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12 Disruptors Responsible For The Internet As We Know It

Here's a look at the digital innovators that made our world what it is today. Much Love - Virgin Mobile

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1. World Wide Web - Tim Berners-Lee

Sir TimBL invented the Internet - your argument is invalid. Here is the first ever webpage. Prepare to be underwhelmed.
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Sir TimBL invented the Internet - your argument is invalid.

Here is the first ever webpage. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

2. Amazon - Jeff Bezos

Bezos was vice president of a Wall Street firm before founding Amazon. One reason for the name "Amazon" is so it would appear first when listed alphabetically. Apparently, Bezos didn't foresee the death of the yellow pages.
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Bezos was vice president of a Wall Street firm before founding Amazon. One reason for the name "Amazon" is so it would appear first when listed alphabetically. Apparently, Bezos didn't foresee the death of the yellow pages.

3. Ebay - Pierre Omidyar

The site was originally called AuctionWeb. The change to eBay was because the site belonged to Echo Bay Technology Group, Omidyar's consulting firm. The first item sold was a broken laser pointer for $14.83.
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The site was originally called AuctionWeb. The change to eBay was because the site belonged to Echo Bay Technology Group, Omidyar's consulting firm. The first item sold was a broken laser pointer for $14.83.

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4. Craigslist - Craig Newmark

Newmark started Craigslist as an email distribution list to friends before going on to start the website. He also started Craigconnects - a site that generates PR for charitable organizations.
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Newmark started Craigslist as an email distribution list to friends before going on to start the website. He also started Craigconnects - a site that generates PR for charitable organizations.

5. Netflix - Reed Hastings

The idea for Netflix came to Hastings when he had to pay $40 in overdue fines for Apollo 13. In 2000, Netflix was offered to Blockbuster for $50 million, but Blockbuster declined. Blockbuster is now the vacant building near your local grocery store.
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The idea for Netflix came to Hastings when he had to pay $40 in overdue fines for Apollo 13. In 2000, Netflix was offered to Blockbuster for $50 million, but Blockbuster declined. Blockbuster is now the vacant building near your local grocery store.

6. Google - Larry Page & Sergey Brin

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Page and Brin met at spring orientation for Stanford Ph.D. candidates. Google's mission statement is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" - it's unofficial slogan is, "Don't be evil."

7. Napster - Sean Parker & Shawn Fanning

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Stealing music was fun while it lasted, but in 2001 the P2P music sharing network shut down due to several copyright infringement lawsuits. It's probably the best thing to ever happen to Parker. He became the first president of Facebook, serves on the board of Spotify and has an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.

8. Wikipedia - Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia was originally supposed to be ad-based for-profit company. It has 30 million articles in 287 languages. It was also the source for this entire post.
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Wikipedia was originally supposed to be ad-based for-profit company. It has 30 million articles in 287 languages. It was also the source for this entire post.

9. MySpace - Chris DeWolfe & Tom Anderson

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Myspace used to reign as the world's most popular social network, and in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the US. Those days are long gone. The new Myspace is co-owned by Justin Timberlake and is solely focused on music.

10. Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has 1.23 billion monthly active users. It knows more about you than your own mother.
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Facebook has 1.23 billion monthly active users. It knows more about you than your own mother.

11. YouTube - Chad Hurley, Steve Chen & Jawed Karim

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A year and a half after YouTube's launch it was was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. Obviously, quality programming was not a part of the business valuation.

12. Reddit - Steve Huffman & Alexis Ohanian

Reddit calls itself the front page of the internet because of the social, entertainment, news, and educational aspects of the website.
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Reddit calls itself the front page of the internet because of the social, entertainment, news, and educational aspects of the website.

13. Twitter - Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey & Biz Stone

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Not pictured is the forgotten founder Noah Glass. He was kicked out for being weird, or something. Or maybe the other guys are just jerks. No one really knows. Wikipedia doesn't at least.

14. Bitcoin - Satoshi Nakamoto... maybe?

Even though Nakamoto claims he didn't create the peer-to-peer payment system the currency is slowly gaining legitimacy. The first bitcoin ATM was installed in Vancouver, October 2013 and US politicians have begun to accept Bitcoin donations for their campaigns.
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Even though Nakamoto claims he didn't create the peer-to-peer payment system the currency is slowly gaining legitimacy. The first bitcoin ATM was installed in Vancouver, October 2013 and US politicians have begun to accept Bitcoin donations for their campaigns.

15. Snapchat - Bobby Murphy & Evan Spiegel

Bobby Murphy and Evan Speigel, also known as those guys who turned down $3 billion from Mark Zuckerberg.
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Bobby Murphy and Evan Speigel, also known as those guys who turned down $3 billion from Mark Zuckerberg.

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