It goes without saying how much of an opportunity 2012 has proven itself to be for entrepreneurs. In fact, the last 5 years or so have been an incredible time for ambitious entrepreneurs looking to cash-in on the tech-boom.
Now, that is not to say that building an empire is easy. Only the best of the best – the young and hungry – have been able to declare themselves champions of the Web 2.0 through massive IPOs and other lucrative milestones. Here at the wealthiest Tech Champions of Web 2.0, all of whom are under 35 years old.
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8. Dennis Crowley Founder Of FourSquare Age: 35 Net Worth: $30 Million New York “I realized I probably just saw the world differently than the people who said the stuff I was excited about wouldn't work.” If you're passionate about an idea, “find a way to build it so you can prove to yourself that it doesn't work.”
7. David Karp Founder Of Tumblr Age 25 Net Worth: $40 Million New York “Find a space where you can be creative and a place where you are open for free thinking, you want to enjoy what you are doing and do what you are best at.”
6.Pete Cashmore Founder Of Mashable Age 26 Net Worth: $95 Million Scotland “You need space to try things and create. It takes a long time to recalibrate if you let people pull at you all the time. A lot of stress comes from reacting to stuff. You have to keep a certain guard [up], if you're a creative person.”
5. Ben Silbermann Founder Of Pinterest Age: 29 Net Worth: $100 Million Iowa “Don't take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. Don't over analyze everything. I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems, just build things and find out if they work.”
4. Jack Dorsey Founder Of Twitter & Square Age 35 Net Worth: $650 Million + Missouri/New York “I think the biggest thing to do — the hardest thing to do — is to start. You have all these ideas and everyone has an idea but it's really about executing the idea and building the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea. That is the biggest challenge. But the way to begin is to get the idea out of your head, draw it out, talk about it, program it if you're a programmer or make it if you're building something.”
3. Andrew Mason Founder Of Groupon Age 28 Net Worth: $1.3 Billion Pennsylvania “You're building a tool, not a piece of art. Don't be blinded by the vision.”
2.Sean Parker Founder Of Napster & Airtime (among others) Age 33 Net Worth: $2.1 Billion Virginia / New York “Your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is not concealing your idea from others or keeping your idea a secret, it is actually convincing people that you're not crazy and that you can pull this off.”
1. Mark Zuckerberg Founder Of Facebook Age 28 Net Worth: $15 Billion Silicon Valley /New York “It is important for young entrepreneurs to be adequately self-aware to know what they do not know.”
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