Top Ten Companies Started By Students during Their College Life

You must have heard many stories about entrepreneurship on the campus. Undoubtedly, college campuses offer a lot of inspiration and resources to start a crazy business out of the dorm rooms. But, it is easier said than done with the piling study load and an exuberating college life. However, these students-turned-millionaires have proved it wrong by making humongous success in the business world.

Here are the top 10 companies started by students from the campus.

  1. Facebook:

It is obvious to start this list with the name of Facebook. This social networking giant was started by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 as a Harvard sophomore. Today, it is valued at over $100 billion and has more than 850 million visitors in a month.

  1. Google:

The world’s largest search engine had a humble beginning from the dorm room of Stanford University. It was started by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 and it’s getting larger since then.

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  1. Microsoft:

It’s true that Microsoft also started by Bill Gates as a college student. Along with Paul Allen, he laid the foundation of this company in 1975 and had no looking back.

  1. Dell:

This business was also started by a college student, Michael Dell in 1984. In 1985, he dropped out of his college and became the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company at the age of 27.

  1. Reddit:

Reddit was started in 2005 by two grads, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian studying at the University of Virginia. It began as a social news site.

  1. SnapChat:

This messaging app was launched in 2011 by Stanford University grads Evan Speigel and Robert Murphy. With more than 100 million users in a day, it is valued at $16 billion currently.


  1. WordPress:

It was started in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg as an awesome site for content management. The site soon turned into a phenomenon and currently hosts more than 150, 000 top-ranked active sites.

  1. Napster:

This online music service was started in 1999 by Shawn Parker and John Fanning. It was acquired by Best Buy in 2008 for $121 Million.

  1. Dropbox:

Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston studying at MIT. This site enables the users in sending large data files over the email. Today, it has over 200 million users.

  1. Kinko’s:

This company was born in 1970 when founder Paul Orfalea rented a space near USC campus for a copier machine. The company was acquired by FedEx in 2004 and has over 1500 offices worldwide.

These are some of the most astounding businesses that began from college campuses.


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