5 Businesses You Didn't Know Were Started by College Students

Don't you think college shouldn’t be only about cramming, unhealthy eating and partying? Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin were of the same opinion. They never lost time and proved that dorm rooms can be perfect for successful startups.


Here are 5 more examples of businesses you probably didn’t know were started by college students:

5 More Businesses Started by Your Peers in College Dorm Rooms

A college diploma doesn’t guarantee you employment and a decent salary after graduation, but your own business does. Here are only a few ideas that were made true by college students:

  1. TIME Magazine was founded by Yale students, Henry Luce and Briton Hadden, when they were only 23.
  2. FedEx was an idea of a Yale student, Frederick Smith. He described his dream of an overnight delivery service in a term paper and received a ‘C’ for it. The tutor couldn’t see much sense in the startup, which later grew into a business with $37 billion in revenue.
  3. Dell Inc. was founded by Michael Dell out of his dorm room. He started by selling IBM computers, but later on this company created its own computer called 'Turbo PC'.
  4. WordPress, one of the most popular blogging platforms, was started by Matt Mullenweg, who then studied at the University of Houston.
  5. 3HoursEssay - the story of 3HoursEssay goes all the way back to 2007 when what started out as a side-hobby to make a few dollars quickly turned into a much sought after service. Within a few short years, 3HoursEssay has grown into a global brand and platform used by tens of thousands of people around the world.

So, college students are filled with ideas and enthusiasm for their implementation.

Bet, you have some ideas for a good business, too. If it’s not a new Facebook or a new Google (which are the most predictable students’ ideas of startups, with only miserable chances for success), just go for it.

Good luck! We’ll be happy to add your name to this list some day.

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Comment by Jeorge Waters on August 30, 2019 at 6:24am

I just can't understand how those people managed to handle it all. As a college student, I don't have much spare time, I am always busy doing different tasks and I don't even have enough time to have a part-time job and those guys started serious business. Just crazy. But at least not so long ago I was advised to use this link for some help with writing tasks and now I know that if you are too busy with assignments, you can always find helpful services to use.

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