Renowned Startups That Have Achieved Unheard of Success

As a business owner, the temptation of starting a business can be hard to ignore. This is especially true if you have spent any time reading startup success stories. A lot of startups make it big, and they make a lot of money for the brains behind the operation. It’s understandable that you might want in on the action.

Startups Success Stories

If there is one thing that business owners need to remember, it’s that startup success doesn’t happen overnight. Regardless of the type of startup and what you have to offer, business success takes hard work, consistency and passion. But, as these startup success stories show, hard work really does pay off. 

Airbnb – There are very few people who would consider Airbnb a startup, but even the biggest companies had to start somewhere. Founded in 2008, Airbnb has been a huge disrupter in the hospitality and travel industries. Gone are the days of tourists being limited to hotels and B&Bs, and gone are the days of holiday homes being left empty for months at a time. By allowing people to rent out their homes and spare rooms, Airbnb has grown from a startup into a global accommodation marketplace. 

Uber – Thanks to Uber, getting from A to B has never been easier. Launched in 2009, Uber quickly revolutionised the transportation industry. It provides a convenient platform for on-demand ride sharing, giving people an option other than public transport and costly taxis. In fact, it’s become second nature for people to book an Uber when they need to get somewhere. The company has expanded its services to include food delivery – are you a fan of UberEats? – and I can see it offering even more in the future. 

Zoom – When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a lot of businesses were forced to embrace remote working. Teams weren’t able to meet in person and video communication became vital. This led to the success of Zoom. Zoom offers video conferencing, online meetings and virtual events. Though there are other platforms providing a similar service, Zoom has really solidified itself as the frontrunner. As more and more businesses give employees hybrid working flexibility, Zoom continues to gain popularity. It’s impressive, considering Zoom was largely unheard of pre-pandemic.

ByteDance – You might not have heard of ByteDance, but I’m sure you’ve heard of TikTok. In less than a decade, ByteDance has surpassed its competitors to become one of the most valued startups in the world. It was founded in China, but it now operates in hundreds of countries around the world. Though the company provides a wide range of education and entertainment content, TikTok and Tech for Good are two of its most well known offerings. Despite starting small, ByteDance has quickly grown into a hugely successful enterprise.

Facebook – I couldn’t have a list of successful startups without mentioning Facebook. It’s one of the startup success stories that most people refer to when talking about the potential for a small idea to make it big. Mark Zuckerburg created Facebook in 2004 when he was a student, and it’s done nothing but grow since then. Providing a way for people to network and communicate, Facebook has become one of the world’s biggest social media platforms. It’s also one of the world’s most visited websites. It’s hard to believe it started life as a student idea.

Shein – There is a lot of competition in the world of fashion and ecommerce, so it’s a big deal when a small startup makes a splash. Shein is a fast fashion retailer that was founded in 2008 in China. Since then, it has grown into one of the most successful ecommerce websites in the world. You can walk down any high street knowing that Shein is likely to be responsible for a lot of outfits. It has broken into various global markets, rivalling some of the biggest fashion retailers. It now ships to hundreds of countries around the world. 

Can You Guarantee the Success of a New Business?

To put it simply, no. You can’t guarantee the success of a new business, even if you are an experienced business owner. People start businesses each and every day of the week, and only a few make it big. Of course, you can’t let that deter you. If the likes of Mark Zuckerburg were put off by the fear of failure, there’s no knowing where he would be today. Remember, success in the startup world often involves overcoming challenges and adapting to changing market conditions. It involves overcoming hurdles, risking failure and being passionate about your idea. Each startup’s journey is unique, and success can be influenced by factors beyond your business idea itself. 

Startup success isn’t guaranteed, but is your idea worth a shot?

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Scott Dylan
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Scott Dylan

Scott Dylan

Scott Dylan

I’m Scott Dylan, Inc & Co Co-Founder. I oversee the company's strategic direction and work to acquire and invest in distressed and viable companies, helping businesses improve their business processes and setting strategic directions.


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