Both university and college are said to be a place of innovation; where the best young minds of the country congregate in one spot. History has shown that these minds will come together to create, the creations of these students have birthed a legacy that has gone past the campus and have affected the way that everyone now lives; this idea is showcased by the numerous websites that have been birthed from a college dorm. This passage will detail four famous websites that have been created in the modest surroundings of a dorm room, expect this passage to both try to educate you, and inspire your own dreams.
Reddit claims to be the front page of the internet and this is genuinely a justifiable claim, with 1.6 million subreddits and 330 million active users. The website was made by a pair of University students Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian who met at the University of Virginia. The website took 3 weeks to code and aimed to be a bulletin board of subjects that were important to them. From 2005 Reddit has morphed into a gargantuan staple of the internet, which hosts everything from political chats, to sports chat, to alternatives to couchtuner for when it’s down. The pair sold the site for $20 million in 2009, this meant that for a few weeks of coding and 16 months of upkeep the pair became multi-millionaires. Huffman did return in 2015 in the position of CEO in an attempt to save the site. His return was instrumental in bringing Reddit back to its former glory and it is now bigger than ever.
It would be no understatement to say that YouTube has completely revolutionized how we now consume our entertainment. YouTube gives creators a platform to publish their work, with thousands of creators now producing content that brings in millions of daily viewers. YouTube has no lack of creators though with 300 hours of video posted every minute. Like most others, the website had quite humble beginnings, like Reddit YouTube was founded in 2005 by two friends. Steve Chen and Jawed Karim who studied computer science at the University of Illinois together before coding the site in their dorm room. The pair sold the site to Google for a massive $1.65 billion in Google stock in the year 2006. This acquisition was extremely well sighted by Google with YouTube producing $15 billion in 2019 alone. YouTube is ever-growing as a platform that now attracts some of the biggest celebrities in the world. With A-listers like Jack Black and Will Smith creating YouTube channels over the past year. There is genuinely no ceiling for how big YouTube can become.
Perhaps the most famous website origin story is that of Facebook as it was immortalized by the 2010 Oscar-nominated film The Social Network. The story details how Facebook grew from a dating site that was run from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room to the Silicon Valley giant that we all know today. The website was birthed in 2003 and was exclusively for Harvard students who were looking to date fellow Harvard students. The company did have a slow build but is now easily the biggest social network site in the world; with 2.5 billion active users Facebook completely dwarfs the competition. Facebook remains under Zuckerberg’s control and he is now focussed on acquiring other up and coming social media sites, with Facebook now owning a controlling stake in both Instagram and Tinder.
Google is the oldest site in this passage founded in early 1998. Google is extremely influential and many can not imagine the internet without Google, as it is completely entwined with the internet itself. Founded by a pair of Stanford Ph.D. students with Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The pair still owns a 14% share of the company and has 56% of the companies voting power. Google is the most visited website on the internet which has led to the company becoming the most valuable brand in the world, with the company being priced at a modest 280 billion dollars. Google also looks to acquire other websites with the previously mentioned acquisition of YouTube, Google also has Android in its portfolio. Google is completely synonymous with the internet and it is not going to fall off any time soon. Like the other websites mentioned in this list, it is stunning to think that such an influential website was made in the comfort of a dorm room.