first five weeks.
Get more insight into the lives of the founders of Monkey here.
17 years old
While most might think that Monkey is Ben’s first app due to his age, they couldn’t be any more wrong. He developed his first app in 2014, during a boring lecture in Science class, at the Sydney’s Reddam House School. This was Impossible Rush, an iOS brain teaser game, which topped the App Store charts and got the attention of several Silicon Valley investors who wanted to invest in any new app he’d launch. So a year after the launch of his first app, Ben had a neat $1 million ready for his net venture.
Soon after, he dropped out of high school and moved to New York. After which he launched Flogg, an ecommerce platform that showcases selective features from eBay and Tinder. And now, he is the CEO of a $2 million firm.
18 years old
Isiah is a developer and hacker who co-founded Monkey with Ben.
2014 proved to be an important year for Isiah. Not only did he got accepted for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Student Scholarship, but he also shot fame after hacking the app Yo. Yo soon after its launch had gained much popularity, so hacking it caused quite a stir, especially after he flaunted his work on social media using the hashtag ‘#YoBeenHacked’ which then started trending on Twitter. This stunt caught the attention Yo’s CEO who hired the young hacker as a Backend Developer, to find and fix all possible security issues and vulnerabilities in the app.
Moving on from this, Isisah got hired by MunchQuick, an online food delivery service, as their CTO. He then worked as a Frontend Developer at Storie, as the CTO of Unifide Technologies, Inc. and a contractor for PreciseTarget.
Now, Isiah operates as the Co-Founder and CTO of Monkey and crashes on the couch of Ben’s Hell’s Kitchen apartment in NYC.
25 years old
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Daine is the CEO and Co-founder of Breinify which she launched in 2015, with CTO Philipp Meisen. Previously, she had launched MyWEBoo, a service aimed at helping tens efficiently manage and update their social media presence across platforms; all operations of which now have seized.
Before MyWEBoo, Diane had already started three businesses. However, none of her previous venture daunted her. She went on to work as a Software Engineer for Apple and Symantec, before finally launching Breinify.
You’ve successfully reached the end of the list; but before you leave, have a look at the few facts about American millionaires displayed below.
Hope you enjoyed reading this! Comment below let us now if we missed out any names in the list.